Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Kasauli

Nearest City to Kasauli: Chandigarh (55 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kasauli: April to January & September to November

Peak Season: April to May & September to October

State: Himachal Pradesh | District: Solan

Kasauli Weather: Summer: Maximum - 34°C and Minimum - 16°C
Winter: Maximum - 22°C and Minimum - 4 °C

At a distance of 25 km from Solan, 68 km from Shimla, 55 km from Chandigarh, 181 km from Dehradun, and 306 km from Delhi, Kasauli is a picturesque hill station in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. The town is a cantonment town of the Indian Army, having an elevation of 1,900 m above sea level. It is one of the top hill resorts near Delhi and also one of the best Himachal tourist places.

The history of Kasauli goes back to 17th century, when Rajput families came to take refuge in Kasauli situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges of the lower Himalayas and later settled here. Later, it was established by the British in 1842 as a Cantonment town. Kasauli became a major garrison town of the British Army and many locals joined the British Army. During the First Battle of Indian Independence, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, which took place in 1857, Kasauli witnessed an upsurge among its soldiers.

The name Kasauli came from Kausalya, a mountain stream which flows between Kasauli and Jabli. The serene place of Kasauli has been mentioned in the epic Ramayana. The town is famous for its lush green and picturesque surroundings of the mountains and its quiet and tourist friendly locals. Kasauli also has a Pasteur Institute founded in 1900 to produce rabies vaccine and at the same time it also treats Hydrophobia disease. The town is also home to Kasauli Brewery, which is the highest brewery and distillery in the world. Christ Church and Baptist Church are amazing examples of classical Gothic style of architecture. The churches have beautiful stained glass windows, a common feature of churches built in the British colonial era.

Kasauli is set in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Ranges with natural trails for long walks. Monkey Point, Lower and Upper Mall, Sanawar, Baba Balak Nath Tempe, Sabathu Fort are some of the major attractions in Kasauli. The hill station offers activities like trekking, paragliding, and camping for adventurous travellers. Surrounded by dense forests, Kasauli is home to several species of Himalayan flora and fauna including endangered ones.

Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 64 km from Kasauli. It has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Srinagar. The nearest railway station is at Kalka, approximately 34 km from Kasauli. It is connected by train with Shimla, Vaishno Devi Katra, Delhi, Mumbai, Ambala, Solan, Barmer, Biwani, Shirdi, Chandigarh and Howrah. Kasauli is well connected by road with Shimla, Solan, Delhi, Kalka and Chandigarh.

The best time to visit Kasauli is from April to June and September to November. Kasauli is not commercial like Shimla but this hill station has several resorts and hotels that provide a comfortable stay for its visitors.

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STD Code: 01792
Languages Spoken: Hindi and English
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HOW TO REACH KASAULI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh - Chandigarh Airport (64 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kalka Railway Station (34 Kms)
Chandigarh Railway Station (55 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kasauli Bus Station (0 Kms)

10 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN KASAULI


Pilgrimage

Christ Church, earlier known as Anglican Church, is situated on the Lower Mall Road near Kasauli Bus Stand. It is one of the prominent churches of Kasauli and also one of the oldest churches in India.

Dedicated to St. Francis and St. Barnabas, the Anglican Church was constructed in the year 1853 by British settlers who stayed in Kasauli. This Church was previously managed by the Church of England till the year 1970, when Churches of North India (CNI) took over the management. The Church is located amidst a picturesque location of pine and deodar trees.

The church is one of the most visited places in Kasauli due to its marvelous neo-gothic architecture. The architecture of the church includes a clock tower with a sundial in the front, main hall, cruciform floor, beautiful stained glass windows and an aisle which will lead to the altar sculpture, in which Jesus Christ is bound by Joseph and Mary. There are stained glasses over the altar image of Jesus Christ which depicts the .....


Shopping

The Mall Road is busiest region of the town that offers numerous shopping options. All the activity in Kasauli is centered on the upper and lower Mall roads. The main market of Kasauli is also located on the Mall road. The place remains crowded during the peak season, from April to June and October to January. The Mall stretches between the Christ Church and the Monkey Point.

Tourists can find shops and vendors selling several items, including regional handicrafts, jewellery items, wood and metalwork, shawls, woollen caps, Tibetan carpets and food items at the Lower Mall. Along with the Mall Road, tourists can also visit the Old Bazaar and Tibetan market, which are popular for buying woolen and souvenirs. All the important buildings of the town, along with shopping stores, banks, cafes, commercial establishments and restaurants are situated at the Lower Mall. It also features books shops having a vast collection for vivid readers. The entry of vehicles is strictly restricted in The .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 1.5 km from Kasauli Bus Stand, Sunset Point is a famous viewpoint in Kasauli which is located at the end of the Upper Mall road. This is a popular tourist location and known for its picturesque sunset view. This is one of the best places to visit in Kasauli.

Sunset point offers amazing views of the horizon and with the changing colors during the sundown. Reaching the place through oak and pine trees is also a memorable experience. Further ahead of the Sunset Point is the Gilbert hill which also offers splendid views.

The best time to visit sunset point is between 5.30 PM to 6.30 PM.


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 1.5 km from Kasauli Bus Stand, Sunrise Point is a beautiful viewpoint situated on Lower Mall near Ros Common in Kasauli. This point was formerly called as Hawa Ghar due to the steady air currents throughout the year.

Sunrise point is about 300m from Ros Common. A complete view of sunrise can be experienced from the place. From the sunrise point, visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the Chandigarh city and the surrounding areas. The rising sun amidst the hills of the Shivalik range adds to the charm of this place.


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 3.5 km from Kasauli Bus Stand, Monkey Point is situated in Air Force Station near the Lower Mall in Kasauli. This is the highest point in the Kasauli town.

Monkey Point is one of the popular tourist spot in Kasauli. A temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is situated at the Monkey Point. According to the Ramayana, when Lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after acquiring the Sanjivani Booty, one of his feet touched the hill; that's why the top of the hill is in the shape of a foot. The place is flocked with monkeys and visitors are advised to be careful.

From the top of the hill tourists can get a complete view of the plains of Chandigarh region and the river Sutlej flowing through the valleys. Visitors can also spot a snow covered peak of Choor Chandni, the highest peak of the Lower Himalayan belt. Monkey point has direct road access and easily accessible cabs. It takes around two hours to reach by walk from the Mall Road. The trek is of moderate level .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 2 km from Kasauli Bus Stand, Gilbert Trail is one of the most picturesque trails situated close to the Sunset Point in Kasauli.

Gilbert Trail is little known short walk offering great natural beauty and serenity. The Trail is a must visit place for bird watchers and nature lovers. Gilbert Trail owes its splendid beauty to the small narrow path, bordering green landscape, hills at the backdrop, sight and sound of colourful birds and scenic environment.

The trail starts past the Kasauli Club and ends at the Air Force Station. The track is located off the main road and stretches to almost 1.5 km. In the beginning, the path is wide enough but gets quite narrow. It provides fantastic view of the surrounding verdant landscape. The path can be slippery and therefore, it is advised to take care while making your way through the trail.

The trail is fit for all age groups. The whole path is clean and walking here would make you feel refreshed. Weather in Kasauli .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3.5 km from Kasauli, Baba Balak Nath Temple is a famous temple situated at Gadkhal in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh.

The Baba Balak Nath Temple is located on the Graner Hill. This cave temple is dedicated to Baba Balak Nath, an ardent follower of Lord Shiva. Locals believe that if childless couple visit and pray here, they will be blessed with children. The first ceremonies of the children are also conducted here. One of the highlights of the shrine is the numerous sculptures of Lord Shiva.

People believe that all their wishes are fulfilled in this temple. Every Sunday, priest of the temple sits on his Gaddi and answers all the queries of the visitors. It is said that when he sits on his Gaddi a supernatural power of Baba Balak Nath enters in him, then the Baba correctly tells about ones' past and gives exact prediction of future. Navratri is the most important festival celebrated here with great passion.

Most of the devotees reach the place on .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 14 km from Kasauli and 18 km from Solan, Dagshai is one of the oldest cantonment towns in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on top of a 5689 feet hillock on Kalka-Shimla Highway.

Dagshai was founded in 1847 by the East India Company by securing five villages from Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh. The villages are Dabbi, Badhtiala, Chunawad, Jawag and Dagshai. The new cantonment was named after the largest Dagshai village. The name Dagshai, according to a popular local legend was derived from Daag-e-Shahi. During the Moghul times a Daag-e-Shahi (royal mark) was put on the forehead of the criminals and sent off to Dagshai village.

Under British rule, Dagshai developed into a major cantonment town and also housed a large prison. Construction of the jail began in 1849 and included 54 cells. There is one cell for those who incurred exceptionally harsh punishment. There is no source of ventilation .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 46 km from Shimla and 12 km from Kuthar, Gurkha Fort is located on a small hillock with an altitude of 4500 in Subathu, near Kasauli in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh.

The Gurkha Fort is bounded by a dense forest and is connected to Parwanoo by National Highway 22. The Parwanoo town serves as a regimental centre for the Gurkha Rifles and has several buildings reminiscent of the British Era. The Subathu Gurkha Fort is now under the Indian Army's 14 Gurkha training centre. The fort still houses some cannons that are believed to be 181 years old. These cannons because of their historic value are the center of attraction for the visitors.

According to the history, the fort was built in the beginning of 1900 AD by the Gurkha Army Chief Amar Singh Thapa to fight against the British Army. There are various tales linked with this fort like one story states that the Gurkhas captured this fort while it was in the custody of Patiala King.

Subathu is considered .....

Distance (From Kasauli): 24 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kasauli - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 43 km from Shimla, Chail is a Hill Station located at an altitude of 2250 m above sea level in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. This is one of the popular places to visit in Shimla and also one of the top Himachal places to visit.

According to the History, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the wrath of the Commander in Chief Lord Kitchener, who banned his entry into the British summer Capital of Shimla in 1891. This incensed the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new summer retreat for himself. So he rebuilt the place Chail as per his requirements.

The picturesque hill station located amidst scented forests of pine and gigantic deodars. Chail is built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa Hill and on the third hill Sadh Tibba where Chail is situated. Overlooking Satluj Valley, .....

Distance (From Kasauli): 36 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kasauli - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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