Solan - City of Red God

Solan is an off-beat destination welcomes visitors with its green hues on hill slopes, silvery brooks, and rows of pine trees. Nestled in the mighty Himalayas with undulating terrains and slopes decked with ample greenery, Solan is simply blessed with natural beauty.

This peaceful yet beautiful hill-station offers several attractive tourist destinations and is also a heaven for bird-watchers and photography enthusiasts. With its amazing weather throughout the year, the place is best to rejuvenate your mind and let you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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Solan is famous for the Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni. It is he first university of its kind in Asia with facilities of research, education and extension in Horticulture and Forestry.

Solan also has the Shoolini Mata Temple, the Jatoli Shiv temple and the Yungdrung Tibetan Monastery. The picturesque cantonment of Kasauli with an army and airforce base is located in Solan. A three-hindred year old Gurkha Fort is located in Nauni. Other places f interest in Solan are Barog on the Kalka-Shimla highway, Chail which is 43 kms from Shimla and Parwanoo.

Activities in Solan

It is one of the best places for the adventure activities. You can do different activities in Solan like Sightseeing, Photography and Videography and much more according to your interest and passion.

You can find different resort, cottages and hotels in the  Solan. There are different accommodations available in affordable cost in  Solan.

Some of the places to live in Solan:

1. Hotel Ambusha Resort, Solan

2. Winsum Hill Solan, Solan

3. Solan Retreat, Solan

4. Hotel Pine Grove, Solan

5. Hotel Paragon Palace, Solan


Solan has a wide range of dining options, particularly for  those looking to sample Himachal's regional cuisines. While Dal, Rice, Roti,  Vegetables, and Curd are the area's staple meals, there are a number of  traditional delicacies to sample. Poode, Lushke (a local version of pancake),  Sidu (a type of bread), Pachole, and other dishes are among them.

Aside from these, Solan, as a popular tourist destination,  has a plethora of good cafes and restaurants that serve decent food at  reasonable prices. This region is well-known for its roasted corn as well as  seasonal fruits and vegetables. Enjoy the delicious street food as well. Solan  Channa, Samosas, and Jalebis are just a few of the dishes to try here.

Some of the  cafes and restaurants where you can eat in Solan: 

  • The Evergreen, Solan
  • MoonDance Kasol Cafe, Solan
  • Stone Garden Cafe, Solan
  • Little Italy Inn, Solan
  • Riverview  Cafe, Solan

Solan was the place of a large-scale mutiny by the Irish soldiers in the British army in 1920 to show solidarity towards their homeland. Two mutineers were killed in the course of the battle, and their leader was later killed by the firing squad while dozens received long prison term.

Before the British colonists turned it into a cantonment in the early part of the 19th century, Solan had served as a capital for Baghat, a princely state. It was after driving out occupying Gurkha forces in 1815, who had expanded their dominion from Nepal upto the bank of River Sutlej that British cantonments came to be established at Dagshai, Kasauli, Jutogh and Solan. Remnants of the old forts are scattered around Solan.

Solan is blessed with beautiful climate and has an old brewery and a sprawling horticulture and forestry university.

The growing town today serves as a district headquarter and provides easy access to the nearby getaway places of Kasauli, Dagshai, Nalagarh, Arki, Chail, Rajgarh and Kandaghat. Famous as a tomato and mushroom growing region, Solan is often referred to as ‘City of Red God’ and sometimes as the ‘Mushroom City of India’.

What is Solan famous for?

Solan is famous among tourist as Red Gold, Mushroom city of India.