A Trip to Shoolini Mata Temple (Solan, Himachal Pradesh) from Chandigarh

We started Royal Enfield Thunderbird motorbike at 8:15 am from Chandigarh and reached Shoolini Mata temple, Solan at 10:30 am.

Directions from Chandigarh to Shoolini Mata temple, Solan

Chandigarh > Pinjore (27 km)

Pinjore > Dharampur (30 km)

Dharampur > Solan (18 km)

Solan > Shoolini Mata Temple (3 km)

Total Distance from Chandigarh to Solan is 75 km approx.

Shoolini Mata temple is 3 km from National Highway 22 at Solan.

We offered prayers and visited nearby house of the temple priest to know The History of the Temple.

History as narrated by Ram Swaroop – priest of the temple:

Shoolini Mata Temple is 200-250 years old temple and one of the prime attractions of Solan. The city of Solan derives its name from the Goddess Shoolini Devi.

Earlier there was Baghat State in Solan. A King came here from Dharanagri and established himself at Solan. He brought some idols which were installed in this temple.

This temple attracts huge crowd during festival days, especially during the Shoolini Fair. In the last week of June month (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) three days festivals is held at Solan. It begins with the worship of goddess Shoolini Mata. The Festival started with colorful Shobha Yatra (procession) of Goddess Shoolini, taken out from the temple in a palanquin. The procession visits all over the Solan city.

Shoolini Mata stays for two days at a temple nearby which is known as her sister’s place and on the third day returns to her own temple. Shoolini Mata are five sisters.

Wrestling competition held at Thodo ground is one of the major attractions of the festival.
Note: Every second and fourth Sunday there is Bhandara at the temple premises starting from 12 noon.

Thank you – said I to the temple priest, and we re-started our journey towards Jatoli Shiv Temple and then for Bon Monastery. The journey continues..

Have a Sweet Tooth? Visit Ishar Sweets at Jabli, Himachal Pradesh

Ishar sweets I have visited more than twice or thrice. Once while returning from Kasauli, I stopped to have Kulfi and Rasmalai. Kulfi was extraordinary. One is not enough for sure. You want more.

Second time while returning from Solan I stopped to taste Gazar ka Halwa (Rs. 40 per plate) and Gulab Jamun – hot and delicious.

Ishar Sweets is situated on National Highway 22 at Jabli, approx. 24 km from Kasauli and I guess approx. 10 km from Dharampur. If you are driving towards Shimla from Chandigarh or Pinjore the sweet shop in on the right hand side. If you are driving from Kasauli, Dharampur, Solan or Shimla it is on the left hand side. Not only it serves delicious Kulfi but it is also famous for varieties of sweets and namkeen. Pakora, Samosa and Kachori few more added attractions.

You must stop at Ishar Sweets at Jabli.

Chandigarh is 40-45 km away, I guess.

Giani Da Dhaba at Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh – A Must Visit Highway Dhaba

Giani Da Dhaba is approx. 56 Kms from Chandigarh/29 Kms from Pinjore situated on the left side of National Highway 22 that goes to Shimla.

During our visit to Solan while returning we stop at Giani Da Dhaba around evening hours. We requested for Chicken Curry, Chana Curry and Tandori Rotis. I like the food specially curry of the chicken. Later we had tea also.

Total amount we paid – 180 for Chicken Curry, 150 for Chana Curry and 80 rupees for 8 Tandori Rotis. Tea cost – Rs. 10. Altogether we paid Rs. 451/-.

If you are visiting Kasauli, Dagshai, Solan or Shimla or nearby tourist locations you should try to stop at this highway Dhaba for mouth-watering food.

About Ancient Buddhist Stupa Site (Sanghol, Punjab)

Sanghol is approx. 36 km from Chandigarh towards Ludhiana. We started Royal Enfield Thunderbird motorbike at 3:00 pm reached Sanghol at 4:00 pm. Ancient Buddhist Stupa site is on left hand side little further from Mittran Da Dhaba.

An archaeological museum is nearby. Entry ticket is Rs. 10 for museum visit.

Museum is closed on Monday and on gazetted holidays. Timings are 10:00 am – 4:45 pm.