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Kasauli is a small town in the state of Himachal Pradesh that is located at an altitude of 1927 m. It is at a distance of 77 km from Shimla and 70 km from Chandigarh. The legend of the town states that it came into existence after Lord Hanuman placed his feet here in order to advance on to the Sanjeevani hill. The place where the lord actually kept his feet is believed to be at a hillock which is 300 m high. Historically, Kasauli is one of those hill stations that was developed by the British empire during its peak period in India. Kasauli is one of those places that despite its beauty are still to find itself prominently on the tourists map. Infact it is very good for all those who yearn to spend some time alone with their family, or for that matter even themselves. If you happen to visit the town in off season (November to February), it is quiet likely that you will not come across any person for very long while on your walk. What will accompany you on your walk, of course, will be the sweet and soothing voice of the birds along with the gentle rustling of leaves.
British called Shimla the “Queen of Hill Stations.” Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from “Shyamala”; – the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Shimla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and the Union territory of Chandigarh. Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. It’s well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian’s most popular and biggest hill-stations. Shimla is the best market for the handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh. Woolen and pashmina shawls, decorative items, handmade shoes, dolls, woolen caps, carved wooden sticks, toys and other items made form wood are made in Shimla itself and are on sale in the Lakkar Bazaar. Tibetan jewellery and trinkets are found in the small Tibetan shops near the Ridge
Chail lies at a height of 2,250 metres above the sea level.Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, when was facing an exiled from Shimla, he decided to create his own summer capital, which was Chail. Chail was perfect – it was surrounded by a thick cover of majestic, soaring deodars, Shimla was just 45 kms away, and most significantly, the hill of Chail was decidedly higher than the then British – controlled Shimla. The picturesque hill station located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. Chail is built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, and the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa Hill and on the third hill Sadh Tiba where Chail is situated. Overlooking Sutlej Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from here. Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world. Well kept and well maintained the ground is surrounded by huge trees of deodar and pine. On the other side of the town are situated the massive Himalayan ranges spectacularly gleaming in the sun and snow-covered every thing under it.