There are many quaint little places tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas in India. These places not only offer a great travel experience, but at the same time reveal unique aspects of the country’s history and communal life. Kasauli is one such town in Himachal Pradesh that often gets overlooked among the numerous hill stations listed for sightseeing in India. However, the charm of this cantonment hill town does not reduce to any extent and it is a great discovery for all those who are fortunate to come across this quaint hill station.
Kasauli was formed in 1842, during the times of the British Raj and was a colonial hill station located less than hundred kilometers from Shimla and easily accessible from Ambala and Chandigarh. At that time, it used to be an important junction of Northern Indian Railways.
The highlight of this place is the moderate climate with temperature in winter nearing two degree Celsius and summer temperature not exceeding thirty two degree Celsius. Such climate makes it ideal an place to unwind and escape the extreme heat of the plains.
What To See In Kasauli
There are several landmarks in and around this town which stand testimony to its colonial history. The Christ Church and the Baptist Church are unique examples of colonial architecture which were formed in the early twentieth century. Kasauli has a brewery which was formed even before Kasauli cantonment was established. The Kasauli Club stands testimony to the grand colonial era and is a facility that is reserved for the Indian Army these days.
Besides these structures and buildings, take trips down the winding hilly lanes of this quaint little town and check out the many residential schools in this place. The mall is a must visit which holds the heart of the town and many shops, eateries and hotels located here make it a pleasurable destination for most tourists.
Local Food And Drinks
If you are planning on tasting local cuisine in Kasauli, do not miss out the ginger green tea which is famous in most tea stalls in this town. Instead of the standard coffee shop outlets, try the samosas, bread pakoras and aloo tikkis which are easily found in the local tea and snack outlets. The dhabas around Mall Road will help you indulge in local cuisine which comprise of momos, Sidu – a kind of fermented bread, and dham which is a unique preparation of Himachal Pradesh. Local brews include sherry wine, peach wine, plum wine, apple wine and even black grape wine.
Next time you are in North India, plan a trip to Kasauli for a unique experience of local tastes and landscapes of Himachal Pradesh.