Kasauli Tourism & City Guide
“Kasauli invites you to do nothing at all.”
Kasauli, is a little gem of a place that prefers to preserve its scintilla for few. This small little town with dainty English cottages set in gardens spilling with flowers, pretty paths and quaint old-fashioned shops has its own charm and splendour.
Kasauli was planned as a retreat for the British. Though the mandarins of the Empire have left, the landscape has not changed much. Located amongst thickly wooded hills, the bungalows provide an excellent blend of man’s ingenuity with nature’s resplendence. Undisturbed with the company of all that is beautiful…. cool breezes, lovely sunsets and quite mountains, Kasauli offers a luxury that is priceless.
Kasauli is just not only scenic splendour to boast of. This is a town that holds onto its colonial legacy with a rare ferocity. While the ‘Church of England’ continues to regale visitors young and old, the ‘Tapp’s Nose’ (now the Monki Point) is popular with the tourists due to spiritual attraction.
The importance of Kasauli is not just for the vestiges of the past but for the traditions carried into the future as well. The unspoilt place provides an ideal environment for the nurturing of young minds. The Lawrence School and the Central Research Institute are scholarly establishments of International repute.
Our Kasauli Travel Guide will help you to get attuned to the rythm of this bucolic hii station with detailed pages devoted to attractions, getaways, must do s to make you come back to Kasauli time and again..
How To Reach Kasauli
Kasauli is well connected by all the three modes i.e. roadways, airways and railways. The quaint town has a well-developed road network with National Highway No. 22 passing through the city. The nearest rail station is at Kalka in Haryana, which is about 40 km from Kasauli. One can also come from Solan Railway Station, which is 44 km from Kasauli. If you are planning of availing flight services, then you can come to Chandigarh Airport and from there you can hire a car to Kasauli. This small town of Himachal Pradesh is well connected by major bus services from major cities in northern India including Chandigarh and Delhi.
How to Reach Kasauli by Airways
How to Reach Kasauli by Railways
How to Reach Kasauli by Road
Kasauli Attractions & Sightseeing
Kasauli is a small place not much to be done or seen at. It is sited at a height of 1795 meters above sea level. A small hill station, located 77 kms from south of Shimla. Kasuali is known for its hygiene and beauty and attracts a large number of tourists, especially on the weekends. It is a quite hill station famous for firs, rhododendrons, chestnuts, oaks and willows. The places to be seen in the region are listed below.
|Monkey Point||Baba Balak Nath Temple||Dharampur||Dagshai|
It is the highest point in Kasauli and is located just four kms from the Kasauli Bus stand. A picturesque view of the far-flung plains of Chandigarh region and the meandering river Satluj can be seen from this point. Also there is a small temple on the top of the hill, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. There is a legend that when lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after obtaining Sanjivany Booty, his foot touched the hill and thus the top of hill is in a foot shape.
A lot of monkeys can be seen here. This point is under the authority of the Air Force of India, and one has to take prior permission to visit Monkey Point. Camera and mobile phones are not allowed in this area.
Still unspoilt and very much as the British left it fifty years ago, Kasauli has a fine old church. The Anglican structured church is sited near the bus stand. It was built by the British family who founded the town of Kasauli. The church is a beautifully built cross shaped. It is situated admidst a grove of chestnut and fir trees.
Baba Balak Nath Temple
The temple is located 3 km away from Kasauli and is one amongst the famous temples of Sidh Baba Balak Nath Ji. The temple is located on the Graner Hill top. There is a mythology that one night, Baba appeared in dreams of Vijay Kumar, a locale and asked him to build a temple at this place. There is also a belief that prayers of childless couples will be granted with a child, whose baptism ceremony is also performed here. Several photos of such blessed children are kept in this temple.
Sanawar is situated 6 km away from Kasauli at an altitude of the 1750 m. The place is known for the Lawrence School. The school is 150-year-old and is one of the best public schools in India. the school was founded by Sir Henry M. Lawrence and his wife Honoria. The school was honoured by the British Empire with the Kings of Colors in 1853. The beautiful campus of the school boasts pine; deodar trees and a chapel forests, ivory bell-shaped flowers, bright golden-yellow blossoms etc surround it.
Dharampur is situated at a distance of 15 kms Kasauli on the National Highway No.22. Dharampur has one of the best hospitals in the world to cure tuberculosis. The hospital is situated amidst the healthy air of the fragrant pines. This place is also connected by Kalka-Shimla railway line.
It is a small cantonment town having a Gurkha fort. The fort was built in the early years of the 19th century. This cantonment town is situated at an altitude of 1,437m.
It is also a small cantonment sited at an altitude of 1,925m. It is situated at a distance of 19-km from Kasauli and is accessible by a link road, which diverts from Dharampur. Dagshai has a military public school and numerous military barracks. This place was the favorite haunt of the British families.
Travel Places around Kasauli (Getaways)
Kasauli is a small place with not many places to see. Once you have seen all the places in Kasauli you can visit:
Distance from Kasauli: 60 KM
This idyllic resort, set amidst scented forests of pine and deodar, was once the summer resort of the Maharajas of Patiala. Located on a wooded spur, Chail (2,150 m) overlooks the Satluj Valley. Shimla and Kasauli are also visible and at the night their twinkling lights seem a part of the starlit sky. Chail has lovely walks and trails that meander through the dense pine forests – the home of barking deer, wild boar, Pheasant and a variety of birds...More
Distance from Kasauli: 61 KM
Located in Northern India, at the foothills of the Shivalik range is the ‘city beautiful’ Chandigarh. For a long time this city’s claim to fame was its architecture but today things have changed. Though small but this city has several places to be explored…More
Distance: 77 KM
Shimla is one of the most famous hill stations of India. The capital of Himachal Pradesh and erst while summer capital of British India is today a subtle mix of old and new. Old Colonial Buildings, Raj era memories while you walk down the famous mall and the most of all Himachal hospitality. There are several places to be seen in Kasauli which include the ridge, Scandal point, viceregal lodge, state museum, etc…More
Distance: 44 KM
Solan district derived its name from its district headquarters town Solan that has been named after the local presiding deity ‘Shoolini devi’. This beautiful hilly district lies midway between Kalka and Shimla on the main road and rail route. It is located in an agricultural area where a variety of vegetables and mushrooms are grown. This quite town has a number of picturesque spots ideal for walks and picnics.
Karol tibba and Meteol Tibba are pretty spots. Kotla nallah with its stream; the Saproon spring and the Happy Valley are delightful locations on the River Giri that are excellent for angling.
Kiomoi Must Dos
- Enjoy A scenic ride: Enjoy a scenic ride from Kalka to Dharampur to Shimla by a toy train that passes through the beautiful valley and hills.
- Hiking: Hike to Sanawar hills, a stretch of 5 and half kms can be taken along the chestnut blossoms giving a treat to your Eyes
- Picnicking: Picnicking in the verdant cedar woods with family and friends. Do not forget to carry your binoculars to enjoy birding.
- Tracking: Tracking routes like Kalka to Kasauli, Manaon to Kasauli, and Kasauli to village Hari Ka Kheel can be followed by those who want some adventure.
- Small Leisure walks: The beauty of this small town can be only seen and observed on foots. Opt for long or small walks around the two main areas around Kasauli, the Upper and Lower Mall.
- Visit Lawrence School: At a distance of just 6-km from Kasauli there is Sanawar house which is one of the best schools in the country. One must visit the Lawrence school there, which is one hundred-years-old and forms a major highlight of the town.
- Take an Excursion: One should take an excursion of the nearby towns and villages, crossing the forested hills and deep ravines .ex. Visit Dagshal where you will find a lot of military barracks and it is an important cantonment area located 1,925 m above sea level.
- Leisurely Picnics: This small town offers its tourists the charm of leisurely picnics in the virginal woodlands. Keep your cameras ready to shoot a snap of the humming birds and flycatchers, minuets and magpies, deer eating grass or a Hyena eloping through the undergrowth. If luck enough you can even spot the members of the cat family – the Leopards.
- Have a view of Chandigarh: On a clear and starry night one should visit the Monkey Point, to have a gorgeous view of Chandigarh.
- Try Local Cuisines: You should try some local cuisines at the Lower Mall road that boasts of several local restaurants selling local fast food.
- Nature walks: One should go for long Nature walks on Gilbert trail, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Lover`s Lane, Upper Mall, Lower Mall and Pine, from Village Kimmughat via Kasauli Regency to Lower Mall.
Driving Directions Kasauli
The Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh, North India is amongst the best known attractions in the Himachal Pradesh region. The closest airport to Kasuali is Chandigarh which is 70Kms away from Kasauli. The other domestic as well as the international airport which are closer to Kasuali are the Shimla airport(23 Kms) and the Indira Gandhi International Airport(253Kms). The closest rail head to Kasauli is Kalka which is 43 Km away from Kasauli. The state transport buses provides the regular services to the people living in the neighboring states. The Himachal Pradesh state corporation buses provides the regular services to the travellers living in the state of Punjab, Uttrakhand and Delhi. The travelers who are travelling to this region by their own vehicle can take a route from NH22 respectively.
Accommodation in Kasauli
Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh is a quiet retreat in the hills. This small hill station Himachal Pradesh has various hotels and resorts that offer good stay options. Hotels in Kasauli include various luxury hotels, budget hotels and mid range hotels. Kasauli also has a number of resorts to stay.
To accommodate the increasing number of tourists numerous hotels have been set up in the city. The Hotels offer the guests a comfortable stay in the town at reasonable tariffs. Most of the hotels available in Kasauli are old heritage possessions with renovations. It is better to pre -book your hotel room and then go, this holds true even for off-season especially if you are going on a weekend. One can also hire a cottage near Kasauli if planning to stay for a longer duration.
Shopping at Kasauli
Kasauli is a small little town having a small market place since Kausali is plain, simple and left untouched by commercialization. Shopping in Kasauli is not very enjoyable as there is not much to shop for. But you can take small souvenirs along and cherish the memories of Kasauli throughout your life. Tourists can also buy woolens and gift items (made of wood).
Apart from the gift items one can also buy preservative free jams, jellies and Marmalades. There is upper also upper and lower mall with not too many shops.There are fresh fruits in season (plums, peaches, apricots) and a few handicrafts and souvenirs sold at the town`s Tibetan community. At Tibetan stall near the mall, you can Get nice T-shirts.
Legend and Mythology
It is believed that at the end of Ramayana when Lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after obtaining Sanjivany Booty rested one of his feet atop the hill. The top of hill is in a foot shape is known as Monkey Point. There is small a temple which was build here in early 1970`s when a shila was discovered after numerous accidents which took place during construction of Air Force Station in the area. Notably no accidents took place after installation of the shilain the temple atop this mountain.
Kasauli - Eat and Dine
The only dinning option in Kasauli is the luxury hotels and some other small restaurants.The continental fare at the Alasia is good. The bun-samosas and ginger-tea sold in the bazaar are an all time favourite. You should also try the local original Mommo’s at any of the Tibetan shop
Kasauli had a variety of small places to taste the local cuisines. The best place to start your gastronomic tour should be at The Mall. The Mall is a huge tourist attraction and has many places to eat. Sometimes the cuisines also reflect this climate patterns.
A special dish in the region is the Sidku or Sidu, which is quite popular amongst the tourists. It is a thick fermented flat bread or roti of wheat flour. On which a paste of opium seeds mixed with jaggery or salt is spread. Another dish is Patandey, which is made of thin wheat flour paste and is eaten with dal or ghee.
Where to eat
R Maidens - Chinese
Daily Needs - Burgers
The Mall - Bun Tikki`s, Bun Samosa`s and all the stuff Dhabas can offer.
Kasauli - Important Contact Numbers
|Name||Address||Telephone No.||Website // mail id|
|HPTDC, Kasauli||HPTDC Hotel Ross Common, Kasauli, Tel: 01792-272005||Tel: 01792-272005|
|HPTDC, New Delhi||Chanderlok Building, 36, Janpath, New Delhi||Ph: 011-23325233/ 320, Fax: 011-23731072||E-mail: [email protected]|
|HPTDC, Shimla||Ritz Annexe, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171 001||Ph: 0177- 2652704, Fax: 0177- 2652019||E-mail: [email protected]|
|Chandigarh Airport||Between Zirakpur and Chandigarh.||9357502212||airportsindia.org.in|
|Kalka railway station||01733-221131|
|Chandigarh railway station||0172-2654782, 2641651|
|Shimla railway station||0177-2652915|
|HRTC Delhi||Advance Reservation Counter No, 8 and 40, First floor, ISBT, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi||011- 2386694, 23863473|
|HRTC Delhi||Advance Reservation Counter Himachal Pradesh Bhavan 27, Mandi House, Sikandra road, Delhi|
|ISBT Chandigarh||ISBT Sector 17 Chandigarh.||0172-2704015|
Weather at Kasauli
Kasauli is located amidst the forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and huge chestnuts in Himachal Pradesh. It is always better to be informed about the climatic condition of a place particularly when it’s a hill station before going there.
Summer starts from the month of April and lasts till June with maximum temperature of 28°C and a minimum of 14°C. Throughout the summers the weather is pleasing and romantic. Days are slight warm whereas nights are mainly cool. Light cotton clothes are ideal for travelers in this season.
Monsoon in Kasuali starts in the month of June and lasts till the month of September. Most of the rain takes place in the month of July and August. During this season the whole valley looks extremely picturesque.
The chilly winters in Kasauli last from November to February. There is very rare snowfall during the winter with maximum temperature of 28°C and a minimum of 14°C. Heavy woolens clothes are recommended, as temp erature can dip down to freezing point
Bank & ATM in Kasauli
Bank of Baroda
Pin code 173204,
Lower Mall, Kasauli
Near DC Office,
Rajghar Road, Solan
Solan - 173212
ICICI Bank ATM
Satvivek Study Hall,
Kalka Pinjore Highway
State Bank Of India
State Bank Of Patiala
Old Bus Stand,
Near Old Bus Stand,
Kasauli Useful facts
Location – 30° 53’ N and 77° 01’ E
Altitude - 6,400 ft in the Shivalik hills
District - Solan
State – Himachal Pradesh
Languages – Pahari, Hindi & English Best Time to Visit – April To June & September To October
Main Festivals –the Christmas - New Year week
Attractions – Monkey Point, Sanawar, and Dharampur
Clothing - Cottons and light woolens during Summers & heavy woolens during winters. Scarves and gloves are must if traveling in winter
Nearest Airport – Chandigarh 60 kms
Nearest Railway station – Dharampur (Kalka - Shimla narrow gauge line) Kalka 34 kms
Bus station – Kasauli (Direct buses from Chandigarh, Solan)
STD Code – 01792
Pin Code – 173201
Hospital & Doctor – Civil Hospital (Near SDM Office)
Facts to remember while in Kasauli
- No phones and cameras are allowed at monkey point.
- The place is very cool even in summers so carry woolens.
- The shops and restaurants close before 9 pm.
- Avoid visiting Kasauli during the social seasons, especially during the month of June.
- While driving your own vehicle mind the steep turns on the road.
- Avoid visiting the region during the monsoon showers as there are several cases of landslides.
- Avoid excessive luggage.
- Take care of your belongings.
- Keep important numbers handy.
- ATM – only Atm that you will find here will be of bank of Baroda.
- Avoid - Guides and touts.
- Join a group if want to try some trekking or other sports.
- Avoid walking alone and always let your hotel know where you are going
- Books, particularly on birds and a pair of binoculars are recommended.
- A pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must-have.
Local Holidays in Kasauli
|5th Jan||Guru Gobind Singh B`day|
|25th Jan||State hood Day|
|26th Jan||Republic Day|
|9th Feb||Feb Guru Ravidas B`day|
|23rd Feb||Feb Maha Shivratri|
|3rd Apr||Ram Navami|
|7th Apr||Mahavir Jayanti|
|10th Apr||Good Friday|
|14th Apr||Dr. B.R. Ambedkar`s B`day|
|15th Apr||Himachal Day|
|9th May||Buddha Purnima|
|7th Jun||Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti|
|15th Aug||Independence Day|
|21st Sep||Idu`l Fitr|
|2nd Oct||Mahatma Gandhi`s B`day|
|4th Oct||Maharishi Valmiki`s B`day|
|2nd Nov||Guru Nanak Dev`s B`day|
|25th Dec||Christmas Day|
Kasauli Holiday Checklist
Those hills, rivers, water falls, send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list.
Before leaving your house
- Empty your letter box
- Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
- Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
- Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
- Clear out the fridge.
- Switch off the electric appliances
- Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
- Lock doors and windows
- Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
- Carry traveller Cheque or ATM cards
- Pay all due bills
- Turn off gas/water/
- Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
- Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice
Packing your luggage
- Woollen/cotton clothing
- Extra towels
- Extra pair of socks
- Night wears
- Bath robes
- Jumper and track suits
- Battery Charger
- Mobile Charger
- Torch/Emergency Light
- Brochures or holiday book
- Sunglasses * Sewing kit
- Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
- Film rolls and digital chargers
- Ear Plugs
- Address Book
- Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
- Important Telephone Addresses/TravelConsultat
- Few non perishable eatables
- Books / magazines to read
- Credit/Debit Cards
- Diving License
- Maps/ directions(when in car)
- Photocopies of documents
- Traveller Cheque
- Passport/Visas (For travelling abroad)
- ID Cards
- Small First Aid kit
- Sickness Pill
- Mosquito and insect repellent
- Vitamin and medications
- Pain Killers/Balm
- Personal hygiene items
- Anti-infection lotion