(also spelt as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla
', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali
The capital of Himachal Pradesh
came into light when the British discovered it in 1819. Till then, it was a
part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was declared as the summer
capital of India. After Independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab
and was later named the capital of Himachal
. In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka
has been blessed with
all the natural bounties, one can think of. Dwelling on a panoramic
location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped
peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during
the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill
Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla
retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, among them are the
stately Viceregal Lodge, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The
Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of the
town, and Scandal Point
, associated with the former
Maharaja of Patiala's escapades, offers a view of distant snowclad peaks.
Attractions of Solan
25 kms from Solan, Kasauli is a
beautiful tourist spot. In summer one sees endless greenery of deodar and
pine trees and in winter, snow covered earth. The Mall Road and
Monkey Point are well known here. One can find a number of good
hotels to stay here.
21 kms from Solan, this attractive tourist spot is famous
for its 150-year old public school and a church.
Parks and Mini Zoo
Close to the town of Solan are the Children's
park, Jawahar park and Mohan Park. In the Children's park
is a mini zoo, where one can find deer, wild cats and some rare birds.
This picnic spot is 20 kms from Solan. The river Giri
flows along its sides.
5 km from the town, this cave is located at an altitude of 7000 ft .
Karol Mountain is clearly visible from Solan.
This is known as Himalaya's most ancient and longest cave.
It reaches Pinjor Gardens.
This is famous for its jail. A number of freedom fighters, German and Irish
revolutionaries have spent time here. 15km from Solan are two English
It is most famous for its pine trees and the longest tunnel on the
Shimla-Kalka railway line. It is 5 kms from Solan.
Fort of the Gurkha
Situated on the 7000 ft high Dhar Mountain, this 300-year
old fort was built by the attacking Gurkhas of Nepal. The
view from here of Shimla, Kasauli, Chail, and Karol is
How To Get There - Solan
The Jubbarhatti airport is 68-km from Shimla and major domestic airlines
cater their services from here to Shimla. One can catch direct flights from
The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kalka and nearest narrow
gauge railway station is at Solan, which are connected by regular bus
Solan is approachable by road from Shimla and Chandigarh.