Kasauli - A Throwback To The Past


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I planned to visit Kasauli a few months back, with my three close friends, to take a break from the maddening rush of Delhi.

Kasauli is a small cantonment town in the Solan district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The cantonment was established by the British colonial rulers, in 1842, as a hill station. Kasauli is about 300 kms from Delhi, and all we had to do was follow the NH1 to Chandigarh, and from there to Panchkula, and then to Kasauli. There is a single road to Shimla. On taking a left you reach Kasauli and on taking a right you reach Chail.


We booked a private cab and we left at around 6 in the morning, picking the rest of our group on the way. We were able to get on the highway by around 7:30, after filling air and petrol in the car. The highway was good and the drive was great. We reached Kasauli around 1 in the afternoon. We had done our “homework” about hotels prior to our journey, and reached Kasauli Regency. Kasauli Regency has a Roof Top Open Air Bar & Restaurant, called Hangout, which becomes lively in the evening with Live Guitar and Music.

Legend has it that Kasauli came into being when Lord Hanuman, on his way to getting the Sanjeevani herb, stepped here for jumping on to the Sanjeevani hill. At Kasauli, there is a Hanuman Mandir, atop the 300 m high hillock, called Manki Point (locals call it Monkey Point ), where Lord Hanuman is supposed to have rested his foot. This temple lies within the confines of an air force radar station and base, and is subject to security restrictions (no cameras or bags allowed). The gates to the station are closed at 4pm.


Like other hill stations, there are a number of view points. Another such point is the Sunset Point – situated at the fag end of Upper Mall. Then there is also a Sunrise Point among numerous such vantage points, some named and some unnamed.

As Kasauli is primarily a military area, you enjoy well maintained pathways and a visibly effective governing body. Almost all the tourist parkings are maintained by Army, with the result that you have a well regulated traffic and no parking charges.

The busiest place in Kasauli is the junction of Upper and Lower Malls, both of which are markets, with shops selling daily commodities and souvenirs for tourists. The Lower Mall boasts of local restaurants selling local fast food.


Prominent among the town's architecture is Christ Church (located near the bus station) and Lawrence School, Sanawar (6 km). The Lawrence school is almost one hundred-years-old and forms a major highlight of the town.

Kasauli is a walker’s paradise. One simply needs to put on his walking shoes and get moving – direction does not matter. Kasauli, with its pristine environs and heritage deco, is certainly worth a visit.


QUICK FACTS about Kasauli:

Altitude and weather: Kasauli is a small cantonment town in the state of Himachal Pradesh, at a height of almost 1800 meters. With pleasant summers, romantic monsoons, and chilly winters, Kasauli remains accessible to visitors throughout the year.

Best time to visit: April to June, September to November.

Getting there:

  • By air: Chandigarh and Shimla are the nearest airports, from where buses and taxis are available regularly.
  • By rail: Kalka is the nearest Rail head, and it is well connected to Delhi and Chandigarh.
  • By road: Regular buses are available to Kasauli from Shimla, Solan, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Must-Visit Places: Monkey Point, Lower & Upper Malls and Christ's Church. Close to the town are Sanawar, Dagshai, Dharampur and Sabathu, also worth visiting.

Accomodation: There are various 3-star and budget hotels available in Kasauli. One can also find accomodation in any of the resorts.



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