Located between Kalka and Shimla, Kasauli is a quaint hill station for nature lovers. If you want to just relax and unwind with your loved ones, head to this hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It was established during the British era and still retains much of the British charm. The Christ Church here is a fine example of that. It was established in 1853 by the Britishers. Nestled amidst the lush green forest of deodar and pine, the church is an incredible specimen of Neo-Gothic architecture.
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What’s a traveller in Kasauli if you don’t see it on foot. Kasauli is blessed with natural splendour and pleasant weather throughout the year. The beautiful terrain and comfortable hilly track makes it a perfect place to trek. A good tracksuit and shoes are all you need really, to explore Kasauli.
You can also walk your way from the Lower Mall to Kimmughat, Sunset Point, Lover’s Lane, and Gilbert Trail. It’s best done with a partner who is equally enthusiastic about walking amidst nature. Kasauli is home to some exotic migratory birds like the red-billed leiothrix and grey bush-chat. However, it’s during the summer when the chances of spotting such birds in their natural habitat is the highest.
Manki Point, also known as Monkey Point, is one of the highest peaks in Kasauli. Legend goes that, this is the place where Lord Hanuman placed his foot while he was searching for the Sanjeevani booti to cure the injured Lakshman. From here you can view the entire valley and admire the scenic beauty; the snow-capped Himalayas, the pristine Satluj River, and the lush green deodar forests make for picture perfect scenery.
What you shouldn’t miss while at Kasauli is the food. Situated amidst Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli shows a perfect mix of the punjabi and pahadi cuisine. The local food is spicy and delicious, and you must especially try the Madara, poppy seeds halwa and a local speciality called sidu here. Apart from the local food, the Tibetan food such as momos in Kasauli is great too. Band Samosa is a punjabi specialty where a stuffed bun is served with chole and chutney. Absolute must try!
There’s no airport in Kasauli, however, the nearest airport is the Chandigarh International Airport that has regular flights from many national and international destinations. Kasauli is a 25 kilometres drive from the airport by car.