Kausani Tour uttarakhand
Kausani is a hill station located in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, 51km from Almora. The panoramic snow-clad view of Himalayas in Kausani is dominated by Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchuli peaks. Situated at an altitude of 1890m with Pine tree forests, meandering creek, Kausani is ideal for honeymooners, nature lovers and travellers. Kausani receives snowfall during the winter months. Previously known as Valna, this place is blessed with many attractions and sight of sunset so captivating, that it is sure to leave you completely enchanted. Some common trek routes from Kausani are Adi Kailash trek, Base Kausani trek and Bageshwar- Sunderdhunda trek. The mighty, majestic mountains around the tinsel town are covered with Oak, Deodar Pine trees and present a pretty picture
Nature walks, trekking and bird watching To say that Uttarkhand is one of India's most picturesque states is no understatement. While you are in Kausani one of the best ways to explore the local sights and sounds is by taking a walk. The natural beauty of this place makes these walks even more meaningful. The beauty of the water flowing through the white pebbles is a sight that is hard to describe but if one word has to be used, it is ‘stunning’. You can watch several native birds here so make sure you are carrying a good pair of binoculars with you. Another must do while you are here is to go through the village to get a first hand experience of the way of life for the locals here. The villagers are warm and friendly and are always happy to talk to you about their daily occupations. It is a wonderful way to get up close with the rural lifestyles as well
Located about 50 km from Almora in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a picturesque hill station that is famous for its stunning views of the Himalayas. At a height of 1890 meters above sea level, there are very few other places that offer the spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks of Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Dubbed as the “Switzerland of India”, Kausani is synonymous with lush green landscapes, dense coniferous trees and silent valleys which make it a very popular hill station. It is also a great weekend getaway from Delhi.
Best time to visit: April to June are the ideal months to visit Kausani. The months of December to mid February has Kausani covered with sheets of snow.
Getting to Kausani
The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport, about 170 km away. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is about 140 km away. Kathgodam is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. Buses as well as taxis are easily available to Kausani from both the airport as well as railway station. Kausani is well connected by road and is easily accessible from destinations like Delhi (419 km), Almora (52 km) and Nainital (117 km). State owned as well as private bus operators run their services from Kausani.
Anasakti Ashram or Gandhi Ashram
This serene place is located just about a kilometer from Kausani bus stand and accessible by a small walk uphill. It has been built as a tribute to the Mahatma who visited this place for about two weeks in 1929. Impressed by the pristine beauty of Kausani, Gandhiji described it as the “Switzerland of India” and was also inspired to write his treatise “Anasakti Yoga” here.
The place now serves as a research cum study center and has a small museum that is well stocked with books and photos of Gandhiji. There are also about 24 rooms on offer for accommodation with library facility for visitors. The place is peaceful and also houses a small prayer room where prayer sessions take place each morning and evening. Lined by deodar and pine trees and weather permitting, the view of the Himalayas from the Ashram is breathtaking.
Kausani Shawl factory
The shawl factory was started in 2002 and happens to be a place where you can witness local weavers manufacture woollen shawls using traditional methods. Established to promote the traditional Kumaoni artwork, this industry now serves as a major source of employment for the local people, shepherds and weavers. Shawls and handicrafts are available in myriad colors and designs and hence make the place popular with tourists. Most shawls also have embroidery work on them. The price of the woolen shawls depends upon the type of wool used and the detail of the embroidery. It is a great place to gain an insight into the local culture, manufacturing process as well as the perfect one to pick up a souvenir or gift from the shop located above the factory.
Less than 20 km from Kausani is the Baijnath temple complex that dates back to the 12th century and is located on the banks of the river Gomti. The place holds special religious and historical significance in that, according to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva and Parvati were married at the confluence of River Gomati and Garur Ganga.
The temple complex was built by the Katyuri kings and the temples are constructed in stone. There are idols dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahma. The town of Baijnath draws its name from the temple. The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is accessible from the riverside by a flight of steps made of stones. The temple is popular with locals and tourists alike and attracts great crowds on special days like Mahasivaratri. Outside the temple complex is a lake full of fish and it is a ritual for pilgrims to offer food in the form of 'channa' after they visit the temple.
Nature walks, trekking and bird watching
To say that Uttarkhand is one of India's most picturesque states is no understatement. While you are in Kausani one of the best ways to explore the local sights and sounds is by taking a walk. The natural beauty of this place makes these walks even more meaningful. The beauty of the water flowing through the white pebbles is a sight that is hard to describe but if one word has to be used, it is ‘stunning’. You can watch several native birds here so make sure you are carrying a good pair of binoculars with you. Another must do while you are here is to go through the village to get a first hand experience of the way of life for the locals here. The villagers are warm and friendly and are always happy to talk to you about their daily occupations. It is a wonderful way to get up close with the rural lifestyles as well.
Like any hill station, Kausani is also famous for trekking and camping. The area has got some of the best treks in the country with the slopes of the Himalayas forming a good base for camping. Kausani serves as the starting point for many treks like Adi Kailash Trek, Base Kausani Trek etc. and weather permitting you can also trek to Kafni Glacier, which is situated at an altitude of 3853 m.
If you love an adrenalin rush, Kausani is the place to head to. However, make sure that you get professional help before you indulge in activities such as rappelling and rock climbing. These activities are intense and need you to exhibit some resilience before you can get a bird’s eye view of the scenic beauty of this place. Some resorts in this area also offer activities like the Burma Bridge which is an unstable bridge walk with only ropes to hold on to. Likewise you can also indulge in some form of water sports on the river Kosi by battling the downstream by crossing the river or bouldering. What you need to ensure is that you have adequate professional help and are wearing the right safety equipment to ensure that the experience is memorable.