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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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.



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Jyotiraaditya

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Must visit place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
First of all I would like to salute to our real life Hero 'Jai Jawan' ( Cantonment ). Kasauli is beauty full why (? ) here, I do feel that because of the presence of our Jawan and also I do salute to the People of Kasauli who are active participating to ensure the neatness of Kasauli. Climate is so cool as well as the greenery & people of Kasauli. Youcan feel Peace in the Air with the healthy smell of vegetation. 'AROGYTA SE BHARPUR JEEWAN ' There are no much relevance of sunset point & some others so called tourist visiting point, it's OK. But you must go there with the mind set of as a Nature Lover & at least stay there for two/three days then you will get Positive Energy. And that is why you should make a programme to visit Kasauli.
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Varun khanna

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"Excellent experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Well Kasauli, being a nearest hill station to Panchkula. We go there almost 6-8 times a year. The weather in Kasauli is always great. And last time I visited in March 2016. The weather was too good. It had rained, the previous night and the roads were wet.

As I started from Panchkula, I started enjoying the change from day-to-day routine and pleasant weather. As we proceeded, the roads were being widened ahead of Timber Trail.

The roads on this Shimla highway are too good and broad and now they are making it more broader. These are perfect roads for first timers to learn driving on hills, but yes there is a lot of traffic at times. There is railway crossing on the way to Dharampur, and nearby is a tunnel, where you can always see selfie clickers trying to capture the beautiful moments and you can often see the Toy Train, which is a delight to see.

As we proceeded towards Dharampur, there is the best eating outlet few kilometers before Dharampur, the name is "Ishar Sweets". The exact location is Jabli. It was famous for juice bar when there were no market players like Real, Tropicana, etc

It's a must stop place. One must stop here for kulfi and all sweets and snacks.

After spending sometime over here, we proceeded towards Kasauli. The road is a bit tight but not steep. The journey is good as you pass through many guest houses, hotels and a small town, Garkhal.

After you pass through this small town, you tend to have a feeling that you are in Himachal Pradesh and typical hill experience.

After this place, we headed for Kasauli. As we reached Kasauli, there is a different kind of peace in the weather. As you enter you might get distracted by some loafers who provide entry tickets. But you move on as the beauty of Kasauli is much more important than these idiots.

As you move up, you come across a small market of clothes, beautiful Tibetan people selling momos but mostly clothes.

As we parked the car upside on the road to Monkey Point. It's an empty place, there used to be a club many years back but it's taken by army now. But the joy starts once you step outside the car.

As we trolled downwards towards Kasauli Heritage Market, it was fun. We came across a lot of monkeys. The Heritage Market is developing now, with young people coming with new ideas for cafes and all. There are wooden articles in the market, bed sheets, other woolen clothes and shawls.

As you roam around, you feel relaxed and away from our day to day city life. You are in nature's lap and try to forget everything when you are here.

Other places to visit in Kasauli are Church, Tibeti Market and Monkey Point. Though I have last visited Monkey Point around nine years back in 2007. It used to be a divine experience.
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Avinash Mehtani

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  • Lives in Hisar
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"Must visit !" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to Kasauli with my friends from Delhi. We boarded a train from Delhi to Chandigarh and from there we hired a cab. It's a must visit place on a short trip. You may either pre-book an accommodation or book once you reach there. Being a tourist destination this place has ample hotels, resorts and lodges to stay. A hill station in Himachal Pradesh state, Kasauli is surrounded by hills. The place becomes even more beautiful during rainy season when clouds float in the city and over the hills. Once you are there, you should enjoy every sightseeing by walking rather than going by a vehicle.
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Jagjeet Sidhu

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  • Jagjeet Sidhu
  • Lives in Sangrur
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"A pleasant place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had a plan to go Shimla but we all were tired of driving hence changed the plan and drove to Kasauli, very pleasant place. August-December is the best time to visit. No doubt a small place but worth for it natural beauty. The dawn and the late evening time is the best time to visit if it's a short trip.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Green and Clean Kasauli"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kasauli is small town near Chandigarh where writers can find absolute silence to concentrate on creative writing. That was the main purpose of my stay at Kasauli. As I walk for hours and hours of walking in the process of catching up pointers of my plot. I had memorable moments of adventure through green jungle of mountainous terrain of Kasauli.
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Puneet Gupta

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  • Puneet Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Untouched Beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kasauli is one the place in Himachal which is untouched by urban development and takes you close to nature and sky. You feel the freshness in the breeze and the lush green surroundings that keeps you mesmerised for many days. Easy approach by well maintained NH makes is one of most sought after place for weekenders.
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Prafulla Pattanayak

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  • Lives in Rourkela
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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We started our journey from Delhi by a self driven Scorpio at 4:00 PM and halted at Sukhdev Dhaba Murthal at 6:00 pm due to heavy traffic in Delhi than we enjoyed Mix parantha and pure makhan at Sukhdev and again started our journey at 6:45. Then we stopped at 2 3 place to enjoy the dhaba special tea in highway and finally reached at Kasauli at 12:30 am. Roads are tough so be careful during night driving. After reaching Kasauli refreshed with the wonderful fresh wind of the hill station. Really awesome experience at mid night. Next day travelled to Manki Point(monkey point) which is the highest pick point of Kasauli. But remember its a prohibited area so you have to take permission from the airforce station to enter the area and also the visitor have to submit their mobile, camera, chip, and also sim cards. No electronics item is allowed to the area. Mind blowing spot on the hill top. A Hanuman Temple is there where you can energized yourself by seeing the lord Hanuman. After returning from the Monki Point we have visited to the natures walk, sun set point and lovers point and enjoyed the full day. Again we started our return journey in the evening 3:30 pm and enjoyed a local food at Hmachal dhaba and halted at Chandigarh Sukhna lake and finally reached at Delhi at 1:30 AM.
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Kalyani

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"Short getaway"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The long weekend during Holi gave us an opportunity to take an unplanned holiday to Kasauli this year. We just packed our bags got the tank full and armed with a map downloaded from the net we left Delhi at 6. 30am via NH 1 and NH 22. The roads are good and the drive is easy. Lots of good Dhabas on the way took care of our hunger pangs and toilet breaks. We stopped 4 times and reached Kasauli by 2. 15pm( 298 km) in the afternoon after about 30 km of uphill drive that is not at all steep. The March weather was good and we did not need sweaters during the day but the nights are cold so you need sweaters. We did not book any hotel in advance but passed by many hotels on the way up. It is wise not to book any hotel online because they do not tell you how far it is from the main city and you end up on the highway locked up in your room. We booked 2 rooms in Hotel R. Maidens which is bang on the chowk leading to the Upper Mall and Lower Mall. The staff is polite, rooms are comfortable and ample flat parking is available. The hotel is a 1908 property and serves complimentary breakfast. It is right opposite one of the 3 big churches in the town. The only problem we faced were the monkeys who snatch away anything you are carrying. There is not much to see in Kasauli except sunset point which we visited. And the Manki point which we avoided because of the monkeys. It is a cantonment town, cool and good to destress. The lower mall has tiny shops and tea stalls to pass time and you can visit the curios stalls. The walks do you good and we came back refreshed after 4 days and 3 nights in Kasauli.
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Jitin Jain

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  • Lives in Faridabad
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"Beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a very beautiful place, has nice climate, and the nature is at its beauty. The mall road is at all hill stations but the mall road at Kasauli is the best. There are good shops for buying quilts, blankets and bed sheets. There are some good small restaurants on the mall road. It is a place to sit and relax away from the hustle bustle of busy city life. It is a must visit place once in the lifetime. Carry light woollens as the evening are very cool and breezy.
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Gurpreet Rana

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  • Gurpreet Rana
  • Lives in Amritsar
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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kasauli, ah we have been there, boring. That was the general reaction from my wife and kids, when I talked of spending a Sunday in Kasauli. Frankly speaking, I too had some reservations nestled somewhere in my heart regarding the trip. But looking at the constraints of time, as I wanted to be back to Chandigarh by night, I went ahead with the trip along with my family.

Kasauli is approximately 65 kilometers from Chandigarh by road. Although the road is wide and properly maintained, there is a stretch from Pinjore to Kalka which has frequent traffic jams. This is that segment where you are forced to pull your hair in frustration. Miraculously, or call it the benefit of starting early, I was lucky to cross that particular stretch without any traffic snarls.

The route to Kasauli is a left turn from Dharampur on the Chandigarh- Shimla highway (No. 22). From here it is a steep rise of about 15 kilometers. We took our first stop on the way by a roadside vendor roasting Challi (corn cobs) on wood fire. This particular guy was a Nepalese migrant who took contracts of stone crushing and sold Challis as a side business. After relishing these bounties, we headed towards our destination.

Kasauli is a quaint little town, comprising mostly of an Indian Army Cantonment. Army personnel, manning the tourist inflow and traffic are commonly seen on the roads. And they do it efficiently and in a disciplined way. The streets here are serene and calm, except on weekends when tourists going up or down Shimla, drop in here. We reached there and to our delightful surprise saw a Mela(Festival) in progress. On inquiring, I came to know that it is an annual affair and we were lucky to be visiting on the same day. The mela boasted of vendors selling wares of different hues and shades and had all the vibrancy of a village festival. The ring tossing game, the Banjara woman with her half clothed toddler selling toys, The Dholis beating their dhols( A traditional Indian drum), A Sadhu(Ascetic)looking for alms, the vendors frying Pakoras( fried snack) and Jalebis( sweetmeat) added to the colors of the mela.

After strolling a while on the Lower mall, the site for the mela and interacting with the shopkeepers, we looked for a place to eat. The only restaurant right in the centre of the Mall Road is the “Wet Canteen” being run as a service to the Army crowd over there. It occupies a very old building with high rise roof and a large open courtyard, where tables and chairs have been placed for the customers. The canteen dishes out Momos, Bread omelets, Noodles besides beverages and ice creams. The preparation is quick and good. Having our stomach full we further proceeded to explore more.

Someone told me about the Kushti (wrestling) competition proceeding nearby. This was the first time that I was watching an Akhada (wrestling bout) in a hilly setting. A small low lying flat area had been cleared and turned into a ring for the competition. Men, women and children from all the neighbouring villages seemed to have descended to witness the kushti. The audience occupied the areas on the slopes surrounding the kushti ground with the green lush grass acting as carpet. The akhada was in full flow with wrestlers jostling each other out of the competition and the guests announcing prize money for the winners when we left and proceeded towards Manki Point.

The road to the Manki point is so narrow that two cars can barely pass side to side. At the end of the motorable road there is a steep rise to the Hanuman Temple. The folk lore has it that Hanuman ji while going to search for Sanjeevni Booti( A herbal medicine) rested at this spot and put a foot over here. Returning from Manki point we paid a visit to the Christ Church, an Anglican Church right in the middle of the town, built in early 19th century. The church's facade, pews, windows sills, fire places and the sundial all spoke about the colonial touch. Walking from the church to the main market we stumbled upon J Jakki Mull and Son's building, which looked as old as Kasauli itself, housing photography and a garment shop. The photographer had displayed rare pictures of some famous politicians and cinema personalities who had been a part of the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar located nearby.

After a short break we headed to the Sunset Point, famous for the beautiful view of the setting Sun in the hills. Although the time was already past sunset, we still wanted to enjoy the walk and the hills. We were not at all disappointed. Driving past the Kasauli club, which is a wooden structure and stands magnificently among the hills, we reached the last motorable point and were asked to park our vehicle by the Army personnel manning the area. The way to the sunset point is a 400 metres walk. The metalled clean roads, lush green mountains, the splendid slopes and the clouds of mist descending on the roads were an experience to be cherished. By the time we reached the Sunset point, it had actually started raining. The rain drizzled on mingling with the mist and the fog.

It was near time for us to bid farewell to this beautiful hill destination. Reciting Robert Frost's famous lines. The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, I started driving back. By the evening we were at Dharampur on Shimla highway. We decided to go for dinner at Giani's dhaba at Dharampur, renowned for the good food it serves. I was a bit disappointed by the preparation. The quality seems to have deteriorated with the time, for the food did not taste as it used to some years earlier.

Though we had second thoughts on the start of our journey, the return was filled with the joys and the experience of freshness which Kasauli had provided us. The Kasauli charm still cast on us, we bid adieu to the hills and headed back to Chandigarh with vows to return back as soon as we can.
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