Kasauli is a town settled on the mountains and surrounded by lush greenery which make every view in the city absolutely stunning © Rishi Bhasin / Shutterstock
Kushwant Singh, an eminent Indian Author, had famously said of Kasauli that it is ‘the place where kissing is always in season’. People from the plains head for hills to escape from the heat. But what made the loveable Sardar (Sikh) to fall in love with this place? Perhaps, the inspiring mountain air and the placidity. The place is also devoid of much ‘development,’ and is mainly dotted with dainty English cottages. Also, most commercial establishments lie on the outskirts. Hence, it has not yet turned into a concrete jungle, like its popular cousin, the aging queen of hills, Shimla.
This hill station was developed by the British as a convalescence center for the close by Sabatu cantonment. The best place to stay in Kasauli is Baikunth Resorts. Located about eight kilometers from the town, it lies in verdure surrounds, and the landscape, bedecked with flowers of all shades amidst lots of green, was a feast for the eyes. The soothing music of the whistling pines coupled with the tinkle of wind chimes (hung on every tree in the resort) pleases the ears. There are other options of Homestay and small guest houses.
The Baijnath Temple in Kasauli is one of the most famous temples in the region. It is only a few kilometers away from Kasauli, making it perfect for a day visit © Jim W Kasom / Shutterstock
Kasauli offers only a little in terms of sightseeing, but those fond of walks and treks will have an unmatched experience here. The narrow roads slither up and down the slopes and offer some magnificent vistas. Kasauli is hemmed in by a mixed forest of chirpine, oak and horse chestnut. The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli’s length and one can enjoy long walks along the roads. The cobbled roads, quaint little bungalows, gabled houses with charming facades, the trees and flowers along the roadside all make up a heady cocktail and reinforce the colonial ambiance. The Lower Mall and its main draw, the old Anglican church. There is a small market just to cater to the residents and wayfarers.
The Upper Mall Road to reach Monkey Point. It is a hillock and at the brow is the Hanuman Temple sans monkeys or trees. The hike, about 500 m, is worth the effort as it offers fabulous views of Kasauli.
The local market in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh features local artisans and beautiful local artifacts that you definitely should not miss © Yogesh_biebz / Shutterstock
By Air/Rail: The closest airports are Chandigarh (65 km) and Shimla (73 km), and Kalka (37 km) is the nearest railhead.
By Road: Taxis and buses are easily available from Delhi.
Contact: Baikunth Resorts, Village Chabbal, P.O. Garkhal, Tehsil Kasauli, District Solan
The British-era Christ Church in Kasauli features the classical Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows which still attract visitors to this day © Md Sarma / Shutterstock
The mesmerizing beauty of Kasauli and its numerous colors are the reason why it is such a popular holiday destination among tourists © Apurva Madia / Shutterstock
Kasauli is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh which is perfect to unwind, relax, and have fun — away from the noisy city life © Md Sarma / Shutterstock
Every road through Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh tells a different story. You can go for a morning walk to discover the hills or go on a drive © Revoshots / Shutterstock
Kasauli has a beautiful sundial just outside the Christ’s Church which makes it a perfect spot to take a picture © Hitesh Jain / Shutterstock
The remnants of the British rule can still be seen in Kasauli in the form of fire hydrants that may not be fully functional now but add to the beauty of the place © Ravnish Gupta / Shutterstock