Known for its tranquillity, soothing atmosphere, and breathtaking mountainscapes, Kasauli is an enigma waiting to be experienced. Loved and cherished by every traveller, every corner of Kasauli sings of rich history. Land of Gods, as it is often referred to, travellers often head up here owing to its peacefulness and location. Among one of the finest hill stations, surrounded by the Dhauladhar Range, this cantonment town is enveloped in pine and oak trees, stoned walkways, British-era churches and cemeteries and cosy roadside shacks serving delectable food.
With everything slowly starting to open up, and travel on the verge of resuming, it is no surprise that many are choosing straight to head to Kasauli. Moreover, with restrictions relaxed in Himachal Pradesh, it is an obvious choice for a holiday after months. Well, before you embark on your much-needed Kasauli getaway, here’s everything you need to know!
Best time to visit
Given the hilly terrain of Kasauli and its postcard-perfect views, this quaint town can be visited throughout the year, making it almost too perfect. However, if you are looking to soak in the true essence of Kasauli, September through November are ideal months to schedule your trip. Kasauli’s beauty is enhanced with the onset of winter and the subsiding monsoon showers. The light showers certainly add to the charm of the town, and the snuggly weather just acts as a cherry on top.
How to reach Kasauli
Kasauli lies atop, at an altitude of 1800 metres above sea level, hence, the town can only be accessed by road. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t well connected. You can reach Kasauli by the following routes, depending on the mode of transportation you opt for:
- Chandigarh International Airport – Take a flight to Chandigarh, which is approximately a 2-hour drive from Kasauli. From Chandigarh, either a car can be rented, or buses and taxis are available as well.
- Shimla Airport – Another option when flying, is first flying to Shimla and subsequently driving to Kasauli. Shimla is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Kasauli. Again, one can choose to either rent a private vehicle or make use of public transport to reach Kasauli.
- Kalka Railway Station – If you are travelling by train, the nearest railway station to Kasauli is Kalka Railway Station, which is 25 km. away from the hill station.
For all the road-trip enthusiasts travelling from Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow or any other nearby city, you can make this into a beautiful road trip, driving through entrancing landscapes, endless mountains, winding ghats and sceneries straight out of paintings. Of course, it is always recommended to start early, so as to avoid driving in the dark. Having said that, the road to Kasauli is indeed a treat on the eyes, making the journey bucket-list worthy.
5 best things to do in Kasauli
Kasauli is a small, quaint town, best explored on foot. Boasting cobbled streets and rustic homes, its captivating beauty is more than enough to attract tourists throughout the year. Featuring various hikes and trails, churches, one of the oldest whisky breweries, and more, here are few places that should definitely be ticked off while visiting this beautiful hill station.
One of the popular hikes and trails to explore when in Kasauli, Gilbert Trail is easily accessible. A kilometre and a half long, this trail is surrounded by dense trees on all sides. Home to rare migratory birds, the Gilbert trail attracts birdwatchers and tourists alike. It hosts birds like Red-billed Leothrix, Verditer Flycatchers, Jungle Owlets and many more. Visit this trail just before sunrise or sunset to aptly experience the inexplicable aura of the trail. Engulfed in unforgettable valley views and cool, misty breeze, the view is certainly a sight to savour.
The highest point in Kasauli, Monkey or Manki Point is approximately 4 km. away from Gilbert Trail. Having historical significance, Monkey Point houses a temple atop dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Attracting tourists throughout the year, this point offers majestic views, overlooking the beautiful city of Chandigarh and the Sutlej River. Be cautious, as there will be loads of monkeys around!
The sweet song of birds chirping, the rustling of leaves and the picturesque sunset are the only things you will experience here. Known for its solitude and stillness, Sunset Point is a nature lover’s dream. An escape in every sense, though it attracts tourists in abundance, this point has managed to retain its peaceful charm that remains untouched. If you are looking to take a break, and just being one with nature, Sunset Point is just where you need to go.
The most quintessential and must-visit attraction, Mall Road is a buzzing, vibrant street in Kasauli. In stark contrast with the rest of the town, Mall Road is filled with the cacophony of shoppers, bustling eateries and small shacks. From intricately hand-woven carpets to clay statues to freshly made jams and wines, this town has it all. Pick up souvenirs for your friends and families, stop and enjoy the local street food and experience the culture of Kasauli!
Step away from the typical and head over to Kasauli Brewery. Enjoy a drink or two while at Kasauli Brewery. One of the oldest breweries in Asia for scotch whiskey, this brewery and distillery were established in the 1820s.
Kasauli is undoubtedly one of the most invigorating yet calm hill stations, hence, its popularity is not surprising. Well, now that you know almost everything about this cantonment town, what are you waiting for? I believe you have a trip to make and arrangements to do!