It was the last year of college and my friends and I had been looking for some fun weekend trips from Delhi. We saw many places which were cliche and are done by almost every other college student. But we decided to do one of the less popular hill stations - Kasauli. Kasauli is a harshly underrated place, this is because it is overshadowed by larger hill stations in Himachal Pradesh which attract tourists more wildly. Shimla, Manali, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, Kasol are very popular hill stations which attract throngs of tourists. But Kasauli is rather a very underrated one. I prefer hill stations like Kasauli much more because there are many new things to explore and commercialisation has not hit these places that wildly.
We decided to go to Kasauli and found a fantastic AirBNB there luckily. What attracted us most about this AirBNB was that they had a barbecue which they could put up on request. This AirBNB was the best decision I had taken in my entire college life considering the fact that overburdening myself with too many Economics and Finance courses wasn't a very great idea.
Just a mere two hour car drive away from Chandigarh lies Kasauli, a beautiful hill station which is nestled on the lap of the Himalayas. Kasauli is derived from the name of a flower called Kasool which grows in the Himalayan region. Hill stations have this ease of access to them, they are located close to cities and are small car drives away, hence they are not exhausting to reach to. Kasauli is known for its mountain views, coniferous trees, cafes and old antique markets. It is a relatively smaller hill station compared to Mussoorie and other places in Himachal like Shimla. But, small hill stations have a perk, they are relatively less crowded and unexplored and there are new untouched paths for you to tread on. We were four friends who went out on a trip to Kasauli. And this feeling of newness surrounded us throughout our trip. There was a fresh feeling to everything we did like we were the first people who were exploring the hill station.
DEATH SCARE RIGHT BEFORE LEAVING
Just the day before we left, there was a massive thunderstorm in Delhi. This was the first time that it had ever started snowing in Delhi. We had cancelled our bus tickets to go because the AirBNB where we were going to stay in Kasauli informed us that the lights were out and it was pouring really hard. Well the real reason we cancelled to go was because one of my friends got high blood pressure after we told her that we wanted to go despite the rains. However, I would not like to blame it on my friend for cancelling the trip, let's just blame the rain. The way to Kasauli has a lot of steep roads which pass the mountains and the region near of Parwanoo can get very unsafe during rains. This region also has a high chance of avalanche and landslides. So, my friend did have enough reasons to get worried. This experience was almost surreal like it was crafted for a fiction book, but it is very much real. A place which never snows, saw snow right when we were going to leave. (You can check Noida snow on google to know what it was like)
HOW WE GOT THERE FINALLY