Located halfway between Kalka and Shimla, Kasauli is a small hill station nestled among the Shivalik Range. The cantonment town, established during British Era, is now a favourite destination for weekend trips and small retreats. But there is a lot more to the quaint hill station than just scenic views.
For those who wish to visit this peaceful getaway soon, here are our recommendations for the most awesome things to do in Kasauli.
Best Time to visit Kasauli
Monsoon is the best season to visit Kasauli. During the months of July, August and September, tourists flock-in in large numbers to try the some adventurous activities to do in Kasauli. The summers and winters, however, are equally pleasant. And so, it is a year-round weekend getaway from Delhi and Chandigarh.
How to reach Kasauli
By Bus: Nearest Bus Stop is at Parwanoo, located 7 km from Kasauli
By Train: Nearest Railway Station is Sonwara (SWO), located 4 km from Kasauli
By Air: Nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport (IXC), located 25 km from Kasauli
1. Trekking Tours: Walker’s Paradise
Jaw dropping vistas, sharp and mesmerising winding hilly tracks, cool and comfortable weather, and not so crowded surroundings make trekking one of the most fascinating things to do in Kasauli. Trek along the Lower Mall Road up to the picture-perfect attractions in Kasauli – such as Manki, Jabli, and Sunset Point – is relaxing as well as revivifying. Do not forget your walking shoes and track suits.
When to do: Dawn to dusk
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2. Nature Walks: Love is in the air, so breathe-in some of it while walking
Kasauli has romance in its air, and that’s why nature walk amidst the most picture-perfect environs is one of the amazing things to do in Kasauli. Enjoy the weekend holiday with your spouse by strolling from Lower Mall up to Kimmughat & Sunset point and around the Sanatorium, the Lover’s Lane, and the cantonment area. The walk is serene and refreshing and offers the best panoramic views of Himalayan peaks in the distance.
When to do: Dawn to dusk
3. Gilbert Trail: Just can’t afford to miss this treat to feet
For all those seeking a peaceful but engaging trail amidst lofty hills, thick woods, and rich flora & fauna, taking the Gilbert Trail is among the best things to do in Kasauli. The 1.5 km kachha walkway from Lovers’ Lane, along the narrow winding paths of rocky cliffs, is very slippery. It is, thus, advised to be extra cautious while strolling along this trail.
When to do: Dawn to dusk
4. Take the Toy Train ride from Dharampur to Barog: A picture perfect voyage
Make your vacations in Kasauli a little unique and mesmerising by taking the heritage toy train ride between the two stations of proximity. From Kasauli, one can travel up to Dharampur (about 10 km) and take the train up to Barog and return. The journey through the hills tunnels, oak & pine forests, gorges, and small hilly hamlets is a dreamy affair.
The toy train – a World Heritage as declared by UNESCO – is definitely a joy ride and one of the mesmerising tourist attractions in Kasauli. One can even experience the longest tunnel at Barog, which is a 3 minutes’ travel, in this trip. Do not forget to carry your camera.
Opening Hours: The train times keep on changing. For updated timings, click here.
Charges: Toy train tickets can be booked in one month advance from all partner websites of IRCTC.
5. Shopping at Kasauli Tibetan Market: Time for a Spree
The lower Mall road is dotted with numerous local Tibetan shops selling small handicrafts, woollens, hand woven shawls, stoles, and scarves. The fruit markets sell fresh seasonal fruits like apricots, plums, and peaches picked from the orchards. Also, there is a wide variety of jams and marmalades to choose from. Among the popular tourist attractions in Kasauli are the two souvenir shops – Pinkonez and Mug Studio on the Mall Road – that offer large varieties of gift items. Kasauli is also famous for its large assortment of locally produced and reasonably priced fruit wines. Some of the popular savours are apple wine, plum wine, sherry wine, peach wine, and black grape wine.
Opening Hours: 7 am – 8 pm; Every store has different time slots. We recommend you to check out while roaming around.
6. Tibetan Food: Yummilicious is the Word
Savoring Tibetan food is among the best things to do in Kasauli for foodies. A range of dumpling and thukpa varieties are available at the local Tibetan food stalls lined up in lower Mall area. One can also try the local bread called Sidu, poppy seeds Halwa, and Madara. One can also relish the invigorating and healthy teas like Green Ginger Tea. Kasauli is also famous for Band Samosa – a stuffed bun served with chutney and chhole. Utterly delicious! Along with local Tibetan food outlets, NH22 Dhaba and Narinder Sweet House are quite popular among tourists.
Opening Hours: 9 am – 10 pm; Varies from outlet to outlet
7. Hangout Bar: Drink, Dine and Stay Tuned
Those staying over for the night at Kasauli can’t afford to miss Hangout: The Rooftop Bar of Kasauli Regency. It is terrace set up – well decorated with cane and smart looking furniture, neon illuminated bar counter, and hammock – that serves a wide range of refreshing beverages and sumptuous food. The most interesting and highlighting element of Hangout is Live DJ performances on weekend nights. The music varies from Bollywood classics to latest peppy numbers, retro Hollywood to hip-hop, and from rock & roll to the classic jazz.
The ambience of Rooftop Bar is mesmerising. It overlooks the lofty hills, foggy valleys, and thick pine forests. You need not be a resident of Kasauli Regency to enjoy the musical gigs, lovely breakfast spread, or finger licking lunch comprising of Indian and Continental cuisines. The staff as well as the bartender are extremely polite and courteous and the hotel manager himself stays up and active to look after the guests every evening.
Opening Hours: 8 am – 12 am
Kasauli offers a peaceful stay with some engrossing activities and few picture perfect options of sightseeing in Kasauli. Plan your next long weekend break here.
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