Chilling in Kasaulismriti saxena
A long line of trucks laden with ripe juicy apples is what greeted us as we began the climb to Kasauli from Kalka. “This is the apple season madam, and the trucks are carrying the apples from orchards all over Himachal Pradesh”, informed our taxi driver. That was just an indication of the luxuriant greenery that was to greet us as we reached the higher altitude in the Himalayan foothills.
Kasauli was mainly developed by the British and now hosts the air force base and the Central Research Institute. But the main attractions in the town are the Manki Point and the Sunset point. Manki point is the abode of Lord Hanuman and one has to climb steep stairs for 500 metres to reach the temple. But the view from top is worth the effort. Sunset point is a trail through verdant forest and offers an enchanting view of the valley. If you are not lucky to spot the sun, the mist compensates by making the atmosphere more mysterious.
We stayed at the Winnie’s Holiday Resort, about four kilometres downhill from Kasauli at a village called Sanawar. It was a quiet place with excellent view of the valley and monkeys for company. The food was good and the staff quite helpful.
If you are interested in shopping, the shops near Kasauli bus stand offer good woollen products, not easily found in the branded stores of cities. The old market also offer some mouth-watering grilled kababs and pakoras.
If you are looking for a relaxed weekend, head for Kasauli!
– Contributed by Ms. Archana Mirajkar, India.