Anglican Church Kasauli – Church of England

There can be many interesting attractions and places to visit in Kasauli depending on what the interests of the person are. There are the regular attractions and then there are the ones that are not only interesting but are important historically too. The Protestant Christ Church, better known as the Anglican Church or The Church of England located on the Upper Mall, Kasauli is a treat for the art lovers with its plush interiors and stained glass paintings.

The intricately done stained glass paintings on the main wall above the altar depict St. Joseph and Virgin Mary on either side of Jesus Christ. The paintings produce an effect that makes the place undergo a metamorphosis from a remote hill town  of Kasauli, to puissant Italian environs, where art and architecture blend harmoniously and flow like music. They light up brilliantly when sun rays filter through them and are mesmerizing. There is also another pair of stained glass paintings in the church. One is of Saint Barnabus and the other one of Saint Francis. Saint Francis stands attired, in a gown with one hand gesturing towards God and the other towards the Earth.

The glazed windows take good care of lighting the interiors of the Church of England, while the ventilation comes at the floor level through linear perforations in the walls. Anglican Church has strong foundations and has flooring built with ventilators inserted. Delicately chiseled gray stone pillars adorn the interiors of this historical Church, which is one of the most prime attraction on Upper Mall Kasauli.

At the end of October 1844, Dr. Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta paid his first visit to Kasauli and on October26, 1844 laid the foundation stone of the Christ Church. The chaplain had a close watch as the sacred building came up. Due to ill health, he had to leave Kasauli in December 1846 for a voyage to the Cape.

 

Located in the heart of the town, the Church is an intrinsic part of Kasauli’s being and is strongly reminiscent of the colonial days, when Christianity as a belief blossomed here. Just above the bus stand, and after crossing a few roadside small shops catering to the tourist fetish for shopping, one stumbles upon this large but modest architectural marvel witnessed as one of the best attraction and admired must visit place to see in Kasauli.

Conceived and constructed in stone, the Church is an imposing structure that constantly reminds the beholder of the glorious days of the British-Raj and the English architecture. This magnificent creation is flanked exclusively by chestnut and fir trees and is one of the oldest Churches in the Kasauli area.

Interesting Fact: The Church building was erected partly by private donations amounting to twelve thousand rupees and partly by a grant of twenty thousand rupees from the East India Company :)

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Monkey Point Kasauli (Man-ki point)

 

The highest peak in Kasauli called as the Monkey Point. The monkey point falls just 4 Km from the main bus stand of Kasauli. A small temple is also situated on this hill dedicated to Lord Hanuman. According to a Ramayana when Lord Hanuman was returning from the Himalayas with Sanjivani Booty or the magical death defying herb, his foot touched this Kasauli hill top. Remarkably the top of hill is in a foot shape.

At present the Monkey point falls within air-force boundaries, and to visit this attraction in Kasauli one has to undergo frisking by the air force guards who often act wired and have more or less no respect for the visitors. One must go prepared with an attitude so as to avoid quiet commonly happening arguments as a result of arrogant guards there, in order to enjoy their holiday.

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New road from Timber Trail to HMT Chowk Pinjore for Kasauli

I made a recent visit to Kasauli (5th-8th April 2012), after booking a 3N-4D package at Alpine Resorts. I just wanted to share a recent development which you may add in your website, and which I think will be beneficial to Kasauli visitors. While returning from Kasauli to Delhi on 8th April 2012, just after I crossed Timber Trail, I saw a newly built road, with a sign board for Zirakpur. The other road led to Pinjore/Kalka. This newly opened road directly led me to HMT Chowk, Pinjore. By my calculation, I saved 5 kms, and at-least 30 mins (maybe much more time-wise). While traveling from Delhi to Kasauli on 5th April 2012, I had taken a left turn from HMT Chowk towards Pinjore, and was stuck in a very bad traffic jam. On my return journey, this new road saved me all the traffic jam headache, and saved me petrol, time, and a lot of irritaion. Further, this new road was a terrific road of international quality, and with beautiful scenic views. No red lights and a few speed breakers only. You may incorporate the following route in the booking vouchers: Route (From) Delhi » » Panipat » Karnal » Kurukshetra » Ambala » Zirakpur (14kms before Chandigarh; right turn towards Kalka) » From HMT Chowk Pinjore, drive Straight ahead » Kalka-Shimla (NH) » 2kms before Dharampur, left turn towards Kasauli From Maxima Watch Factory Chowk » Right turn towards Jagjit nagar road, from Garkhal (2.5kms short of Kasauli Bus Stand) » 3 kms on Jagjit Nagar Road » » Alpine Resort Kasauli.

Regards

Prasun Chandra Das
Delhi

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Baikunth Resorts Kasauli – Lovely place, but a little expensive!

Baikunth resort is a Lovely place, but a little expensive!

As a hill station, I love Kasauli. In a 7 hour drive from Delhi, you reach a totally different place… it’s such a quaint pretty town………

Baikunth is away from the main Kasauli town – I think about a 15 minute drive from the main town centre. But it is gorgeous… The rooms are wonderful, and valley view from the main garden is really beautiful – the second best view in Kasauli I think (best being the view from the Government Tourist Hotel in the Upper Mall Road).

The food and service are all ok too….it’s just that I found the tariff a bit steep …. at half the rate one can find hotels in Baikunth’s vicinity that are good rest places……

But all in all, Baikunth is very pretty, peaceful and truly a great stay option away in the hills … If you can afford it, it is a must do vacation with parents or a calm romantic getaway !

Date of stay October 2008
Visit was for Leisure
Travelled with Other

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes

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Kasauli Regency – Fabulous Trip

Fabulous Trip!

Kasauli Regency is one of the greatest places I have stayed in. It is not a very big hotel, it has about 10 rooms. We booked a honeymoon suite and a family room. Both the rooms were huge and very tastefully furnished and decorated. The staff were very friendly and we just got anything we asked for. There is a hangout restaurant on the terrace which is the best part of this hotel. There are music nights in the evening with a guitarist named Sanju, he plays amazing songs and also involves all the people around . He plays oldies as well as all recent bollywood songs. we just had an amazing time.

We also met a famous bollywood lyricist ‘Nilesh Misra’, he sang a few of his compilations for us like ‘jaadoo hain nasha hai’, ‘kya mujhe pyar hai’ etc. The food in the restaurant was amazing as well, I took some recipes from the chef. very homely and comfortable environment. I would recommend any one going with family or couples. And I would definitely go back.

Date of stay October 2009
Visit was for Romantic getaway
Traveled with Spouse / significant other
Age group 25-34

Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend? Absolutely!
I recommend this hotel for An Amazing Honeymoon, A romantic getaway, Girlfriend getaway, Families with Teenagers, tourists

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