Solan is a scenic hill station situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city is also known as the Mushroom city of India due to its vast mushroom plantations. Besides mushrooms, Solan is famous for its immense tomato production, thereby earning itself another name - the city of red gold. Striking the perfect balance between peaceful and energetic, Solan is a hilly area that offers plenty of activity options such as camping and trekking. Besides outdoor adventures, things to do in Solan range from visiting the Shoolani Devi Temple and tasting mouth watering Himachal food. The outskirts of the city are replete with rare species of animals such as the Himalayan black deer. Located just a few km from Solan, the Gurkha fort and the Kuthar fort are sites you must visit in Solan, and there are several parks here too that you can stroll through in the mornings. The beautiful fountains and the breathtaking rides will keep you entertained. Simultaneously, Solan also has sites of historic interest such as the Thoda Dance wall painting.
Best Time to Visit Solan
Solan is a refreshing summer getaway. The best time to visit the place is in the summer months and the onset of monsoon when the temperatures vary between a pleasant 15-20 degree Celsius. Sightseeing and outdoor activities are the most enjoyable from March to November. The monsoon season is also a suitable time to view Solan’s scenic beauty but there are storms and winds that take place occasionally. Winters can get biting cold with winds blowing directly off the mountains.
Weather Of Solan
Situated at a height of about 5000 feet, Solan is neither as cold as its neighbouring city Shimla, nor as hot as the starting station of the ‘toy train’ Kalka. During summers, the temperatures in Solan do not rise beyond 32 °C, with the average temperature hovering around 24 °C. During winters, Solan receives a small share of snowfall. Minimum temperatures can reach −4 °C in the winters, with average temperature of around 15 °C.
How to Reach Solan?
By Air : The closest airport to Solan is the Shimla airport which is around 43 km away. It takes approximately one and a half hours to reach Solan by road.
By Rail : The Solan railway station is one of the highest stations in the world. The trains connect Solan to several major cities such as Delhi. You can get off at Solan as it is one of the stops on several major trains such as the Kalka-Simla passenger.
By Road : AC Volvos are available from all the major cities nearby. You can expect a comfortable journey from Delhi to Solan. Providers such as Himachal Road Transport Cooperation have several options of AC and non-AC seater. The price range varies depending on the provider and the type of bus. Shimla is connected to several cities via bus.