A hill town in northern India, Kasauli carries reminders of its past with gabled colonial-era architecture and centuries-old churches. Walking trails and trekking tours draw adventurers, while breweries, live music and bustling market bazaars offer rich culture.
Things to do
Footpaths around Kasauli wind through beautiful hilly vistas and rocky cliffs. Edging along the south of Kasauli, Monkey Point features a small hilltop temple surrounded by towering groves of Himalayan oak and horse chestnut trees. After trekking to the top, you can change course and hit the Gilbert Nature Trail to explore the kachha walkway leading to Lovers’ Lane.
The Mall Road in Kasauli harbours local Tibetan shops and the larger Tibetan Market selling woollen and silk textiles as well as handicrafts, art and antiques. Aromas of Tibetan momos and specialty dishes drift from dozens of street-side stalls and cafes. You’ll also find fruit markets on Mall Road selling marmalades and fruit-based wines, including plum, peach and apple.
Nightlife often involves live DJ performances at The Rooftop Bar, featuring everything from Bollywood hits to hip hop and jazz. Spend an evening sampling beers and whiskeys at Kasauli Brewery, one of the oldest functioning distilleries in the world.
The British left a lasting mark on Kasauli with the erection of Christ Church in 1842. The magnificent cross-shaped structure stands as a city icon. Don’t miss seeing the Italian and Spanish stained-glass windows depicting biblical figures and saints.
From Shimla Airport, you can pick up a rental car or take a bus or taxi for 65 kilometres to reach Kasauli. Locals buses, taxi and auto rickshaws offer transportation around the pedestrian-friendly zones.
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