Kasauli is a small and secluded quiet hill station in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, far away from the turmoil of city. It is a beautiful place for the travellers who want to spend the time in the realms of nature filled with lush green valleys and mountains, the chirping of the birds and cool breezes through the thick pine trees.
There are some of the best places to visit in Kasauli like Monkey point, Scandal point, Mall road, Gilbert trail, Tibetan market, Kasauli brewery, Lawrence School Sanawar, temples and churches, etc.
Let’s have a look at these must-visit places.
1) Visit the temples and churches
Kasauli depicts a blend of colonialism and spirituality. If you have a deep-rooted bond with nature and god, you must visit Kasauli. There are several churches and temples that have beautiful architecture and an amazingly rich history.
Christ (Anglican) Church
19th-century built Christ Church, also known as Anglican Church, is located in the centre of the city with a bustling Mall Road around it. Christ Church stands out with the grandeur of the Gothic style of architecture having the cemetery around it.
It was constructed in the year 1853 with Spanish and Italian stained glass windows that represent Jesus Christ, St. Francis, Mary and St. Barnabas. Since it is the oldest church of Himachal. , this place is a historical landmark in the town. The aura of this Church will leave you spellbound and you won’t feel like leaving this place.
Entry Charge: There is no entry fee for visiting this church.
Timings: Christ Church is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: It is near Bus Stand, Mall Road, Kasauli, India.
There is another church to visit in Kasauli, that is the Baptist Church. 20th-century built Baptist Church is a blend of one of the finest Victorian and Indian-style architectures in the country.
It was built in 1923 by the British. In 2008, Baptist church was destroyed by a fire. Although all internal furnishings were burnt, it is still one of the main attractions of Kasauli.
Entry charges: No entry fees to visit this church.
Time to visit: All days of the week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Things to remember: Photography is permitted outside but not within the church. Shoes are not allowed inside the Baptist Church.
Location: It is near Sadar Bazaar, Mall Road, Kasauli, India.
Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji
Shri Guru Nanakji Gurudwara is located in the Gharkhal bazaar near Kasauli. Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji is an old religious centre for Sikh community in Kasauli. Apart from daily prayers and rituals, a special program is held on every Sunday.
The program is called “Karah Parshad”, in which sweet flour dish is offered as prasad and free vegetarian meal(langar) is also arranged by Gurudwara for devotees. Gurudwara also arranges the lodging facility for the visitors.
Entry charges: No entry fees to visit this Gurudwara.
Time to visit: All days of the week in morning, afternoon, and evening.
Krishna Bhavan Mandir
Krishna Bhavan Mandir is a temple situated at the centre of Kasauli. This temple is devoted to Lord Krishna. Krishna Bhavan Mandir was constructed in the year 1926 by the Imperial Rulers according to the vastus sastras.
It displays European and Indian style architecture as it was built during British rule. The mystical statues and sculptures enhance the beauty of the temple.
Entry charges: No entry fees to visit this temple.
Timings: The temple is open for the visitors from 9AM to 7PM.
2) Kasauli Brewery (Mohan Meakin)
Kasauli Brewery is one of the oldest distilleries in Asia for malt whisky. Also known as Mohan Meakin Pvt Ltd, it was established by Edward Dyer in the late 1820s and all the equipment installed in the brewery were brought specially from Britain by Edward Dyer.
The weather of the valley closely resembles the climate of Scotland, that's why its establishment was laid in Kasauli. Venture inside the facility, have a look at the techniques used to make ale and even sample some of the finest ales.
Savour different types of freshly brewed and imported drinks such as Indian pale ale, which will surely help you unwind and chill.
Famous For: Single-malt whiskeys and freshly brewed Indian pale.
Entry Charges: The entry fee for visiting the brewery is 250.
Timings: You can feel free to sit and enjoy a glass of drink with your loved ones in Kasauli Brewery from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Solan District, Kasauli, India
3) Sunset Point and Sunrise point
If you wish to watch the breathtaking sunset, visit the Sunset Point in Kasauli. Trek to the sunset point just before the dusk. As you will reach the Sunset Point, you will be spellbound by the marvellous view of the sunset. At night, this place turns into stargazing point and many constellations can be identified by an enthusiast.
Entry charges: No entry fee is charged.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (best time is dusk)
Location: It is near Upper Mall, Kasauli, Kasauli Tehsil, India
Just like sunset point, Kasauli gives you the reward of Sunrise Point. Previously known as Hawa Ghar, this place receives steady air currents throughout the year.
Sunrise Point is a mesmerizing place at a distance of 1.5 km from Kasauli Bus Stand. If you can wake up early before dawn, grab your shoes and take your camera to capture the spectacular view of the sun rising amidst the hills of the Shivalik range.
Entry Fees: There is no entry fee for visiting Sunset Point in Kasauli.
Timings: You can visit from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM (best time is dawn)
Location: Gilbert Trail, Kasauli, India
4) Scandal Point
You can visit Scandal Point when you are going to visit Sunset Point as it is few kilometres away from it. This place is near the Lover's Lane. Its lovely natural beauty makes Scandal Point frequented by the honeymooners and young couples.
The exotic view of lush green valleys, high altitude mountains, snow-capped peaks will leave a fascinating impression on a visitor. You would like to visit this place more than once. Take the hand of your loved ones and trek to this place.
Accentuate about your love, capture the adorable picture with your beloved and keep this spot as an everlasting memory in your mind. Due to its dignified glory, Scandal Point is visited by writers, photographer, couples and nature enthusiasts, who want to escape exasperating city life.
Entry Fees: There is no entry fee for visiting Scandal Point in Kasauli.
Timings: You can visit from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM (best time is dawn)
Location: Few meters away from Sunset Point
5) Gurkha Fort
Gurkha Fort is located at an altitude of 1437 m above sea level in the Parwanoo region in the town of Subathu. This fort is one of the most must-visit places to go in Kasauli. It is believed that Gurkha Fort was established by Gurkha Army Chief Amar Singh for the battles against the British Army.
It exhibits 180-year old canons that were used during the Gurkha wars and has ancient frescoes on its walls. Gurkha Fort is encompassed by a thick forest of scrubs, pines and eucalyptus trees. Acknowledge the fort's history as well as admire the panoramic nature surrounding the fort.
Entry Charges: There is no entry fee for visiting the Gurkha Fort.
Timings: You can visit the fort from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Location: Subathu Town, Kasauli, Kasauli Tehsil, India
6) Timber Trail
Timber Trail is a quiet little hill station in Kasauli. Embellished with many pine and coniferous trees, it is one the most charming place in Himachal Pradesh. Timber Trail is probably the most sought-after destination around in Kasauli's Parwanoo.
Enjoy the ropeway rides sliding through the magnificent mountains over the valley and feel the adrenaline rush while looking at the deep gorges right below the ropeway. The ropeway ride of Timber Trail is a thrilling experience.
The incredible view from the height of Timber Trail will leave feel mesmerized. Relax there for some time in the hotels available, stay over for a day and enjoy the serenity of the divine nature.
Entry Charges: The entry fees are ₹ 1250 for an adult and ₹ 1000 for a child.
Timings: You can visit the Timber Trail from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM any day throughout the year.
Location: Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh 173229.
7) Monkey Point
Monkey point is also commonly known as Manki. It is the highest point in Kasauli. Indian Air Force manages and handles this place and they make sure that it is well maintained.
According to Hindu Mythology Ramayana, Lord Hanuman placed his foot in this place while searching for medicinal herbs Sanjeevani for injured Lord Lakshmana. There is a Hanuman Temple at the top, which is believed to be the relaxing place of Lord Hanuman at the time when was carrying the sanjeevani herb.
Trek to the hill and get ready to be hypnotised by the snow-capped Himalayas, flowing Sutlej River, and the dainty cities in proximity like Panchkula, Chandigarh and Kalka as you reach Monkey Point.
It is having a lot of monkeys, that’s why it is called Monkey Point.
Entry Charges: There is no entry fee for visiting Monkey Point.
Best time to visit: Try to reach the Monkey Point at dusk or dawn to have a view of sunrise or sunset.
Tips For Visiting Kasauli
- Check the weather before you plan your trip to Kasauli. Avoid visiting Kasauli in Monsoon season.
- Check the timings of a destination before visiting it.
- Carry sports shoes with you while going for a trek on Gilbert Trail as it is narrow and slippery.
- Keep a camera and binoculars handy to get a more detailed view.
- Any kind of electronic gadgets is restricted in Monkey Point since Manki Point is an Air Force Station. Leave them in your car or hotel, or deposit them at the entry itself.
- Carry a water bottle along, while visiting Gurkha Fort.
I hope your trip to Kasauli will be amazing and you will be able to visit all of these places listed above.