Located at an average elevation of 1,800 meters above sea level, Kasauli is a cantonment town and a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is often described as a hiker’s paradise and Kasauli being a small town can be covered mostly by foot. Kasauli was developed during the British during the prime of their rule in India and is famous for its colonial style architecture.
Kasauli 75 kms away from Shimla is an army cantonment and building restrictions in Kasauli has prevented concrete structures being built here to a extend. In Kasauli you still can see old wooden buildings complete with their gabled roofs and balconies with the whole town wrapped in a mixed forest of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and horse chestnut trees.
Best Time to Visit Kasauli
Best season to visit Kasauli is between October and February. It rains heavily between July – September in Kasauli and it is best to avoid visiting Kasauli during this period.
Manki Point or Monkey Point is the highest point at Kasauli and is said to be the place where Lord Hanuman placed his foot while searching for the medicinal herbs for the injured Lakshamana in the Indian epic Ramayana. The place offers some of the most amazing views of the entire valley and the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. The place is managed and housed by the Indian Air force and special permit is required to visit the place. There is a small Hanuman temple also on top of Monkey point (Manki Point).
Christ Church established in the year 1853 is built in the shape of a cross. Dedicated to St. Francis and St. Barnabas the church is located very close to the junction of the upper and lower Mall roads. The church has a large courtyard in the front.