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Overview of Kasauli
Kasauli is located in the busy Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its Scotch whisky distillery that that was established here even before the cantonment town of Kasauli. Established during the 1820s, this distillery is the oldest Asian sub- continent. Like most of the hill stations in this state, Kasauli too is characterised by a dense forest cover that has oak, pine, fire and deodar trees in abundance. Tomato cultivation is one of the main occupations in the district of Solan.
History of Kasauli
Kasauli was set up during 1850 as a hill station by the British rulers who ruled over India during that time. Looking at the beauty of this place that was located at the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, British rulers decided to convert this place into a summer retreat which is what it is now. This place that was a cantonment town had a very old distillery init. This was set up during 1820, much before Kasauli was converted into a summer retreat by the British.
Kasauli, in the Solan district, is situated in close vicinity to some of the major hill stations in Himachal Pradesh like Shimla and other places like Chandigarh and Panchkula. It is located at 30.9 degrees towards the North and 76.96 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Chandigarh airport is the closest to Kasauli.
Rail – Kalka railway station is the nearest to Kasauli
Road – Kasauli is a hill station that is well connected by government and private buses, cars and jeeps that ply from all the important cities in Himachal Pradesh and neighbouring places of Punjab and Delhi.
Local transport – Kasauli is a small town and is best experienced when explored on foot.
Tourist Attractions and things to do
Baptist Christ Church (that was constructed in 1923), Central Research Institute, Christ Church, Gurudwara of Guru Nanak, Kasauli Brewery, Monkey Point and other neighbouring cantonment towns are some of the sight-seeing places in Kasauli. Trekking and sightseeing are the major activities of tourists who come here.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Narinder Sweet House, Rudra Café, Gyani Dhaba and Hangout Restaurant are some of good dining options in Kasauli. Soft Indian Rotis, Dhal fry, fresh fruit juices and chat items with delicious fruit toppings are the local delicacies here.
Places to stay
Kasauli Resort is one of the best accommodation options in Kasauli. There are some other premium options to stay here like the Kasauli Castle, Winnies Holiday Inn and Victoria Continental Inn. Other budget accommodations here are Hotel Maidens, Sunrise Cottage and Hotel Alasia.
STD, PIN code and Emergency Contact Number
The STD and PIN codes of Kasauli are 01792 and 173204 respectively. Police (100), Fire (101) and Ambulance (102) are some of the 24/7 helpline numbers that are available in Kasauli for the benefit of tourists and the local inhabitants of Kasauli.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
1 - Bank of Baroda
Lower Marg, Kasauli, Salon district, Himachal Pradesh – 173204, Ph: 01792 272023
2 - State Bank of Patiala
Main Bazaar, Kasauli, Salon district, Himachal Pradesh – 173209, Ph: 01792 272038
Malhotra Super Speciality Hospital
Site No.8, Himuda Bhautoli Kalan, Opposite to Mahabir Spinning Mill, Near Unichem Lab,
Solan Head Office, Solan district, Himachal Pradesh – 173212, Ph: 01792 275007
Tourism Directorate of Himachal Pradesh State
SDA Complex, Block No.28, Kasumpti, Shimla - 171009, Ph: 0177 2625924