Places of tourist interest Posted March 11, 2013 | Tags: Anees Villa, bon_monastery, Children Park, Deothal, Happy Valley, Horticulture & Forestry University, Jawahar Park, Karol Cave, Makroa Gold Mines, Mohan Park, Mohan-Meakin Ltd, national highway-22, Shilli Sanctuary, Shoolini Temple, Solan Brewery, Solan town, Yashwant Nagar
Solan town is situated on national highway-22 is known for many ‘firsts’ .India’s first brewery Mohan-Meakin Ltd was set-up here in 1855 AD. Asia’s first horticulture and forestry university (named after Dr Y.S.Parmar) is also located here . Officially the city had been declared ‘Mushroom City of India’ on September 10, 1997. Besides a largest off season vegetable producer district , Solan is also a commercial district of Himachal Pradesh .
Bon-Monastery: Situated off the Solan-Sarahan link road this is the only on (Tibbet’s oldest religion) monastery in India . A religious centre of repute, the monastery attracts devotees throughout the world.(15 kms.)
Menri (Medicine Mountain) Monastery is located in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh, in a rather out of the way corner, far from cities and bazaars. How this place has changed in recent years! From a sleepy, albeit culturally important backwater, Menri has become a bustling hub of religious learning and ritual activity. Until 1998, Menri was a very rudimentary facility with a few simple adobe and stone buildings. Even the main temple was bereft of the rich decorations that have come to characterize Tibetan religious edifices. There were around 100 monks then. Now there are over 350 residents, and large concrete Tibetan-style buildings have come up to house the new temples, a library, Bon Dialectic School, dormitories, health center, and nunnery as well as other well functioning centers.
The chief lama of Menri Monastery is Menri Trizin, who is also the titular head of all the Bonpo. Now aged 80, His Holiness still maintains a full work schedule, overseeing important functions at the monastery. A typical day will see Menri Trizin delegating tasks to his circle of leading monks (all of whom hold the Doctor of Divinity or Geshe degree), participating in religious ceremonies, receiving visitors, dictating letters, and supervising construction and education projects. Menri Trizin fulfills his role as spiritual leader of the Bonpo admirably well, and he cuts an impressive figure with his deep resonant voice and regal bearing. His Holiness however, is a good listener and is always ready to help all who seek him out. In short, he is the ideal spiritual beacon.
Solan town is considered to be the fastest gwowing hill town in north India and is a district headquarters of district Solan It is located 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of the state capital Shimla.
The city of Solan is spread over an area of 33.43 km2, which makes it the largest city in Himachal Pradesh by land area, followed by the city of Shimla, with an area of 31.60 km2. It is the second most populous city of Himachal Pradesh after Shimla.
The town is situated between Chandigarh and Shimla , on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway-22. Declared as heritage property by UNESCO, The Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge heritage railway line also passes through Solan.
Solan Fast Facts:
Nickname: Mushroom city of India
Location : Solan is located on National Highway 22,Himachal Pradesh state of India
Geographical location : 30.92°N 77.12°E Coordinates: 30.92°N 77.12°E
Total area : 33.43 km2 (12.91 sq mi)
Height: 1,580 m (5,180 ft)
Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN code: 173212
Telephone STD code : 01792
Average annual temperature : 18 °C (64 °F)
Average summer temperature : 32 °C (90 °F)
Average winter temperature : 2 °C (36 °F)
Best Season: April to June and October to November
Clothing: Heavy woollens in winters .Summers are hot
Access : The nearest airports are at Shimla and Chandigarh .Solan is also connected with narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla railway line .The nearest broad gauge railway line is at Kalka . Solan is well connected by road (NH-22).Some of the distances are: Delhi-315 km,Chandigarh-68 km,shimla-48 km and Kalka-42 km.
If you are planning to visit Shimla , Hotel Paragon Palace is an ideal place to stay and plan your excursions or the getaways. The hotel is located ( in Solan ) between Shimla and Chandigarh and offers following amenities which you will not find in Shimla or anywhere else :
Avoid Traffic chaos:
Shimla is becoming overcrowded day by day and most of the roads are sealed where only VIPs and government officials can ply their vehicles. You are compelled to remain packed in the vehicle for hours together as the agonising traffic jams in the town at times take hours to clear. Not only this you will also have to climb up dozens of straight stairs or gaudy tracks which adds to the woes of your journey.
Hotel Paragon Palace in a larger map Hotel Paragon Palace is jut two minutes drive from National Highway 22 and you can straight walk into the hotel . If you are coming in a bus just drop before the traffic lights and take a right turn from the traffic lights and after about 50 metres take left and you are there. If you are coming in a car or taxi you can straight way drive into the hotel. Of course, the Hotel Paragon Palace will welcome you by automatically opening the large glass doors as you stand before the door. Our friendly help desk (reception) is located on the left side which will assist you to reach your room .
Hotel Paragon Palace ,Solan is centrally located:
Hotel Paragon Palace , Solan is centrally located and by staying with us you can easily plan your excursions to Chail, Kasauli, Shimla , Baru Sahib or the Industrial areas like Parwanoo, Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh.
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
Best place to reach the Educational Hub:
If you plan to visit any of the universities , colleges or institutes located in and around Solan , Hotel Paragon Palace is the best address to plan your visit. The parents , visitors and business travellers can easily cover the institutions of their choice with comfort. The hotel can also arrange transport to the institution campus at a nominal price. The hotel also offers excellent Banquet Facilities for organising educational fairs , conferences , workshops and celebrations at a special price for the educational institutions.
Distances of Important Universities from Solan
Shoolini University: 14 kms (30 minutes)
Dr Parmar University: 12 kms ( 30 minutes)
L R Institutes, Oachghat: 10 kms ( 20 minutes)
JP University, Waknaghat : 28 kms ( 36 minutes)
Bahra University,Waknaghat: 28 kms ( 36 minutes)
Green Hills Engineering College: 18 kms (40 minutes)
Manav Bharti University, Kumarhatti: 28.3 kms (26 minutes)
Maharishi Markendeshwar University, Kumarhatti 28.3 kms (26 minutes)
Baddi University, Baddi : 72.1 kms ( 1.33 minute
Eternal University, Baru Sahib: 65.2 Kms ( 1.30 hours)
Hotel Paragon Palace was constructed in the year 2002 and is spread over a sprawling 34000 square feet ( 3500 metre) area. The architecture of the hotel is a blend of American-Indian styles which confirms to the standards laid down by the authorities and is one of the best hotels in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh .
The hotel has total 21 rooms including 5 Deluxe Rooms, 8 Super Deluxe Rooms, one Family Suite, One Honeymoon Suite, 3 Executive Suite Twin bedrooms and 3 Valley View Executive Suite Suites ) Guests staying in our suites and rooms enjoy a variety of perks throughout their journey. Some suites even include complimentary full breakfast service, priority boarding,
dedicated entertainment seating, priority departure privileges .
A variety of dining room menus available for in-room dining and more. Family suites are a great way to travel in style and give your family more space, while keeping everyone together. Our Family Suite can accommodate up to four people. The Luxurious Exotic Premium is without a doubt the place to spend a night in the town. Equipped with all modern amenities, the rooms have been decorated exquisitely for a pleasant and comfortable stay.
Big city living can be fabulous, but why not enjoy the best of both worlds? Hotel Paragon Palace is just two minutes drive from National Highway 22 ( Kalka Shimla highway) . It doesn’t matter if you’re in town for a visit to a local university , college , hospital or the industrial unit or you are a general tourist. The ideal location of this hotel means that you’re in the heart of the town.
There are many hotels near Hotel Paragon Palace, but only one offers both affordability and a fantastic stay. Great customer service, clean beautiful rooms and free parking is just the beginning. How about the internet access , a top notch business centre, and a delicious complimentary breakfast to sweeten the deal.