THE CLOSEST hill station to the plains, Kasauli offers the charm of quiet walks shaded by char pine, oak and horse chestnut trees. It is at its best just after the monsoon, when colourful dahlias cover the hillsides, As an army cantonment, restrictions imposed by the authorities have prevented the old town from being taken over by concrete modern structures. As a result, old-fashioned buildings with gable roofs and wooden balconies remain intact on the Upper and Lower Malls, the two main streets that run right through the town. Monkey Point, the highest spot in the ‘own, is 4 km (2.5 miles) from the bus station.
From here there are clear views of Shimla, the meandering Satluj and Chandigarh. A particularly lovely trail across the hills is the 5-km (3-mile) walk to the Lawrence School at Sanawar, a public school founded by Sir Hendry Lawrence in 1847. ENVIRONS: About 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Kasauli is Nalagarh, the seat of the former princely state of Hindur. The palace is now a heritage hotel called the Nalagarh Resort