If mountainous places make you feel alive, if that’s where your heart rests, then plan a trip to the less-visited hill city of Kasauli. Around 60 km from Chandigarh, this quaint hill station is a hidden paradise with abundant flora and peace. One comes here to be close to nature’s heart and wash off all the mundane fatigue. The hill station is not only famous among tranquillity seekers but also entices honeymooners and adventure lovers. Here are some of the top places to visit in Kasauli when you plan your itinerary.
1. Sunrise Point, Kasauli
As the name suggests, Sunrise Point is the place to enjoy the finest sunrise in the region. Watching the bright yellow, orange and red rays merging in the azure sky is worth a shot. Locally known as Hawa Ghar, it is also the best place to enjoy the soothing mountain breeze throughout the day.
- Location: At the lower end of the Mall Road
2. Sunset Point, Kasauli
Sunset Point is another popular tourist attraction in Kasauli that one must visit while on a trip. From here, enjoy the sound of chirping birds, verdant valleys and of course, the setting sun. Since it’s a natural phenomenon, make sure to be here well in advance and capture the time-lapse of the setting sun beautifully.
- Location: At the upper end of the Mall Road
3. Gilbert Trail, Kasauli
If nature walks brings joy and calm to you, the stunningly carved Gilbert Trail should be one of the must things to do in Kasauli. This around 1.5-km trail is sure to offer the best of flora, several bird species and amazing scenery. So don’t forget to carry a professional camera to capture nature at its best.
- Timings: 7 am to 6 pm
4. The Mall Road, Kasauli
Though mall roads don’t need a description yet each offers a unique experience. At the Mall Road in Kasauli, you can shop to your heart’s content and also munch amazing local food. Unlike the peaceful Kasauli, this place is full of buzz and sees tourists till late evening.
- Timings: 10 am to 11 pm
5. Kasauli Brewery and Distillery
Famed as the oldest operational distillery in Asia, Kasauli Brewery was established in the year 1820. It produced India’s first single malt whisky and beer with the equipment brought from England and Scotland. This brewery-bar is open to the public even today.
- Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
6. Monkey Point, Kasauli
Monkey Point is the highest vantage point in the town, hence offers aerial views of the neighbouring cities including Kalka, Chandigarh and Panchkula. The attraction got its name from a legend stating that Lord Hanuman put his foot here while searching for Sanjeevani Booti.
- Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
7. Christ Church, Kasauli
Close to Mall Road, Christ Church is among the oldest churches in Himachal Pradesh. Featuring classic Neo-Gothic architecture, it has a beautiful clock tower and marvellous godly pictures that attract locals as well as tourists alike. A visit to this place will leave you calm and composed.
- Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
8. Timber Trail, Kasauli
A beautiful, serene hill station wrapped in dense flora, Timber Trail is a favourite among backpackers. This peaceful locale is only accessible by ropeway rides which offer 360-degree views of deep gorges and unparalleled adrenaline rush.
9. Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji, Kasauli
Experience divinity and spiritual peace at Gurudwara Shri Nanakji – the most revered place in Kasauli. The Gurudwara organises special programmes for the underprivileged besides the daily prayers and langar. It also offers accommodation facility.
- Location: Arhat Bazar
10. Toy Train Ride, Kasauli
While in Kasauli, don’t miss riding the UNESCO-listed Toy Train. It runs from Kalka to Shimla and the nearest station to Kasauli is Dharampur (10 km). From here you will head to Barog and return, and on the way, the train will meander through the vast green hills and deodar and pine forests. The tickets for the Toy Train can be booked through IRCTC.
So, here is the list to decide which all places to visit on a Kasauli trip. You may choose to stay at a hotel in the Kasauli centre to enjoy easy access.