Solan is an offbeat destination of hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
And let me tell you, this tiny hamlet has some quirky claims to fame. Not only is it known as the ‘Mushroom City of India’ due to extensive mushroom farming, but it’s also the largest producer of tomatoes in the country, earning it the nickname of the ‘City of Red Gold’.
But there’s more to Solan than just its agricultural prowess. The town is surrounded by captivating snow-capped hills, lush meadows, fascinating forest trails, and expansive mushroom plantations. So, whether you’re a nature lover or soul seeker, you’ll find profound peace and solace in this little paradise.
For those history buffs, Solan still maintains its old-world charm as a cantonment settlement during the British rule. You can explore the forts, museums, monuments, and churches that instantly transport you into the bygone era. And if you’re feeling thirsty after all that sightseeing, why not take a trip to the oldest brewery in the country, the ‘Solan Brewery’, now converted into a distillery. You can taste some local brews and fresh flavors that will surely satisfy your palate.
But wait, there’s more! Adventure seekers will not be disappointed with the range of activities available. You can trek, hike, rock climb, and indulge in game fishing and angling in the streams flowing through the hills.
And if you’re looking for a spiritual journey, Solan is said to be the abode of Pandavas during their period of exile. You can visit the many temples and religious attractions in and around the town, including the ‘Shoolini Mata Temple’, ‘Lord Krishna’s Temple’, and the ‘Jatoli Shiv Temple’.
But the real party happens in June during the ‘Solan Fair’ where the town comes alive with grand celebrations in honor of Goddess ‘Shoolini’. You can soak in the local folk customs and traditions and enjoy the cultural extravaganza.
And if you’re still not impressed, the bustling ‘Mall Road in Shimla’ in the heart of the city has numerous eating joints and curio shops to satisfy the foodie and shopper inside you.
So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Solan and embark on a fascinating journey discovering its hidden gems and unexplored trails. It’s a perfect destination for your next vacation, where you can unwind, relax, and enjoy nature’s unmatched glory.