Kasauli, a small hill town in Himachal Pradesh, is situated at a height of 6,322 feet in the Shivalik Range. Kasauli’s soothing climate and thick woods had attracted the British to form a cantonment and a convalescence centre here. Quite a large part of the town falls under the cantonment, which is now under the control of Indian Army and Air Force. The strict building laws within the cantonment have kept the area mostly unaltered. But outside its limits, some significant construction has happened lately. But that doesn’t deter the colonial ambience that this sleepy town has retained. The best way to explore Kasauli is on foot. As you will walk around the town, you’ll discover lots of lovely trails and lookout points. Kasauli now figures in the list of well-known travel destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
Attractions in Kasauli
Christ Church is the oldest and the most popular church in the town. Its building displays a typical Anglican structure with turrets, spires, and Gothic arches. Its stained glass windows are so vivid, even today, that it is hard to believe that the church was built in the mid-nineteenth century. The windows along with the wooden pews were imported from England. Inside, there is a beautiful stained-glass depiction of the crucifixion behind the altar. Benches are placed in the church garden where you can soak in the bliss and the peace.
This place is the highest spot in the town and is often mentioned as ‘Manki Point’. You need to climb a 500 m long steep stairway to reach the top. The beautiful views from there will compensate for the hard work you did. What you get to see would solely depend on the weather. On a clear day, you can spot the sparkling Sutlej River, meandering through the faraway plains. If the day is clear, you might also get a glimpse of the Choor Chandni Peak. Monkey Point is 4 km from the Kasauli bus stand. You can drive until Air Force Checkpoint, from there you’ve got to walk the rest 600 mt. You’ll need to leave your mobile phone and camera at the checkpoint.
This Mall of Kasauli is the closest rival of the Mall of Shimla. Here it is divided into two parts: the lower mall and the upper mall. The lower one has many hotels, eateries, and a bazaar. The upper mall is way more enticing than the lower. It is lined with many colonial era buildings and several trails branch out from this path. Amongst all the trails, Gilbert Trail is the most exhilarating. The popular Kasauli Club is also located on the upper mall. This club was originally constructed in 1880, but after getting damaged by fire in 2001, it was redesigned and rebuilt.
This point is a short walk from the Kasauli Club on the Upper Mall. For those who have skipped Monkey Point should visit this place as it is easily accessible. It is enjoyable to see the sun signing out from here. The area is quite peaceful. From here, you can embark on the Gilbert Trail.
If it is one trail you don’t want to miss in Kasauli, it should be the Gilbert Trail. Along with the beautiful views of the lush green valley, you’ll be greeted with the slopes studded with the pines. And amidst the trees, there will be blossoms smiling at you. The early morning or the late afternoon is the best time to walk here. Wear good walking shoes and avoid while it is raining.
This church was constructed much later than the Christ Church. It was built somewhere around 1923. This brick-and-wood structure is situated near the market. Its garden is adorned with flowers and some tall trees.
Kasauli Distillery and Brewery (now Mohan Meakin) was established in the late 1820s by Edward Dyer. One of the reasons to set up this unit here was the availability of spring water. But later on, as the town started facing water scarcity issues, the brewery was shifted to Solan. So, today it is only a distillery and operated with the name of Mohan Meakin.
Shri Baba Balak Nath Temple
This shrine is located on the top of the Graner Hill. Be ready to climb steep stairs to reach there. The temple is very popular, so at times, it can get very crowded.
Excursions from Kasauli
Barog is a small hill station at a height of 5120 ft near Kasauli. You can walk up to its railway station which lies on the heritage railway route of Kalka to Shimla. A railway tunnel nearby, called Barog tunnel, is the longest of all the 103 operational tunnels on the route.
Dagshai is 14 km from Kasauli on the road to Barog. Sometimes it receives snowfall and that’s when many people from the nearby plains throng the place. Otherwise it is a very peaceful cantonment town surrounded with the forests of oak.