Kasauli Tourism

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Rajiv saxena

Rajiv saxena2.5/5

2 reviews

Good break for a day or two

People living in plains and in big cities yearn for a break and go to hill stations. Kasauli serves this purpose especially for the people living in Chandigarh. Kasauli is just 2 hours drive from Chandigarh and serves as a good escape destination where one can spend a day or two. In doing so one gets to drive on winding hill roads and see lots of green hills unlike the daily life in the city. One should go to Casual precisely for this purpose, just to relax for a day or two. You can check in one of the huge numbers of hotels and resorts that dot the road all over, where hills can be seen from the window or balcony. However, be warned that it becomes monotonous very soon and one wants to go places and visit tourist destinations. That is what Kasauli is seriously lacking. There are virtually no exiting tourist destinations, good stand-alone restaurants, activity centers, malls or cinema halls. Thus you are stuck in your room free to stare at hills. Food in hotels is generally good but is of limited variety. Places that call themselves resorts, are rarely resorts but just hotels with no additional facilities. This is a problem of all hill-stations. The space is simply not there. Hotels and resorts are built on hilly slopes and there is no space for lawns, swimming pools or club spaces. All roads are narrow and street-side markets are few. Taxi charges are steep and almost double of what you pay in cities. Plan to escape to Kasauli only for a day or at the most two. After that you would be at your wit's end on finding things to do. Kasauli can be a very good tourist destination if the city administration focuses on developing tourist facilities and places. That is unfortunately not there at present.

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Sandeep Khanna

Sandeep Khanna4.3/5

1 review

3 days relaxing trip to Kasauli

After being vacationless for years, I was determined to have a break this time and was looking for a relaxing holiday with family.

Zeroed in on Kasauli due to many factors, one of the main one being that I have been to many hill stations but have not driven myself and being the only driver with wife and two kids, wanted to go to a place not too difficult and exhausting to drive.

Started from Delhi At 6:45 am, we just took 2 pit stops, one at Panipat and then after Parwanoo and reached our hotel in Kasauli by 12:30 pm.

Drive till Zirakpur is great as usual, taking right turn from Zirakpur took around 20 mins due to Red Light and traffic. Walking past Panchkula, Parwanoo is awesome and scenic and then you are driving on hills.

Himalayan expressway is quite good with double roads till about 10kms even though one lane was partially blocked due to landslides. You pass by Timber Trail and can see the cable car hanging between hills.

Since we had breakfast earlier, we chose not to break for lunch and wanted to reach hotel before kids start getting restless.

Roads start getting narrower but still good enough till Dharampur from where we needed to take a sharp left turn on a narrow state road to Kasauli. This about 13 kms drive is steep and has numerous blind turns, you have to be extra cautious especially if you are also a first time driver on hills. Make sure to honk aloud on every blind turn as at times State buses come running at high speed from opposite side. Quality of roads is good throughout.

Our resort was just near Cantonment area. Next day we drove to Upper Mall, Gilbert Nature Trail, Sunset Point, all these are very close by. Army does a Flag Lowering Ceremony near Sunset point on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 pm which is worth attending.

Kasauli is a place if you are looking for quiet, less commercialized, less populated, green and clean environment.

On our way back, we went to Chhatbir Zoo in Zirakpur and has Tiger, Leopards, Lion Safari along with other animals, birds, reptiles.. Another popular kids attraction.

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Kasauli Overview

Kasauli or Kasuli is a picturesque hill station in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh of northern India. Kasauli town is located at a distance of about 75 km from Shimla, 65 km from Chandigarh and 320 km from Delhi, at an altitude of about 1800 metres above sea level.

The name Kasauli came from Kausalya, a mountain stream which flows between Kasauli and Jabli. The serene place of Kasauli has been mentioned in the epic Ramayana. As per the legends, Kasauli came in to origin when Lord Hanuman stepped here on his way to Sanjeevani Hill to procure the medicinal herb 'Sanjeevani' in order to save the badly wounded Lakshmana.

The history of Kasauli remains obscure till the 17th century. In the 17th century, some Rajput families fled their homes from Rewari, present-day Haryana, due to troubled political conditions. They took refuge in Kasauli village, situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges of the lower Himalayas, near a fresh water spring.

In the year 1814, the Governor-General of the British East India Company, Lord Amherst, decided to promote Shimla Hills as the gateway to the British establishments in India. As a result, Col. Tapp who was the political personnel at Sabathu Fort, a rejuvenating place for the British, came to survey the area of Kasauli. Kasauli became a prominent part of the Gurkha expansion in the 19th century after the negotiations done by some local chieftains and the British.

Kasauli became a major garrison town of the British Raj and many locals joined the British Army. During the First Battle of Indian Independence, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, which took place in 1857, Kasauli witnessed an upsurge among its soldiers.

About eighty Indian soldiers, who were stirred by the movement, decided to join hands with the rebels in the Gurkha Regimen. But they were left alone when the rebels from the Gurkha regimen backed out after negotiations with the British. The British authorities could easily crush the rebel movement of Kasauli and the soldiers were given severe punishment.

Since Kasauli is a cantonment town of the Indian Army today, the entry to Kasauli is limited. Some of the famous institutions in Kasauli are the Central Research Institute (1905), Kasauli Club (1880) and Pasteur Institute (1900).

Kasauli is a quiet and small town set in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Ranges with natural trails for long walks. Christ Church, Monkey Point, Sanawar, Sabathu Fort, etc. are some of the major attractions in Kasauli. The best time to visit Kasauli is from April to June and September to November.

There is so much to see in Kasauli.

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