When you start seeing pine trees all around, feel the cool breeze on your face and start breathing clean countryside air, you know that you are in Kasauli. Located among the foothills of the Himalayas, it is one of those places where the journey to reach the place is as much promising as the destination itself.
To keep up the pace with our hectic lives, we all need an escape from our mundane jobs to a quiet and serene place. But most of the time our much-needed vacation takes a back due to unavailability of enough leaves or money. So, if you are looking for a short trip of 2 days from Delhi that don’t burn a hole in your pocket, then Kasauli is your destination.
Amidst pine forest and majestic hills, Kasauli is a quaint hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its green-housed church, Victorian-era houses, beautiful trails, and peaceful surroundings. It is said that this little town was founded by a British family in 1842 probably to find an escape to a quieter place away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. Even after so many years, it retains its calmness and tranquility.
After days of contemplation, I and my office friends finally decided Kasauli as our next travel spot. It is about 550 kms from Jaipur having the best connectivity possible and most importantly, was the perfect place for a short yet rejuvenating trip.
As there is no direct mode of conveyance to Kasauli, we decided to take a train to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, we boarded a bus to Kasauli. It’s a bit longer route but totally worth it. Throughout the entire journey, an array of picturesque views will accompany you and I swear, you wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off from them.
Here I’m mentioned Top 10 places to visit in Kasauli. Take Heed.
Gilbert’s Nature Trail:
With mountains on one side and the gorge (with pine trees) on the other, it is one of the most exhilarating experiences in Kasauli. The end of this trail is a suicide point which in itself is quite dreary and looks like a place in the middle of nowhere!
The feeling of a cool breeze ruffling your hair while you walk along this trail is beautiful.
There is a sunset point near the trail. Unlike most of the “tourists”, do not waste your time over that point for the sunset time. Head over to Gilbert’s trail instead. The entire upper mall area is the sunset point in itself and offers a majestic view of the valley, the sky, and the forest.
A walk in the upper mall road:
Give a pleasure to your senses by taking a walk along the upper mall area. The journey in itself is so exciting that no one dares ask what is at the end of this road. Beginning in the stone cobbled path, it offers a picture-perfect view of the valley.
Breathe in the pleasant air, listen to the chirping birds, and discover various variants of flowers, butterflies, and trees as you go.
A walk in the pine forest:
Since the entire town is the pine forest in itself, go along the side of the road anywhere and you would find yourself in the woods! Get mesmerized by the tall, strong pine trees and also don’t forget to get that small little pine souvenir for your living room.
Established in 1853 A.D, Christ Church is the oldest church in Himachal Pradesh and is famously known as Anglican Church. The church is dedicated to St. Francis and St. Barnabas and designed in symbolic Gothic Style architecture.
The grey walls of the church have been adorned with mirrors that shine brighter when sunshine greets them. The green shack on the top makes it more appealing attracting myriads of tourist from all corners of the world. The front of the church proudly wears a clock tower with a sundial which takes you back to the British era. Go there to experience the beauty of the church and click some great pictures.
Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM
Ticket: No Entry Ticket
Jaw-dropping vistas, sharp and mesmerizing winding hilly tracks, cool and comfortable weather, and not so crowded surroundings make trekking tours one of the most fascinating things to do in Kasauli. Trek along the Lower Mall Road up to the picture-perfect attractions in Kasauli – such as Manki, Jabli, and Sunset Point – is relaxing as well as revivifying. Do not forget your walking shoes and tracksuits. It is one of the best things to do in Kasauli Himachal Pradesh.
Toy Train Ride:
Make your vacations in Kasauli a little unique and mesmerizing by taking the heritage toy train ride between the two stations of proximity. From Kasauli, one can travel up to Dharampur (about 10 km) and take the train up to Barog and return. The journey through the hills tunnels, oak & pine forests, gorges, and small hilly hamlets is a dreamy affair.
The toy train – a World Heritage as declared by UNESCO – is definitely a joy ride and one of the mesmerizing tourist attractions in Kasauli. One can even experience the longest tunnel at Barog, which is 3 minutes’ travel, during this trip. Do not forget to carry your camera.
Opening Hours: The train times keep on changing.
Charges: Toy train tickets can be booked in one month advance from all partner websites of IRCTC.
This is an old historical place located in Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh. Perched on a hillock in Subathu, the Gurkha Fort is around 16 km away from Parwanoo. It is easily accessible by road. This heritage fort is located at the corner of the town and surrounded by a dense forest. Perched at 4500 feet above sea level, this is an amazing spot for photography. One can also trek to the nearby villages which are quite serene and beautiful. In fact, trekking is among the best things to do near Kasauli for adventure seekers.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Kasauli, then head to Timber Trail. This is one of the best activities to enjoy in Kasauli with children. The ropeway here is the perfect way to enjoy the views of the majestic mountains and green valleys of Himachal. Enjoy the Timber Trail cable car which is a 1.8 km ropeway. Also, do not forget to carry your camera, as the views here are just stunning.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Ticket: INR 1200 for Adults and INR 1000 for Children (For Cable Car Ride)
Heritage and The Mall Market:
Set up on a tiny lane, Heritage market is great for buying souvenirs and some really cool local stuff. The whole street has about 8 to 10 shops that also include a few eating joints run by locals.
The Mall is the main market and posh area of Kasauli that boasts of the very popular Kasauli Club. And do stop there to have tastiest momos of your life.
This is one of the top things to do in Kasauli. Kasauli has romance in its air, and that’s why nature walk amidst the most picture-perfect environs is one of the amazing things to do in Kasauli. Enjoy the weekend holiday with your spouse by strolling from Lower Mall up to Kimmughat & Sunset point and around the Sanatorium, the Lover’s Lane, and the cantonment area. The walk is serene and refreshing and offers the best panoramic views of Himalayan peaks in the distance.
Kasauli: An Overview
How to Reach Kasauli?
Take a train to Chandigarh/Kalka. Then, take a bus to Dharampur and another bus from Dharampur to Kasauli. You can also book a cab.
Places to Visit:
Christ Church, Gilbert Trail, Heritage Market, Meditation Point, Hanuman Mandir.
Minimum Duration: 2 Days