Kasauli is situated in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh in India. This small cantonment came into being in 1842 when the British colonial rulers discovered this quiet nook tucked away in the mountains and developed it. Like every other place in India, Kasauli too has a legend attached to it, according to which Lord Hanuman stopped here on his way to the Sanjeevani Hill to obtain the Sanjeevani herb. There is a Hanuman Mandir here on top of a 300m hill. Called Monkey Point, the top of the hill affords a magnificent view of the far off plains of Chandigarh and the river Sutlej. On clear nights, the distant lights of Chandigarh can be seen glimmering like starry points.
Kasauli is one of the quietest hills stations in India. Vast stretches of rhododendron, Himalayan oak, pine and horse chestnut trees cover the entire area, giving the land a lush green appearance. The old world ambience is retained in the gabled houses, cobbled alleys and well kept gardens and fruit orchards.
There are many interesting places in and around Kasauli worth visiting. Sanawar, which is just 6 km from Kasauli, boasts of one of the best schools in the country – The Lawrence School. Dharampur, situated 15 km from Kasauli has some breath taking scenery with the scent of fragrant pines wafting through the air. 28 km from Kasauli, at Sabathu, there are ruins of an old Gurkha Fort. The Pasteur situated here is the oldest Institute in India. It was established in 1900 and produces anti-rabies vaccine. From Kasauli one could travel to Shimla which is just 77 kms away. Kasauli is definitely a place worth visiting if one is looking for a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of cities.