Deriving its name from Goddess ?Shoolini?, Solan Himachal Pradesh is a wonderful tourist destination for rejuvenating oneself amidst a peaceful and beautiful environment. It is affectionately dubbed as the ?Mushroom City of India? as it is has a mushroom centre situated in Chambaghat. Solan Hill Station is located between Chandigarh (Punjab) and Shimla (Himachal Pradesh). It is also the industrial hub of the state. Roosted at an altitude of 1,467 m, the city gets covered with snow during the winter season.
Some of the famous Attractions of Solan are:
The Gurkha castles are a must-see attraction of Solan. Although most of them are in ruins, they still hold their old world charm and remind us of the life and time under the Gurkha regime.
The fort consists of several apartments surrounded by beautiful fields and orchards. The fort is located at an altitude of 2,600 m and attracts a large number of tourists.
High on natural beauty, the valley offers mesmerizing views of the surroundings. While here, one can stroll through the valley, take a breath of fresh air amid the gorgeous greenery that surrounds.
Dr. Yashwant Singh Paramar University Of Horticulture and Forestry
Covering an area of 550 hectares, this Forestry & Horticulture University is the first of its kind in Asia. Its foundation was laid by Dr. Y.S.Paramar, the first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in the year 1985. There are around 14 departments in the university and more than 200 scientists and teachers. It offers all kind of courses in horticulture.
Built in honor of Goddess Sholoni Devi, this temple is known for Sholoni Devi fair. It is held here with great enthusiasm every year in the month of June. If you wish to get acquainted with the rich cultural heritage of the Solan district, then visit this fair.
Barog is an enchanting place located only 8 km from Solan. Roosted at an altitude of 1600 m, this place captures the hearts of tourists with breathtaking views of Churdhar Peak. This peak is also called the Mountain of the Silver Bangle. Also, visit the Barog height resort which is located atop a hill and offers mesmerizing views of the surroundings.
Best Time to Visit
The best season to visit Solan is Summer and onset of Monsoon from February till November. June and July should be avoided due to the possibility of land sliding.
How to Reach
By Air: The closest airport to Solan is the Shimla airport (43 km) away.
By Rail: The Solan Railway Station is one of the highest stations in the world. Popular trains like Kalka-Simla passenger pass from here.
By Road: Buses of Himachal Road Transport Cooperation as well as AC Volvos are available from all the major cities nearby.
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