Dotted with Dense timbered woods, Kasauli is perched in the Solan district in the charming state of Himachal Pradesh. It offers the allure of a calm and composed tourist appeal. Kasauli is famed for its picture perfect surroundings and magnificent Victorian mansions. The snow-covered mountains, lush greenery, gurgling torrents and alpine meadows enhance the unspoiled exquisiteness of the hill station. It is undoubtedly an amazing place for all those who are seeking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is one of the few places that built up by British kingdom during the peak time in India. While in Kasauli you will be accompanied by the bright green beauty and sweet voices of the birds. No other place can offer as much peace as Kasauli. So come and bask in the beautiful paradise on earth.
Located in the Indian Army cantonment, Kasauli Club was established by civilians and service personnel in 1880. It sits on the Upper Mall i.e. at a height of 6142 feet and known as one of the most prestigious social clubs in the country. It is managed by the Indian Army Personnel- Club Secretary. In the year 2001, there occurred a fire due to the malfunctioning of an electric component, which burnt down the entire club. Antique furniture, elegant cushioned sofas and beautifully crafted Roman table with chairs are the key features of the club. The boundary is marked with wine-racks that are used to hold the best wines. By and by in the year 1898, the club was registered at Office of the Registrar in Lahore. During this time, only men were allowed to stay while women were allowed to reside during winters if there were any vacancies. The club features three lively cozy bars, comfortable lounge, library, billiards, ballroom, and a spacious dining room. The Club also includes six tennis courts that were rolled and marked before the play begins. A leveled shelf is offered as a grand stand above the courts to provide a pleasant view of the match with a cup of tea. There are few rules that should be followed while playing Lawn Tennis. It is strictly allowed to be played in tennis shoes and one who found breaking the rules was fined heavily. The annual tennis tournaments in this Club attracted players from Laore, Delhi, Ferozepur, Bombay and Kolkata. In the year 1922, the first 'Kasauli Week' at the Club (8th to 15th June) had programs comprising a tennis tournament for the handicapped. The tournament and programs include ladies and men's singles, doubles and mixed double matches; dinner dances with bands in attendance and lantern picnics and evening theatricals and concerts. Foundation of Kasauli Club Kasauli Club was set up as the 'Kasauli Reading' and 'Assembly Rooms' by a group of Englishmen. Then in the year 1897 on May 7, the name was changed to Kasauli Club. Meakin, the biggest club's shareholder concurred to allow the premises a committee of management having officers and civil servants in the cantonment as its members. Very soon Kasauli Club became a centre for social meetings, cordial living and sports. It laid down reputes for good drink, good food, a chic social circle, and last but not the least a tradition that still continues. Someone can only become a temporary member and avail its sports facilities instead taking part in other social activities. The club was recognized not only by the prominence of its membership but also by the high standard of activities and social charms over a century. Recently, the committee has recently offered an important facelift to the Kasauli Club. Antique pictures and paintings are yet restored to maintain the feel of days passed by. In fact, the antique furniture has been also restored by the army. Members of Kasauli Club The Kasauli Club has eminent scholars and scientists, administrators, businessmen, educationists and legal professionals as its members. Colonel Sir Richard Christopher (FRS, IMS, and a former director of the CRI, Kasauli), Brigadier General Dyer and Mr. Meakin (of the Kasauli Distillery and Solan Brewery fame), Major General M.S.Chopra (Commandant of the ASPT and later ambassador to the Philippines), Colonel J.A Sinton (Victoria Cross), Sir Maurice Gwyer (IMS, a former Chief Justice of India and V,C, of Delhi University), Sir Fredric Gauntlet (Foreign and Political Department) Barnes (the fifth Bishop at Lahore), Sir David Semple (the first director of the Pasteur Institute and the CRI), and many other celebrities from Indian Civil Services and Defense Services were its members. Recently, around 400 men from the bureaucracy and the armed forces are the members of the club. The Station Commander of Kasauli is the chairman of the club and their tradition is there since the past few decades. Events in Kasauli Club The Club elicits the memories of early days of splendour. It hosts 'Kasauli Night', which is an event and excellent affair, held every year in the last week of June. In this event, there is a contest namely 'The Kasauli Queen', which draws huge crowd from all across the globe. It's a feast of dance, music and gaiety. It is one of the main events for the club with members visiting here from all over the world.
Lover's Lane Kasauli
Just a few minutes away from the sunset point in Kasauli, there lays a heavenly place namely 'The Lover's Lane' that is imbrued in a ravishing atmosphere of peace, serenity and fresh air. It's soothing and romantic scene is a sheer bliss for honeymooners or newly marriages. Rich in flora and fauna, this place has traced path with the chest wood trees laid on both the sides. Strolling hand in hand with your partner is what the lover's lane offers. So, stop thinking and pack your bags and escape to Kasauli for a wonderful holiday with loved ones.
Christ Church (Anglican Church), Kasauli
On a short trip to the mall road of Kasauli, tourists would notice the historical landmark, Christ Church. What makes this church unique is the fact that it is the oldest church of Himachal Pradesh. Its picturesque structure and scenic beauty attract nature lovers from all across India. Dedicated to St. Francis and St. Barnabas, the present structure of the church was designed in the emblematic Gothic style architecture. Divine services of the church were started on 24 July, 1853, by Chaplain Thomas John Edward Steel, M.A., St. John's College, Cambridge. However, the church was revered as a holy place by Authority of the Bishop of Calcutta in 1857. Since 1970, the church has been regulated by the Church of North India (CNI), diocese of Amritsar. As soon as the sun shines, its rays enter through the painted mirrors of the church, which are vivid enough to rejuvenate the tourist. The stained glasses are imported from England when the church was built. The tombstones date back to the 1850s and earlier. The gray building of the church is ornamented with fantastic mirror work while the green color shack looks dramatic. The simplicity and charm of the building simply take the tourist back to the era when the British were ruling India. The church is made in a cross shape by British families who stayed in Kasauli, and its foundation, was laid by them in the year 1842. The distinctive church of the architecture includes a clock tower with a sundial in the front, main hall, cruciform floor, beautiful stained glass windows and an aisle which will lead to the beautiful altar sculpture, in which Jesus Christ is bound by Joseph and Mary. There are stained glasses over the altar image of Jesus Christ which depicts the Crucifixion where the image of Christ is flanked by those of Joseph and Mary. Most thrilling part of the church is its exteriors which are surrounded by a cemetery with graves dating back to 1850s and earlier. Since it's a contamination area, tourists are not allowed to make any noise or speak loudly here. Tourist can enjoy bird watching here or can relish the beautiful landscapes of Kasauli. Stop here awhile amidst the fragrance of pine and wood-smoke; and treasure the view of lush green landscapes.
Monkey Point, Kasauli
One of the most famous attractions in Kasauli is the Monkey Point which is the highest point in this place. One of the highest peaks in Kasauli is Monkey Point that falls at the distance of 4 km from Kasauli bus stop. Located in 'The Air Force Station' close to the Lower Mall region, the point offers breathtaking views of Chandigarh and the Sutlej River. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman that sits on this hill. As per a legend of the Ramayana, when Lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after getting the magical herb 'Sanjivani Booti', his foot touched Kasauli hilltop and that's the reason this place is named as Monkey Point. This point is famous for hosting a small temple that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This temple is set on the top of the hill and crowded by a number of monkeys that keep busting the place. On a starry and clear night, the striking view of Chandigarh is viewed from Monkey Point. This point is the major attraction for nature lovers and honeymooners as this place flaunt everyone with its wonderful scenic views, calm ambiance and hopping monkeys.
The Lower and Upper Mall, Kasauli
Travelers never ignore the two main roads of Kasauli, which is known as the Lower and the Upper Mall. The area has various shops and the very popular Kasauli Club. This area is one of the busiest locations of Kasauli that attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. The Upper Mall Kasauli offers a splendid walk down around 2.5 km road that is surrounded with the amazing and splendid scenic views and historical buildings. Famous for being the posh area of Kasauli, it is situated on the higher side of the region. An array of picturesque views of the valleys and hills is what one can enjoy viewing at the Upper Mall. It's an enchanting place where nature lovers can get pampered and enjoy a moment of bliss at the sunset point. Visitors may also find a chain of pine and oak trees, the chirping of birds, and the scenic beauty of nature that makes one feel like travelling in wonderland. If someone is seeking to get the best of nature and Kasauli, then you may visit the enchanting Gilbert Trail that begins from the Upper Mall itself. The serene atmosphere and excellent beauty across the road attracts every soul and remains deep in heart till existence. While walking down on foot to the Lower Mall, you will find a cruise ride among the eatery joints and the shops selling Tibetan products and other handicraft items. Well, it's an ideal place to buy mementos for your loved ones.
Kasauli is well connected with all the main cities of India by excellent roads. By car or Volvo buses are also available from Chandigarh, Delhi and many other cities in proximity to this beautiful town.
Kasauli is well connected with all the main cities of India by excellent roads. Volvo buses are also available from Chandigarh, Delhi and many other cities in proximity to this beautiful town.
The nearest railway station is situated at a distance of 25 km from Kasauli and that is Kalka. One can easily get a taxi from the station to make it to the desired destination.
The closest airport to arrive at Kasauli is at Chandigarh, around 70 km away. Taxis and buses are available from Chandigarh to Kasauli.
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