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Kasauli is a small town in the state of Himachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 1,927 m. The town is 77 km from Shimla and 70 km from Chandigarh. Legend says that it came into existence after Lord Hanuman placed his feet here in order to advance on to the Sanjeevani hill. The place where the lord actually kept his feet is believed to be at a hillock which is 300 m high.

Historically, Kasauli is one of those hill stations that was developed by the British Empire during its peak period in India. It is one of those places that, despite its beauty still has yet to find itself prominently on the tourist's map. In fact, it is very good for all those who yearn to spend some time alone with their family or, for that matter, even themselves.

If you happen to visit the town during the off-season (November to February), it is quite likely that you will not come across any person for a long while on your walk. Still, you will be accompanied on your walk by the sweet and soothing voices of the birds along with the gentle rustling of leaves.

For those who are quite the opposite and look for fun and adventure at every step, Kasauli will be a disappointment as there is hardly anything to do. There are some small attractions within and around the town that will keep you somewhat busy.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

The closest airport from Kasauli is Shimla, 35 km away. Also you can travel by air to Chandigarh airport, 65 km away. From there, a cab will bring you to Kasauli.

By rail[edit]

The nearest railhead from Kasauli is Kalka, 40 km away.

By road[edit]

Buses, coaches and taxis ply quite frequently from Kasauli to Chandigarh and Delhi. For those driving from Delhi, take NH 1 to Ambala, and cross Sonepat and Karnal. From Ambala, take NH 22 for Kasauli. The route will pass Zirakpur, Panchkula, Pinjore, Parwanoo, and Dharampur. From Dharampur, a narrow hill road will take you to Kasauli. Or from Parwanoo, a narrow hill road will also take you to Kasauli via Jangeshu, Manoan, and Mashobra. (This road is part of the old Hindustan–Tibet Road, under heritage protection.)

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji This historic Sikh gurudwara is located in Gharkhal bazaar on the main road towards Kasauli, having also lodging facilities. Besides the daily prayers, a programme is held every Sunday morning. Another Sikh gurudwara is located on the other side of the Kasauli ridge on the Kasauli–Mashobra (old Hindustan–Tibet) Road near the Air Force Radar Station.
  • Manki Point This is the highest point in Kasauli, the place where Lord Hanuman is believed to have set his feet while on his way to look for the Sanjeevani buti (herb). Around 4 km from the Kasauli bus stand, at its top, is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman that lies within the premises of the Air Force base. As such, there are a few restrictions: one is not allowed to carry bags or cameras inside. The hike upto the temple can be a bit difficly for those who are not used to climbing, but it is worth the effort. The views from atop the hill are simply magnificent if the day is clear. You can watch the brilliant sparkle of the Sutlej river as it makes its way through the plains, and the pure beauty of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar Range. Signing of the route starts from the Church.
  • Christ Church Close to the bus stand, it was constructed by the British family that founded the town of Kasauli itself. It is a magnificent structure built in the shape of a cross. Set amidst a grove of chestnut and fir trees, it is a place of worship for around 30 families. Apart from them, many tourists also flock here. Earlier, the church was known as the Anglican Church. In 1970, it was brought under the aegis of the CNI (Church of North India) and is currently managed by the diocese of Amritsar.
  • Sunset Point & Gilbert Trail Situated about 1 km from the bus stand.Sunset point offers a magnificent view of the nearby hill regions.On a clear day you may be able to view Chandigarh from up there.Walk up from the Sunset point you'll find a a trail leading to another view point.Its called the Gilbert Hill.Its not very famous and very few travelers actually go there.But the view from the Gilbert point is breathtakingly beautiful and in fact better than sunset point.Gilbert hill is army area though and you need to return from there by 18.30 hrs.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hike Kasauli has many outdoor trails where one can experience the natural serenity. Some of the better round-trip ones are located off Upper Mall Road and originate near the BSNL quarters located within the Indian Army premises. One such trail leads to Hanuman Point. There are other trails on the Lower Mall that will take you towards Gharkhal. The trails are safe and easy.
  • The main trail to Monkey Point leads through the Air Force Guard Station at the end of Lower Mall and one is required to register here first. The entry closes at 5:00 pm.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Pinekonez A famous souvenir shop just 3 km before Kasauli where one can find designer ceramic mugs of Kasauli, antique jewellery of Himachal, and lots more.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • One can have tasty bunsams at any chai shop along the cobbled street The young boy's shop on your right just before the street bends farther down to the left is the best.

Beware bun samosa's are quite spicey

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  • Kasauli Club Within the Indian Army premises, Kasauli Club is one of the most prestigious social clubs in India. Its membership is highly sought after, and, thus, there's an average waiting time of 15 years. The club is managed by a regular Indian Army officer assigned as the 'Club Secretary'. The remaining staff is comprised of civilians. The history of this club dates back to the British era when, Kasauli was founded as an accessible summer retreat. Typical of hill architecture, the club was constructed mostly of seasoned wood. Some years ago, tragedy stuck when a malfunctioning electric component started a fire which razed the club. A new and much-improved wood structure has since replaced the old one. The interior finish and decor are lavish. Facilities include lodging (4–5 rooms), a squash court that has been redone recently, two tennis courts, bridge/card rooms, billiards, and an outdoor garden. The club has sisterly ties with many other clubs across India, including the Shimla Club.
  • Hangout Kasauli Regency A rooftop open-air restaurant and bar providing an extra relic to what you drink. Enjoy the light sinuous music of live guitar bring connotation to you visit to the quaint hill station. Kasauli Regency is full-bodied, with 10 rooms to lodge your every need. Facilities provided includes wifi internet, recreation room with table tennis, snooker and other indoor games, and, above all, the crown of the property is the roof, the top hangout. Nice atmosphere, stags are not allowed. [1]
  • Punjabi Rasoi, (close to mall road). Delicious lemon soda.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Kasauli is not really a backpacker destination due to the lack of cheap accommodation. Visiting in the off-season or on weekdays will get you better prices.

Kasauli Inn Kasauli Inn is the cheaper hotel of the owners of the Kasauli Regency and Kasauli castle. Officialy the rooms start from R1600,-, but one of the owners likes foreign backpacker. He'll make sure you get a good discount when you visit on weekdays and the rooms are quite light, spacious and in a quiet place. A 20 min walk from the village/busstand and next door to the popular Kasauli regency hangout bar.01792272600. [2]

  • Blossom Resort (Blossom), Jagjit Nagar, 9318039690, [3]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. The Blossom Resort is surrounded by thick pine trees at 5000 ft. above sea level, adjoining Kasauli. Guests enjoy the sweet smell of pine trees and the panoramic views of the natural environment around the resort. 2500 +. (30° 54' 59.216N,76° 58' 46.481E) edit
  • Himlay Hotel (formerly MM Hotel), Main Bus Stand (on main bus stand and in close proximity of Kasauli Mall Road and Kasauli Church), 09736796499. Affordable and convenient to reach.  edit

Kasauli Regency Very nice hotel apx. 20 mins walk from Kasauli centre. Prices start from R 2500,- and up. The restaurant and rooftop bar are well known by return guests. [4]

  • Him Darshan Residency, (1 km down from mall road). checkout: 12 noon. Spacious, clean rooms with an unobstructed view of the valley. Friendly service and delicious food (especially \at breakfast!). Though down the mountain, there are easy-to-find trails leading to mall road. rs 1000 (season rate).  edit
  • Gian Hotel/Anchal Hotel, mall road. cheapest rooms in town, convenient location. do not offer a view or high room standards. rs 500.  edit

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Sanawar is 6 km from the town of Kasauli at an altitude of 1,750 m, home to one of the major tourist attractions of the region, Lawrence School at Sanawar, founded by Sir Henry M. Lawrence and his wife Honoria more than a century and a half ago. Initially started with 14 boys and girls, it is today one of the best schools in the country. In 1853, the British Empire awarded it the King's Colours, an honour bestowed upon only six schools the world over. In the first week of every October, the students of Sanawar celebrate their Founder's Day, the only time when the relatively quiet atmosphere of Kasauli takes a backseat. For the rest of the year, the Lawrence School campus (139 ac) provides wonderful grounds to relax. There are pine, deodar and other coniferous trees in the campus. You can also take a round of the campus and observe the colonial buildings that retain their charm till today. There is also a chapel in the campus.
  • Jagjit Nagar Around 8 km from Kasauli on the Gharkhal-Nalagarh-Baddi 1.5-lane road, it is increasingly receiving recognition as a summer home to Bollywood stars, politicians and bureaucrats, who find its wide-angle Himalayan (Dhauladhar) vistas quiet, relaxing and irresistable. Unlike Kasauli, Jagjit Nagar is much more serene and has dense forests. Accessiblity from Chandigarh, improvement in local infrastructure, proximity to Kasauli, and friendly locals are some of the reasons why real estate is booming here. Land rates have seen a consistent annual spike of 300%. Some of the well-known names with private bungalows here include Deepa Mehta (the director of the movie Fire), Pickets "Rarewala House" and the heirs of Imperial Hotels. The main village has basic facilities like banks and shops. The area has one of the finest unobstructed views of the Dhauladhar Range, Greater Himalayan Range, Shimla, and Subathu on the northern side, and Nalagarh, Baddi, River Sutlej and its fertile plains to the south. In 2006, Jagjit Nagar was brought under the jurisdiction of the local Town and Country Planning Authority (TC). As of 2007, to prevent degradation of its surroundings by construction-related activities, the local government has disallowed any construction above 2 500 000 rupees. This policy saw widespread discontent and might be reversed soon.
  • Dagshai Just 19 km from Kasauli, once a favourite haunt of British families, it is today much less frequented by tourists. Nonetheless, its freshness is still charming. In fact, it gives you much more of a 'discovering' feeling than Kasauli itself. Walking around the paths and resting under the canopy of oaks and holly forests, the magic of Dagshai will slowly overpower you.
  • Subathu has as the main attraction is the Gurkha fort built in the 19th century. The town was home to British soldiers during the colonial rule.



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