KASAULI

KASAULI

Kasauli cantonment was established by the Britishers in the year 1842 as hill station for its officers. Kasauli is located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh.
This sleepy little town is at an an elevation of 1,900 metres above sea level.
Kasauli has a pleasant climate throughout the year. In Winter temperature drops down to 5 degrees Celsius, with Summer temperatures rarely touching 34 degrees Celsius or more. One can get a break from the biting heat or the severe winter conditions in the plains.

SUMMERS MAXIMUM 30 & MINIMUM 18 Degree Celsius.

WINTERS MAXIMUM 15 & MINIMUM 0 Degree Celsius .

Monsoon is an ideal season to enjoy the low flying clouds.

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 .

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.

PLACES TO VISIT IN KASAULI

MONKEY POINT

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 paces 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.

monkey point kasauli

Monkey point

SUNSET POINT

located on the upper mall is the sunset point. This area is popular among the tourists and one can enjoy the sunset and a quiet nature walk among amazing scenery. It offers a bird eye view of the plains.

sunset point

Sunset point

GILBERT TRAIL

A little ahead of the sunset point is the gilbert trail.One can enjoy long walks admits the pine trees and capture some breathtaking sceneries.

gilbert trail

gilbert trail

THE HERITAGE MARKET

One can enjoy a walk down the cobbled pathway into the heritage market. One can get many eating options here. You must try the famous bun samosas of kasauli at the local tannu halwais shop.

heritage market

heritage market

SHARMA PHOTO STUDIO

You can visit the Sharma photo studio situated in the jakki mull building. One gets to see some rare photographs of prominent personalities.

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.

christ church

christ church

KASAULI CLUB

It was established in 1880 by the civilans and service personnel as the kasauli reading and assembly room. It gained its present name in 1898 when a limited company was established. There is a dress code to be followed by the members.

kasauli club

kasauli club

LATEST ON KASAULI

Helicopter Service
Helicopter service to start in Kasauli. Pawan Hans is to launch service on this route. This would make it easier for tourist to reach kasauli more easily. operations at Kasauli, The fare would be between Rs 2,480 andRs 2,880.The new routes are Kasauli-Shimla-Kasauli, Manali-Kullu, Mandi-Dharamsala, Mandi-Kullu, Mandi-Shimla-Mandi, Nathpa Jhakri-Rampur-Nathpa Jhakri and Rampur-Shimla-Rampur

Pawan Hans would connect seven new routes in Himachal Pradesh through helicopters under the regional air-connectivity scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik

This would not only boost tourism in the kasauli, but also provide business opportunities for the underserved helipads.

KASAULI DISTILLERY/ MOHAN MEAKIN KASAULI

KASAULI DISTILLERY/ MOHAN MEAKIN KASAULI

  • The kasauli distillery know as the Mohan Meakin after Indias independence, N.N. Mohan  acquired a majority stake in Dyer Meakin Breweries. He took over the  management of the company in 1949  and the company name was changed to Mohan Meakin Breweries in 1967. Later  Colonel V.R. Mohan took over as Managing Director.
  • Later the manufacturing activities of the company were diversified into other fields including breakfast cereals, fruit juices and mineral water under the leadership of Brigadier (Dr.) Kapil Mohan . Subsequently the word brewery was dropped from the company name .

  • Today, Mohan Meakin’s principal brands are Old Monk Rum and Golden Eagle Beer. Its other products include Diplomat Deluxe, Colonel’s Special, Black Knight, Meakin 10,000 and Solan No 1 whiskies,  Asia’s original beer, Lion, is still sold in northern India.
PLACES TO DROP BY IN KASAULI / ALLURING PLACES IN KASAULI 

PLACES TO DROP BY IN KASAULI / ALLURING PLACES IN KASAULI 

Places to drop by in kasauli

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.

Distance

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

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

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.

GILBERT TRAIL

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.

Sharma Studio

Sharma Brothers photo studio.

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.

KASAULI CLUB

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.

Toy Train

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.

PLACES TO EAT IN KASAULI

PLACES TO EAT IN KASAULI

Places to eat in the Heritage Market Kasauli.

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.

Cafe Rudra

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

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.

Cafe Mantra

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.

Ross Common

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

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.

Ross common

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Meetha : Meetha is the sweet dish prepared on special occasions. It has sweetened rice mixed with dry fruits and raisins.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. 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