Kasauli – A Paradise on Earth!
Located at a height of 5900 ft, Kasauli is 77km away from Shimla, in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. This small town was developed by the British in the year 1842. It is a beautiful and quiet colonial hill station. Its charming beauty keeps one captivated. It is a beauteous place to visit, especially when one wants some peace. It enjoys a moderate climate. Hikers can experience the scenic beauty on the outdoor trails of Kasauli. The best time to visit Kasauli is from April to September.
How to reach Kasauli:
- Air Travel – Shimla Airport is only 35 kms from Kasauli and if you are coming from Chandigarh airport, it is 65 kms away.
- Rail Transport – One can catch a train from Kalka, which is 40 kms from Kasauli.
- Road Transport – There are frequent buses from Chandigarh to Kasauli and vice versa and from Kasauli to Delhi. One may also hire a private taxi. Many people like to enjoy the drive in their private vehicles. While coming from Delhi, one can take NH1 to Ambala via Karnal and then divert to NH 22 to reach Kasauli.
Important Tourist Attractions:
- Manki Point – This is the highest point in Kasauli and it is 4kms away from the Kasauli Bus Stand. One can get a splendid view of Chandigarh from this point. There is a small temple, dedicated to Lord Hanumanji, which is situated on the top of this hill. It is believed that Lord Hanuman’s foot touched this hill upon his return from the Himalayas after he had obtained the Sanjeevani Booti and therefore the top of this hill is foot-shaped. There is a steep flight of stairs that leads to the temple and it can be very tiring but it is worth going because the view from the top is mesmerizing. The enticing snow-covered peaks of Dhauladhar Range and the dazzling waters of the Sutlej river add more glamour to the hill.
- Dharampur – On NH 22, it is loacted 15 kms away from Kasauli. Dharampur is famous for the best hospitals to cure tuberculosis in the country. One can also reach Dharampur through the Kalka-Shimla rail.
- Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji – This historic gurudwara is situated in the famous Gharkhal Bazaar on the main road leading to Kasauli.
- Christ Church – The British Family which is believed to develop Kasauli, also constructed this enthralling church. This spectacular building has been built in the shape of the holy cross. More than 30 families in Kasauli, many tourists also visit this church.
- Sunset Point & Gilbert Trail – Located 1 km away from Kasauli bus stand, the sunset point is famous for its magnificent view. A trail going up the hill from sunset point leads you to the Gilbert Hill and offers a charming view.
- Kasauli Brewery – Founded in the 1820s, the Kasauli brewery, also called Mohan Meakins, is the oldest distillery of ‘scotch whisky’ in the Asian subcontinent.
- Places around Kasauli-:
- Jagjit Nagar – It is a calm and serene place, 8 kms away from Kasauli. It is easily accessible from Chandigarh. Many politicians, beaurocrats and boolywood stars own private bungalows here. One can get gaping views of river Sutlej and Nalagarh Baddi on the south, while the Subathu, Dhauladhar range, Shimla and The Great Himalayan Range on the northern side.
- Dagshai – Not very popular, located 19 Kms from Kasauli, but Dagshai has a fresh beauty of its own. It is a favourite spot for nature-lovers.
- Subathu – The Gorkha fort, which was built in the 19th century is the main highlight of Subathu.
- Sanawar –Located at an altitude of 1750m, it is just 6 Kms from Kasauli, Sanawar is famous for the Lawrence School, which was founded by Sir Henry M. Lawrence.