Solan is known for its huge agricultural produces for Tomatoes and Mushrooms, Solan is often described as the ‘Mushroom City of India’ and ‘The City of Red Gold’. The city is located at an average elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level and is the largest city in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Being a Gurkha capital of formerly known Princely state of Bhagat, the city is a cultural cauldron that contains a fine brew of culture, arts, religion and history. The city is full of a huge number of forts, monuments, temples, churches and various other places that can interest the tourists that visit Solan. Here’s the list of the best places you must visit in Solan.
Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, Mohan Shakti National Park is one of the most picturesque picnic spots you’ll visit in Himachal Pradesh. The Park is situated amidst thick oak trees and terraced gardens. Being situated on the foot hills, the park offers some amazing and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The Park contains several temples and sculptures of various Hindu deities reminiscent of Akshardham temple in Delhi. Mohan Park is managed by the Mohan Meakin Brewries but one needs to be careful as the road leading to the park is steep and dangerous, so only if one can drive downhill, should one visit the place in the car. Also make sure you bring some eatables and drinking water.
The primary shopping area of Solan,the Mall road is the place you want to be if you want to experience the handicrafts, arts and various cuisines of Solan along with a plethora of shops and bazaars. Now, whenever talking about ‘Mall’ in the north-eastern states in india, do not expect an actual ‘ Shopping Mall’. The mall road is an Indian Style bazaar that contains various shops and showrooms of the top modern world product brands and bookstores. A day at the mall is a must, especially when you want to buy a souvenir or two to remember your visit.
One of the prime attractions in Solan, The Shoolini Mata temple is dedicated to Shoolni Mata after whom the town was named. The temple is said to be built on the remains of an older temple the existence of which is presumed to precede the Town of Solan. It is frequented by a huge number of visitors daily and especially during the fair organized at the end of June that lasts for 3 days.
Karol Tibba along with the adjoining Meteol Tibba is one of the most famous attractions at Solan. The names refer to two peaks located in the Himalayas. The peaks are frequently visited picnic spots that can be accessed through a fairly easy trek trail via Chail and can only be viewed from Solan. Karol Tibba also houses places of immense historical and religious importance, a cave in the Himalayas that was believed to be inhibited by the Pandavas during their exile in the Mahabharatha.
Jatoli Temple is very famous Shiv temple in Solan. Its 8 Kms form Solan on Rajgarh road. This temple is one of the Oldest and religious temple of the Solan district. In this temple there a statue of Lord Shiva are placed and also Shiv Ling are placed. This is the Asia’s highest temple of Lord Shiva’s.
Chail is very famous place of Himachal Pradesh. The Chail Palace is well known for its architecture, the palace was built as summer retreat by theMaharaja of Patiala during the British Raj. Chail is connected with Solan as well as with Shimla District Headquarter. It is 49 kms from Shimla and 38 Kms from solan. There are places to visit Chail are The Palace Chail, Cricket Ground, Kali Tibba and Hanuman Temple.
Located at the top of the hill in Chail the famous tourist place of Himachal, Kali ka Tibba is a temple dedicated to goddess Kali. It is located at the top of the mountain Blossom, which has been named after the Rajmata’s Cottage. Chail at an altitude of 2,250 meters is at a higher altitude than Shimla which is 2,213 meters above sea level. Shimla and Kasauli can be seen from Chail. The place provides a beautiful view of the surrounding Shivalik Range and the Choor Chandni Peak. Furthermore, travelers can enjoy trekking to the temple, during which they can see rare species of animals. Chail Sanctuary, cricket ground, and the Gurudwara are the main spots in Chail. Kali ka Tibba is an ideal destination for those who are looking for a secluded destination away from tourist crowds. If you are not in for longer trek routes you can just wander off into the woods for a peaceful walk or do a more strenuous hike up the hillside here or visit Kali ka Tibba, a temple atop a small hill. Angling and horse riding is also very popular in near Kali ka Tibba. The best time to visit this place is in monsoons between August and November as the thick forest cover around the temple gets green and pretty.
Bon monastery in Solan is the second oldest Bon monastery in the world. The monastery is highly revered by the people of the Bon community. The Bon community is even older than the Buddhist community though the principles are the same. Perched on a hill top, the Bon monastery offers picturesque views of the town and snow-capped mountains.
The monastery is a grand spectacle, boasting manicured gardens and an impressive statue of Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche. The monastery was founded in 1969 by the Abbopt Lungtog Tenpai Nyima. The chief of the monastery is Menri Trizin. People participate in religious ceremonies and it is also a ritual to walk in a clockwise direction around the monastery.
Baru Sahib also known as the Valley of Divine Peace is located in Himachal Pradesh, India. Baru Sahib, the land of meditation (tapobhoomi-तपोभूमि), is the realization of vision of Sant Attar Singh Ji, Mastuane Wale (1866–1927), who, in the early twentieth century envisaged a place in the Himalayas from where young souls equipped with the amalgam of spiritual and modern scientific education will spread the message of universal brotherhood throughout the world.
Baru Sahib was revealed to the mankind by his devout disciple Sant Teja Singh (1877–1965. In 1959, Sant Teja Singh Ji accompanied by 15-20 devotees performed Akhand Path Sahib in a mud-hut. At the conclusion of Akhand Path Sahib and Ardas, Sant Ji prophesied, “Just as a tiny banyan seed grows into a
huge tree, in the same way this place will develop into a great center of spiritual education where high quality scientific education will also be imparted. In due course, roads will be built and all those whose hearts are brimful of love for Guru Nanak and who have toiled to accumulate spiritual capital from the previous births, will be drawn to this place”. Visit . www.eternaluniversity.edu.in/ or www.barusahib.org