Altitude : 1927m.
Attractions : Monkey Point, Sanawar, Dharampur
Best Time To Visit : April to September.
77-km from Shimla and 35-km
from Kalka, at 1,927m, Kasauli is a quaint little town that seems to
exist in a time wrap of an era that reminds one of the 19th
century. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint
shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little
gardens and orchards. Mixed forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and
huge horse chestnuts surround Kasauli. Its narrow road slither up and
down the hillsides and offer some magnificent vistas
Kasauli is one of the small
towns developed by the British during the 'hey day' of the empire, and
reached by a branch road from the Kalka-Shimla
road. The quite beautiful hill-station of Kasauli has a Pastur
Institute that produces the anti-rabies vaccine against mad dog-bite
and, at the same time, treats victims who have fallen prey to the dead
disease, Hydrophobia. The institute in Kasauli set up in 1900, is the
oldest in India, taking care of pet, police and army dogs as well as
Side by side another institute produces other vaccines, this is the
Central Research Institute affording immunity from Typhoid, small-pox,
cholera and snake-bite. The Shimla Hills stand on water - parting
between the Sutlej and the Giri, a tributary of the Yamuna.
South of Shimla is the Panchmunda ridge, which is crossed by a railway
through a tunnel, the longest in the Kalka-Shimla run at
Barog, where a series of fissure to springs
occur at its flank. The first ridge above Kalka rises abruptly to
pine-clad Kasauli at a height of 1,927m and is joined by a 12-km
bridle path. The distance by road, however, from Kalka is 36.5-km.
The highest point in Kasauli called Monkey point is just 4-km from the
Kasauli bus stand. The Monkey Point commands an excellent view of the
distant plains of Chandigarh region and the river
Satluj, tracing a silvery trail through the
scene. A small temple is also situated on the top of the hill, which
is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. According to a legend, at the end of
Ramayana when Lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after
obtaining Sanjivany Booty or the Magical Herb, his foot touched the
hill and thus the top of hill is in a foot shape. On a clear and
starry night the gorgeous view of Chandigarh can be seen from the
Just 6-km from Kasauli, Sanawar houses one of the best schools in the
country. The Lawrence school is almost one hundred-years-old and a
major attraction of the town.
Just 15-km from Kasauli on the National Highway No.22, Dharampur is
situated. Amidst the healthy air of the fragrant pines, Dharampur has
one of the best hospitals in India for the cure of tuberculosis. It is
also connected by Kalka-Shimla railway line.
A little cantonment town has a Gurkha fort built in the early years of
the 19th century, situated at an altitude of 1,437m. This cantonment
town quartered the British soldiers at the time of British Empire. A
diversion road from Dharampur 15-km away leads to the Sabathu town.
Another little cantonment at an altitude of 1,925m just 19-km from
Kasauli, it is accessible by a link road, which diverts from Dhrampur.
Dagshai is perched on a small hill and comprises of a military public
school and numerous military barracks.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Kasauli the nearest airport is Chandigarh.
Shimla is nearest airport for Solan.
Nearest railhead is Kalka in Haryana, which is 40-km from Kasauli and
44-km from Solan. Solan is also connected with narrow gauge railway
line from Kalka.
Solan and Kasauli are well connected by road buses, coaches and taxis
are also easily available from Chandigarh and Delhi.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Ros Common.
In winter, temperature can lower just above freezing point when heavy
woollens are required. During summer, the climate is mild and light
woolens or cottons are recommended.