Nestled in the upper echelons of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is a place so vivid with natural beauty that Mahatma Gandhi called it the Switzerland of India. Kausani is based atop the peak of Pinnath and offers a majestic view of the Himalayas. Kausani lies between Kosi river and Gomti river. The scenic scenery, sports and religious places here attract tourists from all over the globe.
Tourist Attractions at Kausani
Apart from the beautiful hills and mountains, Kausani is also known for the ashrams, temples and tea gardens. Anashakti Ashram is a famous ashram here, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for a few days Mahatma Gandhi had written about this place that the meaning of Anashakti is that – Yoga by which you are completely cutt off from materialistic worldly pleasures and enlightened with meditation. Many books and photographs related to his life are available in this ashram. This place has now been converted into study and research center, where there is a living and eating arrangement. There is a prayer room where prayer is done every morning and evening. Kausani is also the hometown of renowned poet Sumitranandan Pant.
Adventure loving tourists can enjoy trekking (hiking) and rock climbing . Beautiful Dhung Trek, Pindari Glacier Trek and Milam Glacier Trek are among the best trekking routes in India. This place is also known for celebrating Makar Sankranti, which is called Uttarayani amongst the locals.
Kausani Tea Gardens
Located on Bageshwar Road, 5 km from Kausani. This garden is divided into 21 parts and spread over 208 hectares. The famous ‘Giriyas Tea’ of Uttarakhand is produced here. Apart from this, organic tea is also produced and this aromatic tea is exported to the United Nations, Germany, Korea and Australia.
How to reach Kausani
Kausani is well connected via road with other major towns of Uttarakhand all year round.
By Air– The nearest airport is Pant Nagar, (178 km’s). One can hire a taxi from Pant Nagar to reach Kausani.
By Rail– The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (141 km’s), from there one starts the climb to Kausani via Almora. An equally beautiful alternate route is via Ranikhet (163 km’s).
By Road– Some of the major road distances are Almora (51 km’s), Ranikhet (60 km’s), Pithoragarh (107 km’s), Nainital (117 km’s), Gwaldam-39 km’s and From Delhi it is 431 km’s away.
There are several hotels and lodges in Kausani depending on the budget of the traveller. The best time to visit Kausani is between April and June when the majestic Himalayas can be viewed in all their glory.