Located at an average elevation of 1,800 meters above sea levels, Kasauli is a cantonment town and a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is often described as a hiker’s paradise and being a small town can be covered mostly by foot. The town was developed during the British during the prime of their rule in India and is famous for its colonial style architecture. The town is said to be visited by Lord Hanuman in the Ramayana, who placed his foot atop this town while looking for the herbs to heal the Injured Lakshmana. The town is famous for its lush green and picturesque surroundings of the mountains and its quiet and tourist friendly people. Here’s a list of the best places you can visit in Kasauli.
Kasauli Brewery was established in 1820s and predates the town of Kasauli which was established later. The brewery was established by Edward Dyer who brought the equipment from Britain during the time when the area was occupied by the British east India Company. To the region’s climate which resembles that of Scotland the brewery is famous for its various single malt whiskeys and the freshly brewed Indian pale ale.
Established by the British in 1853, the Christ Church is located amidst a picturesque location of pine and deodar trees. The church is one of the most visited places in Kasauli due to its marvelous neo-gothic architecture and the various stained glass windows which were imported from Britain. The serene environment offers most visitors to experience a moment of peace when they visit this church.
The Sunset Point is a famous view point in Kasauli which is located at the end of the upper mall road. The spot is a frequented tourist location which offers the view of a picturesque sunset during the evening hours. The plethoras of colors that the sunset provides make it a marvel to behold and a great place to spend your evenings. The place is also a gateway to an easy hiking trail known as the Gilbert trail and must be experienced at least once.
The Mall refers to the main shopping area of the town and is divided into the lower and the upper mall road. The area houses various shops and restaurants and the famous Kasauli Club. The mall is the busiest area of Kasauli and is frequented by a huge number of tourists who are attracted by the various shopping and dining locations here. The area includes shops, tea shops, restaurants, cafes and bookstores etc.
Manki Point or Monkey Point is the highest point at Kasauli and is said to be the place where Lord Hanuman placed his foot while searching for the medicinal herbs for the injured Lakshmana in the Indian epic Ramayana. The place offers some of the most amazing views of the entire valley and the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. The pristine waters of the Sutlej River can also be seen glistening from this point. The place is managed and housed by the Indian Air force and special permit is required to visit the place.
Krishna Bhavan Mandir was built in 1926 and is exemplary of a marvelous architecture that combines the European and Indian style architecture. The temple is famous for being constructed like a church and is a popular tourist spot in Kasauli. The temple is one of the major pilgrim spots in Kasauli and is frequented by a huge number of tourists.
Attend the evening aarti.
Spend some time at the temple premises.
7. Gilbert Nature Trail
Famous for: Trekking, Photography, Nature.
Tickets: No entry fee.
Opening Timings: Open all days from Sunrise to Sunset.
Gilbert Nature Trail is the perfect way to explore nature in Kasauli. Located off the main road, it runs about one and a half kilometer and cuts a path along the valley. The trail is not frequented by regular tourists and therefore is very less crowded. Nature lovers can enjoy Kasauli's flora and fauna at a close range when they stroll along this path.
A famous pilgrimage site in north, Shri Baba Balak Nath Temple is a one of a kind temple as this is the main temple of the deity here. The deity here is known to grant blessings to childless couples and a visit here is considered extremely auspicious for them. Visitors would need to climb a small flight of stairs to visit this shrine.
This quaint town is one of the stop overs of the famous Kalka Shimla Valley Line. The pine deodar forests here are one of the main attractions of this place. Due to its proximity to Chandigarh, Barog is a perfect weekend getaway from Punjab. Visitors can enjoy a laid back vacation here in the pleasant climate and scenic views.
A symbol of Gurkha's courage and valour, Gurkha Fort is a legacy that should be seen by everyone visiting Kasauli. It was built in the year 1900 AD by the Gurkha Army Chief Amar Singh Thapa to fight against the British Army in the Anglo-Nepal War. It is now used by Indian Army as a training centre for the Gurkha regime. The fort provides some stunning views to the nearby forests and also provides a glimpse back in history.
Visit the Fort's museum.
Take a trip to Kuthar Fort.
Kasauli is known for its various easy to moderate hiking trails in the Himalayas. Being a famous hill town, Kasauli is frequented by huge number of tourists all year round. Kasauli is best visited during summers as the temperature is quiet pleasant and the above-mentioned places can be experienced at their best.
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