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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular tourist spots in Kasauli?

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Lined with dense oak, pine and chestnut trees, this quiet and unexplored hill station calls for a relaxed and enjoyable vacation amidst natural beauty. The gorgeous hill station is a big treat in a small package and when we say that, we are not even exaggerating! The place has something for everyone. Be it some of the most beautiful trails in the country or the beautiful sunset points and old churches. Well, two lines about it all is not fair to the destination so read on.


  • Sunset Point and Gilbert Trail
    Kasauli is so beautiful that you might want to romance nature at several spots there. One such point is the Sunset Point which offers breath-taking views of the valley down. Interestingly, if you happen to be there on a clear day, you might be able to spot Chandigarh from this point located around a kilometre away from the bus stand. That being said, here we are going to tell you about another point that gives you spellbinding and an even better view of the town. There is a trail which connects the Sunset Point to the Gilbert Point located in an army area. Once there, you will not be able to come back as the same person as you were before exploring the beauty of the hills from this point; however, you will have to come back before 6:30pm. Sad, isn't it?


  • Monkey Point
    You really want to see what the beautiful hill station of Kasauli is made of, then you should do it from the highest point in the town. It is the Monkey Point. It is said that Lord Hanuman set his feet while on his way to look for the lifesaving Sanjeevni Booti referred to in the Ramayana (an ancient Indian epic). The point, around 4 km away from the Kasauli bus stand, features a temple dedicated to the Lord which is located within the premises of the Air Force Base. Because of that, there are certain restrictions that one has to follow while entering the spot. You are not allowed to carry bags or cameras or even phones inside. Once there at the top of the hill, you can view the Sutlej River making its way across the plains along with the magnificent Dhauladhar Range. For the best view, visit the spot on a clear day and you will clearly be electrified with what the attraction has to offer.


  • Christ Church
    Also known as the Anglican Church which was its old name, this cross shaped church is as old as the town itself. Built by the British who were also responsible for setting up the town as their summer retreat, this church serves around 30 families of the town and several visitors every day. Located very close to the bus stand, this church is one of the most visited attractions in Kasauli. Representing the old Gothic style of architecture, this church is known for its daily services which are a hit among the travellers and the locals alike.


  • Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji
    The very old Sikh Gurudwara is located in the prime location of the Gharkhal bazaar on the main road towards Kasauli. Along with the daily prayers, there are also weekly devotional programmes that are held every Sunday morning which enjoys a large audience. The Gurudwara also has lodging facilities for those who are in a need.
    There is another Sikh Gurudwara which is situated on the Kasauli–Mashobra (old Hindustan–Tibet), on the other side of the Kasauli ridge; the spot is really close to the Air Force Radar Station.
    Both the Gurdwaras not only speak volumes about the religious tolerance of the town but also how multi-ethnic is the experience that you are in for while on a trip to this pretty little hill station.


  • Shri Baba Balak Nath Temple
    One of the most visited pilgrim centre not only in Kasauli but in entire Himachal Pradesh, Shri Baba Balak Nath Temple is flocked by dozens of tourists and locals every day. Devoted to an ardent follower of Lord Shiva, Baba Nanak Nath, this temple is visited by couples who believe that they will be blessed with a child after visiting the divine place. Interestingly, the cave temple does not allow women to enter the interiors of the cave so you can send your partners to do all the puja for you! However, women can view the idols from the outside and offer roti along with sugar or gur. Himachal Pradesh Government offers accommodation in tents along with all the other basic needs of the travellers which is a great relief to every traveller. Navaratra is one of the most extravagantly celebrations held at this attraction.


  • Timber Trail
    The beauty of the little town of Kasauli is not only limited to the interiors but it has some of the amazing attractions in the adjoining areas as well. One such is the Timber Trail which is coming up to be one of the major tourist attractions in the Kasauli region. Located in Parwanoo, the trail is referred to as the valley which lies between the two hills of the Shivalik range. The trail is connected by a cable car which makes this trail all the more popular as a holiday stopover. What you can enjoy from the cable car is the view of the Kaushalya River. The cable car which charges around INR 150 per person has the capacity to hold 10-12 people in one go. It takes the tourists at a height of around 5000 feet above sea level which is amazing. The cable car picks travellers from Timber Trail resort and drops them to the Timber hill heights. There are stay options on the hills at both the sides of the trail of similar names which can be a good option if you want to take some time to swoop in everything that the valley has to offer.

Phew! Who could have imagined such a small place had so many surprises in store!

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