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It is intriguing to know that Solan is also referred to as the mushroom city of India and the city of red gold. This is mainly so because of the amount of mushroom and tomatoes produced here. 

Situated at the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, this lovely town is your perfect escape from the rush of city life. Due to its serenity, it is an ideal travel destination for those who want to spend some time under the quietness of nature’s quilt. 

Apart from its wandering solitude, Solan is also renowned for the presence of many ancient temples and monasteries which attract hundreds and hundreds of tourists and devotees on a yearly basis. 

So, if you too are planning a trip to Solan, then any time of the year is more or less perfect for travelling. However, if you have a preference for summer months or winter months, then you can plan your vacay accordingly.

History of Solan

In 1972, Solan came to existence as a result of the political reorganization of some districts within the state of Himachal Pradesh. 

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Talking specifically, it was from the tehsils (administrative area) of Arki and Solan of Mahasu district and Kandaghat and Nalagarh tehsils of Shimla district, that this town was forged out of.

Currently, it comprises of the princely states of Bhagal, Bhagat, Kunihar, Kuthar, Mangal, Beja, Mahlog, Nalagarh along with Keontha as well as Kothi and a few hilly areas of Punjab. These regions were merged in Himachal Pradesh on November 1, 1966.

Major Attractions in and Around Solan

Kasauli. If you want to dive deep in the panoramic beauty of someplace naturally vibrant, then Kasauli is the place to be at. And perhaps the best part for travellers is that it is also one of the most Instagrammable places in India. Thus, you will find plenty of opportunities to take memorable snaps along with your gang. 

Nalagarh Palace. Sited at the top of the hill, the Nalagarh Palace is one of the best places to visit in Dev Bhoomi, Himachal Pradesh. The well-maintained gardens along with its admirable Mughal and Indian styled architecture is one of the major reasons why tourists visit this palace.

Kuthar Fort. It is believed that this fort dates back to 800 years in history. Spread over a large area, this fort also has various springs. It is your perfect travel destination for spending some of the best moments of your life surrounded by nature.

Shoolini Mata Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Shoolini, this shrine is considered to be one of the holiest as well as the oldest temples of this region. What’s really intriguing to know about it are the annual fairs held here in June.

How to Reach Solan

Solan is truly an unforgettable travel experience which you can have in your life. This beautiful town is located at an approximate distance of 296, 1,708, 1,819, 2,472 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the deets on how to reach Solan.

By Air. Domestically, Shimla Airport (SLV) is the nearest airport. However, it is recommended to take connecting flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to reach Solan. From Delhi and Chandigarh, many prominent airlines operate to and fro Shimla. Once you deboard at the airport, you will need to travel 50-555 km which you can easily cover via cab or a local bus.

By Train. This town is connected to other cities via railways by Solan Railway Station (SOL). What’s interesting to know is that the station lies on a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kalka-Shimla Railway and is located at a height of 1,502 metres. Once off the train, you can take some local means of transport to travel to your desired destination.

By Road. You can also consider travelling to Solan via motorable roads and national highways. It is about 45 km from Shimla, 25 km from Kasauli, and 65 km from Chandigarh. There are regular interstate bus services which connect Solan with nearby regions and cities. Apart from this, depending on your convenience and budget, you can also consider hiring a cab, book a private bus or self-drive to Solan. In the end, nothing can match the experience of travelling at your own pace while witnessing the lovely views of nature.

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