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Kasauli Tourism And Travel Guide
10° C / 50° F
March to June
3 to 4 Days
Chandigarh Airport (70 kms)
Kalka (25 kms)
Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh is the pretty hill station of Kasauli. Boasting of some grand colonial era mansions, dense deodar and pine forests, rolling valleys, snow capped mountains, spellbinding viewpoints, orchards and gorges, Kasauli is bursting with flavours. Anyone in search of serenity and peace? Your search ends right here. Tourism in Kasauli has much to offer its vistors. Here is a snippet of travel guide to explore this dreamy little hill station of Kasauli.
How to Reach
Kasauli does not have an airport or railway station but is well connected by roads and highways.
The closest airport to Kasauli is located 70 km away in Chandigarh, which is well connected with most major cities of the country. From the airport taxis are readily available for an onward trip to Kasauli.
Likewise, Kasauli does not have a railway station either. Kalka is the nearest station located a mere 25 km from the hill station. Rail networks connect Kalka with major cities of the country. From the station, tourists can hire cabs to reach Kasauli.
Kasauli is connected by an excellent network of roads. NH 1 and NH 22 are the two major highways that connect Kasauli with the neighbouring cities. Delhi via NH 22 to Kasauli is a mere 6 hour journey while Chandigarh takes about 2 hours.
Getting by in Kasauli:
For commuting within Kasauli and sighting, people depend upon the Himachal Pradesh Tourish Development Corporation buses and private taxis. Exploring Kasauli by foot is also another common and preferred mode opted by visitors.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (March to June):
Summer months are extremely pleasant in Kasauli. They are neither extremely hot nor extremely cold. With maximum temperature somewhere around 28°C and minimum 14°C, the weather is quite favourable for people to explore Kasauli, go trekking and take long nature walks. Summer season also coincides with Basant Panchami, which is celebrated with much fervour.
Monsoon (July to September):
Though Kasauli receives considerable rainfall, it is not incessant or heavy. There is a lot of freshness and greenery all around with the onset of monsoon and it feels good to be out and inhale that freshness.
Winter (October to March):
Being nestled amidst the Shivalik Range, winters in Kasauli are extremely chilly accompanied by occasional snowfall. People often visit Kasauli during these months to witness and enjoy the snowfall. Winter again coincides with Lohri, which celebrates the harvest season with much pomp, show and music. Kasauli is good to visit throughout the year.
Things to Do
Visit Christ Church:
The oldest church of Himachal Pradesh is located on Mall Road. Built in 1853 by the British, the church is set amidst towering pine trees making it a rather incredible place to visit. The peace and calmness that envelops the surrounding is infectious and rejuvenating.
The best way to explore Kasauli and spend time in this little hill station is by going on treks. The spellbinding views, refreshing air and cool weather make trekking a memorable experience. It has some splendid trekking spots.
Take Toy Train Ride:
Take the toy train ride from Dharampur to Barong and back. What a joyous experience it is as the train winds through the dense oak and pine forests, passes through the tunnels and gives a fascinating view of the valley, the little hamlets and valleys. It also gives an opportunity to take some lovely photographs.
Ride Timber Trail Cable Car:
If you want a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains and also a little adventure, take the cable car ride at Timber Trail. It is 1.8 km ropeway ride across the valley. Sit back in the car and enjoy the views. It is an experience of a lifetime.
Explore Gilbert Trail:
This is a 1.5 km walkway from the Lover’s Lane with rocky cliff on one end. It is a popular trekking spot in Kasauli where one finds nature at its best with towering hills, lofty pines and deodars, rich flora-fauna and much more.
Go on Nature Walks:
Kasauli is all about exploring the beauty called nature. The snow capped mountains, the dense forests, the mesmerising sunsets, the picturesque locale and so much more waiting to be explored. And the best way to soak in this ambience is to capture the romance in the air and by going on long nature walks. It is the best way to see and feel Kasauli.
Go Whiskey Tasting:
Kasauli boasts of Asia’s oldest distillery for scotch whiskey. Established by the British in the late 1820s, the Kasauli Brewery is a place to visit during your stay in the town. You must also try the class malt whiskey or Indian Pale Ale. It is quite an experience.
Shopping in Kasauli
No vacation is complete without a visit to the local shops and market for souvenirs and some gifts to take back home. Kasauli Tibetan Market on Lower Mall Road is just the place to be for fulfilling all your shopping needs. From handicrafts to woollens, from stoles to scarves, a choice of fresh fruits and jams and marmalades, a bottle of fruit wine - it has all. Pinkonez and Mug Studio are the shops from where you can pick up a souvenir of your trip.
Eating in Kasauli
No trip can ever be complete without a taste of the local palate. Kasauli boasts of a flavourful Tibetan cuisine. The dumplings and the thukpas are to die for. You have several eateries and cafes lined up on the Mall Road offering the visitors a wide range of options to choose from. The local bread Sidu, the poppy seed halwa and band Samosa are some of the lip-smacking delicacies one must try here.