These are a few of my favorite things……Part 2
Nestled in the foothills of Shimla hills Kasauli was a place developed by the British during the Raj. A quiet hill station now a hot favourite among the weekend travelers from Delhi , Punjab and Chandigarh, Kasauli is covered with Himalayan Oak , pine and huge chestnut trees. It still retains the colonial aura with cobbled paths and old bunglows with orchards and little neat green gardens.
The highest point of Kasauli is Manki / Monkey point from where on a clear day one can even a glimpse of the Satna lake in Chadigarh. A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated on the top where no electronic items are allowed not even mobile phones and cameras. According to a legend, at the end of Ramayana when Lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas after obtaining Sanjivani Booty or the Magical Herb, his foot touched the hill and thus the top of hill is in a foot shape.
Developed primarily as a cantonment it is now the home of many retired defence personnels who stayed here sometimes during their service and had fallen in love with this beautiful place.
About 5 kilometers from Kasauli is Sanawar where one of India’s finest school , the Lawrence School is located. The alumni list of this famous school boasts of names like Omar Abdullah , Sanjay Dutt and Illosh Ahluwalia to name a few.
Just 15 kilometer away from Kasauli is Dharampur . Surrounded by pine trees it has one of the best hospitals in India for the cure of TB.
It is very easy to access Kasauli from Delhi. One has to board on Kalka Shatabdi and get down at Kalka Railway station . From Kalka , Kasauli is just 2 ½ hours drive. There are lots of taxis available outside Kalka Railway station.
That’s one of my favorite hill stations in India. Actually it is difficult to point at one destination when one is so deeply in love with this Incredible India. Will write more about the places I had visited , (not many though), within India.