In India, there is the concept of hill stations.
A hill station offers a wonderful retreat to those who want an escape.
What is a Hill Station?
It makes for a good break. Each of the 29 states in India boasts of a hill station which is a wonderful, exquisite and amazing place to be. To those not familiar with the concept of hill stations – it means a relatively cooler place, usually stationed at an altitude, which remains cool even during the hot summer months of tropical India.
The History of Hill Stations
In the golden days, Rajas, Maharajas and their families used to retreat to these areas during the summer. Hence, in India, one will find exquisite palaces and architecture dating to a magical era and showcasing the interest of the ruling class. The ruling class and the rich people of the society, along with their servants, usually stayed holed up in these cool places throughout the duration of the summer. The concept gained further ground during the British Raj.
The British, not habituated to the topography of the sizzling sub-continent, built townships in these cool places and accorded them the designation of hill stations. Therefore, in most modern hill stations today, one will find remnants of the Empire and tasteful British architecture. Don’t be surprised if you find a library dating to the 1800's or a residence dating to the early 1900's.
One such hill station is Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. If you are visiting Kasauli, you should be looking for a Kasauli hotel. Be sure to book beforehand- Kasauli gets crowded, as it attracts tourists from all over the country. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a romantic’s paradise, a trekker’s adventure, a loner’s solace, a monk’s peacekeeper and a host of other things. With a cool atmosphere and friendly people, your stay in this wonderful state is sure to be a memorable one.
Sights of Kasauli
You can stroll along Lover's Lane, also known as the sunset point, to soak in the glorious after rays of the sun. It is a delightful sight to behold. The famed Timbre Trail consists of Kasauli and other towns. Rent a bike and discover the various delights on your way. Visiting the religious Gurdwara is a must. You can attend the special Sunday prayers and have a bird’s eye view of the religious practice observed by the people of Kasauli.
Kasauli is essentially an ‘army’ town. To describe the beauty and joy this place, words are not enough. For those who are concerned with order, you will find no reasons to complain in Kasauli – for it is organized and manicured to perfection. Being a cantonment, the settlers in Kasauli are disciplined and respect their homeland.
The Mall Road in Kasauli is a shopper's paradise where you can purchase trinkets and memorabilia marking your wonderful stay. The Baptist Church of Kasauli is a peaceful place for all and sundry. Kasauli has been in existence since the British rule in India, hence, it is not surprising to find British style architecture and a general influence in the buildings and town plan of Kasauli.
Weather in Kasauli
The temperature in Kasauli drops to sub-zero, covering the town and the nearby hills with a sheet of snow. The town has a low population, making it decluttered and a fun place for the tourists. Kasauli serves as the summer capital to a lot of people and families. If you are in Himachal, ensure that you visit Kasauli.