Kausani is the beautiful hill station in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Due to its natural beauty and picturesque location it is rightly termed as the ‘Switzerland of India’. Kausani is a hill station that is covered with green meadows, silent valleys, towering coniferous trees and the song of birds. The exquisite beauty of this place has made it a hot-spot tourist destination.
Location : State/District
Kausani is a small hill station of the Bageshwar district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The latitude and longitude of Kausani corresponds to 29.8400⁰ N and 79.6000⁰ E.hone
Kausani is a prime hill station that attracts both nature and adventure lovers from every part of the world.
Honeymoon destination, Family vacation, Vacation with friends
Kausani is the most suitable destination for honeymooners. Being conveniently placed from Delhi, it is also one of the chosen weekend destinations for many. Kausani is a perfect retreat to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
The climate of Kausani is healthy and offers a hygienic environment. This makes it a perfect all-season holiday destination. The greenery of the place can be enjoyed by visiting during the months of July to September. If you wish to enjoy the winters and witness the beauty of snow capped Himalayas, visit during December-February.
Visiting Kausani is easy for Indian citizens as they do not require any travelling formalities. Foreign nationals however need an updated passport and visa that needs to be verified by the Indian government.
Places to Visit
The relaxing atmosphere and fresh air of Kausani is enough to relax the most tired soul. Besides getting rejuvenated, there are some very popular places in Kausani that you must visit.
The Nagasaki Ashram is the prime attraction for tourist visiting Kausani. This ashram is also known as the Gandhi Ashram as it was the place where Mahatma Gandhi visited and wrote his Bhagwad Gita treatise called as Anasakti Yoga in the year 1929. He was so impressed with the pristine beauty and serenity of the place that he crowned it as ‘Switzerland of India’. The ashram has several photographs and books depicting the life of this great leader. Much like this ashram, the Lakshmi Ashram or Sarla Ashram is also visited by many tourists in Kausani. This ashram was founded by Catherine Hillman who is a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and later came to be known as Sarlaben.
Sumitranandan Pant Gallery is a must-visit place for people inclined to literature. The gallery portrays the fine poetry books of the poet Sumitranandan, born in Kausani. A poetry symposium is observed every year on the birth anniversary of this poet to honour his contribution.
Rudradhari Waterfalls is a popular and natural spot for tourists. The beauty of the majestic falls will surpass all your imagination. This place also shares some mythological story related to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The famous Shiv Temple at Someshwar is located very close to the Rudradhari falls.
The Kausani Tea Estate is very well-known for its high quality tea production. The high-flavoured tea from here is exported to US, Germany, Australia and Korea. Most of the tour operators hire a guide to show tourist different aspects of tea manufacturing.
Being a small place, Kausani is not a shopping destination. However during your stay checkout the local markets that display the handmade Kausani shawls made by the local villagers. The tea from the famous Kausani Tea Estate is also available in most of the shops.
Trekking is an adventure activity in Kausani that draws tourists. Pindari Glacier, Sundar Dhunga Glacier and Kafni Glacier are the most chosen trekking options by trekkers from all over the world. Besides trekking these magnificent glaciers you can also enjoy jungle trek, star gazing or bird watching.
Besides being a superb travelling destination, Kausani also doubles as a base for a number of fabulous excursions. From Kausani you can also visit the hill tops of Almora, Ranikhet and Nainital. These places offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and lush greenery. The atmosphere in these destinations is very peaceful and the weather remains very pleasant.
The Patal Bhubaneshwar temple is located at 100 kms from Kausani. The temple holds key religious significance as it an abode of 33 crore Gods and Goddesses of Hindus. This temple is also famous for its intricate stone carvings. Some of the other temples that can be visited from Kausani are the Baijnath Temple, The Shiva Temple and Bagnath Temple at Bageshwar.
Food and Accommodation
Kausani is a quiet and small hill station. Therefore you will not find big eating joints or restaurants here. The tourists in Kausani are mostly dependant on their guest houses or hotels for meals. The hotels here provide you with hygienic food that comprises of Indian, Chinese or even Continental cuisine. Experiment your taste buds by trying out the local Kumaoni dishes served in some of the hotels.
Some of the recommended hotels in Kausani are the Chevron Mountain Villa, Chevron Eco Lodge, Blossom Resort, Sun n Snow Inn, The Buransh, Pratiksha Himalayan Retreat and Himalayan Village Resort. The tariffs for these start from INR 1700 and reach up to INR 5000 per room/night. You can choose any of these accommodation options depending on your budget.
Safety and Security
None, except for those required for trekking. Follow all the safety guidelines as described by your tour operator.