Hotels Recommended by Dr. Tejinder Bhatti
|Single occupancy:||Double occupancy:||Includes|
|INR 2500||2900||Breakfast, WiFi, Taxes|
|HOTEL HIGHWAY INN|
|Single occupancy||Double occupancy||Includes|
|INR 2400||INR 2700||Breakfast, WiFi, Taxes|
N.B.- IT IS BETTER TO STAY CLOSE TO THE CLINIC ON THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE.
We are closer to the Chandigarh Airport now.
TIPS: When you ask us to book a hotel you have the freedom to cancel it at the last moment since you have not made a deposit online. We will not charge any cancellation fee.
- Please do not choose any hotel unless you have read a review on www.tripadvisor.com The hotels we recommend may not mind mention in this website but have been tried out by umpteen patients for quality of stay and personally verified by Dr Tejinder Bhatti.
- You are warned against staying in hotels in Sectors 45, 50, 51 and 52, and Kumbra, since these are slum areas. The hotels look good on their websites but are awful in reality.
Your Visit to The Himalayas
Most patients from abroad like to recover for 2-5 days in the salubrious climate of the Villa in the Himalayas.
The calm and peaceful air of Kasauli belies any sense of history.
Historically, Kasauli is one of those hill stations that was developed by the British Empire during its peak period in India. It is one of those places that, despite its beauty still has yet to find itself prominently on the tourist’s map. In fact, it is very good for all those who yearn to spend some time alone with their family or, for that matter, even themselves.
Kasauli region was in the thick of the westward Gurkha expansion stemmed with some difficulty by the joint efforts of the British and some local chieftains, in 1814. The Gurkhas ceded the fort at Sabathu and this was turned into a convalescent home for British nationals. Some time later the Governor-General, Lord Amherst, decided to develop Shimla Hills as a summer gateway for the British establishment and Col. Tapp, political agent at Sabathu, came to survey the Kasauli area. The 1857 Indian War of Independence stirred the hearts of the Kasauli Guard, numbering about eighty Indian soldiers. Receiving news that the Gurkha Regiment at nearby Jutogh has also risen in revolt, the garrison at Kasauli set out to join them. Before the two could combine and pose a serious threat, the British agent talked the Gurkha Regiment into submission, on promise of a general pardon. The Kasauli Guard found themselves completely isolated. So far from being pardoned, they were severely punished for their insurgence. Kasauli was developed as a cantonment-sanatorium over 20 years, after the British had based themselves at Shimla. Most of the old houses in Kasauli, bought by princely families of Punjab and by generals in the Indian Army around the time of Independence, have been maintained quite well.
On a sultry August morning in 1841 a group of mourners walked home, weighed down by deep sorrow. They had just buried an infant, Letitia Lawrence, in a quiet place below Kasauli. Her grief stricken parents, Henry and Honoria Lawrence, then decided to build a cottage in Kasauli from where they could see their daughter’s grave (Sunny Side). From this melancholy beginning arose the hill station of Kasauli which still retains its somewhat mournful silence. Kasauli is a small town with a population of about 5000 people, but it has a history dating some 150 years, with it’s own folklore and even a haunted house on Khetarpal Marg. A ruin with two abandoned hearths looking to the northern snow peaks. It is claimed that on a dark night after 8.00 pm the ghost’s footsteps will follow you.
Places to visit:
- Kasauli is an average an hour and a half away from Chandigarh (72 Kms). The road passes through Parwanoo where the famous Timber Trail Retreat with the cable car going uphill is situated. If you have time you can spend an hour and have lunch here. The view is amazing. If you wish to go uphill on the cable car, keep minimum 2 hours spare. The cable car trip charge is INR 650 per person. The restaurant on top has an amazing view of the hills.
- THE MALL: The Mall is a 30 minute uphill walk from the Villa. The Tibetan and Indian Market is worth exploring for knick knacks. Masala tea is a favourite drink worth savouring.
- GILBERT TRAIL: Another 15 minute uphill gradual walk from the Mall will get you to one of the most amazing walking trails in the town. Named after a British Colonel, it skirts the highest hill and leads you to Monkey Point.
- CHRIST CHURCH: Close to the bus stand, it was constructed by the British family that founded the town of Kasauli itself. It is a magnificent structure built in the shape of a cross. Set amidst a grove of chestnut and fir trees, it is a place of worship for around 30 families. Apart from them, many tourists also flock here. Earlier, the church was known as the Anglican Church. In 1970, it was brought under the aegis of the CNI (Church of North India) and is currently managed by the diocese of Amritsar.
- SANAWAR HILL: is 6 km from the town of Kasauli at an altitude of 1,750 m, home to one of the major tourist attractions of the region, Lawrence School at Sanawar, founded by Sir Henry M. Lawrence and his wife Honoria more than a century and a half ago. Initially started with 14 boys and girls, it is today one of the best schools in the country. In 1853, the British Empire awarded it the King’s Colours, an honour bestowed upon only six schools the world over. In the first week of every October, the students of Sanawar celebrate their Founder’s Day, the only time when the relatively quiet atmosphere ofKasauli takes a backseat. For the rest of the year, the Lawrence School campus provides wonderful grounds to relax. There are pine, deodar and other coniferous trees in the campus. You can also take a round of the campus and observe the colonial buildings that retain their charm till today. There is also a chapel in the campus.