Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Kausani

Nearest City to Kausani: Dehradun (318 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kausani: April to June & September to February

Peak Season: December to February

State: Uttarakhand | District: Bageshwar

Kausani Weather: Summer: Maximum - 25 °C and Minimum - 10 °C
Winter: Maximum - 20 °C and Minimum - Minus 2 °C

At a distance of 37 km from Bageshwar, 58 km from Almora, 59 km from Ranikhet, 115 km from Nainital, 164 km from Pithoragarh, 241 km from Jim Corbett National Park, 318 km from Dehradun, 401 km from Delhi, Kausani is a small hill station situated in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, India. Situated at an altitude of 1890 m, Kausani is one of the top hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the prime places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.

During ancient times, Kausani was under the administrative control of the Katyuri king, Baichaldeo. Later, he donated a large part of this land to a Gujarati Brahmin, Sri Chand Tiwari. During Independence of India in 1947, Kausani was a part of Almora district till 1997 after which Bageshwar district was carved out of Almora district.

Located atop the ridge between dense pine trees, Kausani overlooks the Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valley on the other side. Described by Mahatma Gandhi himself as the 'Switzerland of India', Kausani is known for its scenic splendor and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.

The town's amazing location among thick pine forests and valleys on both sides attracts large number of domestic and international tourists every year. Baijnath Temple, Kausani Tea Estate, Someshwar, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Rudrahari Mahadev Temple, Kot Bhramari Temple, Bageshwar and Pinnath are the popular tourist places in Kausani.

Apart from the hills and spectacular views, the place is famous for ashrams. Anashakti Ashram is the most famous place in Kausani. Also known as the Gandhi Ashram, the Anasakti Ashram is the place where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the time he wrote the Anashakti Yog. The Ashram houses a museum that contains Mahatma Gandhi's photographs and his writings.

Kausani is also as the birthplace of the famous poet Sumitranandan Pant. The Pant Museum is named after him and it contains various awards, drafts and manuscripts written by the legendary poet. Trekking and mountain biking in Kausani are most popular activities for those who like to traverse the hills in an adventurous way. Pindari Glacier Trek, Sunder Dhunga Trek and Milam Glacier Trek are some of the popular trekking areas in Kausani.

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 168 km from Kausani. It has direct flights from Delhi. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, approximately 134 km from Kausani. It is connected by train with Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Kolkata and Mumbai. Kausani is well connected by road with Almora, Nainital, Ranikhet, Kathgodam, Delhi and Haldwani.

Kausani has become a very popular tourist destination over the last decade and large number of tourists travels from Delhi to Kausani. There are several accommodation options from budget to mid-range hotels and also has a few resorts. The better hotels are situated in the uptown near the Gandhi Ashram and the budget hotels are situated around the local market.

Makar Sankranti at Kausani, usually called Uttarayani, is a huge fair that takes place at Bageshwar which is in the vicinity of the destination.

The best time to visit Kausani is from April to June and again from September to May. The hill station receives snowfall during the winter months from December to February, which receives the maximum number of tourists.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 05964
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Sanskrit, Kumaoni & English
Major Festivals: Uttarayani Festival
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HOW TO REACH KAUSANI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Rudrapur - Pantnagar Airport (168 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kathgodam Railway Station (134 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kausani Bus Stand (0 Kms)

12 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN KAUSANI


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1 km from Kausani Bus Stand, Anashakti Ashram, popularly known as Gandhi Ashram, is a highly revered ashram situated in the beautiful hill station of Kausani in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. Due to its historical connections with Mahatma Gandhi and a study of Anashakti Yog, Gandhi Ashram is one of the top Kausani tourist places.

Anashakti Ashram was built to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi who visited this place in 1929 and spent 14 days at the ashram. Inspired by the blissful beauty of this picturesque hamlet, Gandhi Ji described it as the 'Switzerland of India'. During his stay in the ashram, The Father of the Nation wrote the commentary on Anashakti Yog, called 'Geeta-Anashakti-Yog'.

It is a simple whitewashed cottage engraved with the teachings of the Mahatma Gandhi. The Ashram houses a museum that contains Mahatma Gandhi's photographs and his writings. It is placed in the backdrop of scenic surroundings with majestic views of Himalayan ranges all around. .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 3 km from Kausani Bus Stand, the Kausani Tea Estate is idyllically situated on Bageshwar road in Kausani, Uttarakhand. Perched at an elevation of 1,800 m above sea level, Kausani Tea Estate is one of the top Kausani tourist places to visit.

The Kausani Tea Estate sprawls over an area of 208 hectares in almost 21 divisions and is an important tea industry of Kausani. The tea garden of Kausani is being developed as a tea-base for the entire state of Uttarakhand. Kausani is the only place away from the traditional tea plantation areas in India that produce organic orthodox tea.

The Kausani Tea Estate is acclaimed for its tea plantation including private, government and local farmers. Among the different varieties of tea it produces, Girias Uttaranchal tea is accepted as its topmost flavor. Kausani exports its high-flavoured tea to many countries, including Australia, Germany, Korea and the United States. In order to maintain its upper hand in the tea producing .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 17 km from Kausani and 21 km from Bageshwar, Baijnath is a small ancient town situated on the banks of the Gomti River in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, India. Baijnath is most noted for its ancient temples and is one of the top places to visit in Kausani.

Once known as Kartikyapura, Baijnath was the capital of the Katyuri kings who ruled Uttaranchal during 12th and 13th centuries AD. Baijnath is famous for Baijnath Temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. Baijnath Temple was constructed during the 12th century and as per the legend Lord Shiva and Parvati were married here at the confluence of River Garur Ganga and River Gomti. The temple is approached from the riverside by a flight of steps made of stones constructed by the orders of a Katyuri queen.

The Baijnath temple is actually a temple complex with the idols of Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahma. The temple of Mahishasur Mardini portrays the slaying of the bull-headed demon .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 200 m from Kausani Bus Stop and 700 m from Anashakti Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery is a small museum situated in Kausani, Uttarakhand. It is one of the best places of sightseeing in Kausani.

Sumitranandan Pant Gallery is dedicated to the great Hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant and is also as the birthplace of the legendary poet. The gallery is a place where his poem's manuscript and draft copies of his wonderful literary work are kept. The museum has a vast collection of his daily articles, letters that are written by him as well as received by him. The awards won by him are also kept there.

The museum is a fantastic place for poem lovers who love to recite poem in the lap of the nature. The collection of both Hindi and English book of different authors are kept in glass shelves which attracts readers very much. To celebrate his birth anniversary, every year a poetry discussion is organized in the museum.

Timings: 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM


Pilgrimage | Waterfall

At a distance of 10 km from Kausani Bus Stop, Rudradhari Falls & Temple are located at Kantali Village on Kausani - Almora Road, Uttarakhand. It is one of the popular places to visit in Kausani and also one of the top places of trekking in Kausani.

The Rudradhari waterfall is a natural location with lush green paddy fields where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of a river. This waterfall can be easily watched while trekking to Adi Kailash region or Trishul parvat. There are many ancient caves which have been explored near the water fall. The caves are natural and very impressive with green mountains and a natural environment around.

There is a small cave temple situated near the waterfall where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu worshiped. The name Rudradhari has been derived from the Hindu gods Rudra (Lord Shiva) and Hari (Vishnu) as according to the Puranic stories this place relate to these gods. The location of the falls and temple is festooned with terraced fields, .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 38 km from Kausani and 21 km from Baijnath Temple, Bagnath Temple is an ancient temple situated in the town of Bageshwar at the confluence of Sarayu and Gomti Rivers. It is one of the famous pilgrimage places in Uttarakhand and also one of the prime places to visit in Kausani.

The Bagnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some sources state that the existence of Bagnath temple since 7th Century and the present building in nagara style was built in 1450 AD by Chand ruler, Laxmi Chand. The various statues in the temple date back from 7th century AD to 16th century AD.

The town Bageshwar has derived its name from the temple of Lord Shiva. According to legend, Bagnath temple is the place where Sage Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva. Pleased with his prayers Lord Shiva manifested in Tiger avatar and blessed Markandeya. The significance of the temple finds mention in the Skanda Purana.

Every year in the memory of the sage being visited by the god, a fair is .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 34 km from Ranikhet & 77 km from Almora, Dwarahat is an ancient town situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is famous for its ancient temples which were constructed mainly by the Katyuri kings and are maintained by ASI.

Dwarahat, which means Way to Heaven, was once the principal seat of the Katyuri kings whose empire was stretched from the Sutlez River in the west to river Gandak in the east, and from the Himalayas to the plains, including the whole of Rohelkhand. Later it came under the rule of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon in the sixteenth century.

Dwarahat has 55 ancient temples of exquisite architectural excellence, divided into 8 groups. Some temples now have great archaeological value. These were constructed in the Indo-Aryan, Maru-Pratihara or Nagara type. The temples are constructed mainly of masonry blocks of Pre-Cambrian granite available in the nearby area. Instead of mortar, iron clamps and dowels have been used to tie adjoining blocks.


Distance (From Kausani): 46 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kausani - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 14 km from Dwarahat, 48 km from Ranikhet, and 78 km from Almora, Dunagiri Temple or Doonagiri Temple is the most famous temple situated at Dunagiri in Almora district of Uttarakhand.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga in the form of Goddess Vaishnavi Devi and is located on a small hillock of Kumaon Hills. According to the legend, when Hanuman was carrying the rock laden with Sanjiwani to rescue Laxman injured in the battle of Ramayana, a piece of the hill fell here. This incident gave this place its name Doonagiri.

The temple is popularly known as Mangalikhan among locals. The Temple is one of the two Vaishnavi Shakti Peeths in India other one being Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu Kashmir. It is believed that the bronze plate inside the temple dates back to 1181 AD. Considered to be one of the powerful Shakti Peeths, the temple offers a panoramic view of the Gogas Valley. Visitors need to climb a stairway of 500 steps to reach the temple. The temple attracts .....

Distance (From Kausani): 48 Kms
Trip Duration (From Dwarahat (14 km) - Including Travel): 1 Hour
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Hill Station

At a distance of 64 km from Nainital, 50 km from Ranikhet, 357 km from Dehradun, and 364 km from Delhi, Almora, a scenic hill station in the Almora district is a famous hill resorts in Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 1,651 m, amidst the southern part of the Kumaon Hills. It is a one of the popular summer weekend getaways from Delhi and also of one of the top Tourist places in Uttarakhand.

Almora is located on a 5 km long horse shoe shaped ridge, the eastern portion of which is called the Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. The Kosi and Suyal rivers run alongside the town adding to the beauty of the place. Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The town got its name from kilmora, a short plant found in nearby region, which was used for washing the utensils of Katarmal Temple. The people bringing kilmora were called Kilmori and later Almori .....

Distance (From Kausani): 58 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kausani - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

At a distance of 50 km from Almora, 56 km from Nainital, 82 km from Haldwani, 325 km from Dehradun, and 350 km from Delhi, Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station and a cantonment town in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges, Ranikhet is situated in the upper Kumaon Hills at an altitude of about 1869 m. It is one of the famous Tourist places in Uttarakhand and also among popular hill resorts near Delhi to visit as weekend getaway.

The word Ranikhet stands for Queen's Meadow. As per the folklore, Queen Padmini of Kumaon was so impressed with the natural beauty of this tiny hill paradise and decided to stay here. Later King Sukherdev built a palace for her at this place and named it Ranikhet.

The region around Ranikhet was ruled by local Kumaoni rulers and later came under British rule. The British developed Ranikhet as a hill station for their troops .....

Distance (From Kausani): 59 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kausani - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

At a distance of 66 km from Ramnagar, 294 km from Delhi and 278 km from Dehradun, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas. It is one of the most popular hill resorts in India and also one of the top places to experience Uttarakhand tourism. It is also among popular places to visit from Delhi for a 2 day weekend trip as Nainital is also one of the top hill stations near Delhi.

Nainital is famous for its scenic mountain views and is commonly known as the Lake District of India. Situated at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake. The highest point is Naina Peak or China Peak, with an elevation of 2,615 m. Nainital is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the town is spread around the beautiful Naini lake.

Nainital was founded by a European businessman Percy Barron in .....

Distance (From Kausani): 115 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kausani - Including Travel): Full Day
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Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 120 km from Kausani and 80 km from Bageshwar, Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot. It is one of the most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers and also one of the top places of trekking in Uttarakhand.

The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 km, 0.25 km in breadth and gives rise to the Pindari River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in Garhwal district. The Pindari trek offers serenity and tranquility along with the spectacular mountain scenery. It lies between the Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot peaks and terminates at an altitude of 3627 m.

Trek to Pindari Glacier is a soft core trekking experience, within the capacity of amateur trekkers in love with nature and its pristine glory. The trail to reach the Pindari Glacier crosses the villages of Song, Loharkhet, crosses over the Dhakuri Pass, continues onto Khati village (the last inhabited .....

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