Kasauli

Kasauli 

Kasauli is built along the first major row of hills that lie above the Gangetic plains. This charming and well-maintained ‘hill station‘ retains a substantial measure of its
built and natural heritage. Kasauli traces its origin to the close of the ‘Gurkha Wars‘ in 1815 and at various points of time, British, Gurkha, Sikh and Dogra regiments have been based here. Kasauli‘s narrow roads wander up and down the hillside and offer some of the finest walks and views of the area. The Upper and Lower Malls are lined with the town’s old residences – the lower one also has the hotels, banks and
shops. And as the roads climb, the foliage also alters. The lower section of Kasauli holds trees of chir pine, Himalayan oak and robust horse-chestnuts and higher up the hill, there is the majesty of the cedars. The town’s colonial ambience is reinforced by gabled houses with charming facades and neat little gardens with beds of geraniums and hydrangea. This attractive picture is completed by the scores of slim paths that
slide past orchards of plum and apricot.

GETTING THERE:

  • By Rail : Chandigarh railway station is 65 kms and Kalka is at a distance of 39 kms. Dharampur Station on the Kalka-Shimla Narrow Gauge lies at a distance of 14 kms.
  • By Road : Chandigarh is at a distance of 65 kms, Shimla lies 77 kms away and Delhi is 337 kms away. For driving up to Kasauli, you can use the Pinjore-Kalka-Pan/vanoo bypass.
  • By Air : Chandigarh airport is at a distance of 68 kms, Shimla (Jubbar Hatti) is 77 kms and the domestic terminal at Delhi lies 357 kms away.

CLIMATE :

The summer is mild and cottons and light woollens are suggested. ln winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens / cottons are suggested. During the monsoons, Kasauli gets to be quite wet and windy and appropriate gear may be carried along.

ATTRACTIONS :

  • Kasauli has good walks and built and natural heritage along the Upper and Lower Malls.There are excellent views from Monkey Point and the temple of Hanuman Ji.
  • The Lawrence School at Sanawar (6 kms ) is one of the famous schools of the area and was founded in 1847.
  • The Central Research Institute was established in 1906 and prepares various vaccines.
  • Baba Balak Nath and Shirdi Sai Baba  temples  are held in high veneration by the local people.
  • Christ Church and the Baptist Church are examples of Kasauli’s colonial architecture.
  • The narrow cobbled streets and architecture of the Sada and Arth (Wholesale) Bazaar are interesting.
  • Subathu (27 kms) has the Gurkha regimental centre and examples of old architecture.
  • Kuthar (46 kms ) has an old palace with wall paintings.
  • Sanwara station (16 kms ) on the Kalka Shimla Railway line can make a good downhill hike from Kasauli. The railway viaducts in its vicinity are among the most elaborate on the line.

HOTELS:

THE ROS COMMON – Deluxe Hotel
ln the charming town of Kasauli, HPTDC runs the equally
charming Hotel Ros Common. This colonial bungalow,
located along the Lower Mall, provides an ‘old world’
atmosphere to truly savour Kasauli.
ADDRESS : Hotel Ros Common, Kasauli – 173 204 (HP)
Tel. : (01792) 272005, 272007 E-mail : kasauli@hptdc.in