Famous for its apple orchards, Kasauli ,a small hill station is located at an altitude of 1800 meters and provides a splendid opportunity to spend time in the foothills of the Himalayas along with the opportunity to visit the christ church which is the landmark of the British era.
History of Kasauli
Kasaul was a small village in which some Rajput families took shelter due to political tortures. this village was later renamed “Kasauli” in the 17th century.
Later in the 18th century, the entire region of Kasauli was confiscated by the British and it was developed as a major part of their territory.
It is one of the best-preserved relics of the British Raj and is a favourite of army personnel and has housed some famous personalities, including the noted Indian writer, Khushwant Singh.
How to reach kasauli
Although this hill station is one of the most preferred weekend destination from Delhi , it is very close to Chandigarh (65 km) and Kalka (40 km) and the best way to reach Kasauli is through Chandigarh or Kalka. Kalka has the nearest broad gauge railway station and Chandigarh has the nearest airport. New Delhi has the nearest international airport and is located just 280 km from Kasauli. Moreover, the road connectivity to kasauli is very good and buses and taxis are easily available allowing tourists to avail this mode of transport to reach Kasauli in the shortest time.
10 things to do in kasauli
1.One of the best things to do in kasauli is to go on trekking tours to enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking scenery.
Trek along the Lower Mall Road up to the picture-perfect attractions in Kasauli like manki,sunset and jabli points. It is very relaxing and rejuvenating.
2.To enjoy a unique experience one must ride the toy train. The toy train is declared as the world heritage site whose tickets can be booked in one month advance from all partner websites of IRCTC. By this train, one can travel up to Dharampur (about 10 km) and take the train up to Barog and return. The journey through the hills tunnels, oak & pine forests, gorges, and small hilly hamlets is a dreamy affair.
3.For the Shopaholics, Kasauli Tibetan Market is the best place to buy Traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and exotic collection of fruit wines. Widely considered as one of the best shopping places in Kasauli, the Tibetan Market houses more than fifty shops where you can find high-quality clothing items. Aside from that, you would also be able to find numerous gift shops here.
The mall road is also one of the best and busiest shopping places in kasauli as per the locals where one can find handcrafted products, jewelry, and shawls, which perfectly portray the culture of the town. Apart from keeping the local products, these stores also keep various highly-renowned branded products too. So, no matter what your needs are, you will always be able to find almost anything and everything here.
4.Tibetan Food is Lip Smacking Good. kasauli is the best place for foodies who want to get a taste of the wide range of dumplings and thupka (Tibetan noodle soup) . the locals sell them at the stalls lined up in lower mall road area. One can also try the famous local bread sidu, poppy seeds halwa and madara there.
5. For photoholic people, the gurkha fort is the best place to show their photography skills. It is an old historical place located in Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh and listed amongst the best things to see in Kasauli. One can easily reach there by road. It is around 16 km away from Parwanoo, perched on a hillock in Subathu. This heritage fort is located at the corner of the town and surrounded by a dense forest. Perched at 4500 feet above sea level,while going there one can also trek to nearby villages which are very beautiful with lush greenery all around.
6. To get an outstanding view of the entire region, monkey point is the best point from where you can all of the kasauli and even up till the urban domains of Chandigarh, Kalka, and Panchkula! From being a place swarmed with naughty but friendly monkeys,the monkey point is the highest point of the town giving the view of the fierce and meandering sutlej river. It is also believed that Lord Hanuman’s foot had touched this very spot while he was carrying the Sanjeevani herb over it. And you can even see that impression of his foot on the highest point of the slope.
7.For an enchanting view, the sunset point ,earlier called the Hawa Ghar, treats guests with a refreshing hike through the Lower Mall towards Ros Common since this point lies about 350 meters before Ros Common. It is very famous for the Spellbinding views of the Kasauli hills and offers a very breathtaking view of the misty hills at dawn, making it one of the best places to visit.
8. Situated on the edges of the town of Kasauli, Kasauli Brewery , is probably amongst the most beautiful breweries in the world. Edward dyer built this place in the 1820s. He picked this area because of the supply of the fine spring water and the beautiful weather, similar to that of scotland. Tourists should definitely visit this place to get a taste of the exquisite liquor produced and to sit and enjoy it in the presence of nature.
9. The christ church ,located on the mall road, is famous for its awe-inspiring architecture and quiet and serene environment. Being one of the oldest churches in Himachal Pradesh, it has become a famous and eye-catching tourist attraction. It is open from 7 AM to 7 PM and has no entry ticket. The cemetery surrounding the church dates back to 1850 and earlier. Tourists are not allowed to make any noise or speak loudly here and can enjoy bird watching or can relish the beautiful landscapes of Kasauli.
10.Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanakji is an important religious centre and while visiting Kasauli one can even visit the gurudwara to seek blessings. It is located in the arhat bazaar ,offering lodging offices and food for devotees from afar. It is open from 7 AM to 7PM and before entering one must strictly cover their heads and shoulder and remove their shoes.
The best time to visit kasauli
The best time to visit kasauli is the monsoon season when greenery is at its peek and tourists flock-in in large numbers to try some adventurous activities to do in Kasauli. Summers and winters are pleasant too ,making it a year-round weekend getaway from delhi and chandigarh .