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For its moderate climate Solan is an ideal tourist destination with picturesque vistas of the Himalayan foothills and a town replete with colonial heritage that is bustling with activities. Located between Chandigarh and Shimla, on the Chandigarh-Kalka-Shimla highway, the town draws its name from goddess Shoolini Devi, the presiding deity in whose honour a three day fair is held in June.
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.


Hindi, English, Punjabi are understood and spoken by those engaged in tourism and Pahari, the local dialect, is usually spoken by locals in their everyday dealings.

Clothing Essentials

Neither cold as Shimla nor hot as Kalka, temperatures seldom rise more than 32 degree Celsius in Solan. Cotton and linen clothes are recommended for the summer months, while light to heavy woollens are needed in the winter.



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How to Reach

By Air Nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Shimla. Distance from these airports to Solan can be covered by road.
By Rail Solan can be conveniently reached by train through the narrow gauge rail track from Kalka. Nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kalka.
By Road Solan is well connected with other parts of country by roads. Luxury, deluxe and ordinary busses regularly ply between Solan – Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla.


Places to visit Distances from Solan (Km)
Arki Fort 53
Chail Sanctuary 45
Kasauli 27
Majathal Sanctuary 29
Arki Fort
Chail Sanctuary
Majathal Sanctuary
Kuthar Fort
Nalagarh Palace


Solan is a year around destination with mild summer temperatures that rarely rise above 32 degree Celsius and a relatively warm winter where temperature seldom drop below 5 degree Celsius. With a lot of greenery in spring and summer, it is a good time to be around.