weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Why Kasauli Is A Good Weekend Getaway!

Barely 5 hours from the maddening crowd of Delhi is the hilly paradise of Kasauli in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli which is named after the flower “Kasool” is 5960 feet above sea level and has its fair share of snowfall in winters.

monkey sun basking in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

We visited this place in the month of February.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Kasauli (कसौली) is a cantonment town, located in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India

Though the roads to Kasauli were in an excellent condition we had our own share of hurdles before reaching this place! The story goes (somewhat 😉 ) like this:-

One month before a long weekend

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Me: “there's a long weekend coming”

Hubby: “Let's go somewhere!!”

Me(all excited): where?

Hubby: “there's time we will see”

One week before the long weekend

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Me: “Coming weekend is a long weekend”

Hubby: “Let's go somewhere!!”

Me(all excited): Exactly, where?

Hubby: “there's time we will see”

A Day before the long weekend

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Me: “It's a long weekend ”

Hubby: “Let's go somewhere!!”

Me(Controlling my emotions): where?

Hubby: “there's time we will see”

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Me: No, You are not going to see. I am packing the bag, taking the kids and driving to whichever place I want tomorrow morning 5 am and if you want to “see” you can come with us.

Sheepishly, Hubby dear agreed to call friends and ask for recommendations! Kasauli received favorable mention from many and so we decided to discover this colonial town.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Kasauli which is named after the flower “Kasool” is 5960 feet above sea level

Once a quaint little time-warp hill station, Kasauli has now become a jam-packed tourist destination. Of the three days that we were here, we found solace on a less touristy Friday.

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Places to Stay

We prefer to stay in homestays, however, it being a long weekend all the recommended homestays were pre-booked.

We checked two budget hotels Anchal and Gian at the end of Lower Mall. Though the rooms were basic and clean we were looking for bigger rooms and so we decided to check HPTDC’s Hotel Ros Common. It is a lovely 6 room bungalow converted into a hotel.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Kids in the garden of Ros Common

However, we couldn’t find rooms here and so we headed for Hotel Alasia.  Hotel Alasia has an old and rustic feel to it. We chose this place as the rooms at the lower level have lawn right at the entrance. This made it a great place for kids to be outside the hotel room and play in the vicinity!

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Hotel Alasia in Kasauli

With the Dhauladhar Range as our backdrop, we took to our books for soaking in some warmth in the Sun. The wind whistled in the pines and couple of Common hoopoe sang somewhere at a distance.

Woodpeckers are part of the family Picidae, a group of near-passerine birds that also consist of piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers.
The hoopoe is a colorful bird, notable for its distinctive “crown” of feathers

I heard some rustling of leaves as my kids huddled close to me. I felt as if some unspoken words and warmth had passed between us.

“Isn’t it lovely,” I sighed.

“NO, there’s a monkey there!!” screamed the two of them.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
We Spotted the Monkey
weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Wondering if the Monkey spotted our Camera !?
weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Kids huddled together not for warmth but for safety!
White door
Finding the room door closed…
Indian Monkey in Kasauli
ignoring us and the DSLR on self-timer … the monkey walked away!

Monkeys and langurs are your constant companion and it’s best not to eat while walking lest you want to share your goody with the simian.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
It’s best not to eat while walking lest you want to share your goody with the simian.

10 Interesting things which make Kasauli a perfect weekend getaway:-

Here are our recommendations for this beautiful hill station!

1. Visit Protestant Christ Church

This cantonment town has many buildings with colonial style architecture dating back to the 19th century, some preserved while others are restfully withering away. As we walked down from our Hotel towards the market street we were enthralled by the imposing grey stone structure of the Protestant Christ Church which was constructed in 1840.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The Protestant Christ Church was constructed in 1840.
2. Visit Mankey Point

Legend has it that Lord Hanuman while carrying the death-defying sanjivani herb for Lakshaman, had placed his foot atop a hill giving it a foot shape. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman at the top of the hill and is known as Mankey Point (named after the local who built it).

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3. Hike across the Gilbert Trail

We decided to give the touristy Mon-key point a miss and instead walked up the pine-fringed Gilbert trail. The weather was marvelous which made the walk on this walkway amidst lofty hills very soulful. Kids enjoyed climbing up and down the hill hunting for pine cones.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Kids hiking on the Gilbert Trail!
4. Discover the truth about the dog statute

You can’t miss the statue of a black cocker spaniel or is it a retriever (?) outside the “English Wine Shop”. None of the locals knew the origin of the dog statue and thanks to “google” I came across a minutia about this dog. Turns out this dog had enjoyed a hero status after nabbing the robbers who tried to steal booty belonging to Kali Charan and Sons, who owned a fancy store which stocked imported goods, Scotch whiskeys and French wines.

this dog had nabbed the robbers who tried to steal booty belonging to Kali Charan and Sons, kasauli
The hero who nabbed thieves!
5. India’s first Single Malt Whiskey

It is at this “English Wine Shop” that we bought Mohan Meakin Limited, made “Solan Number 1 Malt Whisky” which happens to be one of the first single malt whiskeys of India. This company also brews Golden Eagle Beer which is also available at the same shop.

Solan Number 1 Malt Whisky is produced by Mohan Meakin Limited at the Kasauli Distillery which is found in the Himalayan Highlands at an elevation of over 6,000 feet.
Solan Number 1 Malt Whisky is produced at the Kasauli Distillery
6. Statue of Major Dhyanchand

At the Y-Junction of Mall road and the Heritage Market is a statue commemorating Major Dhyanchand‘s contribution in the field of Hockey.

Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) was an Indian field hockey player, who is arguably the greatest field hockey player of all times.[4] He is known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey, during an era where India was the most dominant team in Hockey.
Major Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) – the greatest field hockey player of all times!
7. Eat Chhola Kulcha

Just across this statue is a Chhola Kulcha vendor. It is a treat to eat the butter-rich chhola-kulchas that he makes.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
A treat for Street-food lovers!
8. Visit the Heritage Market

The Heritage Market with its cobbled street has the charm of a small town! Three days in town and the shopkeepers had started giving us friendly nods!

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

9. Try ‘Bun Gulab Jamun’

We were hooked onto Narender Singh’s shop which daunted us to try “bun-gulab jamun”: Gulab Jamun sandwiched between Buns. Their bun-sums (a hot samosa stuffed in a bun) are a must try.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Bun-Sums anyone!?
10. Treat for Non-vegetarians

If you are a Ham lover like my husband then don’t miss peppery ham, hamburgers and perfectly toasted caraway-strewn bun at Daily Needs. Jai Kishan Thakur and his son Akhilesh are the third and fourth generation to run this popular shop.

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Peppery ham, hamburgers and perfectly toasted caraway-strewn bun at Daily Needs are highly recommended
Best time to travel

April to November
How to reach Kasauli

Private Vehicle: The drive is generally good with many eating options on the way.

By Bus: Nearest Bus Stop is at Parwanoo, located 7 km from Kasauli

By Train: Nearest Railway Station is Sonwara (SWO), located 4 km from Kasauli

By Air: Nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport (IXC), located 25 km from Kasauli

weekend travel to Kasauli (Hindi: कसौली) is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Have you tried any non-traditional take on an Indian dish like bun-gulab-jamun? Don’t’ forget to write about your experience in the comments!

 

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