Kasauli from Delhi – An awesome Weekend Getaway!

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Kasauli is an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. It is a peaceful and green cantonment town of Himachal. For a well-deserved break after working hard for the whole week, head towards Kasauli. Named after the flower ‘Kasool’, Kasauli receives a huge number of tourists especially from the nearby states. Visit it for hiking, street markets, Christ Church, Mankey Point, natural beauty or just for spending some quality time with yourself or family. #lighttravelaction #kasaulihills #kasaulihimachalpradesh #thingstodoinkasauli

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.

The roads to Kasauli from Delhi were in excellent condition and so I think it makes for a good weekend getaway from Delhi.

One month before a long weekend we started asking friends and ask for recommendations! Kasauli received favorable mention from many and so we decided to discover this colonial town.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
Kasauli (कसौली) is a cantonment town, located in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India

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.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
Kasauli which is named after the flower “Kasool” is 5960 feet above sea level

Places to Stay

We prefer to stay in homestays, however, it being a long weekend all the recommended homestays were pre-booked. If you too are interested in staying in a homestay I’d highly recommend Mahal Farms Country Home. Located in a small orchard, it offers panoramic view of Shimla. Spacious rooms and great hospitality make it a very popular choice. Click here for its reviews and booking.

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. It’s an amazing place to stay because of peaceful location, in-house restaurant and free parking space. Click here for reviews, images and booking.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
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 a lawn right at the entrance. This made it a great place for kids to be outside the hotel room and play in the vicinity! Click here for booking this property, see images and reviews.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
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 a couple of Common Hoopoe Sang somewhere at a distance.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
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.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
We Spotted the Monkey
Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
Wondering if the Monkey spotted our Camera !?
Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
Kids huddled together not for warmth but for safety!
Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography

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.

Kasauli is a cantonment town & a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India.The best time to visit the town is from April to June and then again from September to November.There are a number of trains that ply daily to Kalka from Delhi and so it makes Kasauli an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. You can even plan a road trip from Delhi to Kasauli just the way we had done with our family #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradesh #offbeatindia #kasaulihimachalpradesh #kasauliphotography
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.

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 #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradeshtravel
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.

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 #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradeshtravel
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 that stocked imported goods, Scotch whiskeys and French wines.

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.#lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradeshtravel
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.

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 #lighttravelaction #kasauli #himachalpradeshtravel
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.

Statue of Major Dhyanchand in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India. At the Y-Junction of Mall road and the Heritage Market is a statue commemorating Major Dhyanchand's contribution in the field of Hockey.Click to read more places to visit in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India
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.

What to eat in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India.Just across this statue is a Chhola Kulcha vendor. It is a treat to eat the butter-rich chhola-kulchas that he makes.Click to read more.
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!

What to do in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India.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!Click to read more.

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.

What to eat in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, Inida.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.Click to read more.
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.

Daily Needs shop in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India.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. Click to read more
Peppery ham, hamburgers and perfectly toasted caraway-strewn bun at Daily Needs are highly recommended
What is the best time to visit Kasauli?

April to November is the best time to visit Kasauli.

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

Is Kasauli worth visiting?

Of course it is! All the reasons mentioned in this post- Hiking, Church, Mankey Point, Heritage Market, street food etc. make Kasauli a place worth your time!

Is Kasol and Kasauli the same?

No, these are two different hill-stations in Himachal Pradesh. Kasol is located near Manali and Kasauli is near Shimla.

Does Kasauli get snowfall?

Snowfall is not a regular thing in Kasauli but if you are lucky you may get a chance to experience it between the end of December to early February. It is advisable to check the weather forecast to get a better idea.

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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Kasauli is an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. It is a peaceful and green cantonment town of Himachal. For a well-deserved break after working hard for the whole week, head towards Kasauli. Named after the flower ‘Kasool’, Kasauli receives a huge number of tourists especially from the nearby states. Visit it for hiking, street markets, Christ Church, Mankey Point, natural beauty or just for spending some quality time with yourself or family. #lighttravelaction #kasaulihills #kasaulihimachalpradesh #thingstodoinkasauli
Kasauli is an awesome weekend getaway from Delhi. It is a peaceful and green cantonment town of Himachal. For a well-deserved break after working hard for the whole week, head towards Kasauli. Named after the flower ‘Kasool’, Kasauli receives a huge number of tourists especially from the nearby states. Visit it for hiking, street markets, Christ Church, Mankey Point, natural beauty or just for spending some quality time with yourself or family. #lighttravelaction #kasaulihills #kasaulihimachalpradesh #thingstodoinkasauli

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