Places To Visit In Kausani
The entire Kumaon Hills have been known for their heavenly beauty with huge mountains silhouetted against the sky and very few places in the Himalayas can compare with the beauty of Kausani, a hill station and village which is part of the Kumaon division and situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Kausani lies atop a ridge, at an average elevation of 6,200 ft above mean sea level, amidst dense pine trees overlooking Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Katyuri valley on the other, on Almora-Bageshwar-Didihat Highway. It is recognized for its splendid landscape and spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi called this place the ‘Switzerland of India’ due to similarity in landscapes.
Blessed with all the right ingredients of lush green valleys, dense pine tree forests, meandering creeks, tranquility and majestic Himalayan peaks, Kausani is one of the most mesmerizing hill stations in Uttarakhand and is ideal to visit with the family. One can witness first-hand, a virtual painting of landscape with changing colours throughout the day !
Kausani Weather :
Temperature ranges between 10 °C to 26 °C in summers and winters are quite cold with temperature ranging between 15 °C to 2 °C. Kausani receives torrential rain during July-September and once again the face of this hill-station is transformed into a different canvas. Kausani experiences snowfall during the months of December and January, thus these two months may be avoided if one can’t handle the bitter cold. Though the hill resort of Kausani is a retreat for the summer months, one can choose to visit this locale during the season preferred.
How to reach Kausani :
The airport nearest to Kausani is at Pantnagar, at a distance of 180 km. The railway station at Kathgodam is the nearest railhead to Kausani at a distance of 142 km and caters to the rail transport to this locale. Kausani is also well connected with the other hill resorts like Almora, Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Gwaldam and Nainital through road routes. It is well connected with spacious and well maintained roads, to other major cities of the country like Delhi (382 km), Nagpur (1237 km) and Bangalore (2300 km), via regular State owned as well as private bus operators.
Kausani Tourist Attractions :
1 – Rudradhari Falls and Caves
At a distance of 12 km from Kausani, bounded by the paddy fields and green pine forests is the spellbinding Rudradhari Falls. Located on the trekking way to Adi Kailash region, one can also explore the mysteries of the ancient caves lying near the falls. According to the legend, this place holds connection with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Shiva Temple of Someshwar is located close to the waterfalls.
2 – Anashakti Ashram
One of the most popular destinations, this place is also fondly known as Gandhi Ashram. It is a quiet and revered place where Mahatma Gandhi spent some days and wrote his commentary of Anashkti Yog. Today, it attracts large crowd of tourists and has been converted into a study, research center, and museum along with accommodation facility with 24 rooms. A place with great historical importance, the ashram also has a provision of kitchen and a library.
3 – Someshwar Temple
The beautiful valley of Someshwar is most famous for its temple. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and is a highly revered temple among locals and believers alike. In addition to its religious significance, this destination also has some picturesque sceneries to offer. Lying only about 10-11 kilometers from the famous hill station Kausani, you can easily reach this destination. In March every year a festival is held here.
4 – Pant Museum
A little away from the Kausani bus stand is a museum named after the Hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant who was born in Kausani. This is a place with an artistic taste and is a whole world in itself. The house which has the museum is the poet’s house of his childhood days. His daily use articles, drafts of his poems, letters, his awards etc. are displayed here.
5 – Laxmi Ashram
Located just 1km from Anashakti Ashram, Lakshmi Ashram is an educational institute for girls run on the principles of Gandhiji. It is a center run by Kumauni women and dedicated to social service and the upliftment of women. Established in the year 1948 by Catherine Hillman, who later became Sarlaben, the strict follower and disciple of Gandhiji, Lakshmi Ashram is a place to be admired. It is situated in the lap of the Himalayas with tranquility spread all across with an impressive aim to make Kumaoni women skilled, self-dependent and self-sufficient.
6 – Tea Garden
This is a place where one feels very close to nature and is a paradise for tea lovers. Kausani Tea Estate, situated 5 km away from the main town is spread across the area of 208 hectares.The place also arranges for a short tour to show their manufacturing process guided by their own staff. One can taste and buy different flavored tea from there. Apart from it is an amazing location where you can stroll but take care not to visit here from November to March, when it remains closed.
7 – Baijnath
17 kms from Kausani, the most important historical place in Uttarakhand is Baijnath which is situated on the banks of the Gomti river. The Baijnath temple here was built thousands of years ago and can still be admired for its carvings and sculptures. Some old temples can also be found here. As per legend Lord Shiva and Parvati were married here at the confluence of River Garur Ganga and River Gomti. Other temples present here are Brahma, Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kuber and Surya Temple etc.
8 – Pinakeshwar
9050 feet above sea level, this hill station is 20 kms from Kaushani. Here there is a temple of Shiva from where one can view many valleys. Around Pinakeshwar are other places like Old Pinakeshwar, Gopalkot, Huria etc.
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