Hill Station Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
Kushwant Singh, an eminent Indian Author, had famously said of Kasauli that it is ‘the place where kissing is always in season’. People from the plains head for hills to escape from the heat. But what made the loveable Sardar (Sikh) to fall in love with this place? Perhaps, the inspiring mountain air and the placidity. The place is also devoid of much ‘development,’ and is mainly dotted with dainty English cottages. Also, most commercial establishments lie on the outskirts. Hence, it has not yet turned into a concrete jungle, like its popular cousin, the aging queen of hills, Shimla.
This hill station was developed by the British as a convalescence center for the close by Sabatu cantonment. The best place to stay in Kasauli is Baikunth Resorts. Located about eight kilometers from the town, it lies in verdure surrounds, and the landscape, bedecked with flowers of all shades amidst lots of green, was a feast for the eyes. The soothing music of the whistling pines coupled with the tinkle of wind chimes (hung on every tree in the resort) pleases the ears. There are other options for Homestay and small guest houses.
Kasauli offers only a little in terms of sightseeing, but those fond of walks and treks will have an unmatched experience here. The narrow roads slither up and down the slopes and offer some magnificent vistas. Kasauli is hemmed in by a mixed forest of chirpine, oak, and horse chestnut. The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli’s length and one can enjoy long walks along the roads.
The cobbled roads, quaint little bungalows, gabled houses with charming facades, the trees and flowers along the roadside all make up a heady cocktail and reinforce the colonial ambiance. The Lower Mall and its main draw, the old Anglican church. There is a small market just to cater to the residents and wayfarers.
The Upper Mall Road to reach Monkey Point. It is a hillock and at the brow is the Hanuman Temple sans monkeys or trees. The hike, about 500 m, is worth the effort as it offers fabulous views of Kasauli.
By Air/Rail: The closest airports are Chandigarh (65 km) and Shimla (73 km), and Kalka (37 km) is the nearest railhead.
By Road: Taxis and buses are easily available from Delhi.
Contact: Baikunth Resorts, Village Chabbal, P.O. Garkhal, Tehsil Kasauli, District Solan