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Solan
City
From top, left to right: Thodo dance of Solan; Shoolini Utsav; Shoolini Devi Temple Solan; Yung Drung Monastery, Dholanji, Solan; panoramic view of Solan city
From top, left to right: Thodo dance of Solan; Shoolini Utsav; Shoolini Devi Temple Solan; Yung Drung Monastery, Dholanji, Solan; panoramic view of Solan city
Nickname(s): 
Mushroom city of India
Solan is located in Himachal Pradesh
Solan
Solan
Location in Himachal Pradesh
Solan is located in India
Solan
Solan
Solan (India)
Coordinates: 30°54′18″N 77°05′49″E / 30.905°N 77.097°E / 30.905; 77.097Coordinates: 30°54′18″N 77°05′49″E / 30.905°N 77.097°E / 30.905; 77.097
Country India
StateHimachal Pradesh
DistrictSolan
Government
 • BodyMunicipal Council
 • MLADhani Ram Shandil
Elevation
1,502 m (4,928 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total39,256
 • Rank2 in HP
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
173212
Telephone code01792
Vehicle registrationHP- HP 14, HP 01S, HP 02S, HP 64, HP 59
Avg. annual temperature18 °C (64 °F)
Avg. summer temperature32 °C (90 °F)
Avg. winter temperature−2 °C (28 °F)
ClimateCwa
Websitehpsolan.gov.in

Solan is the district headquarters of Solan district (created on 1 September 1972) 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).[1] The place is named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini Devi. Every year in the month of June, a fair venerating the goddess is held, featuring a 3-day mela at the central Thodo grounds. Solan was the capital of the erstwhile princely state, Baghat.[2]

It is known as the "Mushroom city of India" because of the vast mushroom farming in the area as well as the Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR) situated at Chambaghat.

Solan is crowned as the "City of Red Gold", in reference to the bulk production of tomatoes in the area.[1] The town is situated between Chandigarh (joint capital of Punjab and Harayana) and Shimla (state capital), on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway-22. The Kalka-Shimla railway a Narrow-gauge railway line passes through Solan. It was built by the British and is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site.

Historical Evolution[edit]

The history of Solan goes back to the era of Pandavas. According to local folklore, Pandavas lived here during their exile.[3] In 1815 British won Baghat state (now Solan) from the Gurkhas, Gurkha fort or Arki Fort is still standing tall on a mountain near to Solan city and it is one of the historic tourist attractions of Solan.[4] The town has been a capital of the princely Baghat State. The word Baghat is derived from Bau or Bahu, meaning "many", and Ghat meaning "pass". Initially the state headquarters of the Baghat State was located at Bhoch in the Bhuchali pargana, but the headquarters of the state was shifted to Solan after the construction of cantonment over here. The railway was set up in 1902.[5] The evolution of Solan city can be understood in the following order or sequence :-

  • Establishment of a cantonment area at Solan by Britishers.
  • Establishing Solan brewery in 1855 due to availability of excellent quality mineral water.
  • Shifting of the headquarters of Baghat State from Bhoch to Solan.
  • Start of Kalka-Shimla rail line in 1902.
  • Start of transportation activity on Kalka-Solan-Shimla road.
  • The urban local body i.e. Municipal Council Solan came into existence in 1950.
  • Solan became an independent district on 1 September 1972, and the town of Solan became the district headquarters.[5]

Heritage[edit]

Solan can be called a British town as primarily a cantonment was built here in the late 19th century by the British.[6] Solan cantonment is still the best and the most well planned part of this area hence buildings are made in a planned manner. The church in Solan cantonment is a heritage building with wooden and stone carvings, it has sloping roofs plus arches reminiscent of the British architecture.[citation needed]

The list of heritage buildings in solan town is as below:-

  • Shoolini devi temple.
Christ Church, Kasauli
  • The Church in Solan cantonment.
  • The Solan railway station, one of the Highest railway stations in the world.[7]
  • The Barog railway station.
  • Hari Mandir a famous Lord Krishna temple.
  • The railway station and the railway rest house at Salogra.
  • The DC residence on Shilly road.
  • Anees villa, ancestral home of Salman Rushdie Shilly road near DC residence.[8][9]
  • S.E., PWD office which used to be a durbar hall of Baghat State.
  • Old guest house in the palace of Baghat state.
  • Khalifa lodge (now the JBT college running in it).
  • Kishan Niwas and Hill View on circular road.[9]
  • St. Luke's Sen Sec School, Solan the school built in hill architecture.
  • Jatoli Temple (5 km. far from Solan on Rajgarh Road).
Jatoli Temple
  • Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park (in Hart, 12 km from Solan)
  • Dolanji Bon Monastery, Solan.
  • The Palace near Palace Road.
  • Pandavas cave at Mount Karol, Chambaghat, Solan
Solan railway station
Bon Monastery Dholanji, Solan

Geography[edit]

Solan city is located at 30°55′N 77°07′E / 30.92°N 77.12°E / 30.92; 77.12.[10][11] It has an average elevation of 1502 metres (5249.34 feet). The highest point is atop Mount Karol 2280 metres. Pandava's cave, where Pandavas believed to have meditated during their 12-year exile, is located at the mountain top. Solan gets snowfall during winters.[12]

Solan is a base station for the nearby tourist destinations including Chail, Himachal Pradesh|Chail, Dagshai, Sabathu, Kandaghat and Churdhar peak.

Climate[edit]

Situated at an altitude of 1600 metres on an average, Solan can be called as a cool Hill station. Solan city is neither so cold as Shimla, nor too hot as Kalka as the temperature hardly rise more than 32 °C (90 °F). That is why it is considered as an ideal station from residential point of view. During winters Solan experience little snowfall. Temperatures typically range from −4 °C (25 °F) to 32 °C (90 °F) over the course of a year, with record high temperature of 37 °C.

Snowfall 2013, Solan
Hills of Solan city in fog during winters
Solan during monsoon

[13] [14]

Climate data for Solan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 13.2
(55.8)
15.3
(59.5)
19.8
(67.6)
25.1
(77.2)
29.3
(84.7)
29.5
(85.1)
25.2
(77.4)
24.2
(75.6)
24.5
(76.1)
22.9
(73.2)
19.6
(67.3)
15.8
(60.4)
22
(71.7)
Average low °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
5.7
(42.3)
9.6
(49.3)
14.2
(57.6)
18.4
(65.1)
20
(68)
19
(66)
18.6
(65.5)
17.2
(63)
13.3
(55.9)
8.9
(48)
5.8
(42.4)
12.9
(55.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 87
(3.43)
67
(2.64)
73
(2.87)
27
(1.06)
40
(1.57)
120
(4.72)
393
(15.47)
325
(12.8)
186
(7.32)
52
(2.05)
12
(0.47)
29
(1.14)
1,411
(55.54)
Source: climate-data.org[15]

Nagar Nigam and District administration[edit]

M.C, Solan is spread over an area of 33.43 km2 with a residential population of 39,256.[16] It is the largest Municipal Council of Himachal, but now it is being upgraded to Municipal Corporation which will be third in Himachal after Shimla and Dharamshala M Corp.[17]

District administration and Centre Government offices Being the district headquarters the city is the seat of district administration having offices in government buildings. There are:

  • Mini Secretariat at byepass containing D.C. Office, S.P. Office, SDM Office, NIC, DYSSO, District Statistical Office, D.R.O., Copying Agency, DRDA, Zila Parishad, District Treasury office, ASP, DSP, DF&SC etc.
  • PWD circle office near hospital on tank road. It houses the office of S.E., HP PWD, Solan circle.
  • Public Works Department complex on Solan bye pass. It has offices of Executive Engineer (National Highways), Executive Engineer, HP PWD Solan Division, Assistant Engineer Horticulture Sub Division etc.
  • District Industries Centre at Chambaghat. It has offices of GM, Industries and Mining officer.
  • Tehsil Office at Kotla Nallah on Rajgarh road.
  • District Public Relations Office near Gurudwara at Saproon.
  • Town & Country Planning Office near Dohri Dwar on Barog Bye-pass.
  • XEN, Public & Health office near Dohri Dwar on Barog bye pass.
  • Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry on Jaunaji road
  • District Agriculture office & District Horticulture office at Chambaghat.
  • Chief Medical Officer's Office at Chambaghat.
  • District Education Office (Primary & Secondary) at Chambaghat.
  • Offices of HPSEB near Power House at Saproon.
  • District Courts on the Mall road near Saproon.

A number of Central Govt. Offices too have their own departmental buildings.

  • Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India
  • N.R.C.M. (National Research Centre for Mushroom)
  • C.I.P.M.C. (Centre for Investigation of Pest Management & Control)
  • Z.S.I. (Zoological Survey of India)
  • E.T.D.C. (Electronics Testing and Development Centre)

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 Indian census, Solan city has a population of 39,256[16] making it the second largest city of Himachal after Shimla. Solan had an average literacy rate of 85.02.[18]

Solan is a Municipal Council city. It is divided into 13 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. The Solan Municipal Council has population of 39,256 of which 21,182 are males while 18,074 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.

Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 3524 which is 8.98% of total population of Solan (M Cl). In Solan Municipal Council, Female Sex Ratio is of 853 against state average of 972. Moreover, Child Sex Ratio in Solan is around 886 compared to Himachal Pradesh state average of 909. Literacy rate of Solan city is 93.02% higher than state average of 82.80%. In Solan, Male literacy is around 94.01% while female literacy rate is 91.86%.

Solan Municipal Council has total administration over 9,803 houses to which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage.

Solan Work Profile Out of total population, 15,640 were engaged in work or business activity. Of this 12,147 were males while 3,493 were females. In census survey, worker is defined as person who does business, job, service, and cultivator and labour activity. Of total 15640 working population, 93.31% were engaged in Main Work while 6.69% of total workers were engaged in Marginal Work.[19][20]

Solan Religion Data 2011

Sr Religion Percentage as per 2011 Census[21]
1 Hindu 93.05%
2 Muslim 02.88%
3 Christian 0.79%
4 Sikh 02.59%
5 Buddhist 0.57%
6 Jain 0.06%
7 Others 0.01%
8 Not stated 0.05%

City area Solan Planning Area covers 3343 hectares = 33.43 km2 of land (Largest city area in Himachal Pradesh).[22]

HPPWD Solan rest house and parking
Solan city
Twinkling hills of solan city at night

Economy[edit]

Cash crops Solan is hub of horticulture produce marketing. Tomatoes, plums, apricots, kiwi, apples and seasonal vegetables constitutes major economic activity of the town. There is big complex on Saproon bypass housing vegetables and fruits market.

Mushrooms are widely grown in town and contributes to the economy of the inhabitants.

Tourism contributes to the economy of Solan.

Solan is also developing as education hub of Himachal Pradesh with many established technical institutions giving employment to people of the town.

People from other places come here to use the health, educational, commercial and other infrastructure available. They contribute in the economy of the city.

Industry

Solan is an industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known for Pharmaceutical industry. The Small Scale and Medium industrial units provide employment and play role in the economy of inhabitants.

These industrial units mainly belong to hosiery, food, wood, paper, leather, glass, chemical, mechanical, pharmaceuticals, food processing, electrical and electronics services.

The following mojor units are operating in town:-

  • H.F.C.L. (Himachal Futurstic Communications Limited)
  • Exicom ( a sister concern of HFCL)
  • Himalayan Pipe Factory
  • Shivalik Bi-Metal
  • Decora Iron & Steel Industry.
  • Mohan Meakins Breweries.
  • Meridian group of companies
  • Xchanging Technology Limited, this is an Information Technology Company is the only UK based MNC which exists in the Town and is the largest corporate employer in the region.

Service industry has also come up in town to cater to urban and rural population. The major services provided are computer and internet based services, tourism, travel and tickeing, taxi operations, beauty and grooming, mobile servicing, food and fashion.

Culture, Traditional dresses, dance and food[edit]

Traditional Thoda dance of Solan
Traditional dance of Solan district. Pahari Gidda
An old Local song of Solan

Salwar suit is the main ethnic wear all over Solan District, other common dresses are also worn by ladies, where as men here have no specific traditional dress. Ghaghra suit is a traditional dress in Solan. However it is not much common and it can be seen only during cultural dances etc.

Whereas in traditional ornaments ladies wear 9 Ladi Haar (a nine-strand necklace), Chaak (a golden ornament worn on head), gajru (heavy silver bracelets).

Pahari giddha or paruhan is the traditional dance of Solan district. This dance is originally from Kunihar, a small town is Solan district, which can be called as cultural village of Solan district. This dance is performed by group of ladies on fast traditional songs.

A historical dance called Thoda dance here is also performed during shoolini mela every year in the month of June, the Thodo dance is basically a dance performed based on archery, bows and arrows are used in this dance.

Food Himachali people believe in Atithi Devo Bhava code of conduct. They are very hospitable, and inviting an ‘acquaintance’ (this could be someone they’ve just met!) to home is a way of life. The host will offer whatever food is available in the house, here a general belief is: 'a guest should not leave without eating'. Cuisines of Solan are spicy, so grab a glass of water before you start eating. The preferred food in Solan mainly consists of vegetarian food, with a generous dose of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and red chillies. The average cuisine churns out all sorts of lentil and cereals for tasty preparations.

While the everyday meal is the usual dal-chawal-subzi-roti (the common north Indian meal of rice, lentil broth, dishes of seasonal vegetables, cereals and sorted bread),

Askaali is a traditional stone made utensil used to make Askalu in District solan.
Pachole, tradational dish of solan

special dishes are usually prepared on special occasions like festivals, marriages, seasonal availability and fairs.

Some of the traditional dishes are as below:-

  • Poode, made from a batter of wheat, jaggery syrup (gud) which is then shallow fried in ghee or oil.
  • Lushke, made from wheat, rice flour with little baking soda and is similar to a pancake.
  • Patande, yet another dish of Solan and Sirmour districts of the state. Patande is made from wheat and is similar to a pancake as well.
  • Sidu, a kind of bread made from wheat flour stuffed with dal and spices. It is kneaded with yeast and the dough is allowed to rise for 4–5 hours. With a stuffing of fat it is first browned over a slow fire and then steamed. Sidu is normally eaten with ghee(clarified butter)
  • Askalu, made from wheat, rice flour with little baking soda, the batter is put into a special utensil made from stone called askali which contains several small molds in it.
  • Pachole, a seasonal dish made from mashed sweet corns with spices, which is then steamed and eaten with ghee (clarified butter).

Flora and Fauna[edit]

Solan Planning area contains Chil, Deodar, Ban and Kail, mainly deodar and pine trees in the city . Oak forests are also at higher elevations around moist locations. Places like Chail is the most predominant one for different species of vegetation. Besides the natural or indigenous vegetation there are ornamental and alien plantation too. It consists of silver oak, jhakranda, bottle brush, weeping willows, kachnar, grasses etc.[12]

Due to variations in altitude, there is a variety of fauna in the region. The himalayan black beer & panther are the carnivora whereas the Ghoral and the barking deer are the herbivora in and around the Solan Planning Area. Other animals include the jackal, mongoose, the Jangli billi, monkeys & langurs etc. The game birds include jungli murga, kabutar, ghughi, dhaula teetar and kolsa etc.[23]

Tourism and other Attractions[edit]

Sharvilla Health resorts Solan
Hill Ranges of the Solan area looking south

Places of tourist Interest

There are many places of interest in and around Solan.

  • Maa Shoolini Devi temple on Shilly Road
  • Jatoli Temple on Rajgarh Road
  • Children's park on Mall Road
  • Jawahar Park on top of a hill. Whole of the town can be viewed from here.
  • Mohan Meakin Breweries the oldest distillery in India and one of the oldest in the world.
  • Toy train and Solan railway station on Kalka-Shimla railway narrow gauge. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Karol ka tibba
  • Badi ki dhar Badi Dhar is situated at an altitude of 6781 feet above sea level. Beautiful sights of Shimla can be seen from the top of the hill. The place is famous for its Lord Shiva temple and annual fair which is organised on 14/15 June.
  • Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park
  • Water tanks on tank road
  • Forest nursery area
  • Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry
  • Barog railway station
  • Kasauli
  • Chail
  • Giripul and Gauda
  • Bon Monastery, Dolanji
  • Water Park and Cafe at Sadhupul [24]

Solan is fast developing into a tourist spot. It is also known as a reference station for tourists visiting nearby places. Included in that category are Chail, Kasauli, Dagshai, Sabathu, Kandaghat, Churdhar Peak etc. Many visitors going to Shimla, Kinnaur & other areas of the state use this town as a halting station. The tourism infrastructure includes dozens of hotels catering to needs of budget and luxury tourists.

Besides the Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni, other places of interest in Solan include the Maa Shoolini temple, the Jatoli Shiv temple and the Bon Monastery, Dolanji, which is approximately 3 km from Oachghat.

A tourist information office is functioning at Solan. It may soon have a few tourist mini buses so that sight seeing tours could be arranged to Dagshai, Kasauli, Sabathu, Chail, Giripul and other places of tourist interest.

The Solan Hills stand on a water - parting between the Sutlej and the Giri, a tributary of the Yamuna.

South of Solan is the Panchmunda ridge which is crossed by a railway through a tunnel (the longest on the Kalka - Shimla run) at Barog railway station, where a series of fissure give rise to springs at its flank.

The first ridge above Kalka rises abruptly to pineclad Kasauli at a height of 1927 meters and is joined by a 12 km bridle path for trekking. The distance by road, however, from Kalka is 36.5 km.

The town of Kasauli is a hill-station for spending holidays and is a honeymoon destination with the temple devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. It is also home to Army and Air Force base. At Monkey Point there is a temple of Hanuman. This is one of the small towns developed by the British during the 'hey days' of the empire. It can be reached by a branch road on the Kalka-Shimla road, near Dharampur.

The upper and lower Malls are the two principal roads that run along the length of Kasauli, a thick cover of pine, oak, rhododendron and horse chestnut trees embrace the entire area. Traffic is restricted on these roads, which is the reason why Kasauli is the quietest hill station in India. The resort's colonial aura is underlined by gabled houses with cobbled alleys and rows of orchards and gardens.[citation needed]

Kasauli has The Central Research Institute (CRI), set up in 1905, is the oldest in India. The institute manufactures vaccines, antisera, dead emulsion, bacterial diagnostic reagents and normal horse serum and blood

At 3647 mt, the Churdhar Peak, looms over the sylvan surroundings, and just across these ranges, is Shimla town.

This region has also been witness to Gurkha expansion at Sabathu and to ruins of old Gurkha Fort, a three-hundred-year-old Gurkha fort at Nauni, which dates back to the time when the region was ruled by the Gurkhas of Nepal. Though the fort is in ruins, but it is strategically located atop a mountain point providing a panoramic view of the entire area.

The proposed ropeway between Chambaghat and Karol is expected to contribute more to the tourism industry of the town.[25]

Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park spreads over 40 acres of land at a cost of Rs 454 crore on the right bank of river Ashwani. It lies in 'Hart Village' which takes a detour of around 6 km from main highway after Salogra. Elaborating on the concept of Heritage Park, Brig Kapil Mohan, chairman of Mohan Shakti Trust who has undertaken the Heritage Park project, said that it would be a centre of learning and would generate sufficient inquisitiveness into the minds of people all over the world for Indian philosophy and ancient heritage. At the centre of the park, is a grand temple where a magnificent collection of statues of gods and goddesses are installed. Besides, an ancient Indian research centre is proposed for studying Indian Heritage and eminent scholars would be associated with it. the project consists of following salient features

Mohan Shakti Heritage Park
  • Big temples with exquisite architectural marvels.
  • Meditation centre inside a cave.
  • Theme park.
  • Herbal Plantations.
  • Fountains and landscaped gardens.
  • Ropeway trolley.
  • Research Centre.
  • Ayurvedic healing.
  • Yagyashala etc. etc.

Also, the park would have an auditorium facility provided with laser shows based on Indian mythology and epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Playgrounds and parks The town has three parks. These are:

  • Jawahar Park - Located at the highest point of the town proper, it has fountains, rides, baby train, small play field etc.
  • Children Park - Located on the Mall road itself near DC Office, it has animal rides, rides, musical fountain & a cafe etc.
  • Mohan Park - Built by Mohan Meakins breweries near Chambaghat on the Mall road, it has a terrace garden, rides etc.
  • Subhash Chandra Bose Park - Hospital road solan.[26]

There are following grounds in the town :-

  • Thodo ground - Near MC Office, it is the centre of all cultural, official & sports activities.
  • Police ground - Adjoining Police lines at Kather it is an upcoming ground & has the potential of making of a stadium. It is the training ground of Solan policemen.
  • Radhaswami Satsang - A large ground at Anji.

The town has a number of community halls. Some hotels nearby also have excellent facilities for arranging marriages, functions, meetings or parties. There are religious institutions too offering such facilities. MC Solan has its own community hall near Thodo ground.[26]

For recreation and outing there are two movie theaters and many fast food joints, restaurants and bars.

Accessibility[edit]

Solan railway station, one of India's highest

The National Highway No. 22 is a prominent road passing through Solan town. It is an important road from many points of view. Firstly it is a defence road connecting Delhi, Dehradun, Ambala and Chandigarh to the China Border. Next it is the life line of the State as it is the main road for all imports and exports in the state. It is on account of its significance that there are 2 bypasses within Solan Planning Area. These are :

  • Solan bypass linking Saproon and Chambaghat.
  • Barog bypass linking Saproon and Kumarhatti via Anji & Rabon. The NHAI has undertaken the 4-laning of this road. Work is under progress.

Besides N.H.-22, Solan has many other important roads connecting Solan to its nearby areas, towns or settlements. These are: -

  • Solan - Rajgarh road.
  • Solan - Subathu - Arki Road.
  • Solan - Kandaghat road via Basal and Salumana.
  • Solan - Jaunaji road.
  • Solan - Damrog - Jatoli road.
  • Solan - Ashwani Khad road. It connects Solan to Hart Village, the site of Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park. It will connect Chail ultimately.

By Road Solan is accessible by road as well as train. It is 68 kilometers from Chandigarh (2 hours journey by bus) and 48 kilometers from Shimla (1 hour journey by bus).

By Rail

The Kalka-Shimla Railway which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the World Heritage Site (Mountain railways of India) on 7 July 2008, passes through Solan.[27] Solan is in the middle of this narrow gauge line. Kalka-Shimla toy train halts at Solan railway station. It connects Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and other cities by connecting trains running from Kalka railway junction.

On Kalka-Shimla railway there are total of 44 railway tunnels up to Solan.

By air

  • The nearest airport is Shimla airport which is about 45 km from solan. The Himachal Pradesh government is setting up its first international airport at an investment of Rs.1,000 crore in Solan district of the state on a public private partnership model given the significance and pace of development that Solan has witnessed in recent times in the state of Himachal.
  • There is a helipad at Basal Road where helicopters of all the VIPs visiting Solan land.
  • Presently Chandigarh International Airport (Chandigarh Airport) is serving the air transportation needs of the residents of the town and tourists.

Sports[edit]

Badminton There is an indoor badminton hall near MC office.

Football at Thodo ground - Near MC Office, football and other sports activities are held in this ground.

  • An indoor stadium will come up in the city.[28]
  • Gyms for fitness

Infrastructure and Health[edit]

ISBT Solan

There are two bus stands presently functioning in Solan city. One is the New bus stand which is below ITI Solan on the by-pass road which also is the main bus stand of the city. The other is known as the Old bus stand which is situated on The Mall and is used as the local bus stand. Solan City also has a good intercity (Mudrika) bus service that connects the local areas of Solan city. Buses plying between Chandigarh-Shimla, Delhi-Shimla, and Nahan-Shimla halts at Solan. Free wifi facility is available at Solan bus stand.

HRTC Solan Himachal Road Transport Corporation Solan Depot came into existence in 1 November 1990 after shifting from Parwanoo. The depot is providing public transit facility to its passengers in the state of Himachal (rural and urban) and to the adjoining states and Union Territory like Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Almost each and every part of District. Solan is linked with roads. The HRTC Solan is running its buses covering Solan, Sirmour, Bilaspur, Shimla, Hamirpur and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the commuters. Journey to various stations of Himachal has become easier than ever because the huge network of HRTC buses. The HRTC Solan is running approximately 206 single routes, with the fleet of 83 buses and operating four types of buses:

  • Ordinary buses
  • High-Tech buses
  • City Bus (Mudrika)
  • Tata Air conditioned bus

Solan depot is pioneer in introducing Electronic Ticketing Machine, implementing Tally software & almost computerized for following work.

  • Monthly Review Data & its Analysis
  • Route-wise Information
  • Vehicle-wise Information
  • Payroll
  • Inventory
  • Daily Monitoring System

Solid waste management

MC Solan has a well organised network of solid waste collection & disposal. Waste is collected from 132 collection points with the help of 115 sanitation workers. Out of these 132 collection points, as many as 42 are the dumpers. The council has 2 placers and 1 tipper which is privately hired. It has 4 drivers. A total of 10 tons of solid waste is collected every day and transported to the waste recycling plant at Salogra. The plant is fully capable of meeting with the requirements of the town.

The waste recycling plant situated at Salogra is a unique thing in itself. Firstly it's only at Shimla and Solan that we have the waste recycling plants in Himachal Pradesh. Salogra plant has the distinction of being the first in HP It is till date being maintained by a non-government organisation (NGO) known by the name of "Jan Seva Ashram" which has its head office in New Delhi. The plant has land and processing plant capable of handling a total of up to 20 tons of solid waste. Presently on an average, up to 10 tons of waste arrives here. On festival days the quantum reaches up to 13 tons. As and when a dumper placer or a tipper arrives from a unit, the constituents are segregated by the workers into polythene, stone, medical waste, paper, kitchen waste & such categories. Paper is recycled in the paper recycling plant. The organic waste is kept in open heaps which decomposes in a period of 40–45 days reducing it to compost. The other part of the waste being sanitary in nature is dumped on open land. There are a number of facilities here. There is a JCB, a plant processor, soil testing & compost testing lab and an office.

Health

  • State government Zonal hospital for primary and tertiary health care
  • Private clinics and hospitals for prophylactic and therapeutic health care.
  • Testing laboratories and imaging centres for diagnosis
  • Hospitals attached with medical and dental colleges
  • Ayurvedic Hospital

Education[edit]

The city is hub of educational institutions and training centres. The various Primary and High schools of government and private bodies meet the needs of undergraduate students. St.Luke's School Solan, founded in 1958, is another locally well-known school.

Central government

State government

  • Government Boys Senior Secondary School
  • Government Girls Senior Secondary School
  • Government PG College
  • Government Polytechnic College

for Women

  • Industrial Training Institute

Private Dental Colleges

  • Bhojia dental college and hospital, Budh (Baddi) Dist. Solan
  • M.N.D.A.V. Dental College & Hospital, Solan

Private Medical College

  • MM University & Medical College, Solan District. Solan

Private Engineering College

  • Green Hills Engineering College, Kumarhatti, Solan

Private GNM and other Nursing Schools

  • Murari Lal Memorial School & Collegr Of Nursing
  • Sai Sanjivini Hospital, Solan

Homoeopathic College

  • Solan Homoeopethic Medical College, Barog Bypass, Kumarhatti.

Private Universities

Motilal Nehru Central State Library Motilal Nehru Central state library is situated on The Mall, Solan. Established on 29 June 1959, it is the only Central State Library in Himachal Pradesh. All the schools and public libraries in the state come under it. Till 1973 the library was running a certificate course in library science, and had even initiated the Mobile Library project to benefit youth in rural areas of the state.

This library is Responsible for managing all school & public libraries in the state. There are thousands of precious and valuable books housed in this library. This library is centrally located above PNB on The Mall Solan.

Media[edit]

Notable People[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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