77-km from Shimla and
35-km from Kalka, at 1,927m, Kasauli is a
quaint little town that seems to exist in a
time wrap of an era that reminds one of the
19th century. Its colonial ambience is
reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint shops,
gabled houses with charming facades and
scores of neat little gardens and orchards.
Mixed forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak
and huge horse chestnuts surround Kasauli.
Its narrow road slither up and down the
hillsides and offer some magnificent vistas.
is one of the small towns developed by the
British during the 'hey day' of the empire, and
reached by a branch road from the Kalka-Shimla
road. The quite beautiful hill-station of
Kasauli has a Pastur Institute that produces the
anti-rabies vaccine against mad dog-bite and, at
the same time, treats victims who have fallen
prey to the dead disease, Hydrophobia. The
institute in Kasauli set up in 1900, is the
oldest in India, taking care of pet, police and
army dogs as well as their masters.
Side by side
another institute produces other vaccines, this
is the Central Research Institute affording
immunity from Typhoid, small-pox, cholera and
snake-bite. The Shimla Hills stand on water -
parting between the Sutlej and the Giri, a
tributary of the Yamuna.
South of Shimla
is the Panchmunda ridge, which is crossed by a
railway through a tunnel, the longest in the
Kalka-Shimla run at Barog, where a series of
fissure to springs occur at its flank. The first
ridge above Kalka rises abruptly to pine-clad
Kasauli at a height of 1,927m and is joined by a
12-km bridle path. The distance by road,
however, from Kalka is 36.5-km.
The highest point in Kasauli
called Monkey point is just 4-km from the
Kasauli bus stand. The Monkey Point commands an
excellent view of the distant plains of
Chandigarh region and the river Satluj, tracing
a silvery trail through the scene. A small
temple is also situated on the top of the hill,
which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. According to
a legend, at the end of Ramayana when Lord
Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after
obtaining Sanjivany Booty or the Magical Herb,
his foot touched the hill and thus the top of
hill is in a foot shape. On a clear and starry
night the gorgeous view of Chandigarh can be
seen from the Monkey Point.
Just 6-km from Kasauli, Sanawar houses one of
the best schools in the country. The Lawrence
school is almost one hundred-years-old and a
major attraction of the town.
Just 15-km from Kasauli on the National Highway
No.22, Dharampur is situated. Amidst the healthy
air of the fragrant pines, Dharampur has one of
the best hospitals in India for the cure of
tuberculosis. It is also connected by Kalka-Shimla
A little cantonment town has a Gurkha fort built
in the early years of the 19th century, situated
at an altitude of 1,437m. This cantonment town
quartered the British soldiers at the time of
British Empire. A diversion road from Dharampur
15-km away leads to the Sabathu town.
Another little cantonment at an altitude
of 1,925m just 19-km from Kasauli, it is
accessible by a link road, which diverts from
Dhrampur. Dagshai is perched on a small hill and
comprises of a military public school and
numerous military barracks.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Kasauli the nearest airport is
Chandigarh. Shimla is nearest airport for Solan.
Nearest railhead is Kalka in Haryana, which is
40-km from Kasauli and 44-km from Solan. Solan
is also connected with narrow gauge railway line
Solan and Kasauli are well connected by
road buses, coaches and taxis are also easily
available from Chandigarh and Delhi.