Kasauli
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Brief

Kasauli is a quaint little town located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, amidst the majestic Himalayas. The townboasts of breathtaking views and an old world charm, quite like no other - a glorious representation of the ‘British Raj’ era! Kasauli is located 77 kilometres off Shimla and 65 kilometres from Chandigarh. It stands at a height of 1,927 m and wasestablished as a cantonment of British India, in 1842. Kasauli soon turned into a popular hill station of the colonial era and continues to draw visitors from all over the world till today, owing to its majestic views and unparalleled beauty.

Gabled houses, beautiful facades and cobbled paths all around this ancient hill town exudes an old world charm that will leave you mesmerized. The town is further adorned by its mixed forests of Himalayan Oak, Chirpines and Chestnuts. If you are looking to escape the monotony of city life and plunge into the time wrap of nature and history, the picturesque town of Kasauli is a perfect getaway. 

 
Travel Tips

Kasauli is ideal for shopping enthusiasts since it lies in the intersection of upper and lower malls and thus houses a lot of shops. This entire stretch is moreover canopied by greenery and trees making it a blissful walk. You can savour your taste buds with some tasty bunsams being sold in tea stalls throughout this stretch.

The town has a moderate climate, with summer temperature not exceeding 32 degrees, though during winters the temperature may drop as low as 2 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Kasauli is thus between March and November.

It’s better to plan your stay and accommodation in advance, else you might end up shelling extra because of the availability of lesser options. The accommodation, however, is usually cheaper during off seasons and week days.



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Things to do

Kasauli presents a variety of attractions - religious sites mixed in history and folklore, alongwith colonial architectures and some of the greatest offerings of nature.

Kasauli has its own share of Christian heritage - the Kasauli Baptist Church - a unique structure of colonial era, where you can experience tranquillity as well as the surmounting grandness of nature. Another famous colonial structure would have to be the Christ Church. This too had come up during the 19th century and still has its colonial facade with a rather well maintained interior. On an autumn evening the church surrounded by some grandiose peaks, with clouds all around looks magical!

The highest peak, around Kasauli is known as ‘Monkey Point’ – it is 4 kilometres away from the main town and is famous for the panoramic views of the plains of Chandigarh and Sutlej river it offers. Atop, there is a small Hanuman temple - legend has it, in the Hindu mythological scripts of the Ramayana, while returning to Ram after obtaining the magic herbs, lord Hanuman had touched this particular hilltop - thus the hilltop came to be shaped like a monkey’s foot.

15 kilometres off Kasauli lies Dharampur where you will find amazingly fragrant pine forests.

A diversion road connects Dharampur to Sabathu (15 kms), which is a small cantonment standing at 1,437 metres. The historic Gurkha fort in Sabathu which was built during the British era has its own stories to tell about its glorious past. 

Dagshai, a military cantonment is another popular attraction, about 19 kilometres away. Perched on a small hill Dagshai consists of a military public schools and a number of military barracks. It is a fascinating experience to just sit there and watch as the daily lives of the people unfold amidst the scenic panorama of the Himalayas.

Sanawar, just 6 kilometres from Kasauli houses the famed Lawrence school, which is around a hundred years old and has become another of the major attractions in the area.

For those who enjoy a bit of adventure, hiking up to Sunset Point, situated on the Upper mall to catch the brink of the twilight and let yourself groove to nature’s mysticism could be a great way to spend an evening.  

 
Getting Around

The main modes of transportation within Kasauli are buses and taxis. One may also opt for rented ‘tongas’ or horse drawn carriages.

Transportation via buses as well as ‘tongas’are relatively cheap.

However if you enjoy a little adventure you may want to rent a motorcycle as it happens to be an excellent way of experiencing the lush foliage of the hilly terrains. This can cost you approximately 300 INR a day, but will be an experience worth remembering.

 
Places to Stay

 
How to Reach

  • Kasauli has its nearest airport in Shimla (35 kms away). You could also fly from Delhi to Chandigarh airport from where you can take a cab ride to Kasauli.
  • The nearest railway station is Kalka, about 40 km from Kasauli. From Kalka you will be able to avail pre-paid taxis to reach Kasauli, which will cost roughly 750 INR. Kalka is well connected with all the major cities of North, west and east India.
  • There are ample buses, taxis and luxury coaches that you can take toKasauli from Chandigarh or Delhi, that will cost you close to Rs 1000-1500. Though there are no direct busses to Kasauli, you can take a State Transport/Punjab Roadways bus to Ambala Cantt and then hire a car to drive you to Kasauli. In order to drive down from Delhi, you should take the NH1 to Ambala and from there you have to take NH 22. On your way you will pass Zirakpur, Panchkula, Pinjore, Parwanoo, and Dharampur. From Dharampur another narrow hilly road will take you to Kasauli. Alternatively there is another connecting road off Parwanoo and on this stretch you will cross Jangeshu, Manoan, and Mashobra before finally reaching Kasauli.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Solan, which is about a 40 minutes drive from Kasauli, is one of the most popular surrounding destinations. Solan has its own heritage of temples and monasteries which have become popular crowd pullers over the years. Yungdung Monastery is the prime attraction in the region, alongside the Jatoli Shiv Temple and the Shoolini Mata Temple from which the place derives its name,‘Solan’.

If you are into sports and enjoy skiing then you should definitely not miss Kufri, roughly an hour and half away from Kasauli. However it’s ideal that you come here during peak winter to enjoy the snow clad peaks and the adventure sports around here, to its fullest.