Kasauli

Why To Go

Kasauli is a quaint little town located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, amidst the majestic Himalayas. The city boasts of breathtaking views and an old-world charm, quite like no other – a glorious representation of the ‘British Raj’ era! Kasauli is located 77 km off Shimla and 65 km from Chandigarh. It stood at the height of 1,927 m and was established 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 city 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.

Kasauli, which owes its name to the Kasool flower, is the kind of hill station that invites you to do nothing at all. The town has developed by the British as a convalescence center for the adjoining cantonment of Sabathu.

Travel Tips

The town has a moderate climate, with summer temperature not exceeding 32 degrees, though during winter, the temperature may drop as low as 2 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Kasauli is thus between March and November as the climate is pleasant and enjoying. Monsson season is good for adventures.

Things To Do

Kasauli presents a variety of attractions – religious sites mixed in history and folklore, along with colonial architectures and some of the most outstanding offerings of nature. Kasauli has its share of Christian heritage – the Kasauli Baptist Church – a unique structure of the colonial era, where you can experience tranquillity as well as the surmounting grandness of nature. 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 highest peak, around Kasauli is known as ‘Monkey Point’ – it is 4km 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 km off Kasauli lies Dharampur, where you will find amazingly fragrant pine forests. 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, 19 km away is another popular attraction. Sanawar, just 6 km 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. 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.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Kasauli has its nearest airport in Shimla (30 km away) and can take buses or taxis to reach Kasuali. You could also fly from Delhi to Chandigarh airport from where you can take a cab ride to Kasauli.

TRAIN

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. Kalka is well connected with all the major cities of North, West and East India.

ROAD

There are buses, taxis and, luxury coaches that you can take to Kasauli from Shimla, Chandigarh or Delhi. 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. To go 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.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are various pretty locations around Chail that are popular among travellers. Kufri, just 17 km away from Chail is yet another fantastic hill station that worth a visit. A horseback ride through the hills and valleys of Kufri is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most. The Himalayan Nature Park and Indira Tourist Park are also exciting spots. Solan, another hill station, 38 km from Chail is again a beautiful spot and deserves a drive-through in the least. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary stretching from the Krishna River to Giriganga is this small sanctuary, which includes some 200 villages and has the langur, leopard, brown bear, hog, ghoral, sambar and wild pheasant. According to forest officials, one can spot wildlife on the way to Kali ka Tibba and Gauda, besides the stretch between Chail Palace and Jnerghat.
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