Himachal Pradesh is probably one of the most amazing states of India. It’s unique location of being situated in the beautiful and snowy mountain ranges means that tourist places in Himachal Pradesh are in abundance. Also close proximity to Delhi means that most of the Himachal hill stations are near Delhi. In this post we tell you why you should take a trip to the little known but absolutely wonderful Hill Station named Kasauli.
The Kasauli Hill Station elevated 1927 meters above the sea level is a fairly little town located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. The town is a haven for many tourists between the months of March and October, when the rest of India beats the extreme heat. History coins Kasauli to a small settlement in the seventeenth century for the Rajput families that was later discovered by the British during the nineteenth century. Thus, the snow capped mountains, lust foliage and cobbled passages was once a sanatorium for the British in India before the independence in 1947. The scenic Kasauli hill station is located 320 kilometers away from Delhi, the capital city of India and 75 kilometers from Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh.
In Kasauli, walking on foot is one of the best ways of capturing and exploring the picturesque surroundings. Otherwise, one can also avail tongas (horse drawn carriages), rent motorbikes, hire taxis or board the buses to explore the town and the surroundings. The narrow thoroughfares of Kasauli hill station are shaded by Himalayan Oak, Chir-pine and horse chestnut trees, which make the town unique from other hill stations. Besides, walking the stampede trails among the pine trees and orchards around the town is a thrilling experience to get lost in the nature. The name of the Kasauli hill station is derived from a flower called Kasool, therefore spending the day exploring the rich flora and fauna, and bird watching do not come as a surprise while holidaying in Kasauli. Also, a very unique feature of the Kasauli hill station is that attracts high influx of tourism is the architecture that exhibits both the British Victorian age and the Indian Medieval and Modern culture. Also with a plethora of hotels in Kasauli, finding accommodation is pretty easy and being one of the famous tourist places in Himachal Pradesh they are generally lavish and well appointed.
Places to visit in Kasauli
While holidaying in Kasauli, alongside foods and shopping, there are certain places and sites that one must visit.
Monkey Point: Monkey point is the most exotic and the highest elevated spot in Kasauli. The name monkey point is derived from the Hindu mythology and a small temple is erected dedicating to Lord Hanuman on the site. On a clear day, one can see the hills around Shimla, the plains of Chandigarh, silver lining of Satluj River and the terrain of Punjab from the monkey point.
Sunrise and Sunset Points: The sunrise point earlier known as Hawa Ghar is located roughly 350 meters away from Ros Common. Walking to the spot before the dawn and watching the sunrise is a magnificent experience. The sunset point located approximately 100 meters away from the Kasauli club house is another spot once should not miss out. Watching the crimson sun hide behind the hills is a breathtaking experience.
Upper and Lower Mall: The upper mall is swathed by trees such as the oak, pine, Chir-pine and horse chestnut where one can take leisure strolls. While, in the lower mall, one can cruise among the eatery joints and the shops run by the local people and the Tibetans. If you have a vehicle do not be surprised when stopped by the cops because to ensure amble walking space for the tourist and to keep the area clean, vehicles are not allowed inside the lower mall.
Christ Church: Christ church is one of the most sacred places in the town. The church was built in the style of Anglican churches in 1844, which is also one of the finest and the oldest churches in Kasauli. The stained glass décor and, the lustful shrubbery and trees around add to the beauty of the church.
Other places to see while holidaying in Kasauli are Kasauli club, scandal point, Dagshai, Baba Balak Nath temple, lover’s lane, Barog, Shirdi Sai baba temple and pasture institute which is over a 100 years old. Lodging is cheap in Kasauli compared to many holiday destinations in India and the foods are also labeled at very reasonable prices. The place is also famous for fruit wine and beers, and one must visit the local photo studios that have aged pictures put on display. The natives of Kasauli are also very friendly who may have some incredible story to share with you over a cup of tea.