Kasauli is a small hill town full of quaint relics of the British Raj, situated about 1950 meters above sea level and nestling in the Shivaliks , it is almost midway between the major cities of Chandigarh and Shimla . Directly below Kasauli is the spread of the vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls unroll a gorgeous carpet of twinkling lights. At 3647 meters the snow capped peaks of Choor Chandini powerfully dominates the lower hills and across the undulating ranges, Shimla is also visible.
Kasauli's history can be traced back to the 17th century when it provided refuge and later a home to uprooted rajput families. Later, in 1842, inspired by the crispy cool climate the British converted it into a cantonment, a status it enjoys even today, thanks to which it remains clean, green and serene.
The Kasauli club, one of the oldest institutions of Kasauli, was founded in 1888. The club was meant only for English gentry and a few highly placed Indians. Today the membership includes the elite of India. Another landmark of Kasauli is the Central Research Institute. It was the first of its kind in Asia when it was established in 1905, and today produces the vaccines for yellow fever and rabies. read more