Last weekend we drove up to Kasauli for a couple of days of relaxation. It was Elisha's first vacation and her first trip to the hills. She was so good, slept the entire journey, but woke up when we stopped at Cafe Coffee Day on the way, cooing and looking around contentedly, then falling off the sleep again once the car was in motion.
Kasauli is one of our favorite close-by destinations and somewhere that I have been going since I myself was a baby. I studied in boarding school on the next hill and on Sundays we would walk to Kas as we called it and indulge in bun-sams, or bun-samosa's, g-jams (gulab jamuns) and hot jalebs. We always went to Gupta Bros to check out the photos, as he was and still is the official school photographer.
When we visit we always stay at the Kasauli Club which has really great views both of Chandigarh as well as Sanawar, Dagshai and the Simla Hills. The club has a several blocks of rooms, many with very interesting names such as Arcadia, Shangri-La, and some boring ones such as Snow-View (overlooking the snow covered peaks beyond Simla), Court View (overlooking the tennis courts) and Capital View (overlooking Chandigarh). There are of course the requisite Honeymoon cottages as well. We stayed in Court View 1 which has a full kitchen in it for long term stay.
The Clubhouse itself has lots of facilities, including a reading room and a great library, pool and billiards, table tennis, and card and bridge rooms. For most of the year the Club is quiet, with visitors only coming on the weekends, but June (due to Kasauli week and the heat of course) and the first week of October (due to Founders celebration at Sanawar) are super busy and very crowded.
A close up of a lovely colored geranium on the back verandah.
Window in our room overlooking the Sanawar hill. I wanted to move the sofa-chair by the window to read, but it was too noisy and little E was sleeping, so made do with this chair.
A window in the kitchenette of our room. The area outside was a little private garden of sorts.
The rooms are decorated very simply, but the floral chintz curtains are a must for every room!
That's me wandering around in my nightie and a jacket. How could I resist a vacation foot shot!
A view of the main clubhouse (on the left) taken from the side verandah. The large red sloping roof is of the squash court.
Detail of a hanging plant at the gazebo.
So that was our trip to Kasauli. Wasn't it a wonderful time!