This is one of those perfect places for a getaway in the Kumaon region, Uttarakhand. There are beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas with about 300km wide scenic views of some of the tallest peaks such as Nanda Devi and Panchachuli. Often people visit the region without much information about it, this way end up wandering. We thus bring you some of the detailed aspects of the region which will help you figure out your holiday. It is located about 1890m above sea level ideal for nature lovers.
Best Time to visit Kausani
Summers (March-May) is the best time to visit this region with temperatures remaining moderate with pleasant weather.
Winters (October- February) temperatures dip drastically also causing snowfall at times, thus only those who would like to witness such weather conditions must plan their vacation.
Monsoon (June- August) receives heavy rainfall making all the outdoor activities uncomfortable in addition to the region being prone to landslides. Whereas the green cover becomes more glorified and heightened.
How to Reach Kausani
By Road– is the most common mode of transport used to reach this place with its proximity to all the major north Indian cities such as New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, and others.
By Train– Kathgodam is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 136km which takes about 4 hours to reach.
By Air– Pantnagar is where the nearest airport is located at a distance of 177 km.
Places to visit in Kausani
Mahatama Gandhi had stayed in this Ashram and when he penned the AnashktiYog, called ‘Geeta-Anashakti-Yog’ during his stay. This is popularly known as Gandhi Ashram now and also been converted into a study-cum-research centre. There is also an accommodation option here with 24 rooms, providing facilities of an attached library and kitchen to the tourists. The ashram has gained this popularity because of its attachment to the study of AnashktiYog as well as Mahatma Gandhi.
Located at a distance of about 16km from Kausani this is an ancient town of Baijnath in Katyuri Valley. This is a town that has historical and religious significance being constructed in the 12th century by the Katyuri dynasty. The belief goes that this region is significant as the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati took place at the confluence of River Gomati and Garur Ganga. The temple along with that of Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya, and Brahma are also famous around the region which is located at a height of 1,125 m above sea level. At a distance of 3km from the town, Kote-ke-Mai temple with a presiding deity Vishnu has sculpted statue.
Kausani Tea Estate
Located at a distance of 5km from the main town is the most important industry of Kausani- Tea Estates sprawled across 208 hectares in 21 divisions. The elevation between 1,200 and 1,800 m above the sea level, on the Bageshwar Road, is being developed as a tea base for the entire state, where Giri’s Uttaranchal Tea is already being produced. You can take a stroll around the gardens too along with a tour through their manufacturing process guided by their own staff. You can also choose to taste and buy tea from there.
Rudhradhari Falls and Caves
Located at about a distance of 12 km from Kausani, this place is surrounded by paddy fields and green pine forests. There are also ancient caves lying near the falls which you can explore, which you shall even be passing through on a trek on the way to Adi Kailash region. Also, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies in the proximity to the waterfalls.
Trek to Pinnath
Pinnate is known for its temple and wilderness of nature which offers you a pure sense of pleasure rekindling your spirits. Overlooking the Kosi river and devoted to Bhairon also shares the same name. The temple has very intriguing structure walls and doors embellished with images of kings and Pandavas. Trek to witness this beautiful structure is of 5km from the town.
This sleepy village straight out of a fairytale is nestled in the woods sandwiched between Garhwal and Kumaon. Located at an altitude of 1700 meters, this village is nestled amongst the pine forests and apple orchards it offers splendid peaks such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Guti. The dazzling hills are covered by tall pine trees, terraced farms and little houses scattered all around making this an ideal place to watch snow-dusted peaks of the mighty Himalayas. thus making it a destination for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. For the adventure seekers, Gwaldham offers wonderful trails for trekking amidst beautiful flowers, endless springs, and countless birds.
One of the famous temples in this beautiful valley which is also highly revered among the locals and devotees alike. It also offers a scenic view along with the religious significance of the temple. Located at about 11km from Kausani it is easily reachable. The construction of these structures is humble transporting you to the ancient temples. A well known to be wishing well is established near the temple which is believed to grant the devotees wishes and the emerald green waters of which are also mesmerizing.
This is a gateway to the mystical galaxy located high up in the majestic Himalayas of Kausani. This is specially designed to observe celestial objects like moons, planets, distant galaxies, star clusters, constellations, nebulas, and deep-sky objects. This is perfect to watch the wonders of outer space while savouring the natural radiance of the mountains. You can also involve in stargazing learn some astrophotography by taking part in some regularly held workshops. You can additionally visit Astronomy-themed Museum, relax at Stargate Cafe, a space-themed restaurant and also pick some souvenirs at a space-themed shop too.
This was started by Catherine Hillman surrounded by tranquil hills and plush green forests which is yet another tourist spot in Kausani. The main aims of this Ashram is to empower rural mountains of Kumaon by training them on how to grow vegetables, how to take professional cooking skills and many other such things. You can take a tour of this Ashram while around the region.
Sumitranand Pant Gallery
This is a museum displaying drafts, awards, and manuscripts written by the fabled poet, Sumitranandan Pant.
Things to do in Kausani
Shop at Mall Road
Just like every hill station Kausani also flaunts its mall road with a bustling market of the town. Pick a traditional craft ware from MG road, it doesn’t matter whether you are a shopper or not. You will find the best collectives of knitted caps, shawls, pullovers and gloves required for the winters and resisting cold. Also, pick some Kumaoni jams, pickles, chutneys and tea which are famous in the region.
Visiting temples of the town
All the history enthusiasts, architecture admirers, and the religious tourists must involve in this activity of visiting the temples of the region. Visiting these heritage temples offering excellent artwork and architecture is one of the best things to do in Kausani. Some of the famous temples include- Someshwar temple, founded by the Chand Dynasty is truly artistic and dedicated to Lord Shiva.
An incredible cave temple- Rudrahari Mahadev temple, is situated on the banks of river Kosi. This along with a waterfall with the same name can be reached through a trek in the forest.
Popular for the marvels of Nagara style of architecture is the temple of Baijnath temple in Kausani.
Dedicated to Goddess Bhramari is KotBhramari Temple situated atop a hill also known as Kote-ke-mai and Bhramari Devi temple.
The most popular and adventurous thing to do in Kausani is trekking. This is a spectacular and blissfull hilly retreat boasting of some famous treks suitable for beginners and amateur trekkers. Some of which includes-
Trekking through plush and thick pine woods to reach Rudrahari falls is quite gripping.
Pindari Glacier Trek is one of the treks offering magnificent views of mighty Himalayas and valleys. This is a spectacular glacier Nestled between the lofty Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot mountains.
A trek of 5km to reach Pinnath to reach a temple dedicated to Bhairon, which is simple yet exciting and fun.
Since in the region can be found many small and medium-sized rocky cliffs, it has ample scope for adventure activities. Kausani offers some thrilling rock climbing, mountain biking, and rappelling making it an ideal place for such activities. These are one of the most popular activities among the youngsters now.