Kasauli - A 19th Century hill station (5889 feet) in Himachal
Pradesh India, Located 77 km from Shimla, 65 km from Chandigarh
and 50 km from Panchkula, it still retains the old world charms
and is a throwback to the past. It was the summer capital of the
British Army, post India's independence. At a height of 1951 mtrs.
Kasauli overlooks the cities of Chandigarh, Ropar, Panchkula,
Ludhiana and a few others, depending on which side of Kasauli
are you in.
The main Kasauli is divided into portions, Upper Mall & Lower
Mall areas. These are ideal for long walks. A lot of people just
go up to Kasauli from nearby cities, as Chandigarh, for this long
walk and fresh Pine & Oak Wood brushed air, which is quite medicinal
in nature, specially for people with respiratory problems. This
is one of the reason, why the TB Sanatorium was built by the British,
here in Kasauli. TheCentral Research Institute, as its today know
as was earlier The Pateur Institute which was founded in 1900
by Sir David Semple. Here the first anti-rabies vaccination was
produced. The Institute also treats those suffering from bites,
as an everyday feature.
Kasauli still has most of the colonial type cottages, which the
British built, to create an English type surrounding. We have
been able to convince a few of these Cottage owners to rent it
to us, for our guests.
Ruskin Bond - the popular author of children's literature, Andy
Mulligan - Irish rugby star, were both born in Kasauli. Famous
author Khushwant Singh comes to write and relax in his ancestral
home in Kasauli. Rahul Bose an actor & rugby player from Mumbai
comes to holiday to his house in Kasauli.
When India got its Independence, most of the British left India.
Major Robert & Mary Hotz remained and were running the Alasia
Hotel. They had a very beautiful daughter Sandra and in early
1960s, Sir David Lean, the famous British film director of "Lawrence
of Arabia", "Dr.Zhivago" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" while
filming in Kasauli, met Sandra and fell in love with each other,
which led to their marriage.
Another expat family which has the Ross Clan
The flora & fauna of this area is astounding.
-In winter, temperature can lower just above freezing point when
heavy woollens are required. During summer, the climate is mild
and light woolens or cottons are recommended.