The District has a number of springs
and streams, which can be found in the hills, and woods of the area.
Those, looking for peace and relaxation, all venture out of
Solan. If you are interested in picnics, rambles and walks in the
woods, then Solan is the district for you. The town of Solan, named
the Goddess Solan Devi is well known for its brewery, which was
started in 1835. Originally known as the Dyer-Meakin Brewery, today
it is known as the Mohan-Meakin Breweries.
from Kalka - Solan
Barog's railway station, on the
Kalka-Shimla, is one of the most picturesque stations, modelled in the
Scottish-style. This building has existed since 1903, when the
line was opened and was built on a curvature. The belly
of the Choordhar Mountain holds the longest railway tunnel on
the Kalka-Shimla route-exactly 1,143m long. KALKA-SHIMLA railway is
often termed as a scientific fiction. Covering a distance of 95kms
through 102 tunnels and 869 bridage, it was constructed in less than
45 months. There are 919 curves (total length 68km). 20 railway
stations and 5 level crossings on this route. This track is one of the
strongest railways tracks of the world. And has also been recorded in
The Guinness Book of World Records as India's smallest railway line".
Railway chronicles show it as its most surveyed project. It is said
that a correspondent of the Delhi Gazette had first sketched this
railway line sometime in November 1847 almost half a century before it
was actually constructed. The
project was again revived in 1885 but nothing came of it. Another
report prepared during 1887 also failed to commence the construction of
this coute. Finally, a survey of the terrain in 1895 paved the way for
significant the construction constant on 29th June, 1898. Through the
construction of Kalka-Shimla route was completed on November 2, 1903 it
was opened for the general public only on January 1, 1906. The journey
through a toy train from Kalka to Shimla is astounding. It takes
roughly six hours to traverse the picturesque climb. The rail -car
takes only four hours and a half. After 35km of continuous climb from
Kalka the train reaches Dharampaur at a height of 1.675 feet.
Thereafter, it enters Barog tunnel (3.752 feet long) which is longest
in Kalka -Shimla route and the second longest on the Indian rail
network. This tunnel was dug twice as the first one had to be abandoned
when the engineers working at the site failed to link both the holes.
Kalka-Shimla railway is a living tribute to the engineers who dared to
dig 107 tunnels out of which 102 are still in use. Apart from Barog
Tunnel (3.752 feet long) two other big tunnels on KSR are Koti (2.276
feet Long), Taradevi (145 feet long) and tunnel No.103 (which is 1.135
feet long). The train after crossing Barog tunnel reaches the Barog
station, which was then known for its famous English kitchen. Other
railway stations followed by Barog are Solan (4,900 feet) Kandaghat
feet) and Shimla (6,800 feet). Kalka-Shimla railway track attracts a
number of tourists. Northern Railways move to reduce fair has swelled
crowd of tourists in the State. What is more important is to electrify
route as soon as possible. This decision was mooted in 1925 but it is
63-km away from Kumarhatti is the
to Nahan and Dagshai. Dagshai was a British cantonement, surrounded by
pine trees, it has an old church and a boarding school. An alternate
road is being developed at Kumarhatti to emerge at Solan and will
eliminate the climb to Barog and the decent thereafter.
A former British cantonment, Subathu
boasts the ruins of an old Gurkha fort.
Once a dak bungalow, Kairighat now
functions as a fine economy hotel, under Himachal Tourism
| Bon Monastery (Yung Drung Ling)
12-kms from Solan, this monastery is
the second oldest monastery in the world after the
one present in Tibet.
| Karol ka Tibba
This place has historic value as
pandavas lived here during their agyatvas period 2 hours trek from the
resort takes you to this wonderful place and ideal visit
for nature lovers.
It was on the 8th June, 1983 when the
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the apex body for agricultural
research and education in the country, established the National Centre
for Mushroom Research and Training, NCMRT (now National
Research Centre for Mushroom, NRCM) at Solan, Himachal Pradesh, with a
mandate to carry out research, training and extension on all aspects of
mushrooms in the country. Please check the site nrcmushroom.org.
| Jatoli ShivTemple
This is a very old temple and every
year an annual fair is organised here on the occasion of Mahashivratri,
which makes it a must see place, just 6-kms away from Solan.
| Sholoni Devi Temple
The temple of Goddess Sholoni Devi is
situated at the southern part of the town and Solan was named after
Devi Sholoni. The famous Shalooni fair is held here every year in the
month of June over here, which is dedicated to Goddess Sholoni Devi.
| Giri Picnic
Enjoy your picnic amongst the cool
waters of Giri, 20-kms from Solan
| Dr. Yashwant Singh Paramar University Of
Horticulture & Forestry/font
First of its kind in Asia; spread over
550 hectares in village Nauni on the Solan-Rajgarh Road in District
Solan of Himahcal Pradesh, 15 km from Solan town, the University was
established on December 1, 1985. Considering the significant contribution
made by Dr. Y.S.Parmar, the founder and first Chief Minister of H.P,
the present Govt, rightly named the new University after him. It has a
College of Horticulture
and College of Forestry, which are sub-divided into 14 departments and
are looked after by a faculty of over 200 scientists and teachers. It
offers under-graduate, post-graduate and doctoral courses in
horticulture, forestry and allied disciplines. It will act as the
national research centre for all the hill regions of the country. This
University was inaugurated by Hon'ble Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of
India on 30th April, 1988. The State Govt. is already wedded to the
preservation of the gragile eco-system of the Himalayas. The University
specialists in forestry, conduct research in conservation technology,
train forest officials in social forestry and impart practical training
to farmers in nursery production for agro-forestry. The University will
train specialists in fruit culture, floriculture, herbiculture and
vegetable cultivation. It will conduct research and train farmers to
use improved technology in the fields, in order to optimise their
from fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants,
| Parks at Solan Town
One can enjoy Children's Park, Jawahar
Park and Mohan Park at Solan
| Fort of the Gurkha
Situated on the 7000 ft high Dhar
Mountain, this 300-year old fort was built by the attacking Gurkhas of
Nepal. The view from here of Shimla, Kasauli, Chail and Karol is
Located ideally between Chandigarh and
Shimla, Dagshai is one of the oldest cantonments set up by the British
in India. Built at a height of 6,000 ft above the sea level. Dagshai
boasts of a big play field, rarely to be seen in hilly terrain, where
Durrand Cup football matches used to be played once. Though a modest
hill station, Dagshai is resplendent with scenic beauty. Barely 28
km away from Kalka and 50 km from Chandigarh on the Kalka-Shimla
highway (NH-22), Dagshai provides an ideal location for an educational
institution. The cluster of red-topped buildings atop a hill is visible
from the national highway.
A little cantonement town has a Gurhka
fort built in the early years of the 19th Century is situated at an
altitude of 1437 meters. A cantonment town which quartered British
Soldiers in the time of British Empire. A diversion road from Dharampur
away leads to the Sabathu town.
Solan District is covered by catchment
areas of Asni and Kiar-Ka-Nala, Gambhar, Dabar Khad,
Kuthar Nadi, etc. Kaushalya Nadi is the main tributary of Ghagar.
Sirsa is the main stream in Nalagarh Sub division. It has its source
in the hills above Kalka and runs north-west along the base of the
Shivaliks eventually joining the Sutlej at Avankot in Ropar District.
| Katni(Ayurveda and Yog Centre)
Yoga could play a key role in
restructuring todays turbulent and tension-filled society as it has
the potential of bringing about sublimity at the physical, mental and
levels of human existence. Swami Devvrat Yogtirath is the founder
of the Udbodhan Yoga and Ayurvedic Institute. One can learn Yog as
well as Yogi in the Institude. Yoga is a way of transforming life and
aim at making it sublime and successful.
Once just a brief stopover on the
Kalka-Shimla highway, Barog town has grown to be destination in itself.
Surrounded by pine trees and oak trees, Barog is located in an idyllic
setting. The magnificent Choor Chandni or Choordhar peak are clearly
visible from Barog.The pines of Barog are full of cavort and
Barog's railway station, on the Kalka-Shimla, is one of the most
picturesque stations, modelled in the Scottish-style. This building
has existed since 1903, when the line was opened and is built on a
| Solan Brawery
This Brewary is 11 km from Solan. It
in existence since 1855. This is one of the most famous brewary in
India with one of it's famous products known as Solan Number 1.
| Gold Mines at Solan
Makdoa village situated 15 Km from
town on Solan - Oachghat - Bagthan Road. 30 years ago this village was
famous for its gold mining. The mines are situated along the banks of
Kewal river. The mines were closed down years back.
| Mohan Heritage Centre
Prime Minister, India had laid the
foundation stone of a Rs 100-crore Heritage Park on being set up under
the aegis of Mohan Meakin Breweries at Harat village, 14 km from Solan.
It would become an important tourist attraction centre of this region
in years to come. It will be an important world-level centre of
naturopathy, religion, ayurveda and yoga, would be well-connected
by a network of roads, which would also facilitate the locals in
their agriculture produce to markets.