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Chail Posted April 22, 2013

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Chail PalaceChail: is 49 km from Shimla. The Chail Palace is well known for its architecture. The cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2,444 m was owned by erstwhile royal family of Patiala. It is the world’s highest cricket ground.

Chail is also considered as the hiker’s paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla.

In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the rage of Lord Kitchener. It led to the restriction of his entry into the summer capital, Shimla. This incensed the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new summer capital for himself. So he rebuilt the place (Chail) as per his requirements.

After accession to the Indian Union, Maharaja of Patiala donated most of his buildings to Chail Military School and Government of India

Source: Wikipedia

Kasauli Posted April 22, 2013

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kasauli_church_snowKasauli is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The cantonment was established by the in 1842 as a Colonial hill station, 77 kilometres (48 mi) from Shimla, 65 kilometres (40 mi) from Chandigarh, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Panchkula, and lies at a height of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft).

Baptist Church

Kasauli Baptist Church is a 1923 brick and wood building situated close to the Sadar Bazzar. According to The Indian Express it is “considered a unique example of colonial architecture of the British era”. In 2008 the church was damaged by a fire which destroyed all internal furnishings.

Central Research Institute

The Central Research Institute (CRI), originally the Pasteur Institute of India, was established at Kasauli in 1904 under its first director Sir David Semple, as an institute working in the fields of immunology and virological research.[6] The CRI works as a World Health Organization ‘Collaborating Centre’, and as an immuno-biological laboratory producing vaccines for measles and polio, and the DTP group of vaccines. It also provides a Master of Science programme in Microbiology.

Christ Church, Kasauli

Christ Church was previously an Anglican church, inaugurated on 24 July 1853. Since 1970 it has been under the auspices of the Church of North India (CNI) in the diocese of Amritsar. The church contains Spanish and Italian imported stained glass windows depicting Christ, Mary, Saint Barnabas and Saint Francis. The Parsonage was built in 1850 for priests of the Anglican church.

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the_christ_church_shimlaShimla ,formerly known as Simla, is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. It is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur to the south. The elevation of the city ranges from 300 to 2200 metres.[clarification needed] Shimla is well known as a hub for India’s tourism sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India.

The Mall: The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. People walk up and do     Christ Church: Situated on The Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.

Jakhu Hill: 2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak a offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors. A 108 feet (33 metre) statue of Lord Hanuman, a Hindu deity, at 8,500 feet (2,591 metres) above sea level, is single statue to stand at the highest altitude among several other master pieces in the world, overtaking the Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[43]

Jutogh: Located just 8 km away from the city centre, this army cantonment is near Totu, an important suburb of Shimla city.

Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.

Indian Institute of Advanced Study: This institute is housed at the former Viceregal Lodge, built in 1884-88.

Summer Hill: Situated at a distance of 5 km from The Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill, at a height of 6,500 ft on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.

Annandale: Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2–4 km from The Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and polo.

Tara Devi: 11 km from the Shimla bus-stand. Tara Devi hill has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Sankat Mochan: A very famous Lord Hanuman temple is located here.

Junga: Junga is near Tehsi, 26 km from Shimla. Its original name (with diacritics) is Jūnga and is a former royal retreat of the princely state of Keonthal. It is also known as the Keonthal Estate.

Anand Vilas: Midway between Shimla and Junga. “Sarva Dharma Mandir”, Temple of all Faiths, is a spiritual group dedicated to Mother Nature. Thousands of visitors and devotees come here every year. There is an “Art is Values” school with students from all over India. Classes are provided free of cost.

Mashobra: 13 km from Shimla, site of the annual Sipi fair in June.

Kufri: 16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the local winter sports centre, and it also has a small zoo.

Chharabra: 13 km from Shimla on route to Kufri.

Naldehra: 22 km from Shimla, with a nine-hole Naldehra Golf Club. The annual Sipi fair in June is held in Naldehra.

Arki: (46 km) is the site of an 18th century fort built when Arki was the capital of the erstwhile hill state of Baghal

Tattapani:
Location of sulphur springs which are found near the Tatapani mandir(holy temple)

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Tourist Attractions near Solan :

shoolini_templeJawahar Park: A serene cool place, Jawahar Park is situated on the summit of a hill which offers a panoramic view of this city. Besides the grassy lawns and fountains the park also houses a mini zoo ,a host to Cheetal deer ,monkeys and wild cat . A baby train apart, the park is also known for its swings and sea-saws.

Children Park: As the name sounds, the elephant and horse statues,swings and sea -saws attract a number of children with adults. This park is also a venue for small events.

Mohan Park: Constructed by the house of Mohan Meakins , this park houses finest specimen of sculpture by a well known sculptor Mr Bagga. A sensual damsel, Lord Shiva’s statue besides the etchings of various animals attract the tourists.

Karol Cave: Situated at an altitude of 7000 ft, this cave is regarded as the oldest cave in the Himalayas. The legend has it that the Pandavas of Mahabharat spent some years of  their exile here. One of the ends of this cave is believed to be at Pinjore Garden. The cave is situated at Mt. Karol which can be climbed on foot .(5 km)

Shoolini Temple:  Dedicated to goddess Shoolini, this temple is situated at a stone’s throw from the main city . A fair is also organised in the name of this goddess during June every year .

Shilli Sanctuary: This sanctuary houses wild fowls , apes and other animals including .It can be reached on foot or by hiring a taxi .(5 km).

Anees Villa : This villa, close to Shoolini temple belongs to the noted author Salman Rushdie who fought a long battle to get back this property from the state government. Locals believe the writer one day will come back to live here .

Happy Valley: An ideal picnic spot this valley is also known for a cave .(5 km)

Solan Brewery: World’s oldest brewery, this prestigious brewery is known for its quality beer and mineral water production .The Golden-Eagle beer manufactured here is famous throughout the world.

Deothal : Close to the Monastey this place is a good angling spot.

Makroa Gold Mines : These gold-ore mines, close to Deothal can be reached on foot along the banks of Kawal river.

Horticulture & Forestry University: Asia’s first, this university is engaged in research,teaching and extension activities .(15 km)

Yashwant Nagar: An angling spot, this place is at a distance of 20 kilometres from Solan .

—-Copyright Manjeet Sehgal

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12_peg_bar Whether you like to sit or stand at our bar, sink into the comfortable couches and chairs or claim a seat at a high top table, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Enjoy our special, ever-changing bar appetizers with your favorite, perfectly prepared cocktail; a selection from our interesting, approachable wine list, besides some of the finest blended spirits of the world.

Whether you want to unwind during Happy Hour, relax with family and friends or watch the big game, come on in…..bring your friends, make friends, be among friends!

12 Peg Bar is a state-of-the-art full bar  stocked with beers on tap, a carefully selected wine list featuring many selections created by our friendly bartenders. The 12 Peg Bar features a bar menu with specialty appetizers as well as the Full Menu.

12 Peg Bar welcomes locals and visitors alike. There are two big screen TVs for your viewing pleasure. The mission of 12 Peg Bar is to make you feel comfortable and at home every time you walk through its doors and pull up a spot at the bar, because this is just as much your bar as it is our bar.

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surinder_verma_2Surinder Verma: A Multi Faceted Personality

The promoter and owner of  Hotel Paragon Palace is Mr Surinder Verma who is basically a builder . He is a graduate and has over four decades of construction industry experience as a builder and a government contractor. His father Mr O P Verma is also a builder and a government contractor.

The owner belongs to Solan town and have always loved the town named after a local goddess Maa Shoolini. The concept of owning and building a hotel had in the mind of Vermas much before it was actually constructed in the year 2002. The idea was to offer hotel , restaurant and banquet facilities to the people of the fastest growing town of north India at a most convenient place and that too at an affordable price.

These experiences have inspired him to create his dream hotel project , which is designed around entertaining and relaxing, while maximising the breathtaking vistas and sunshine. The promoter has given considerable attention to ensure that, whilst the hotel is luxurious, it retained a warm and peaceful ambience where guests could relax and instantly feel at ease.

Surinder Verma has a passion for travelling and has visited a number of Indian towns during his four decades of career. He is also a collector and a an art lover. His passion for the art and architecture from the gauged from the decoration and furnishing of the hotel alone. The way he has decorated and furnished his property is rare to be found in the periphery and is indeed a cut above the rest.
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Hotel Paragon Palace in a short span of time has earned a big name in the industry and is one of the most sought after hotels in the state. The owner plans to set up similar properties in Shimla and other major towns of the state.

How to reach Solan Posted March 17, 2013 | Tags:

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solan-rail-carBy train

The nearest broad gauge head is located at Kalka which is a seven hour drive from New Delhi. Kalka is connected with Shimla with a narrow gauge railway track which is now a UNESCO heritage property  .The distance between Kalka and Solan is 47 kms and the toy train takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach Solan.

By road

It takes only 41 minutes from Kalka to reach Solan by car .If hiring a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in hilly regions and is not deprived of sleep. Buses are also available from Kalka to Solan

By Air

The nearest airports are at Shimla and Chandigarh . Shimla airport is located at Jubbarhatti (67 kms) and Chandigarh airport is at a distance of  77 kms .

Distances of  Tourist Places from Solan

Shimla : 49.6 kms. Journey time: 1.13 hours
Chail:     39.1 kms. Journey time: 1.9 hours
Kasauli:  29.5 kms. Journey time: 45 minutes
Kalka   :  44 kms . Journey time: 1.2 hours
Baddi   : 72.1kms . Journey time: 1.33 hours
Baru Sahib: 65.2 kms . Journey: 1.30 hours

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paragon_banquets_1   A good Banquet hall must reflect a fine blend of aesthetics and shape; practicality and flexibility. Each of our four banquet halls is the archetype of an ideal banquet hall in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh. Our banquet halls have different variations; each one versatile in it’s on way, to cater to your varied needs.

Our friendly banqueting personnel are at your disposal to customise your function details, from audiovisual requirements through corporate banquets. We can arrange anything from a themed Gala Dinner to a smaller, more informal, meal. You will find here a high degree of flexibility, coupled with professionalism. All enquiries will be dealt with by our banqueting staff within 48
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Meetings & Events

An elegant building perched at a vantage point at the centre of the city, bearing the distinct aura of stateliness, Hotel Paragon Palace serves as the perfect venue for celebrations, banquets, corporate events, weddings, conferences and meetings in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Along with a bouquet of fine services, a dedicated team of event management associates and access to gourmet catering facilities have contributed toparagon_banquets_2 making Hotel Paragon Palace one of the most sought  venues in Solan Himachal Pradesh.

Having played host to  an number of events , Hotel Paragon Palace, Solan has the ambience, the facilities, and most importantly the experience to successfully host conferences and banquets .

A brief about our Banquet Halls:

Jashan Hall (Seating Capacity 25 to 90 people) : Ideal for small get to gathers, kitty parties,student birthday parties, dance parties, small conferences. This hall is also suitable to organise family gatherings, Mehandi Ceremony, Batna  Ceremony and Shagun ceremonies.

Sangam Hall (Seating Capacity 300 people)

Suitable for organising ring ceremonies,Shagun Ceremonies, Marriage receptions, get to gathers, corporate conferences, birthday parties, Retirement ( superanuuation) parties, Farewell parties, Wedding and anniversaries.

Sawayamwar Banparagon_banquets_3quet (Seating Capacity  1000 to 2000 ):

Ideal for large gatherings, marriage ceremonies , product launches and exhibitions. Open Lawns

Shagun Hall  (Seating Capacity 150 to 250 people)

Suitable for organising ring ceremonies,Shagun Ceremonies, Marriage receptions, get to gathers, corporate conferences, birthday parties, Retirement ( superanuuation) parties, Farewell parties, Wedding and anniversaries.

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restaurant  We are happy to welcome everyone to our 56 Bhog Multi Cuisine Restaurant, one of the best and most visited restaurants in Solan , which is a family-styled restaurant that offers all of the traditional comfort foods made with that home made touch. If you liked grandma’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes, you’ll love the food down here.

We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Our hours are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Sunday.

When you visit 56 Bhog Restaurant, you will be treated like a member of the family. We love people and want everyone to have as enjoyable an eating experience as possible. From the time

you walk through the front door until the time you are ready to leave, our waiters will give you the friendliest, most attentive service this side of India. You won’t have to ask for water as we make sure everyone starts off with a nice cool glass before they order their meal.

Whether you want a delicious home-styled breakfast, a specialty sandwich for lunch or a warm, hearty dinner, 56 Bhog Restaurant is the place to be. Friday and Saturday nights are extra special .  Please join us for what will be a fun and memorable dining experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Loved by locals and admired by visitors, you’ll soon discover why The Jannat Terrace Restaurant  is recognized as one of Solan’s best  terrace restaurants .

And appreciate for yourself its relaxed and inviting atmosphere that provides breath taking views of surroundings , sun sets and sun rise.

A coffee or a drink with snacks will pave the way for most romantic moments during the summers when cool breezes from nearby pines make it  as palatable as the satisfying dishes it serves.

Jannat Terrace Restaurant also serves as a perfect venue to host a dinner or a party .

 

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