Solan is the district headquarters of Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The largest Municipal Council of Himachal Pradesh, it is located 46 kilometres (29 mi) south of the state capital, Shimla. At an average elevation of 1,600 metres (5,200 ft).The place is named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini devi. It is known as the "Mushroom city of India" because of the vast mushroom farming in the area. Solan is crowned as the "City of Red Gold", in reference to the bulk production of tomatoes in the area.
Solan is situated midway between Kalka and Shimla. the fine climate of this place round the year makes it an ideal destination for all seasons. There is famous 'Mohan Meakin's Brewery' in Solan, set up in 1855 A.D. The mountains near Solan offer interesting trekking possibilities and its streams are well stocked with a variety of game fish. Solan district is covered by catchment areas of three important rivers, namely Satluj, Yamuna and Ghagar.
Location : Solan district lies between 30°05' and 31°15' North Latitude and 76°42' and 77°20' East Longitude. Solan district is bounded by Shimla district in North, by Ropar district of Punjab and Ambala district of Haryana in the South, by Sirmaur district in the East and Bilaspur district in the West. Mandi district touches the boundary of Solan district in the North-East.
Access by Air : Nearest airport is Chandigarh 48 km. and Shimla 68 km.
Access by Rail : It is in the midway on Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge train.
Access by Road : Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads.
Distances : Delhi 315 km., Kalka 42 km., Chandigarh 68 km. and Shimla 48 km.
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