Kasauli is built along the first major row of hills that lie above the Gangetic plains. This charming and well-maintained ‘hill station’ retains a substantial measure of its built and natural heritage. Kasauli traces its origin to the close of the ‘Gurkha Wars’ in 1815 and at various points of time, British, Gurkha, Sikh and Dogra regiments have been based here. Kasauli’s narrow roads wander up and down the hillside and offer some of the finest walks and views of the area. The Upper and Lower Malls are lined with the town’s old residences – the lower one also has the hotels, banks and shops. And as the roads climb, the foliage also alters. The lower section of Kasauli holds trees of chir pine, Himalayan oak and robust horse-chestnuts and higher up the hill, there is the majesty of the cedars. The town’s colonial ambiance is reinforced by gabled houses with charming facades and neat little gardens with beds of geraniums and hydrangea. This attractive picture is completed by the scores of slim paths that slide past orchards of plum and apricot.
Height: 1951 m
Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woollens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woollens/cottons are suggested. During the monsoons, Kasauli gets to be quite wet and windy and appropriate gear may be carried along.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Kasauli
Road: Chandigarh is 65 kms away, Delhi s 337 kms away and Shimla is at a distance of 77 kms.
Rail: Kalka is 39 kms away while Chandigarh is at a distance of 65 kms. Dharampur Station on the Kalka-Shimla Narrow Gauge Line is at a distance of 14 kms.
Air: Chandigarh airport is at a distance of 68 kms, while the one in Shimla is 77 kms away.
Tourist Attractions in Kasauli
Kasauli has good walks and built and natural heritage along the Upper and Lower Malls.
There are excellent views from Monkey Point and the temple of Hanuman Ji.
Christ Church and the Baptist Church are examples of Kasauli’s colonial architecture.
The narrow cobbled streets and architecture of the Sadar and Arth (Wholesale) Bazaar are interesting.
The Lawrence School at Sanawar (6 kms) is one of the famous schools of the area and was founded in 1847.
The Central Research Institute was established in 1906 and prepares various vaccines.
The temples of Baba Balak Nath and Shirdi Sai Baba are held in high veneration by the local people.
Subathu (27 kms) has the Gurkha regiment centre and examples of old architecture.
The small Sanwara station (16 kms) on the Kalka-Shimla Railway line can make a good downhill hike from Kasauli. The railway viaducts in its vicinity are among the most elaborate on the line.