Perched at a height of about 1,951 meters above sea level, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is known for its illustrious history and a beautiful weather. It was set up as a cantonment town by the British in 1842 while fighting a war against Sikhs.Later, they developed it as a hill station. The hilly terrains, winding roads, and the view from the Sunset Point create a charming setting for spending a weekend.
Places to Visit in Kasauli
Monkey or Manki Point: This is the highest point in Kasauli. The hill gets its name from a sage named Manki, who used to worship Lord Hanuman at the place where the temple is built. The temple offers a spectacular view.
Kasauli Brewery: The the 19th-century brewery was shifted to Solan, the distillery at Kasauli is still there. It is arguably the oldest operating distillery in Asia and also one of the oldest whiskey making distilleries in continuous operation.
Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir: The temple was built in 1989 and contains an idol of Sai Baba that was built in Jaipur. The flame inside the temple, which\t has been burning continuously since the inception, signifies the imperishable divine powers of Sai Baba.
Churches: Christ Church and Baptist Church in Kasauli are two fine examples of colonial architecture in the region and are quite popular with tourists.
Bon Monastery: Located in the outskirts of Kasauli, this monastery is considered the second oldest in the world.
Dharampur, Sanawar, Sabathu, Dagshai, Fort of Gurkha, and Giri Ganga are other attractions located in the vicinity.
Things to Do in Kasauli
Hiking: The Monkey Point is the most popular place for hiking.
Shopping: Buying handicraft items from the Mall Road and the Tibetan market are quite a temptation for determined shoppers.
Cable Car Riding: A 1.8-km-ride on the Parwanoo Ropeway is a refreshing experience and the view of the Timber Trail makes it a wonderful experience.
Both luxury and budget accommodations are available in Kasauli. The Ross Common offers reasonably priced and tastefully designed rooms. Those looking for luxurious alternatives should check in at the Kasauli Resort and UNA Comfort Kasauli Exotica.
Kasauli Hangout-Rooftop Bar & Restaurant and Cliff Houzz Restaurant & Bar promise an exclusive dining experience with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Punjabi Rasoi and Kalyan are also some of the nice options you can look forward to explore. To try momos and local delicacies, check out the eateries dotting the Mall Road.
Where is Kasauli?
The town is located in Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 305 km away from Delhi by road and a drive will take about six hours.
Best Time to Visit Kasauli
Summer is the ideal time to visit Kasauli when weather remains mild and enjoyable.
How to Reach?
By Air – The nearest airport is in Chandigarh, which is approximately 53 km away from Kasauli. Driving to the airport takes about one and a half hours.
By Rail – The Kalka Railway Station in Panchkula (Haryana) is the closest broad gauge station to Kasauli. It is about 25 km away and takes less than an hour to reach Kasauli from the railway station.
By Road – Roads in the region are quite well-maintained and there are a number of buses and cabs that connect Kasauli with major cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Kalka.
Facts about Kasauli
- The author Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli.
- It is believed that Lord Hanuman touched Kasauli when he was bringing back the Sanjeevani Booti.
The 159-year-old Anglican Church was built by the British in the shape of a cross.
Related : Kasauli Travel Infographic
Image credit :Published On: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015