Described by Mahatma Gandhi himself as the ‘Switzerland of India’, Kausani is a picturesque hill Station 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Anasakti Ashram (Gandhi Ashram)
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Kausani Tea Estate
Experience the beauty of Kausani when you witness the Kausani Tea Estateshere. 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.
Despite of being a small town Kausani is one of the most picturesque hill stations one can visit in India. 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.