Kasauli is a small hill station in the Dhauladhar Hills of Himachal Pradesh, set up by the British during their peak time in India. This small town usually serves as a passageway to the hill stations higher up in Himachal (Shimla and so on), but makes for a quick one-day getaway destination for the people living in Delhi NCR and Punjab. Kasauli is for those who enjoy picturesque walks amidst Deodars, such as on the Gilbert Trail, and stunning views such as that of River Sutlej, from Manki Point. Some other sights include Gurkha Fort, Baptist Church and Christ Church. You can even take a tour of the oldest extant distillery for scotch whisky in Asia, the Kasauli Brewer. Kasauli is beautiful to spend some quiet time amidst nature with your family and friends, or just for some introspection. Cafes such as Hangout - Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, Rudra Cafe and Cliff Houzz Restaurant & Bar make for good stopovers for snacks, drinks and lip-smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Kasauli is from March to June
How To Reach
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Manki Point - Hanuman Temple
The first place we visited was Manki point. This is the major tourist attraction of Kasauli. It is a temple situated on a hill which will require one to climb for about 15-20 minutes. The path is paved with stones to make rough steps and the walls have inspiring slogans on them. It is situated inside an airforce base so photography is not allowed and you have to surrender your phones and cameras before entering the area. The view from the top was awe inspiring and it really felt like time stood still.
The Mall Road in Ludhiana is like a shopping district of the very urbanized city. There are a number of large shopping malls out here and a paradise for shopaholics. There are shops for everything and of every size. It is impossible that you do not get a stuff you want over here. The best part above all is that things are so reasonably priced here that bargaining is not much needed. Tha malls on the other hand are where you will get all top brands and latest fashion stuff. This street is also lined with the best restaurants and eateries of the whole city. All of these features make Mall Road a very important landmark of Ludhiana.
We sat down for lunch at Hotel Alasia on the Mall Road that proved to be an architectural marvel inspired by the West. Plush interiors with heavenly exteriors and a swing, the view from there was captivating. And the food! It was hands down the best meal I ever had (and it was beautifully laid out).
Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir
This temple is located in the Shirdi Village of Ahmednagar and was built over the samadhi of Sai Baba in the year 1922. Sai Baba was the beloved guru and teacher of many people irrespective of caste and religion and he preached and served his followers during the 18th and early 20th century. After that he decided to take samadhi in 1918. The whole temple is managed by the Sai Baba Sansthan Trust where hundreds of people work as devotees only and the organization serves thousands of needy people every month.
On our very first night in the said city after grabbing a few bottles of beer, we started our drive towards on of the most picturesque eating joints. On the way to Shimla from Chandigarh, falls a very famous dhaba at Kasauli, known as the Gyani dhaba. Other than the absolutely addictive dishes served there, the drive to the dhaba is also one of pure bliss specially at night. The dhaba is around an hour and 45 minutes from the maintown.