Solan is a hill station that is full of natural beauty. It is on Punjab–Himachal Pradesh border and it is very close to both Chandigarh and Shimla. Solan is famous for its mushroom and tomato cultivation. It is named after Shoolini Devi, a divine incarnation of Goddess Durga. Solan is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. There are deodar forests, ancient forts, divine temples, and attractive parks. You can see all the best places in Solan by booking any of the Himachal holiday packages. You can also visit various Solan tourist places by booking a Solan tour package, which we can customize for you.
1. Jatoli Shiva Temple
Solan is famous for some wonderful temples, and one of the most famous is Jatoli Shiv Temple. The name Jatoli is derived from ‘Jata’, which means the long hair of Lord Shiva. Jatoli Shiv Temple is one of the biggest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in all over Asia. The most interesting thing about this shiva temple is its fabulous Dravidian style architecture. Jatoli Shiv Temple is very old temple and the
shiv linga is also very old. There is a water tank in the temple premises called Jal Kund, whose waters are considered to purify one from various physical ailments and diseases.
2. Nalagarh Palace
One of the best places to visit in Solan is Nalagarh Palace. This was once a powerful Mughal fort that was built by Raja Bikram Chand in 1421. Nalagarh Palace is now converted into a heritage hotel with vintage architecture and royal interiors. It has many rooms and suites with the latest amenities and comforts.
Kasauli is a small town in Solan where you can see various British buildings. It has many sightseeing places like Christ Church, Monkey Temple, and Central Research Institute. There are many viewpoints in Kasauli like Sunset Point where you can view panoramic views. Kasauli has many hiking trails, and forests of birch, deodar, and cedar trees. Kasauli is also the birthplace of the famous writer Ruskin Bond.
4. Bon Monastery
On your Solan sightseeing tour, you can visit the best place in Solan and that is Bon Monastery. The most interesting fact about Bon Monastery is that it is one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in the entire world. It is also known by the name Menri Monastery. The Tibetan architecture of Bon Monastery is a beautiful sight. You can have a glimpse of Tibetan culture in the monastery. You can spend some time in peace and relaxation in Bon Monastery when you visit Solan.
5. Shoolini Mata Temple
Shoolini Mata Temple is a famous temple in Solan. The temple is a major tourist spot in Solan. Shoolini Mata, who is a divine form of Goddess Durga is the main deity of this temple. People of this region have great faith in Shoolini Mata. A big fair is held here in June, and devotees come from nearby places to pray at this temple.
6. Christ Church
Christ Church is one of the best tourist places in Solan. It was built 180 years back by a British family. The church has fine architecture and it is one of the few buildings in Solan which were built by the British rulers. The interiors of this church are peaceful and have relaxing vibes.
7. Kuthar Fort
One of the oldest forts in Solan is Kuthar Fort. Kuthar Fort was built by the Gorkha rulers who ruled over this region. This fort is more than 800 years old. The fort is remarkable in architecture and has beautiful paintings, intricate carvings, and towers. There are freshwater springs here that provided drinking water in the olden days. Kuthar Fort is a top tourist place in Solan.
8. Solan Brewery
Solan Brewery is one of the top attractions of Solan. You can visit this brewery on the Kalka-Shimla toy train route. Solan Brewery was established in 1855 and is one of the oldest breweries in India. Solan Brewery is open for tourists who can visit it and learn about it more.
Chail is a small hill station that you can visit on your trip to Solan. It is well known for its pine forests, green grasslands, panoramic views, and hiking trails. This Palace was built by the Maharaja of Patiala in 1891. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat for wildlife lovers. It has many trekking trails where you can go camping. Chail has the world’s highest cricket ground.
10. Majathal Sanctuary
Majathal Sanctuary is one of the best sightseeing places in Solan. There are various animals and birds here, including rare species also. You can spot various birds like Cheer Pheasant, Francolin, etc. You can spot goral, Himalayan Black bears, leopards, etc. The hilly terrain and deodar forests are ideal habitats for the animals and birds that thrive here.
Arki is a small town that is more famous than Arki Fort. The architecture of this fort is a marvel to watch. There are many other places to visit in Arki like Jakholy Devi Temple and Luturu Mahadev Temple. Arki was established by a Rajput ruler named Rana Ajai Dev. Arki offers fascinating views of mountains, valleys, and surrounding natural beauty.
You can also visit Sirmour on your trip to Solan. Sirmour is famous for such holy places as Paonta Sahib which has a famous Sikh gurudwara. Sirmour has many farmlands where farmers cultivate fruits and vegetables like peach, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, etc. There are many places in Sirmour that you can visit like Renuka Lake, Habban Valley, Bhureshwar Mahadev Temple, Shivalik Fossil Park, Trilokpur Temple, etc.
13. Mohan Shakti National Park
Mohan Shakti National Park is one of the best places to visit in Solan. This heritage park is one of its kind in India. There are temples and sculptures all around the park. You can learn more about the Vedic times of India. The park is full of idols of Hindu deities, and animal sculptures. The park offers the best sightseeing, relaxation, heritage walks, fun, and entertainment in Solan.
Darlaghat is one of the best places in Solan where you can do sightseeing tours. It is famous for its cement factory and wildlife sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is the best place in Solan to spot rare animals and birds like pheasants, leopards, sambar deer, black bears, etc. You can go on tours inside the sanctuary to get a feel of the wildlife found here.
15. Monkey Point
Monkey Point is one of the scenic places that you can visit on your trip to Solan. It is a vantage point that offers magnificent views of the Sutlej river and Chandigarh city on a clear day. You can see mountain ridges and deep valleys from Monkey Point.
Barog is one of the best scenic places in Solan. It is more famous for its trekking trails and camping sites. The lush green deodar forests in Barog are best for hiking trips near Solan. You can trek to Choor Chandini Peak or Karol Tibba and visit ancient temples like Jatoli Shiva Temple etc. Barog is best for shopping for local Himachali handicrafts also.