History of District Solan - Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge

In this post, we discuss about important historical and geographical information about the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh.

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History of Solan:

The present district Solan comprises of the erstwhile princely states Mangal, Baghal (Arki), Baghat, Kunihar, Kuthar, Beja, Mehlog, Hindur (Nalagarh) and parts of Keonthal and Koti.

Baghat state:
  • Baghat state was founded by Hari Chand Pal or Besant Pal.
  • Mahender Singh died issueless in A.D. 1839 and then state was lapse to government.
  • In A.D. 1849, Vijay Singh died without male issue and the state was again declared escheat. Lord Dalhousie annexed ‘Baghat’ state under the Doctrine of Lapse.
  • Raja Durga Singh was the last ruler of Baghat state.

Baghal state:
  • The founder of the Baghal state was Ajay Dev.
  • Headquarter of the Baghal state was Arki.
  • The Gurkhas invaded Baghal state during the reign of Rana Jagat Singh (1778 – 1828 A.D.)
  • Rajinder Pal was the last ruler of Baghal state.

Kunihar state:  
  • The founder of Kunihar state was Abhoj Dev.
  • Headquarter of Kunihar state was Hat Koti.
  • The last ruler of Kunihar state was Hardev Singh.

Mehlog state:
  • The founder of Mehlog state was Hari Chand.
  • At present Mehlog is a part of Kasauli Tehsil of Solan district.

Hindur (Nalagarh) state:
  • The founder of Hindur state was Ajay Chand.
  • Ram Chand son of Narayan Chand was a great lover of architecture. He built the fort ‘Ramgarh’ and made ‘Ramshahar’ as the summer capital of state.

 Other important information about district Solan:
  • Headquarter: Solan
  • Altitude: 1463 meters
  • Languages spoken: Baghati, Hinduri and Hindi.
  • The district Solan is located between the longitudes 76.42° and 77.20° East and latitude 30.05° and 31.15° North.
  • The prominent valleys in the district Solan are Saproon Valley, Don Valley and Kunihar Valley.
  • Among all the districts of Himachal Pradesh, Solan district has the largest number of large, medium and small scale industries units.
  • The maximum electronics units in the district Solan is at Chambaghat and Jubbar Hati.
  • Apple processing plant of Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Producer Marketing and Processing Corporation is at Parwanoo.
  • Mohan Meakin Brewery is famous for manufacturing Indian made foreign liquor and beverages is at Solan.
  • The fairs celebrated in the district Solan are Sharad Purnima fair (Kunihar), Solan fair, Koti fair, Devi Bara fair, Baishakhi fair (Kunihar), Bani fair and Bari fair.

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