Solan city, a municipal committee in Solan district of Himachal. It is named after the goddess Shoolini, it is known as the "MUSHROOM CITY OF INDIA" because of the mushroom centre situated at Chambaghat. The district is better known for the Mohan Meakin's brewery (reputed to be India's oldest brewery, set up in 1835 A.D.) and the famous Old Monk XXX RUM, Solan No. 1 whiskey and Golden Eagle beer.
The town is situated midway between Chandigarh and Shimla. Kalka comes in the way. The Pleasant climate of this place round the year makes it an ideal destination for all seasons. The mountains near Solan offer interesting trekking possibilities and its streams are well stocked with a variety of game fish. Solan district is covered by catchment areas of three important rivers, namely Satluj, Yamuna and Ghagar.
Solan was the capital of erstwhile princely State Baghat. Here on 26th January, 1948 a conference of princes of various hill States of Western Himalayas and representatives of Prajamandals fighting for independence from the yoke of princely rule was held under the chairmanship of the State's last prince Raja Durga Singh. The concept of Himachal Pradesh was mooted in this conference to become a reality on the 15th of April, 1948. Solan remained a Tehsil of Mahasu District till 25th January, 1971 when Himachal Pradesh gained the status of full-fledged State and Solan became the headquarters of District Solan.
It is a lively town midway Kalka and Shimla, has railway station and the famous Brewery that was established in the year 1835 by Dyer Meakins (Mohan Meakins today). It has been declared as the '
Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry is situated at Nauni at a distance of 15-16 km from the town. This Forestry and
This is a rapidly growing town that is also a district headquarters. It has temples of Shalooni Devi, Devi Durga, Hari, Narasingh as well as the Sanatan Dharam one. Solan also has the children park, the Mohan Park and the Jawahar Park. The Library and the old Chruch at Chambaghat may be visited. The Solan Brewery (11 Km) was once owned by the family of the infamous General Dyer who was responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in
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Hotels, Rest Houses and Guesthouses provide comfortable stay. If staying in a private hotel/guest house, it is advised to stay in those registered with the Department of Tourism.