I started from delhi early morning for kalka which is about 30 km away from kasauli. I took kalka shatabdi(train fare 800 pp) from new delhi station at 7:40 and reached kalka at 11:45. I then took a ticket of himalyan queen express(toy train) to dharampur(fare 30 pp) which is around 20 km from kalka. It took me around 1:30 hours to reach dharampur from kalka. The route was filled with tunnels and beautiful bridges. The curves were sharp which made the experience more exciting. At around 1:15 I got down at the dharampur railway station. The station was very clean and the scenery from the station was beautiful.
I then climbed my way to the main road from where i got a bus to kasauli. It took me only 5 mins to reach the main road from dharampur railway station. These are mostly private buses and the frequency is around 15 mins. It took me 30 mins(10 kms) to reach kasauli from dharampur (fare 15 pp). I had my accommodation booked at a hotel in mashobra which is only 2.3km( 25 mins walking) away from the kasauli bus stand. The trail from the bus stand to my hotel was beautiful. I was in the middle of the clouds most of the time. There was mist all around and i could feel the freshness and calmness of that place. There were not many people on the road and i walked my way to the hotel.
I had my lunch at the hotel and then again took off to explore the village. From the local people i came to know that there is an off road path to the mall road from mashobra which cuts the distance of 2.5 km to around 1 km. This path was desolate and the trail was tough, the reason why i chose this path was because i did not want to repeat the same path i took to come to the hotel. I found pine tress on my way along with some of the best sceneries the village had to offer.
Mall road in kasauli was very different from its counterparts on other popular hill stations like nanital, shimla & Mussourie. There were not more than 70-80 shops and the the whole stretch of the road was less than 700-800 mts. The variety of shops were very well balanced. It was a mix of local eatries, dryfruit vendors, gift shops, local textile shops, general stores and cafes. Things to try include bun samosa, aloo tikki and momos. One can also find shops selling local wines, apple vinegar and handmade dryfruit chocolates.
There are churches on both end of the mall road. One end has kasauli church and the other has christ church(timings 7am to 7pm) which is more famous. Without any doubt it was one the best churches i have ever been to. It was build way back in 1853 and is the oldest church in Himachal Pradesh.
It started to get dark by the time i left the church so i decided not to go to gilbert's trail which is a canopy path as it has tall trees on both side of the road blocking the sunlight and giving a sense of calmness and peace. The route which i took to reach the mall road was similar so it was no longer an attraction for me. Other local sightseeing points include sunrise point, monkey point, sunset point which are not very far from the mall road( Around 2km from Christ Church).
I had my dinner at the Mantra Cafe which was on the mall road. The interiors of the cafe are worth a description. It had a ground floor seating and there was also a machan which had floor seating and mall road view. To my surprise the cafe was not much crowded, the lights were dimmed as there were only hanging lampbulbs which were covered in jute threads resembling a bird's nest. The entire roof of the cafe had a neon painting and the music also went very well with the ambience. The food that they served was good and the prices were competitive. I ordered myself a hot chocolate and crispy potatoes and both the things were very good.
I again decided to walk my way back to the hotel. The village was safe to travel alone even at 9 pm. If not walking there was also an option to take local taxis which were easily available on mall road to mashobra(200 bucks for around 2-3km).