Kasauli (6400 feet) is one of the best detours between Kalka and Shimla and is often referred to lesser Shimla. This cantonment was established in the year 1842 by the British colonial rulers as a hill station and it is the first hill station while you approach Shimla from Kalka. The huge TV tower is the iconic monument which helps people to recognize Kasauli. Old fashioned roads, bungalows and secluded gardens mark the speciality of Kasauli.
The climate of Kasauli is invigorating throughout the year. It’s pleasant during summer and winter is mild with occasional snowfall. During winter, temperature can fall just above the point of freezing and this is the time when heavy woollens are required. You can wear light woollens during summer. The monsoon is especially charming when the grey clouds swoop down on you and there’s mist and fog everywhere.
Some awesome things to do in Kasauli
Trekking, because it’s a walker’s paradise
Awe-inspiring landscapes, mesmerising and sharp hilly tracks, comfortable and cool weather and not-so crowded roads make trekking one of the most fascinating things to do in Kasauli. You may trek along the Lower Mall Road to be a witness of the picturesque attractions of this place like Jabli, Manki and Sunset Point. It is definitely going to be a relaxing and cheering experience.
Walking in the laps of nature because love is in the air
Kasauli breathes romance and there’s always love in the air and this is why walks amidst the picture-perfect surroundings is one of those relaxing things to do in Kasauli. If you visit this place with your spouse, you can enjoy the weekend by strolling through the Lower Mall & Sunset Point, the cantonment area and the Lover’s Lane. The walk will offer you best views of the Himalayan ranges.
Take the toy train ride because it’s going to be a flawless voyage
You can even make your vacations in Kasauli mesmerising and unique by taking a joyride on a toy train. From Kasauli you can travel to Dharampur (about 10 km) and then take the train till Barog and return. The lovely journey through the hills and the tunnels, gorges, oak and pine forests is nothing but a dreamy affair indeed. The toy train is declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO and in all senses it is a joyride.
Shopping at Kasauli Tibetan market because you can go on a shopping spree
The lower Mall road is full of local Tibetan shops which sell woollens, handicrafts, stoles, hand woven shawls and scarves. The fruit markets sell seasonal fresh fruits like plums, apricots and peaches which are picked with care from the orchards and you also get a wide array of marmalades and jams to choose from. Pinkonez and Mug Studio are two of the most popular souvenir shops which offer large varieties of gift items. Some famous flavours of wine are plum wine, apple wine, peach wine and sherry wine.
Try Tibetan food because it’s the most yummilicious in the world
Trying out Tibetan food is perhaps the best things you can do when you’re in Kasauli. You get a range of Thukpa and dumpling varieties at the local stores which are lined up in lower Mall area. You may even try the local break known as Sidu, Madara and poppy seeds Halwa. If you have enough time you may even relish the healthy green teas, ginger tea which is famous there. Apart from local Tibetan food, NH22 Dhaba and Narinder Sweet House are also popular among tourists.
The rooftop bars in Kasauli are also beautiful as they overlook the foggy valleys, lofty hills and thick pine forests. In a nutshell, Kasauli offers an indeed peaceful stay with some engrossing adventurous activities and sightseeing spots. Whenever you plan your next weekend, don’t miss this jaw-dropping peaceful place.