Kasauli is a small hill station located between the towns of Kalka and Shimla and its popularity as a tourist spot is increasing day by day. It is located in the Shivalik range and has been a cantonment town right from the British era. While the hill station definitely offers some great views of the mountains and is great for the summer vacation just for the calm and the scenic beauty alone, there are also a number of other activities that one can indulge in.
Best Time To Visit Kasauli
The best time to visit Kasauli is between the months of July to September because this is the perfect time to engage in adventure sports like river rafting. The winters are pleasant, without being too harsh, and people come in all the time from Delhi and Chandigarh. One can easily book a cap from Manali, Shimla or Dharamshala to get here. There are some great hilly tracks which are ideal for trekking and one can start from the Lower Mall Road and then go up to places like Manki, Jabli, and the Sunset Point. As far as adventure sports are concerned, there are ample opportunities to indulge in like skiing and paragliding. Nature walks are of course what most tourists indulge in.
Places to Explore in Kasauli
One of the most notable trails in the region is the Gilbert Trail. It is about 1.5 km away from the Lover’s Trail but it is not a beaten and proper road, and rather more like a rustic hilly track. It has narrow winding paths and can also be quite slippery at times. It is important to be extra cautious and to wear proper shoes while one is on the trail. You can also go up to Dagshai or even till Monkey Point and look around the majestic mountains.
Shopping in Kasauli
While in Kasauli, do not fail to visit the Tibetan Market here. The Lower Mall road is lined with indigenous Tibetan shops and they sell all kinds of handicrafts, woolen garments, hand-woven shawls, and scarves. There are also local markets that sell fresh seasonal fruits like apricots and peaches and pickles are available with produce collected from the local orchards. The market is also famous for selling the locally produced fruit wine like peach wine, cherry wine, apple wine and black grape wine.
Activities to do in Kasauli
One of the best thing to indulge in while you are here is to take a heritage toy train ride. To do so, one has to travel to Dharampur which is about 10 km away from Kasauli and take the train ride up to Barog. The ride will take you through mountain tracks, hill tunnels, and oak and pine forests. There are small hilly villages that will simply take your breath away. The toy train has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has one of the longest tunnel ride in the world in Barog.
No trip or vacation can be truly over till one has tried the local cuisine and you must definitely check out the Tibetan food here. One can get a wide range of dumplings and thukpa sold by the locals here and one must definitely try the local bread known as Sidu. The halwa made from poppy seeds and the madara are also must try. The other trademark food items here are band Samosa, a kind of bun served with a chutney and a curry of gram peas and a kind of Green Ginger Tea as well. One can also visit the Hangout Bar if one is staying the night which is atop the Kasauli Regency. It has an illuminated bar, great ambience, jazz music and a spectacular view of the hills.
While in Kasuali, one must definitely check out the Gurkha Fort. It is located in Parwanoo and is perched on a hilltop. It takes about an hour to reach from Kasauli and can be easily reached by road. It is located at a height of 4500 feet and it provides great views for photography. One can also use it as a starting point for trekking to the nearby areas and enjoy the fresh mountain air and some more of those gorgeous peaks around. While in Kasauli, one must also visit the Christ Church which was constructed in the year 1853 by the British. It is a wonderful locale surrounded by pine and deodar trees and there is no entry fee needed to get in.
If you are visiting Kasauli with your family and there are children with you, then be sure to hit the Timber trail. It is a ropeway which will provide wonderful views of the mountains and the children just love the cable car ride. The Timber Trail cable car is about a 1.8 km ropeway and the journey across valleys and mountains is simply breathtaking. Be sure to visit Sanawar as this is one of the most beautiful regions located nearby.
Kasauli will give you memories to cherish for a lifetime and so be sure to book your trip to this amazing hill town for your next vacation. It is hard to come by a place that has such gorgeous scenic beauty, has all the amenities, provides such scope for adventure and yet is quiet and quaint in its own way. You would not want to miss out on all of this and you will have a great trip without having to burn a hole in your pocket.
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