Described by Mahatma Gandhi himself as the ‘Switzerland of India’, Kausani is a picturesque hill town in Uttarakhand. It is situated at an average elevation of 1,890 meters above sea level and is known for its panoramic views of the snow capped Himalayas.
The town’s amazing location among thick pine forests and valleys on both sides make it one of the most amazing places to visit in the Indian State of Uttarakhand. Here’s the list of the best places to visit in Kausani.
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.
Also known as 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.
Things to Do at Gandhi Ashram:
Meditate and Pray.
Visit the Sarla behen museum.
Visit the Lakshmi Ashram located adjacent.
View the sunrise or sunset at the Himalayan Ranges.
3. Baijnath Temple
Famous for: Religion, Nature, History, Architecture.
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 structure was constructed in 1204. The temple also provides some of the most amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
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.
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.
Things to Do near Sumitranandan Pant Gallery:
Visit the Gandhi Ashram.
Pay your respects at Kot Brahmari Temple.
Other nearby attractions around Kausani include Lakshmi Ashram, Pinnath and Gwaldam.
Despite of being a small town Kausani is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Uttarakhand. The panoramic 300 kilometer wide views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains and the various tourist places in Kausani makes the town a must visit for those seeking an escape from the bustling city life.