Kausani - The Switzerland of India A backpacker’s happy place and a writers dreamland, Kausani is one such village of Uttarakhand which is also enjoying its stature as a quaint hill station. Cradled under the sheath of the crimson sun and the dark green hills, Kausani is known for offering a panoramic view of the massive Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, and the mighty Panchachuli peaks. The glory of the snow crowned Himalayan range reaches its pinnacle when the sun rays turn them into gold at morning and red-orange sky at the sunset.
The beauty of Kausani has also bewitched some the eminent personalities of India including Mahatma Gandhi the 'Father of the Nation'. It is said that when Mahatma Gandhi visited this place, he was so much allured by its aesthetic beauty that he called Kausani the ‘Switzerland of India’ as it has a strikingly similar landscape to that of Switzerland.Showcasing the natural beauty of the alpine hills, the bubbling creeks and the snowy Himalayas, the tiny hamlet of Kausani is truly a 'nature lover’s paradise'.
Here, the day unfolds with the melodious chirpings of the playful birds and ends with the sweet lullaby of the gentle winds. Kausani is located in the proximity of Delhi making it as an ideal weekend destination and is emerging as a honeymooner’s delight as well. The couples can engage in several recreational activities here such as birding, photography, village walks or go for an adventurous hiking to Rudrahari Cave temple. Some of the popular tourist attractions of Kausani are the Ananshakti Ashram, Sumitra Nandan Pant Museum, and the Lakshmi Ashram. For spirituality, one can visit the Baijnath temple, Someshwar temple and Bageshwar temple located in the vicinity of Kausani. On your visit, don't forget to buy the local handicraft items such as the Kausani shawls made in the Kausani Shawl Factory.
Rudradhari Falls and Caves:
Located in a picturesque setting amidst paddy fields and terraced hill farms and thick pine forest, the Rudradhari Falls and Caves are located in the Adi Kailash region. These regions can be reached through an easy trek and is perched at the height of 1,555 meters above sea level. This is one of the best places you must visit with your friends.
Lakshmi Ashram: The Ashram is located at a short distance of 1 kilometer from Kausani. Lakshmi Ashram was started by Catherine Hillman who later changed her name to Sarlaben in 1964. The ashram’s chief motto is the development of the rural women of Kumaon region. The women are taught various things like growing vegetables, cooking, house-keeping etc. The place is located amidst a serene location and a visit here is an essential part of a spiritual trip that you seek.
Anasakti Ashram (Gandhi Ashram): The Gandhi Ashram the Anasakti Ashram is the place where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the time he wrote the Anasakti Yog. The Anasakti Yog is commonly described as the gospel of selfless action and is considered one of Mahatma Gandhi’s finest literary works. The Ashram houses a museum that contains Mahatma Gandhi’s photographs and his writings.
Sumitranandan Pant Gallery: One of the greatest Indian poets, Sumitranandan Pant was born in Kausani. Sumitranandan Pant was one of the major poets of the Chayavaadi School of Poetry. Sumitranandan Pant Gallery is a mini museum which contains various awards, drafts and manuscripts written by the legendary poet. The library located here is not to be missed and has some really interesting collection of books.
Baijnath Temple: Baijnath Temple is a considered to be 1,000 years old and is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. The temple was consecrated in 1204 AD and is a fine specimen of the North Indian Nagara style of architecture. The sources suggest that a Shiva temple has existed since ages before the present structrure was constructed in 1204. The temple also provides some of the most amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Kausani Tea Estate: Experience the beauty of Kausani when you witness the Kausani Tea Estates here. The estate is spread around an area of 208 hectares and the produce is one of the finest in the country. The tea is high in flavor and strong in aroma and is exported to Australia, America, Germany and Korea. The estates are also situated in a picturesque located that offers a 3.5 kilometer scenic walk.
Air - The nearest airport is Pant Nagar, (178 kms). One can hire a taxi from Pant Nagar to reach Kausani.
Road -Kausani is linked to several other hill stations by road. Some of the major road distances are: Almora-51 kms, Rainkhet-60 kms, Pithoragarh-107 kms, Gwaldam-39 kms and Nainital-117 km. From Delhi it is 431 kms away.
Rail -The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (141 kms), from there one starts the climb to Kausani via Almora. An equally beautiful route is via Ranikhet (163 kms).