Solan Travel Guide Himachal

Interesting facts about Solan, Himachal Pradesh

  • Solan is acknowledged as the “mushroom city of India” because it is the largest producer of mushroom in India and houses the Directorate of Mushroom research
  • Solan is also crowned as the city of red gold because it produces tomatoes in large numbers.
  • The Solan railway station is one of the highest railway stations in the world.
  • On the outskirts of Solan, tourists can visit the Kasauli Brewery which happens to be the oldest brewery and distillery in Asia for scotch whiskey.
  • Currently the Kasauli Brewery is famous by the name of Mohan Meakin Limited, and is a leading manufacturer of known liquor brands like Old Monk rum, Colonel's Special, Black Knight, London Dry, Big Ben gins, Kaplanski vodka and Summer Hal.
  • The brewery launched India’s, rather Asia’s, first beer named Lion, which was in great demand among the British army stationed in Kasauli.

Solan has many treasures crammed into the compact territory- superb food, thrilling yet lonely landscapes, luscious wildlife and down to earth people. One of the most offbeat destinations of Himachal Pradesh, Solan is hidden is the lap of nature. There is something about Solan; it is as pretty as a picture!

Solan is a land with a rich and multilayered history. This is the place where every nook and corner is steeped in the past. Legends say that the place was once inhabited by the Pandavas. There is a cave on the top of the Karol peak in Solan; it is believed that the Pandavas resided here during their exile. Dagshai, one of the oldest cantonment towns in Solan, is the place where the Irish mutiny of 1920 took place against the British Army. Known as the "Mushroom Capital of India," the place produces mushrooms in bulk and it even houses the Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR. Solan is crowned the "City of Red Gold" because the town produces tomatoes in large numbers as well.

In the early 19th century, Solan was the contaminant center of Britain. Decades after they left, their endowment still marks Solan's stylish properties. The chapel in the contaminant area is a heritage building of Solan. Inside the church, one can see beautiful woods and stone carvings. Solan is also famous for a religious place called Shoolini Mata Temple; it is believed that the name of the town is derived from the forename of Goddess Shoolini Mata, the main deity of the temple.

If people think that Solan is meant only for the teetotallers, then they are in serious misconception! On the outskirts of Solan, there is the famous Mohan Meakin Brewery which happens to be the oldest brewery and distillery in Asia for Scotch whiskey. The equipments related to brewing and distilling was brought here by Edward Dyer in the 19th century. Mohan Meakin Brewery was established here because of similar climatic conditions as Scotland and availability of spring water.

With soaring mountains, picturesque scenery and – of course –ancient architecture, this craggy corner of Himachal Pradesh has some of the country's finest vistas. Solan is the perfect backdrop for your next holiday. Take a breathtaking journey to Solan and discover its beautiful landscapes and iconic landmarks.

Adventure Activities Camping and Trekking are the best outdoor activities which tourist can enjoy in Solan.

Where to stay There are many deluxe and medium budget accommodations available in Solan. Some of the most comfortable deluxe hotels and resorts are Suryavilas Luxury Resort and Spa (Kumarhatti-Nahan Road), I-Square Hotel (Sai Chakka Road), Barog Heights Hotel (Kalka-shimla Highway) and Victoria Continental Inn (Subathu Road). Pine Grove Hotel (Deonghat), Apple Cart Inn the (Kiarighat) and Utsav Hotel (The Mall) are the best medium budget hotels available here.

Where to eat The best restaurants in Solan are Cafe 7 (near High court), Himani (mall road), Chanakya (mall road), Himalayan Coffee House (mall road), and Rohit Sweet Shop (Chambaghat). These restaurants are some of the places where best lip-smacking food is served.

Weather and Climate Winters (October to March): (-2°C)-15°C
Summers (April to September): 15°C-25°C
Best time to Visit: February to November

How to Reach

By Airways: The nearest airport from Mashobra is Shimla Airport, roughly 45 min. drive from Mashobra. The second nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport, roughly two hour's drive from the city. It is well connected to the major cities like Amritsar, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Leh.

By Railways: The nearest railway station is Solan Railway station. The station is a stopover point of the famous Kalka–Shimla Railway line.

By Roadways: Tourist buses and taxis are available from every city of Himachal Pradesh to Solan. The distances of some of places that are nearby Solan are:

City Distance
Shimla 48.5 kms
Ambala 98.6 kms
Chandigarh 142 kms
Patiala 121 kms.
Baddi 78.4 kms
Mashobra 58.7 kms
Kufri 62.9 kms