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Kausani in Uttranchal

Altitude: 1890 mts
Temperature: Summer – Max 26 deg C, Min 10 deg C
Winter – Max 15 deg C, Min 2 deg C
Season: Round the year, but July – September could be avoided because of the rainfall
Clothing: Summer – Cotton or light woollen
Winter – Woollen
Language: Hindi, Kumauni and English

Situated at an altitude of 1,890 m, Kausani is a splendid hill station in the district of Almora of Uttaranchal. It is not very distant from cities, with the distance to the nearest places being: 51 km from Almora, 62 km from Ranikhet, 117 km from Nainital, 198 km from Pithoragarh, 174 km from Ramnagar and 370 km from Delhi.

Map to Kausani

Why is Kasauni famous ?
Popularly known as the ‘Switzerland of India’, is a perfect getaway from the heat of the cities. A small town, it is not yet full of tourists, although tourism is the main industry. Kausani experiences snowfall during the months of December and January, thus these two months may be avoided in addition the monsoon months. The hill resort of Kausani is a retreat in the summer months and may be visited during April-June and September-November.
Another thing it is famous for is the fabulous view – Several snow capped peaks (such as Bunder Poonch, Chaukamba, Neel Kant, Badrinath, Kedarnath, triple peaks of Trishul, pyramid shaped peak of Nanda Devi, the pole shaped Nanda Kot, five peaks of Panchachuli and many more) stand in a stately row, over 300 kms in length, shining against the clear and beautiful sky. This is an excellent view, more so when the suns rays turn the peaks into different shades of colors. The location of the hill station is what makes it incredible, situated atop a narrow ridge, at 6075-ft (1890 metres) above sea level. It is thickly forested, and separated from the soaring Nanda Devi ranges by low mountains.
Kausani has always been a great tourist destination owing to the natural beauty of the place. But it is not just the view, there is a cultural and historical context; Mahatma Gandhi stayed at Anashakti Yoga Ashram in the year 1929. Lakshmi Ashram is 1 km from the Anashakti Ashram. Sarla Bain, Gandhiji’s disciple spent her life in social service over here. The Pant Museum, a little distance from Kausani Bus Station, is the house where the renowned Hindu poet Sumitra Nandan Pant spent his childhood. You can go through the articles, awards, drafts of his poems, letters etc.

Places to see:

Baijnath is located at a distance of 17 km from Kausani. On the banks of the River Gomti is the ancient temple of Baijnath dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The temple has beautiful carvings and sculptures.

The Shiva temple at Someshwar is 15 km from the town. King Som Chand of Chand Dynasty built the temple. Another hill station, Pinakeshwar at an altitude of 9050 ft, is 20 km from Kausani.

Anasakti Ashram / Gandhi Ashram: Anasakti Ashram was built to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi who visited this place in 1929 and described it as the Switzerland of India. It is here that he wrote his treatise Anasakti Yoga. The ashram is well stocked with books, photographs of Gandhi’s life and a small bookshop. It has a small prayer room where prayers are held every morning and evening. There is a great quote from Mahatma Gandhi about Kasauni: “In these hills, nature’s hospitality eclipses all man can ever do. I wonder whether the scenery of these hills andthe climate are to be surpassed, if equalled, by any of the beauty spots of the world. After having been nearly three weeks in Almora hills, I am more than amazed why our people go to Europe in search of health”

Lakshmi Ashram / Sarla Ashram: Catherine Hillman, a disciple of Gandhi who came to be known as Sarlaben founded this ashram in 1964 which overlooks the beautiful Kosi Valley. Several skills like growing vegetables, cooking, caring for the animals and cleaning are taught to over 70 orphaned poor girls and woman who live in the ashram. Lakshmi ashram is located in a quiet place up the hills which lends a serene atmosphere to the ashram.

Sumitranandan Pant Gallery: Another important attraction in Kausani is Sumitranandan Pant Gallery built in memory of the famous Hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant. The gallery houses hundred of English and Hindi books in glass cabinets. A poetry symposium is organized here every year to mark the poet’s birth anniversary.
Kausani Tea Estate: Kausani is also famous for its several tea gardens and pear orchards.

Bageshwar: Bageshwar is 38kms from Kausani. It is located at the confluence of Saryu and Gomti rivers and is the location of the famous Uttarini fair that is held every year in January in Bageshwar. Bageshwar derives its name from Bagnath, a famous temple in this region.

Neeleshwar and Bheeleshwar: These are two hills located a short distance from the center of Bageshwar. Bheeleshwar is reachable by car and then climb up a flight of stairs for half an hour till you reach Neeleshwar. Chandika temple and Shiva temple stand on top of Neeleshwar.

Someshwar: 11 km from Kausani on the Kausani – Almora road is Someshwar town. The Shiva temple in this area is the 12th Jyortirlinga.

Pindari Glacier: This world famous glacier is a trekker’s paradise, as it is easier to visit than most other glaciers. This glacier is situated between the snow capped Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot mountains. The river Pindar originates from this glacier. The glacier is at an altitute of 3353 mts.

Kafni Glacier: It is situated at an altitude of 3853 mts. Many breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayan ranges are visible during the trek.

Sundar Dhunga Glacier: Located at an altitude 3880 mts.; the place is full of natural beauty, with picturesque view of many Himalayan ranges. The entire trek route is a treat for the eyes with beautiful locales strewn all over.

Things to do in Kasauni:
Enjoy the beauty of nature: Kausani is a quiet little location where you you can get peace of mind while taking long nature walks. Walking through pine trees gives a good aroma.
Trekking down the roads of Kausani is another interesting activity that you can do in Kausani. There are some great treks that you can do in Kasauni – Adi Kailash trek and the Bageshwar Sunderdhanga trek (they lead you to a trek through the Himalayas).

How to Reach

By Air: Nearest airport to Kausani is at Pant Nagar.

By Rail: Nearest railway station to Kausani is at Kathgodam, which is 35 km away. Kathgodam is connected with major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Moradabad, Dehradun and Calcutta.

By Road: Kausani is well connected by surface network with major cities like Delhi, Nainital, Almora and Ranikhet.

Where to stay:

One can stay at the Holiday Home of the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam. Phone: (05969) 45015. Other accommodation includes the Forest Rest House, the Zila Parishad Dak Bungalow, Anashakti Yoga Ashram, the State Bungalow and private hotels as below.

Krishna Mountview Resort Kausani
Chevron Mountain Villa – Kausani
Suman Royal Resort, Kausani
Chevron Eco Lodge, Kausani
Sun n Snow Inn
Kausani Village Resort

Other articles:
1. A longish article (link)
2. Many photos of Kasauni (link)

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