The Blooming Hills of India
Kasauli is one of the most famous hill stations of India, known for its incredibly charismatic views, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Ranges, it is located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It was established during the colonial times as a British hill station and a retirement retreat for the Officers; the Victorian Style buildings built by the Britishers are a beautiful architectural example. The mystical forests of Kasauli are home to some very interesting and endangered species of wild animals, whereas the forest itself is dense with pine and cedar trees. This serene little hill station serves tourist with the lovely orchards and buildings dating from the middle of 19th Century till the forests of Himalayan Oak and Horse Chestnut that can be viewed from Monkey Point. It is a delight for the nature lovers as well as the trekkers coming from all over India, lavishing the trail to Gilbert Nature, enjoying the lush greenery with fresh air and watching some rare birds fly amidst the trees. Kasauli is one unique hill station that can be visited throughout the year, but the most preferable for the tourists is the time during summer between March to June.
During the 17th Century, some Rajput Families that fled from Rewari due to internal fights of their home, settled down in the lower plains of Himalayas, where an enduring brook of fresh water spring was flowing-which later became the water reservoir of Kasauli. During the seasons from spring to autumn, the hills of Kasauli are bloomed with flowers, giving it the local name of Kusmali, which means flower maiden. The local tribe people of Kasauli are religious and hospitable people, living a simple lifestyle. Kasauli is famous for its local folk dances and village fairs that they celebrate annually to portray the rich cultural heritage of the town. The fairs are connected with religious views and their faith towards the divinity. During the months of February and March, the fair of Phagli is held, which is a start for many other fairs held throughout the year. In the month of September, a huge Banjar fair is held which is dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi.
Top things do in Kasauli
How to reach
Kasauli offers you a peaceful stay with engrossing activities and memorable backdrops to capture with your loved ones. Transportation is well connected with Kasauli, leaving you to plan a hassle-free trip.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport (IXC), located just 25 km from Kasauli. The Airport receives regular flights from every major city of the country.
How to Reach by Train
The best and the nearest option to reach Kasauli by train will be the Kalka Station, located at 40 km from Kasauli. Kalka connects with train lines from Amritsar, Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, and Mumbai.
How to Reach by Bus
The Himachal Pradesh State Transport buses and few other private Buses including Superfast and Super Deluxe are available from the neighboring towns of Himachal to Kasauli. Along with its regular interval buses from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla can be found connected to Kasauli as well.
How to Reach by Road
The NH 1 and NH 22 connects Kasauli with the rest of the major cities of the neighborhood. Chandigarh is 60 km away and Shimla 80 km away which will be the shortest route by car to travel to Kasauli, enjoying the sceneries of the landscape. Whereas Delhi is 288 km, which might take an approx. of 7 hours journey to reach the valley.
How to travel within
Hired Cabs are easily available on your disposal to move within the city.
This pretty little valley of Kasauli offers a lot when it comes to food. The Himachal Cuisines can be found in every corner for those who are a fan of traditional local foods that includes the famous local made bread Sidu, Poppy Seeds Halwa, Kadhi, Madra etc. there are a number of eateries, cafes, and bars for the delight of tourist to enjoy their stay. The famous Band Samosa is a street food served with chutney and cholley, along with it Aloo Tikki, Kachori and Chole Bhature etc. can be found being sold by the vendors. The Green Ginger Tea, with some local wines made from Sherry, Plum, Apple and Peach are another specialty found in Kasauli. Although filled with local foods, Kasauli also houses various restaurants with cuisines from Indian to Continental.
- Hangout Rooftop Bar and Café
- Narinder Sweet House
- NH 22 Dhaba
- Rudra Café
- Cliff Houzz Restaurant & Bar
Day 1: After taking a flight/train, we have to get a cab to drive all the way to Kasauli. Sit back and enjoy the sunlight coming from behind the hills. You will reach the town around 10 a.m., where it welcomes you with a refreshing air and a peaceful environment. Checking in to the hotel and freshening up, head towards the Monkey Point, to get the amazing experience of the clear view of surrounding areas. Later, come back to town and have your lunch and explore the Mall Road. Spend the evening watching the sunset from the sunset view point and relish the windy air of hills.
Day2: Finish up your breakfast, and hire a cab to take you to the churches, to marvel the Victorian and gothic style architecture. Spending a few hours exploring both of the churches you can plan a trip to Timber Trail for an adventure of ropeway ride viewing the majestic Himalayan range and the panoramic view of Kasauli. Get back to the town before nightfall to check out and head back home.