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 The Solan showing its elegance from mythology till the present
An overview of Solan
Solan is the district headquarters of the Solan District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh since September 1, 1972. It is 46 km from Shimla and at an average height of 1600 m. from the sea level. The place is named after the deity Shulini Devi. A three day fair is held every year at the central thodo ground to celebrate the goddess festival and Puja. Earlier the Solan was the capital of the princely state of Bhagat. Solan primarily is also known as the princely “Mushroom city of India”. There are vast mushroom plantations in the region where the local people work to earn their daily living. The excessive production of tomatoes in the region has made the experts term the place as the City of Red Gold. According the last census that was held in 2011, Solan had the Population of 102078, and it is the largest city in Himachal after Shimla. The region is spread in a diameter of 33.43 Km, making it the largest city of Himachal Pradesh according to land border. Solan however is situated between Chandigarh and Shimla on the Kalka Shimla national highway 22. The Kalka Shimla narrow gauge train line is one of the heritages of the region built by the British. Solan has its references in the epics too. It is found in the stories of Mahabharata, according to mythology the Pandavas lived here during the exile. The British won the place from the princely state of Bhagat in 1815.

The prominent places of tourist interest to visit in Solan:
Kuthar fort: The Kuthar fort in the region could be an excellent place to visit from Solan. Barely an hour’s drive from Solan, the 800 year fort truly marks to be an extra ordinary signature of architecture. The fort however has a mix and match of time. The oldest part of the fort as said is 800 years old. But the newest sections are barely 8 decades old. The fort has fresh water springs which are also a great delight to watch for most o the tourists.

Nalagarh Palace: Nalagarh strategically placed in the foot hills of the Himalaya’s, the Nalagarh palace is an awe to watch during the winters as it is fully covered with snow. The palace witnessed a fierce gun battle between the Gurkha’s and the British during the Gurkha wars. The Nalagarh fort and the palace both stretched over a considerable part of the area are built in Mughal styles. The architecture is intricately made and the traces of such intricacies are found in abundance in the fort. The tourist visiting the palace and the fort will be enriching themselves from the pages of history

Manjhatal Sanctuary: The sanctuary has an extremely rugged terrain to handle. It however lies away from the normal habitation of Himachal Pradesh. The sanctuary can be a good bargain for many adventure loving tourists would love to have access to those uneven land masses. The rugged terrain offers the tourists some endangered Cheer Pheasants. The sanctuary is trying to recover the animal from the loss it has incurred.

Things to buy:
Askaali stone utensils: The utensils and other merchandise made of the Askaali stone is highly in demand. The Askaali stone in Himachal Pradesh is a local stone of which the local craftsmen tend to make beautiful crafting. The tourists can make a bargain of that.


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