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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.
KASAULI DISTILLERY/ KASAULI BREWERY 

KASAULI DISTILLERY/ KASAULI BREWERY 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1820, Edward Dyer moved from England to set up the first brewery in kasali  which came to be known  as Dyer Breweries  . The Kasauli brewery launched  Asia’s first beer, Lion, which was very poplar amongst the British rulers and troops stationed in the hot climate  of India. The brewery was later  shifted to  Solan  as there was an abundant supply of fresh water there. The Kasauli brewery site was converted to a distillery, which is  still operatational. later  H G Meakin, moved to India and bought the  Solan Breweries from Edward Dyer . After the First World War, the Meakin and Dyer breweries merged.

MOHAN MEAKIN KASAULI  BREWERY 

MOHAN MEAKIN KASAULI  BREWERY 

 

Mohan Meakin distillery in Kasauli.

 

Did you know that Old Monk was the  brand leader till 2002, not only rum but the entire spirit business in India.Till date Old Monk is one of the top selling rums in India. A  smooth dark coloured rum with a hint of vanilla, it has an alcohol content of 42%. Loved world wide, the Old Monk had been awarded a gold medal at Monde World Selections since 1982.

With the first drop of Old Monk Rum,  stirs up the age old legend. Old Monk Rum is a form of the legendary ‘Som ras’ of India’s centuries old scriptures-The Drink of Gods and Lords of India.

About the 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.

The main whisky brand  was single malt SOLAN NUMBER 1 which was named after the Solan town. Solan No.1 was considered to be one of he top brands and the best selling whiskies in India but has declined due to the upcoming brands and competitors.

 

 

The Kasauli brewery launched  Asia’s first beer, Lion, which was very poplar amongst the British rulers and troops stationed in the hot climate  of India. The Kasauli brewery site was converted to a distillery, which is  still operatational. later  H G Meakin, moved to India and bought the  Solan Breweries from Edward Dyer .

The wine barrels are stored in a cold storage in order to keep the temperature . Wine barrels are wrapped in gunny bags and constantly sprayed with water sprinklers.

 

 

 

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.