the way to Shimla after Kalka, there is a road which turns
towards Kasauli - a very interesting place. In the night
one can see Chandigarh from here. One can also have nice
treks to Sanawar and to Monkey Point.1,927 metres above
sea level, is the first hill station one sees as one approaches
Shimla hills. Easily recognisable by a huge television tower,
it runs along the first high ridge of the Himalayan foothills.
It is 77 kms from Shimla, 15kms from Dharampur, 64 km from
Chandigarh and 35 kms from Kalka. The colonial ambiance
of the town is reinforced by cobbled paths, tiny shops,
houses with magnificent facades and scores of neat little
gardens and orchards. Kasauli is encircled by a mixed forest
of Chir pine, Himalayan Oak and huge horse-chestnut. At
3647 m, the Choordhar or Choor Chandni peak, looms over
the sylvan surroundings, and just across the ranges, is
Simla. The Upper and Lower Malls are the two main roads
that run along the length of Kasauli, a thick cover of pine,
oak, horse chestnut trees embracing the entire area. Traffic
is restricted on these roads, which is the reason why, Kasauli
is one of the quietest hill stations in India. The
resort's colonial aura is underlined by gabled houses with
picturesque facades, cobbled alleys and rows of neat orchards
and elegant gardens.
narrow roads slither up and down the hillsides and offer
some interesting vistas. Even at the peak of summer, Kasuali
cannot be called crowded. The Upper and Lower Mall are the
two main roads which run along the length of Kasuali, bordered
by Chir pine, horse chestnuts, Himalayan Oaks and the odd
juniper. Traffic is restricted on these roads which helps
to keep Kausali one of the quietest hill stations. A number
of Tibetan stalls offer bargain woollens of the best quality.
A arts centre has also been set up at Ivy Cottage by a nephew
of the celebrated indian artist, Amrita Sher-Gill. The centre
organises occasional seminars and exhibitions.
vantage position for the views is Monkey point, 4 kms from the
bus stand. Close by is Subathu, whose old fort is a major attraction.