Kasauli has many neighbouring beautiful places to visit. All these places are within a radius of 10 kms.
Bhur Singh Tibba
Amongst the breath taking places to visit around kasauli is the Bhur Singh temple with an amazing cliff side location. The bhur Singh tibba is a wall of rock running for 15 KM from Sarahan in one end to Naina Tikkar on the other in the Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is located at Pejarli village at a height of 1870 metres and is dedicated to a local deity Bhur Singh.
As Bhur Singh is known to live on nothing but milk, animals are never sacrificed at his temple. Devotees bring milk and ghee as offerings for the bhur Singh devta. Bhur Singh and his sister Debi were the children of a Bhat of Panwa village.
The temple on a steep cliff.
Aerial view of the plains from the temple.
During the fair at Bhur Singh Deota Temple pujari dances alone by the night in the temple so that the people may not see him, and at midnight coming out of the shrine leaps on to a great rock above a high cliff.
The sacred rock where butter is offered.
Toy train ride.
A toy train ride gives you the most scenic splendour in Kasauli. The toy train is one of the three such trains still functioning , the other two in ooty and darjeeling . It is said a local holy man guided the british surveyers where to lay the rail track.You can travel by taxi to Dharampur bus stand below which is the Dharampur railway station true for you through the dense pine forests and tunnels and the heritage Barog tunnel.
Mohan Heritage Park
A sprawling campus which is spotlessly clean with a magnificent temple, all set in a beautiful valley makes for a wonderful place to visit and spend some quality time when in kasauli. The temple depicts scenes from the hindu mythology and is fascinating. The intricate craftsmanship i creating such masterpieces is something to wonder about.The heritage park is a great place in the vicinity of Kasauli and definitely is worth visiting.
The Chail Palace.
Chail is a hill station nearby to kasauli.At a distance of 56 kilometres from Kasauli it takes about 2hrs to reach here.Chail is known by The Chail Palace is well known for its british architecture. The palace was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj.The highest cricket ground cum polo ground here at an altitude of 2,250 m was owned by the royal family of Patiala.Chail is situated at an altitude of 2,250 m. The place is surrounded by the forests of pine and deodars.
Chail Military School, is a famous school in chail with students from all over India.
Kali ka Tibba is situated on top of a hill and also known as Kali Devi Temple. It attracts a lot of pilgrims and tourists from all across the world. This place offers an aerial view of the plains.
Chail Wild life Sanctuary(3 km)- The sanctuary was made on 21 March 1976 .It covers an area of about 10,854.36 hectares. The Chail sanctuary has ‘ghoral’, ‘kakkar’, ‘sambhar’, ‘red jungle fowl’ and ‘khalij’ and ‘cheer’ pheasants.
Sadhupul- Sadhupul is a small town between kandaghat and Solan. There is a water restaurant on the river “Ashwini”.
Cricket Ground- Surrounded by deodar forests is the Chail Cricket ground and is the highest cricket ground in the world. It was built in 1893. The ground is located at an altitude of 2,444 metres . Chail was the summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh who was a cricket lover.
Chail Gurudwara is also one of the main attractions of this place, it was the first building to be constructed by the Maharaja and after that the palace was built. The Gurudwara was built in indo-western style in 1907,the high wooden roof is its main attraction.
Kasauli is one of the spic and span hill stations in north india. Kasauli is a small hill town and is located between 30/54’ north latitude and 76/78’ east longitude. Overlooking the plains, it is about 6000 feet above sea level and is known for its cleanliness and beautiful panorama. Kasauli, enjoying proximity to the plains draws a large number of weekend tourists, reminds one of the bygone British Raj.
Surrounded with green hills, old cottages,with a breathtaking view of the snowcapped Himalayas on the horizon and a fresh air to breathe. The town is famous for its landmarks and for its favourable climate all year round. Kasauli charm includes everything from nature walks , quaint cobbled street,heritage buildings, and of course, scenic views at every step.
From New Delhi- 290.6 kms via NH 44
From Chandigarh – 65 kms
Duration of journey – 6 hrs 40 min
Weather In Kasauli
Winters – Max: 15degrees Min 2 degrees.
Summers – Max : 30 degrees Min 15 degrees.
Kasauli is known for its pleasant climate conditions. It’s being easily approachable from the plains makes it an ideal getaway for the tourists. It isn’t heavily crowded by the tourists so one can enjoy clean pollution free air .
How to travel in and around kasauli
There is a saying ” In hills its a fashion to walk than to ride in a car “. It would be a wise option to take local mode of transportation either by taxi or local bus . There is a frequent bus service to kasauli after every half an hour. Lately free electric taxis are available from mall road to monkey point.
Clothes to wear in Kasauli
DECEMBER TO MARCH : One must carry heavy woolens as the weather can change any moment.
APRIL TO JULY : One must carry light jacket or a shawl and t-shirts.
JULY TO SEPTEMBER: An umbrella is a must as it’s rainy season. Light jacket and shawl would be recommended.
Monkey Point is the highest point of the town of Kasauli equivalent to shimla and is among the the attractions in kasauli and is very popular places to visit in kasauli. From here one can get a complete panoramic view of the plains of Chandigarh region and the river kaushalya flowing through the valleys. One can also spot a snow covered peak of chur dhar which is the highest peak of the surrounding region.A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is also situated at the Monkey Point. Lord Hanuman set his foot on this peak while returning from Himalayas with Sanjeevani booti. The top of hill is in a foot shape and the temple is said to be engraved with footmarks of the Hanuman.
Sunset point is one of the most popular viewpoints in Kasauli. This place gets thronged by tourists at the time of sunset. Enjoy the site of orange-coloured sun setting in the plains. Serene surrounding and a pleasant climate with whistling pines makes the experience even more memorable. Treat your eyes to the picturesque views of the plains, villages and green valleys while the sun is setting down. This area is popular among the tourists and one can enjoy the sunset and a quiet nature walk with an amazing scenery. It offers a bird eye view of the plains.
A little ahead of the sunset point is the gilbert trail.For lovers of natural beauty can enjoy long walks admits the pine trees and capture some breathtaking sceneries .The route is well-marked as is one of the most popular hikes in the area.this unique experience is especially good if you’re hiking as a family. The kids will love watching the wild animals roaming around.
THE HERITAGE MARKET
The Heritage market in kasauli does not posses any ornamental facade to announce its presence, but the heritage market is no less important in its historical value. One can enjoy a walk down the cobbled pathway into the heritage market which has witnessed well known personalities from writers to film directors taking a stroll here. One can get many eating options here. You must try the famous bun samosas of kasauli at the local tannu halwais shop.You can shop for souvenirs from various shops in the market.
SHARMA PHOTO STUDIO
The Sharma photo studio situated in the jakki mull building. Its more of a heritage shop than a photo studio with rare photographs of British raj. One gets to see Viceroys, Army Generals, Famous writers and Film stars. The fading pictures on the display cases are worth admiring.
Khushwant singh , sanjay dutt, protima bedi, pooja bedi from right to left.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND
Adjoining to the Sharma photo studio is the church of England. It was set up as a retreat for the British army men and their families. It was previously known as the Anglican church. With a picturesque location admist Chestnut and fir trees surrounding this 159-year-old structure.Built in the shape of a cross, the church was built by the British families who also laid the foundation of Kasauli town in 1842. About 30 families, belonging to the Protestant Christians, worshiped here besides the tourists visiting the town.
It was established in 1880 with a joint effort of civilans and service personnel as the kasauli reading cum assembly room. It was named kasauli club Ltd in 1898 when a limited company was established. There is a dress code to be followed by the members and current waiting period is 25 yrs to become its member.Kasauli club is situated on the upper mall in a very scenic location. The cool breeze of the deodar and the pine trees greets one with affection.
Toy Train Ride
The toy train in kasauli is one of the three such trains still functioning in India , the other two in ooty and darjeeling . It is said a local holy man guided the british surveyers where to lay the rail track.You can travel by taxi to Dharampur bus stand below which is the Dharampur railway station true for you through the dense pine forests and tunnels and the heritage Barog tunnel.
Birding in kasauli
Birdwatching involves a lot of auditory component, as many bird species of birds are more easily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Kasauli may be a small hill station, but it is varied land and has much more to offer than its famous Bun samosa’s and momo’s. Kasauli has stunning landscapes. If you like to combine the thrill of birding with a little gentle walking and appreciation of the nature, Kasauli is for you. Have you ever thought about bird watching on your kasauli vacation as a family activity? It would an excellent means of getting children out of the hotel room and engage in the environment and outdoor activities.
Nature Walks in Kasauli
Rest a while in the sunshine and savour the wonderful scenery. Mighty hills, deep-green pine forests, picturesque valleys, Kasauli is a paradise for nature-lovers. Discover the pristine nature, flora and fauna and seek inspiration in places of tranquillity and energy.Your local guide brings everything to life, and helps you spot the birds and animals that make kasauli jungles their home .Explore the beauty of our trails with a local guide to lead you through the diverse ecology of kasauli. Come with weather appropriate clothes and shoes for moderate levels of walking – inclines or uneven ground may be encountered on this walk. We take you for nature walks in kasauli, away from the noise and pollution of major roads and off beaten tourist tracks giving you insights into the rural way of life in local himachali villages around kasauli. Our walks take you out into a rural setting for experiencing the traditions and customs associated with local villages.
Mohan Meakins Wine Distillery
Situated in a picturesque location of snow covered mountains with fresh spring water made Edward Dyer Father of Col dyer responsible for the Jaillian wala bagh masacre) to set up the first brewery in kasauli. This later came to be known as Dyer Breweries in the year 1820s. Kasauli Brewery is supposed to be the world’s highest distillery the Himalayas and happens to be the first distillery for Scotch Wiskey in Asia. The entire equipment for the unit was imported from England and Scotland and still being used in the distillery . Since fresh spring water was available in Kussowlie so Edward decided to set up his unit here. Primary reason for setting up the Brewrey unit was the climatic condition similar to scotland and a market sponsored by the British and civilians and the nearby consumer market. In the begining India Pale Ale and malt whisky were the first brands of the distillery. With the increase in population and lack of spring water supply the brewery to be shifted to Solan.
Black Retriever in Kasauli.
Kasauli is a beautiful little town facing the himalayan ranges that the Britishers established way back in the year 1842. This heritage town has numerous buildings, some preserved while others are in a bad state.
However, this sculptor of a black dog guarding the ‘English Wine Shop’ of Kalyan Hotel would definetly catch your eye.Similar to the story about the Japanese dog, Hachiko (the faithful), whose bronze statue at Shibuya train station in Tokyo is a reminder of dog’s affection and loyalty for its owner. Indeed it is a memorial to a true friend, and a ‘hero’ of Kasauli. This old building on the ‘Y’ junction on the mall road which was earlier a chemist and druggist store known as “B.Kalicharan & Sons” owned by Mr Kalicharan who was a richest landlord of his time in the town who had a large clout and influence in the area. The DC of Kasauli, who was a representative of the British Queen, would walk behind him when Seth Kalicharan took a walk on the Kasauli mall.Since drug stores at that time, were also the licensed wine shops, used to have lots of cash, and one day, some thieves broke into the shop and robbed it off imported wines and trinkets and cash. While the robbery was in progress, the Black Retriever of Sethji attacked the robbers who fled from the scene. Our ‘Hero’ immediately woke up the owner, and led the police to the robbers who were caught sharing the booty.His fame grew and an Englishman photographed the dog, and sent the picture to a bronze foundry in North Devon in England, where the statue was built and shipped back to India. It was installed outside the Sethji’s shop as a memorial to, what Daarji also says, “Man’s Best Friend”.So next time, you are in Kasauli, do stop by and appreciate this sculptor.
ANTIQUE STEPHEN INK THERMOMETRE
On the lower mall in kasauli in Alasia Hotel a large advertising Stephens Inks Thermometer made in 1890, carrying old chips and blemishes from the carriage of time. Still in working condition and a genuine piece of vintage advertising.
3.This area is open from 9 AM in the morning to 4 pm in the evening. 4.Carry your ID card for entrance .
It’s a worth visiting place as you get an aerial view of the plains on one side and mountains on the other.
About Monkey point kasauli
Monkey point kasauli is one of the highest point in kasauli. It is ranked among the top attractions in kasauli and also among the top places to visit in kasauli. Monkey point is at a distance of 4 kilometres from the main town of kasauli. This hilltop has a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Being the highest point in kasauli, the hill top has some scenic views to offer. You can capture the bird’s eye view of the nearby cities of Chandigarh, Kalka, and the dhauladhar ranges on the other side from this hilltop.
How to Reach Monkey point
You can drive upto the main gate of the airforce station and also Local Taxis are available in the main kasauli market. The local taxis would charge you 200 indian rupees. After going through a brief security check up at the airforce main gate you have to walk up to the monkey point. It is a steep 1 km uphill walk so it can be a real adventure for trekkers.
Height of Monkey Point kasauli
Monkey point is situated at an height of 6500 mtrs above sea level.
Best time to visit Monkey point Kasauli
Since Kasauli is an all time favourite amongst the tourists so the monkey point can be visited any time of the year.
DECEMBER TO MARCH : One must carry heavy woolens as the weather can change any moment.
APRIL TO JULY : One must carry light jacket or a shawl and t-shirts.
JULY TO SEPTEMBER: An umbrella is a must as it’s rainy season. Light jacket and shawl would be recommended.
FOREST FIRE AROUND MONKEY POINT
A severe forest fire broke out around monkey point kasauli today on the 26th may 2018. Forest fires are common in kasauli durind the summers. Monkey point being an air force base , Air force chopper sprinkling water from bucket to extinguish the fire .
A Synoptic Outline of Kasauli
Kasauli…a small hill station, on the foot hills of himachal. My birthplace,my hometown,My building block.Going back my memory lane, for visitors, it was just a small place , mostly visited by parents of children residing in The Lawrence School, Sanawar nd St.Mary’s Convent School Kasauli.
Known for its beauty, serenity,weather, peacefullness nd the eternal bliss felt, while walking up n down its roads.It is still the same,with only a few changes.The credit goes to the air force, the military ,the cantonment nd ofcourse the residents.Kasauli now, has become a popular tourist destination for people far n near,only 65km from chandigarh, having one n half hour drive, its d nearest hill station for people who love to freak out more often.People come here , to enjoy the weather it beholds nd peacefullness it brings to ur heart, mind n soul.
Born n brought up in kasauli, i hold innumerable memories of childhood, adoloscence nd youth. Some faded, some unforgetful, some sweet ,some bitter but in total adored nd cherished moments that will always be alive in some corner of my mind as long as i live.
To talk about places to visit here, not much n bountiful but yess, enough for one to fulfil nd enjoy as thought for an excurtion or a vacation.I can describe few places by corelating them with my short n long term personal experiences as a Native.
Major Attraction known to people, Manki Point, is a hill top Temple in the Air Force Station Area around 3.5 Km from the Christ church.There are two ways of reaching ,The upper mall n The Lower Mall.One can even choose to go on foot or on wheels as they wish too.But i guess, walking wud b the best way as one can enjoy the scenic beauty as well as the weather.Going back to my gud old days of childhood, we loved to go walking with all the relatives who wud come to visit us mostly during summer season.Climbing the hill top was a layman task for us.Me along with my cousins wud go running to reach the temple, pray nd then come back running down d hill nd decide who came first.
Both the mall roads,have different scenic beauty.Walking or driving along these mall roads,one can also spend quality time on The Sunrise n Sunset points(one on the lower n other on the upper mall respectively) n The Gilbert Hill,can take glimpse of TV Tower.
Just a few minutes away from the sunset point , there lays a heavenly place namely ‘The Lover’s Lane’ that is imbrued in a ravishing atmosphere of peace, serenity and fresh air. It’s soothing and romantic scene is a sheer bliss for honeymooners or newly married. Rich in flora and fauna, this place has traced path with the chest wood trees laid on both the sides.
Strolling hand in hand with your partner is what the lover’s lane offers.
The Kasauli Club which dates back to british period is accesible only to members, CRI(Central Research Institute)known for its testing nd prodution of vaccines,The Christ Church,that too dates back to the british era has a clock tower nd sundail used in olden days. What makes this church unique is the fact that it is the oldest church of Himachal Pradesh. Its picturesque structure and scenic beauty attract nature lovers all across india.
Cherry on top of d cake is the Tibetian market nd the Heritage market which adds A feather on ur cap.No trip is complete without shopping,especially for kids nd women.And both the markets provides galore love of kasauli, that one can carry back home as a memory to b cherished nd treasured time n again.
Military Ground amidst the military area nd the Cinema hall(under the military) , which was converted to a shopping complex in 90’s named AWWA (acronym for Army Wives Welfare Association)is now renovated as Kler Auditorium for holding small functions and also showcasing Movies.
Arat Bazaar, the main residential area of locals is situated downhill, as we walk through n beyond the heritage market,holds lot of memories of my childhood. From going to school nd coming back,from playing with friends to experience bunking as a teenager and uncovering the hidden beauty of Kasauli.Few places that i came across only during my adoloscence were Gilbert Hill, Cantonment Garden, Dhobi Ghat.They behold some of my lifelong memorable moments with my besties.
St.Mary’s Convent ,is a co-educational and residential school for girls,is the building block of uncountable talented pupils.It was established in 1958,by the Roman Catholic Church of India.One of the oldest nd gracious institutions located in the pristine enviorns of Kasauli. Schools Not only impart education, they are the foundation stones in the journey of life. They build ur personality, fill u up with knowledge, morals ,values, ideas nd thoughts.NOone understands its value,but only after leaving the institution, to soar up higher in life,that one realise n understand its true importance.
Not to forget about Nahri Mandir, dedicated to lord shiva n goddess Durga is believed to have been built some 150 yrs back.It is famous for celebrating Dusshera n Shivratri.Dating back my childhood days,I loved to visit this temple on dusshera with my family to witness the burning of Ravana(Victory ofgood over evil), relishing hot jalebi n samosa , buying toys frm d vendors especially Hanuman ji’s Gada or a Bow nd Arrow and returning back the moment when ravana was burnt, to climb back,the hill, which is a kuchha trek to old kasauli road,watching Ravana burn to ashes as we climbed up.
There is a lot more to explore of this mesmerising place. Although one might find It as an evocative, captivating or an alluring description of my mind.But, its worth it.
So, stop thinking and pack your bags and escape to Kasauli for a wonderful holiday with loved ones. By RADHIKA GARG
The lush green hills, the misty lanes, the serenity kasauli, one would definitely fall in love with this hill station.Beautiful vintage buildings,cobbled pathways, blooms of spring, chirping birds, monkeys having fruits and lazy yet ever so cute dogs taking a stroll down the pine mall – it all feels picture perfect. Cosy cafes, alluring momo shops and some really inviting food joints, there is a lot to choose from if you are searching for the best restaurants in kasauli. Choose to treat yourself to some uber delicious Nutella Nut Crepes and Grilled sandwiches of Cafe Rudra , there are many eating options in kasauli. One can take a walk down the heritage market in kasauli and choose from them.
The most iconic cafe in kasauli the cafe rudra that serves the best coffee in kasauli’s heritage market ,this cafe is becoming more and more popular among the younger generation for its food and music. The walls of this restaurant are very eye catchy.
This place is known for their Nutella Nut Crepes and Grilled sandwiches .Their main aim to provide Visitors and Residents of Kasuali with a quality food. Situated in the Heart of Kasauli Market Provides Healthy and Hygienic Food which was a definitive longing of people and visitors of Kasauli.Their Moto is Solitude with Senses
TANNU BUN SAMOSA
Tannu bun samosa shop is more of a landmark rather than just a bun samosa in the heritage market of kasauli. Aloo tikki and jalebis are to die for. This shop was frequently visited by many personalities as photos displayed on the shop walls. Rated among the top eating joints in kasauli can be proven by the ratings displayed on the walls by trip advisor members.
Late Khushwant singh was a regular customer and often mentioned about this shop in his articles.Film and TV celebrities can also be seen here. This place has also been covered by NDTV Good Times. The bun smosa is described here as the poor man’s burger and truely one bund samosa is adequately decent enough to fill your tummy. The bun is split and filled with samosa, choley and 2-3 different chutnis.
Sapnas Tibetian Kitchen
Situated in the pine mall is this small tibetian cafe serving you much loved momos and thukpas. The place offers delectable Tibetan food and Chinese food. This is often flocked with tourists so you may have to stand in a que to try your favourite delicacies.
This shop is home to almost everything that the tibetian cuisine of this area has to offer in its most rich, splendid, authentic form with a flattering variety of options. What is impossible to miss in this shop includes Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Gyathuk,Thenthuk and more. Run by a tibetian couple Sapna and her husband has a lot to offer you.
Mantra cafe serve yummy oriental dishes and parathas. This is the best place to grab a quick bite when in Kasauli. The atmosphere is chilled with a great soundtracks playing the background. The food is great quality price. On the top floor one finds a mirage of notes on the walk written from travellers and visitors from around the world just how great this cafe is.
Hang Out Roof Top Bar
You cant miss this place if you are kasauli .The food, the view, the charm and the bliss get the right blend at Hangout.
Gorgeous rooftap bar with amazing food followed by a great Headphone dance party makes it a truly enjoyable and a unique experience.
Ros Common is a heritage hotels of Kasauli to witness an elegance of a bygone era in Kasauli . Situated on the lower mall in a perfect scenic location it offers solitude to its guests and is run by the Himachal Tourism corporation. It can be a perfect eating option in kasauli with family and friends .
Ross common has an outdoor eating area in a very scenic location.One can enjoy their meals with a perfect backdrop of the Snow capped mountains. This colonial bungalow provides an old world charm to truly savour Kasauli.
La Pinekonez Kussowlie
In himachal people are most hospitable, and inviting a just met person home is a way of life here. The host offer’s whatever food there is available in their home, as its a belief here that a guest should not leave their home without eating. Cuisines of kasauli are spicy. The local food of kasauli mainly consist of vegetarian food, with a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and red chillies .La pinekonez is the best place to eat traditional himachali home cooked food in kasauli. Fresh homecooked food is offered to the guests on top of a machan in a candle light.
Siddu : Made from wheat flour, Sidu is a local dish of Kasauli Himachal Pradesh. The method of preparation of Sidu involves filling the dough with fat and put on the direct flame. This partly cooked dough is then steamed to keep the taste and nutrients of the ingredients intact.
Meetha : Meetha is the sweet dish prepared on special occasions. It has sweetened rice mixed with dry fruits and raisins.
Tadkiya Bhat: Tudkiya Bhat is the authentic pulao of kasauli that locals cook in their own way. This dish is cooked with Indian spices , potatoes and yoghurt along with onion, tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom provides an extra flavour.
Dham : Dhaam is a complete package of himachali dishes. The dish includes dal, rajma, rice, curd, Kadi and is very well complemented with jaggery. This is served on the festivals and other occasions.Dham is a traditional festive meal that is prepared by Brahmin chefs known as Botis, a brahmin caste also who are hereditary chefs.
Kukdi ki roti and Saag : Kukdi ki roti is made out of maize flour on a chulla. It is similar to the makki ki roti. It can be consumed with sarson ka saag or dal.
Patande: A popular breakfast dish of Solan and Sirmour district, Patande which is a himachali pancake.Made from wheat flour, poured on a ghee laden hot tawa .
Askuli : This is made from rice powder mixed with flour into liquid form. Then the liquid is poured into a hot stone tawa with deep carved round holes on a chulla. Askuli is consumed hot with black dal and ghee.
Poode: This is made from a batter of wheat, jaggery syrup (gud) which is then shallow fried in ghee or oil.
Revitalise your mind and body with a Green Ginger Tea made of cinnamon, ginger, green tea bags, spices, sugar and milk. Guests are requested to book the table well in advance in order to avoid inconvenience