About Monkey point
Monkey Point / Man Ki Point: This is undoubtedly the biggest attraction of Kasauli though reaching it can be a bit of tedium – not least for the brisk climb as much as for the security precautions: Being on Air Force grounds, no cameras or mobile phones are allowed. Note: Leave all electronic items in your vehicle which you have to park 600 metres away from the temple entrance. Local folklore maintains that an ascetic called Man-Ki, a devout Hanuman-bhakt, used to meditate on top of the hill where eventually the locals built a temple. An engraved notification tells you that while Hanuman was flying back with the magical Sanjeevani herb collected from Mount Sumeru at the behest of Lord Ram to save his brother Lakshman who was badly wounded in battle his feet touched the peak of the hill where the pious built the temple. As with everything mythical, the versions could be different or the same – depending on the intensity of ones fervour. Other attractions in and around Kasauli include the Baptist Church, Baba Balak Nath Temple also atop a hill and the Guru Nanak Gurudwara and Sai Baba Mandir in Garkhal a few kilometres from Kasauli. The ‘Sunrise Point’ by a sharp bend along the road to the Hanuman Temple offers some neat views of the valley but parking more than one car here poses a traffic hazard. One level down from the road there’s enough privacy for a spot of canoodling – if you don’t mind the jeering monkeys.