One lazy night in May, tired of chatting with each other, my brother and I decided to travel. With no plans or destination in mind, we started packing. I asked my mom as well to tag along. And she willingly did. She is such a sport when it comes to traveling.
Of course, you must decide someplace to start with, so we zeroed on Kasauli. At least to book a cab.
Half drowsy we set foot in the cab around 2 AM and off we took for Kasauli – our unplanned trip.
The thrill was exponential, and we didn’t realize when we reached Murthal for a break. The Paranthas (stuffed Indian Bread) here are not to be missed at any cost.
After the scrumptious meal in the wee hours of the night, I dozed off for a while and when I woke up, it was half-past 7 already. The morning sun was shining bright and all I wanted was to soak it in as much as possible.
Kasauli is a small cantonment town in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh in India. It was established in the Days of the Raj in 1842 as a hill town for British people to go for their summer retreats.
Just 65 kilometers ahead of Chandigarh, the air changes considerably. The chill in the air is refreshing to soothe your body and mind at the same time. It is also said to be the resting place of Lord Hanuman while he was looking for the life-re-storing herb in the Himalayas. Nestled between the Dhauladhar Range and the Western Himalayas the town of Kasauli is perfect to find peace amidst the chaos of the urban life.
Reaching Kasauli –
Reaching Kasauli is quite easy. We book an Ola from Delhi and crossing Chandigarh reached the place in 8hrs by road. There is no airport except Chandigarh and Shimla. Nearest Railways station is Kalka which is just 25 km. You can easily drive down to Kasauli.
Best time to Visit –
I can visit this place any time of the year. Though summers are refreshing, and you can beat the Delhi summers by being in Kasauli. I went there in May and it was cool and pleasant. Nights were a bit chilly and you may need a shawl or thin jacket to go outside.
Places to Stay –
There is no dearth of hotels and guest houses to choose from. We chose the Himachal Tourism Guest House as the location is apt. The view from the top was beautiful in every sense. The large garden outside had seating for breakfast and we enjoyed our food overlooking the Dhauladhar range.
What to do in Kasauli –
The place is quaint and peaceful. If you want to go for an adventure and be at a bustling place, Shimla is more apt for you. Expect an easy stroll across the town to visit the Church, the main market or enjoy the street food on the go. The town can be explored on foot and you can get to know the locals there.
Morning walk along the trail was refreshing as well as soothing to the nerves. The calmness in the environment felt like I was in a meditative state. It is a place to rejuvenate yourself occasionally.
Here are a few things you can enjoy in Kasauli –
Trekking – Green Vistas and sharp hilly tracks, perfect for an uphill walk. You can trek along the lower mall road to reach the Sunset Point and enjoy the setting sun.
Shop at Tibetan Market – Once you are done with your trekking and walking, you can shop artistically made Tibetan artifacts and pick some delicious Jams and Marmalades on your way back. The town also serves locally produced fruit wines like apple, plum, cherry, peach, etc.
Gorge on Tibetan Food – Savour mouth-watering Dumpling and Thupka at the food stalls lined at Lower Mall road. Try the local bread Side, Poppy Seed Halwa, and Madara. Do not forget to try the famous Bun Samosa with chutney and chholey.
The hangout was closed for renovation when we were there. I’m sure now it must be open. So, visit the place and let me know if you like it.
On our way back we took the longer route via Shimla and Kufri with a stopover in Shimla for lunch. I came back with lots of peace and an urge to go there again. Till then keep traveling and share your experiences in the comments.
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