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Kausani Kumaon, Uttarakhand
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Kausani, the mini Switzerland of India is endowed with intrinsic allure. A picturesque hill station in Uttrakhand is famous for its unparalleled scenic splendour with an excellent 350 km panoramic view of the greater Himalayan peaks, the Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.

 

It is one of the unrivalled places in the Kumaon hills that enamours very soul by its beauteousness, kindles hope in the weakest body and mind. The healing environs and scenic grandeur inspired Mahatma Gandhi, to call it 'Switzerland of India', during his stay after the rigours of imprisonment. His ashram here, welcomes seekers of knowledge and solitude.

 Orientation

If you are fascinated by far off haunts tucked in the hills away from the maddening crowds flocking the Tals, make sure to head for Kausani, proffering peace and solitude punched with paramount vistas.

 

As one drives uphill from Kathgodam the view that unfolds is diverse and beautiful.  During summers the heady profusion of rhododendron blooms splashes the countryside with hues of red. Incidentally, rhododendron (buransh) squash is a great buy in this region.

 

Like every town in India, Kausani has its place of worship, an ancient temple dating beyond 800 years.  The Katarmal Sun Temple known to the local as Surya Mandir, and in significance second only to Konark Temple is a complex of 44 temples. Of the nearly 60 idols there, the oldest is 900 years old.

 

The other attraction here is the quiet and revered place named 'Anashakti Ashram'(Gandhi Ashram) where Mahatma Gandhi stayed while he penned his treatise Anasakti detachment Yoga. The ashram houses books and photographs related the Mahatma's life. Prayers are held here everyday.

 

Lakshmi Ashram is a solitary area among dense pine forest overlooking the beautiful Kosi Valley. Founded in 1964 by Sarlaben (Catherine Hillman), a disciple of Gandhiji, was dedicated for social service and it runs on the same guidelines of vocational skills and empowerment of women and orphaned destitute girl child

 

The Pant Gallery is another place of importance; the famous poet of Hindi literature, Sumitranandan Pant was born here. This place was built to commemorate the poet. It is well preserved and houses hundreds of books in English and Hindi.

 

Kausani boasts of its several tea gardens and pear orchards. The famous Girias Uttaranchal tea  known for its distinct flavour is grown in 208 hectares of rolling tea plant­ations near Kausani and exported to Australia, Germany, Korea and the US,

 

Around Kausani

The town of Bageshwar, situated at the confluence of rivers Saryu and Gomti, has several places of interest both for tourism and of historic importance. There are many old temples dating back to tenth century. Among them are the Baijnath temple and Bagnath temples.

 

Bagnath temple is situated in the middle of the town just across the confluence of Saryu and Gomti. Chandika and Neeleshwar temples are other important temples atop the surrounding hills providing a beautiful view of the city.

 Getting there

Location / Distance

 

50 km north-west of Almora in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

 Fast Facts
Name Kausani Best Time To Visit February to June; September to November
Location Kumaon   Uttarakhand   North   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   25-30C      Winter   0-8C      Rainy   22-28C
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