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Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh

Elevation: 1795 meters
Coordinates: 30.9° N 76.96° E
Established in: 1842
Best time to visit: April – June, September – November
Distances to major cities: 77 km from Shimla, 65 km from Chandigarh and 50 km from Panchkula

Kasauli has a colonial ambience that is reinforced by its cobbled paths, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. Mixed forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse chestnuts surround Kasauli and give a nice air to the whole sleepy town. In addition, such a beautiful surrounding gives a new meaning to the concept of walking, and make such walks very enjoyable. Most of the hillsides are covered with pine and the ground underfoot is thickly carpeted with resin rich needles. There are oaks too, and rhododendron, firs, horse chest hut, wild cherry and several varieties of deciduous trees. The flora is decidely very rich.

Kasauli is one of the small towns developed by the British during the `hey day` of the empire, and reached by a branch road from the Kalka-Shimla road. Historically, during the 17th century, driven by unsettled political conditions, some Rajput families from Rewari (in present day Haryana) fled their homes. They took refuge in the lower Himalayas, finally settling down at a village called Kasul where there was a perennial spring of fresh water. Today, some three centuries later, the spring is the site of a water reservoir and Kasul has grown into the delightful little hill station of Kasauli. But some locals would believe that Kasauli comes from Kausalya, a mountain stream that flows between Kasauli and Jabli. The name might even have been derived from Kusmawali or Kusmali, meaning flower maiden. Given the abundance with which the hills of Kasauli bloom from spring to autumn, this could well be the truth

Map of location of Kasauli:

Legend: 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 Monkey Point (locals call it Manki Point), where Lord Hanuman is supposed to have rested his feet. 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). On a clear day, one can get views of nearby cities like Chandigarh. One can reach this point by road or on foot. On foot, it takes nearly two hours from Kasauli town, but the walk is a great walk.

Kasauli also boasts of a famous institute: Pasteur Institure that produces the antirabies vaccine against mad dog-bite and, at the same time, treats victims who have fallen prey to the dead disease, Hydrophobia. The institute in Kasauli set up in 1900, is the oldest in India, taking care of pet, police and army dogs as well as their masters.

Kasauli has 2 Mall Roads – The upper and lower Malls are the two principal roads that run along the length of Kasauli. Traffic is restricted on these roads, which is the reason why, Kasauli is one of the quietest hill stations in India. In addition, the narrow roads of Kasauli slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas.

Places to see:

Manki Point: 4 km from the bus stand is a vantage position where you get some great views. There is a lovely view of the Satluj river and valley and sometimes, Chandigarh town. The view is spectacular especially on a clear starry night.

Christ Church on the Upper Mall Road, Kasauli. It boasts of an ancient gothic construction, spires, etc. that is typical of an Anglican church. It is dedicated to St. Francis

Barog: On the Kalka-Shimla highway, Barog (1680 m) has grown from a mere stopover to a full-fledged destination. Surrounded by pine and oak forests, Barog has a commanding setting. The Choor Chandni – which poetically translates as the “mountain of the silver bangle” is clearly visible from Barog – and when moonlight washes down its snow covered slopes, it seems as though thousands of icy, silver bangles are sliding down in the night.

Sanawar: Just 6-km from Kasauli, Sanawar houses one of the best schools in the country. The Lawrence school is almost one hundred-years-old and a major attraction of the town.

Dharampur: Just 15-km from Kasauli on the National Highway No.22, Dharampur is situated. Amidst the healthy air of the fragrant pines, Dharampur has one of the best hospitals in India for the cure of tuberculosis. It is also connected by Kalka-Shimla railway line.

Sabathu: A little cantonment town has a Gurkha fort built in the early years of the 19th century, situated at an altitude of 1,437m. This cantonment town quartered the British soldiers at the time of British Empire. A diversion road from Dharampur 15-km away leads to the Sabathu town.

Dagshai: Another little cantonment at an altitude of 1,925m just 19-km from Kasauli, it is accessible by a link road, which diverts from Dhrampur. Dagshai is perched on a small hill and comprises of a military public school and numerous military barracks. Across the forested hills and deep ravines is the sleepy town of Dagshal

Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir: Built in 1989 by Sai Sudha trust us a famous temple located half km. away from Garkhal. The idol of Sai Baba was built a Jaipur and the burning flame in this temple signifies the devine power of Saibabaji of Shiridi.

Baba Balak Nath Temple: 3 km On the Graner Hill top is a famous temple of Sidh Baba Balak Nathji. It is believed that BabaKasauli Travel Vacations Balak Nath ji one night appeared told in dreams of a local resident named Vijay Kumar and him to built a temple at the place, where the present temple is located.

Getting there:

By Air: The closest airports are at Chandigarh (65 km) and Shimla (73 km).

By Rail: The closest broad gauge railhead is at Kalka , 37 km away.

By Road: Kasauli is connected by road. Taxis and buses for Kasauli are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka and Shimla.
On the Kalka-Shimla Highway, take a left turn at Dharampur to follow the steep road to Kasauli on a 30 km state road. The road is narrow but with not too much traffic.

Places to stay:

Bliss Resorts, kasauli
Kasauli Resorts, Kasauli
K.K Trams, Jabli-Kasauli Chandigarh: A project of 2 hill resorts connected with cable cars
Baikunth Resort, Kasauli
Hotel Shivalik, Kasauli
HPTDC run Hotel Ros Common
Hotel Alasia

Additional Information:

Drive Uphill from Chandigarh to Kasauli (link)
Photos from Kasauli (Odzer, flickr)
Post by Anamika (link)

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