Kasauli

Born of Legend and nurtured by history would describe Kasauli pretty well. This quaint town is said to have come into existence when Lord Hanuman placed his feet on a hill here during his quest for the Sanjeevani Herb. During the colonial era it was developed into a British cantonment town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. The famous Lawrence school at Sanawar and Christ Church are fine examples of colonial architecture.
The forests surrounding Kasauli are of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse chestnuts. Magnificent vistas with view of Chandigarh plains and the River Sutlej are open to those visiting Monkey Point, Sunset Point and Gilbert Trail. Cantonment towns of Sabathu and Dagshai , Sanawar, Dharampur are places to visit near Kasauli. Well connected by road, rail and air, Kasauli welcomes all those who wish for a quiet, relaxing and peaceful holiday.
Best time to visit: April to September
Languages spoken: Hindi, Himachali, Garhwali
Climate: Pleasant summers and cold winters
Holy Places: Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji, Christ Church, Baba Balaknath Temple, Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir
Scenic spots: Monkey Point, Sunset Point, Gilbert Trail, Sabathu, Dagshai, Sanawar, Dharampur

A Serene Kasauli Trip

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Finally we reached our destination Kasauli after a 7 hour wonderful road journey, which made us more energetic. The only motivation about this trip was that we would detox our soul with this trip. Which was actually we were experiencing. Though Kasauli is a small town and is about 12 kms from Dharampur. You have to change the route from Dharampur, which is on Chandigarh Shimla highway. It is small town which is actually a cantonment.

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Unexplored Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

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For Kasauli, you first have to reach Dharampur, and then turn left leaving NH22. The straight NH22 leads to Shimla, which is almost 60 kilometers further away. From Dharampur it is a mere 10 kms drive to Kasauli.

Kasauli is a relatively small town, a british cantonment establishment. Our resort was at Chabbal on Garkhal to Jagjit Nagar Road. The road is rather narrow, be cautious with your car while crossing the market place. In my case, there was a truck carrying pile of garbage appeared from the opposite side. And with cars in both sides, took quite some time to make the way. However, by around 2 PM we were at our destination.

We enjoyed the rest of the day just by relaxing in the resort, in the small play area. Witnessing the sunset from the balcony was quite tranquil for all us after some 7 hours of voyage.

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A trip to Kasauli and Baru Sahib on bike

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Got up at 7.30 AM. Checked the engine oil in our bikes and found that engine oil level in Hunk was very low. Asked the locals about any spare parts shop around and got to know that we can find one in Dharampur. Started our bikes again at 9.30 AM and moved on to see the very famous ‘Monkey Point’. Harmeet’s Hunk was loaded with 3 heavy bags as he had plans to stay at Baru Sahib. We reached Monkey point and got to know that we will have to trek and bags were not allowed. There was no place available where could keep our bags so had to drop the plan for ‘Monkey Point’. After that, we reached ‘Sunset point’. It was really an amazing place with a lot of breathtaking views. It was greenery all around and completely quiet place. Just the sound of birds. Just feel the fresh air and feels like you are in heaven. It was a very nice experience. After spending some time, enjoying the beauty of nature, we went to the market to have lunch. Had Chinese food at a shop but the food we had there was pathetic. I never had such food in my life. We left from there and decided to go to Shimla and then Kufri from there. Left from Kasauli at 3 PM. While on our way back, I started feeling sick and suffered from indigestion and gastric problems due to the food that we had. Reached Solan as Harmeet had to buy engine oil for his Hunk. Got the engine oil from Chambaghat near Solan. I was still not feeling well. Took a tablet of Pantop-D and we then decided to go to Baru Sahib due to health issues. Way to Baru Sahib was the worst one. Baru Sahib is located 70 kms away from Solan.

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Kasauli Chalein !!!!

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We ended our first day at the Gilbert’s Trail and headed towards our hotel. Though our hotel was a little away from the main town, but it had lovely location and views. We spent some quality time walking on the pathway leading to the main road, we did countless round of walking but none of us felt anything called tiredness, and at the passageway we made some moments which will be cherished throughout our lives.

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Monsoon trip to Kasauli – I

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Nestled in the Shivalik ranges of Lesser Himalayas, Kasauli is a popular destination among weekenders ex-Delhi (and of course, Chandigarh). At a relatively short distance, it offers bounties of a Himalayan destination – the curvedly drives, unpolluted environs, hill views and co-habitation with Pahari folks.

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Khushwant Singh Kasauli LitFest – Himalayan Hamlet

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The litfest opened at 2 pm with a welcome by Khushwant Singh’s son Rahul Singh.
The event kick started under the October sun with tributes and anecdotes pouring in for the Always Khush sardar by his son Rahul Singh, nephew Pammi Singh, colleague Bachi Karkaria and friends Farooq Abdullah and Bishan Singh Bedi.

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