Explore Himachal’s less crowded Solan valley, famous for its parks, sanctuaries and scenic treks, all with beguiling viewpoints.
Less popular than Shimla and Manali but equally beautiful, this piece of Himalayan paradise wows your senses with mystic mountains, lush green parks, trekking trails that open to breathtaking views of the Shivalik range and historic sites that spin interesting stories of the past. If you are looking for a beautiful place amid the mountains to spend some peaceful moments with your family (and beat the heat), then Solan is the place for you. Read on to discover more.
Ready to escape? Stay at WelcomHeritage Parv Vilas Solan while exploring the valley.
Perfectly placed between Chandigarh and Shimla, Solan (named after the major deity of the area – Sholoni Devi) is a quaint little city in the Himalayas, with high mountains and lush greenery all around. It is not as crowded as Shimla and Manali (the more visited places in Himachal Pradesh) but is on a par in terms of beauty and places to explore. An easy drive from Chandigarh and Delhi makes this location perfect for a weekend getaway for city dwellers. This hill station will mesmerise you with its enchanting scenery.
Things to do in Solan
Solan has something for everyone. Take a stroll in a park and enjoy a picnic with your loved ones, explore Vedic Science, pay your respects at Kali Ka Tibba temple at Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, or explore the eerie Dagshai Jail Museum on a tour that takes you back in history to the British Era time in India.
One of the most visited attractions in Solan is the Solan Brewery, which opened in 1855 and is believed to be one of the oldest breweries in India. Another place of interest in this town is the Bon Monastery, where you can learn about Buddhism and explore the amazing architecture that exudes charm.
Where to eat
Let's get to the most important part of any holiday... food. A must-have while visiting Solan is the famous delicacy sidu, a kind of bread that is made of wheat flour. Also, locally popular here is lushke (a kind of pancake) and pachole. The town has many cafes and restaurants where you can try these local delicacies and enjoy other kinds of food.
Some must-visits include Haveli, The Coffee Lodge Café, Virtual Reality Café and Himalaya Coffee House. Street food including chaats and jalebi are also worth devouring while in the area.
Where to stay
Experience the iconic hospitality of the WelcomHeritage group while you breathe the crisp mountain air of Solan, with a stay at WelcomHeritage Parv Vilas Solan. This brand-new hotel in the lap of the Himalayas has rooms that offer sweeping views of the lush greenery, a spa that delights with ancient therapies, an open-air restaurant offering the finest Himachali cuisine and a bar that makes exotic cocktails. A games room is also available for some friendly matches to inspire the inner child in everybody. Experiencing Solan doesn’t get better than this.
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