Kasauli is a small and serene Hill station located in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect destination for anyone looking for solitude, peace of mind, inspiration and to enhance creative ability. In this post, I will share top things to do and best places to visit in Kasauli. This place is frequented by photographers, Artists, Writers and people from other creative fields. It is so obvious that writer like Ruskin Bond was born here. Kasauli has the charm to inspire and it gives a mesmerizing panoramic view of Himalayas. Probably you are looking for a leisure tour, and Kasauli weather is just perfect for any month of the year. Its winter temperature ranges from 2-3 degree C, while the summer reaches maximum to 30 -32 degree. It is near to important cities of North India like Chandigarh, Ambala, Shimla. Kasauli the health resort is at a height of about 1900 meters.
How to reach Kasauli
There is no direct connectivity to Kasauli via flight, bus or train, nearest Airport is in Chandigarh, nearest railway station is Sonwara in Himachal Pradesh and nearest Bus stand is Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh. I would recommend you to take train or flight for Chandigarh and then hire Cab for Kasauli.
Places to visit in Kasauli
Manki point, popularly called as Monkey point is the highest point of Kasauli. Being the highest, it provides a great view of the hills. The place has mythological values and it is believed that Hanuman, in his search of Sanjeevani stopped at this place. There is a Hanuman temple at the top of Manki point. It is a perfect place for trekking and relaxing. You should include this point, in your list, as it is one of the prominent places to visit in Kasauli.
- A great view of river Sutlej can be seen from Manki point
- Stay away from Monkeys
Gilbert trail is a must visit location for a nature lover, photographers, birds lover. Taking walk in Gilbert trail, as a honeymoon couple, solo or in a family is an experience of the lifetime. The beauty of the valley, along with the musical sound of birds, will definitely, borne out the poet in you. The trail starts from Kasauli club and ends at Air force station. You can visit here in any season, as the weather is pleasing throughout the year.
- You can see wild animals here
- Wear your trekking shoes
- High as low-budget resorts are available here.
Sunset point in Kasauli is perfect for photographers and nature lovers. The place provides an awesome view of retiring sun. Mesmerizing colors of the valley will leave you spellbound. After a tiring day, don’t forget to take evening walk at this place. It is located near Mall road and most important tourist attractions in Kasauli.
Lower Mall road
Like any other Hill station in India, Kasauli, also has upper and lower Mall road. Unlike upper mall road, the lower mall road is bit crowded, with people looking to taste delicacies. You will find several food joints here. As it is one of the primary tourist attraction in Kasauli, you will find local handicrafts and art pieces here, you may do shopping at a nominal price and taste authentic Tibetan food at much lower price than in cities. I recommend you to take a small walk on the lane of Mall road and explore the simplicity of Himachal Pradesh.
- Lower Mall road is a perfect place to stay in Kasauli because an array of hotels and local food can be spotted here.
- It is a perfect place for shopping, as you may purchase things at much affordable price.
- Don’t forget to take a walk on the lane of Lower Mall road.
Upper Mall Road
Chirping of birds, cool breeze, chain of pine and oak trees on Upper Mall road makes you feel like you are in wonderland. This place works as a medicine if you are tired of your city, where you hear nothing more than the sound of vehicles, polluted air, and chain of people rushing to and fro. Upper Mall road is a posh area, which is open and quiet, you will get to see few bungalows and a nice view of the valley. Monkey point can be easily reached via upper Mall road. I recommend you to take a walk in Gilbert Hill.
- Don’t forget to carry your trekking shoes, as most of Kasauli is explored on foot.
Kasauli Brewery is popular among people who are fond of drinking. It is open from morning seven to evening seven and is the oldest distillery for “whiskey”. Still, the old equipment and techniques are used to produce high-quality scotch. You shouldn’t omit this place from your list, even if you aren’t fond of drinking, you should make a visit here to see the techniques and methods used to produce liquor in the nineteenth century.
Christ church is an important place to visit in Kasauli, the church was inaugurated in 1853 and since 1970 it has become one of the prominent church in north India. The windows in the church has stained glass imported from Italy and Spain, which adds to its beauty. Christ church with its stunning look stands amidst Deodar and pine trees.
Kasauli have a lot to offer to its visitors, Kasauli is for people looking for peace and solitude and not for people looking for adventure and fun. My visit to Kasauli in last September left a deep impression upon me. I still remember the soothing sound of birds and beauty of nature. People of Kasauli are very nice and helpful. If you have visited any place in the above list of places to visit in Kasauli, do share your experience in the comment. If you are planning a trip, you may ask for any suggestions related to fares, distances, hotels etc.