It had been a long time since we traveled anywhere out of Delhi because of my pregnancy. Though the idea of baby-moon was very much discussed and locations searched for, in the end, we decided against it for medical reasons (as I was on heavy medication for the most part of my pregnancy). So, with the unforgiving summers upon us and an infant, we thought it would be best to take a trip out of the city & to the hills for a week. We picked Kasauli as it was perfect destination for a road trip from Delhi, with an infant and also off the usual list of hill stations. We spent a relaxing, soothing, rainy, foggy & windy 4 days in Kasauli (and 2 days in Chandigarh as pit stop) and came back refreshed!
Delhi to Kasauli takes approximately 6-8 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. The route for road trip is very easy; one has to take NH 1 (or Grand Trunk road) from Delhi to Ambala and then take NH22 for Kasauli. The road condition is fairly good most part of the way. Since we had a baby along with us, we decided to break our journey for a day each while coming & going at Chandigarh.
It’s best to start early morning from Delhi as driving till the outer limit of Delhi takes around 2 hours and the later one starts, the more traffic one gets. We started off around 8 am and found the roads just starting to be filled with morning office traffic. By noon, we reached Murthal, which is famous for its road side Dhabas (Indian Food Joints) and had lunch at one of the most famous Gulshan Dhaba. The paranthas here were big, hot and dripping with white butter; the Lassi was chilled, fresh and very tasty.
We reached Ambala around 1 pm and instead of taking NH 22 from there, drove straight into Chandigarh. At Chandigarh, we stayed overnight at Himachal Bhawan. We found this state government run establishment to be efficient, clean and value for money. While in Chandigarh, we visited Sukhna lake, had dinner at Swagath and visited a Mall.
The next morning, we started off from Chandigarh and took the NH 22 (also called Himalayan Expressway). The drive along this route was fast & smooth and we totally loved the drive, especially when it started drizzling.
We had breakfast at the hugely popular Timber trail with some nice views it always offers, though we did not like the buffet breakfast (it’s Ala Carte meals are much better). After breakfast, we continued on NH 22 till Dharampur from where a state road leads to Kasauli.
As soon as we took the state road, the scenery changed (and so did the road condition!!) While the scenery around was lovely, with pine trees and hilly vistas, sadly the road was a bit too bumpy. Driving slowly, we reached Kasauli by 2 pm. We had pre booked rooms at Kasauli (at Ros Common Hotel) and dumping our luggage there, enjoyed our first views of the hills around us.
The road trip from Delhi to Kasauli and back was a convenient drive. It is one road trip which I would recommend to people who are looking for travel destinations to take their children (or infants) out on a holiday from Delhi. This Delhi to Kasauli road trip can also be done on a long weekend.