Solan town named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini devi is the head quarters of Solan district. Solan is located midway between Kalka and Shimla and is connected by the heritage railway. Solan has many lesser known hillstations ideal for a quiet get away. Barog is located 7 kms from Solan town within the Solan district. Chail is located almost midway between Solan and Shimla.
Solan is often referred to as the ‘Mushroom city of India’ owing to the mushroom farming which is prevalent in Solan. Solan is surrounded by high peaks like Matiul Peak and Karol peak and is the gateway to Kasauli, Chail, Kandaghat and Dagshai. With some important industries located in Solan, the town holds significance as an industrial town.
Karol Tibba is famous for the Pandava cave atop the hill which is believed to be the longest cave in the Himalayas. Karol Tibba is a 7 km trek up from Chambaghat about 4 kms from Solan.
Located at an average elevation of 1,800 meters above sea level, Kasauli is a cantonment town and a popular hill station in Solan. Kasauli was developed during the British during the prime of their rule and is famous for its colonial style architecture. In Kasauli you still can see old wooden buildings complete with their gabled roofs and balconies with the whole town wrapped in a mixed forest of chir-pine and chestnut trees. Kasauli is often described as a hiker’s paradise and Kasauli being a small town can be covered mostly by foot.
Dolanji Bon Monastery
Dolanji Bon Monastery founded by Abbot Lungtog Tenpai Nyima in 1969 is also known as the Yungdrung Bon Monastery. Bon is considered to be a Pre-Buddhism tradition of Tibet. Dolanji Bon Monastery is located about 15 kms from Solan.