Summers!! The very first thing that comes to mind is probably cool breeze in the mountains in this scorching summer. To keep heat at bay we thought of a short getaway to the hilly woods of Kasauli in our long term Ford Figo. The smell of fresh pine trees is hard to forget and easy to go with. So here is our travelogue with the Ford Figo.
We started our journey at 5.30 am, certainly the best time to touch highway the for a pleasant drive and certainly the best time to stay away from choking traffic near the border. You cannot explore all the parameters of the ride quality in the city, so taking it on a longer outstation journey is the best way to know more about your car. Kasauli is 300km from Delhi and this small town is a containment in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, 70 km from Chandigarh and 77 km from Shimla.
Our Route - Outer Ring Road_Sonepat_Panipat_Karnal_
Journey started from NH1 where you’ll face minimal traffic. Touching the first stretch was good towards Murthal, which is around 80 km from Delhi. For me its not easy to drive long if I’m not fuelled up with food. After driving continuously for 2 hours we took a break at Jhilmil Dhaba, which is situated on the right side while going towards Chandigarh. It’s nice for families as it is air-conditioned and has clean toilets. For breakfast it is open to a variety of stuffed paranthas served with pickle, white butter, curd and tea.
After fueling ourselves, we also had to fuel our car. To get the power from 1.5-litre diesel engine, all you have to do is press the pedal and the power of 99 horses will pull you hard supported by 215Nm torque from lower revs. Stability with a relatively high ground clearance of 174mm is commendable and a boot capacity of 257litres is good enough for a decent amount of luggage. The best thing is that you get an impressive fuel efficiency of 21.3kmpl on highway. Aren’t these some of the good traits that one expects in a car to take it to a mountain drive. Cushioning on the seats is good, but you might not get that comfort from ergonomics while you are climbing up the hill.
We took a right towards Shimla, hitting the scenic view of Himalayan Expressway, NH22. The road is a new between Chandigarh and Dharampur, where earlier it was being constructed and with the new new flyover around Panchkula makes an easy drive. Once entering the Zirakpur road you will see hazy mountains far ahead and as you get closer the roads seems winding up into the hills with clouds surrounding the mountains.
Just a few kilometres away we took a diversion from Dharampur that turned out to be a steep single-lane road with some rough patches and was quite steep uphill. Driving this car through twisting roads is fun – it’s stable, powered enough to go above steep slopes, with good gripping on surface.
Here places of interests that attract tourists are Monkey Point, Christ and the Baptist Church that gives a feel of colonial architecture. A tireless traveler can never ignore such a call of serenity.
It is good to visit Kasauli in Summer (April-June) as it is pleasant with cool nights and warm days, where temperature varies between a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius. So keep a tab on our travelogue page, and we will be back with another interesting journey soon.