Kausani is situated in the midst of thick, dense pine forest atop a narrow ridge & separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountains. Here, the grandeur of the Himalayas truly comes alive. The view of the snow-covered Trishul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snows being within touching distance. Standing 1890 meters. Above the sea level, Kausani is nature’s own reserve. Even the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi had contemplated on the beauty of the region. Several snow- capped peaks stand in a stately row, over 300 kilometers, shining against the azure sky making the horizon as seen from Kausani an enviable spectacle. The glory of the snow crowned Himalayan range reaches its pinnacle when the sun rays turn them into crimson and gold. Mahatma Gandhi, who spent 12 days in 1929 at Kausani, penned his memorable commentary on the Gita-Anasakti Yoga inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. The guest house where the Mahatma stayed is now known as the Anasakti Ashram.
Hindi poet laureate Sumitra Nandan Pant was born in Kausani.Sumitranandan Pant (May 20, 1900 in Kausani Uttarakhand– December 28, 1977) was one of the most famous modern Hindi poets. He is considered one of the major poets of the Chhayavaadi school of Hindi literature. Pant mostly wrote in Sanskrit-zed Hindi. Pant authored twenty-eight published works including poetry, verse plays and essays. Apart from Chhayavaadi poems, Pant also wrote progressive, philosophical (influenced by Sri Aurobindo), socialist and humanist poems. Pant was the first Hindi poet to receive the Jnanpith Award, in 1968. He did so for a collection of his most famous poems, titled Chidambara. He was awarded the Nehru Peace Prize by the Soviet Union for Lokayatan. Pant received “Sahitya Kala Academy” award for “Kala Aur Budhdha Chand”. Indian Government honored him with ‘Padmavibhushan’Pant’s childhood house, in Kausani, has been converted into a museum.
This museum displays his daily use articles, drafts of his poems, letters, his awards etc.Sumitra Nandan Pant also composed the Kulgeet of IIT Roorkee, “Jayati Jayati Vidya Sansthan”.Some of his early poems composed here have described nature in its myriad manifestations. Kausani is ideal for those who seek to escape from the din and dust, hustle and bustle of big cities and wish to spend a quiet holiday in the lap of nature. Indeed, Kausani is a veritable heaven of beauty to which an excursion must be made on visiting Kumaon.
Amenities and Facilities
Tea Garden: The famous tea garden is situated at the height of 1800 meter from sea level. The tea garden of Kausani is being developed as a tea-base for the entire state. The tea produced here is rich in flavor and of export quality. Kausani is the only place away from the traditional tea plantation areas in India that produce organic orthodox tea. This high-flavored tea is exported to many countries, including Australia, Germany, Korea and the US. Take a stroll through the aromatic tea gardens and refresh your body and mind.
Anashakti Ashram Kausani: Mahatma Gandhi, during his stay at Kausani, penned his memorable commentary on the ‘Gita-Anashakti Yoga’ inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. Mahatma Gandhi was so much impresses that he started calling it “Switzerland of India”. The guesthouse where Mahatma Gandhi stayed is now known as the Anashakti Ashram. Famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant was born at Kausani. Some of her early poems composed here have described the nature in its manifestations. Kausani is ideal spot for those who seek an escape from the hustle-bustle of big cities and wish to spend a quiet holiday in the lap of Nature.
Pinnath: A temple and the village of the same name is 5 km trek from Kausani. It is built on a spur from the Gopalkot peak (2750m) overlooking the upper portion of the Kosi Valley. The temple is situated about half way up the hill above the village. The first is a small conical structure, 2.5 to 3 meters high, dedicated to Bhairon. The main temple is close to this on the north, a square, slated structure, with the door facing the south, and figures of rajas, etc., sculptured on the walls. The roof of the portico is formed by Indian arch, and on its sides are represented the five Pandavas; the adytum is small and contains nothing but one or two images of Mahadeo and Devi; the original pile was nearly all over thrown by an earthquake in 1920. The Place can be visited in the rainy season and autumn. The famous fair celebrated every year in October.
Baijnath: Baijnath is just 16 Km. from Kausani and 22 Km from Bageshwar, at a height of 1,125 meters are ancient temples not only of Shiva, Ganesh and Parvati, but also of Chandika, Kuber, Surya, Brahma, and Mahisa Sur-Mardini which portrays the slaying of the bull-headed demon by goddess, Kali, Situated on the Gomati’s green banks, in the lush calm Garur valley is the main temple of Baijnath dating back to the 13th century A.D.. Rich in history and art and at a short distance of 3kms is Kote-ki-Mai temple, with a life-seize, superbly sculpted statue of Vishnu presiding over the beautiful old temple, artistically pleasing to both-the soul and eye.
Rudhradhari Waterfall: Rudhradhari Falls and Caves in Kausani are located at a place with terraced fields, lush green paddy fields and dense green pine forests. These magnificent waterfalls can be viewed while trekking to this beautiful region in the hill station of Kausani. The Rudhradhari falls is a natural attraction here and many ancient caves are explored nearby areas. The falls impinging the valley flows from their as rivers and small springs. The puranic stories relate this place with Lord Shiva (Rudra) and Lord Vishnu (Hari). The caves are natural and very impressive. The Shiva Temple at Someshwar is situated close to the waterfalls.
Pindari Glacier: This world famous glacier is a trekker’s paradise, as it is easier to visit than most other glaciers. This glacier is situated between the snow capped Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot mountains. The river Pindar originates from this glacier. The glacier is at an altitude of 3353 meters. The entire trekking route is filled to the brim with natural beauty.
Kafni Glacier: It is situated at an altitude of 3853 meters. Many breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayan ranges are visible during the trek.
Sundar Dhunga Glacier: Located at an altitude 3880 meters. The place is full of natural beauty, with picturesque view of many Himalayan ranges. The entire trek route is a treat for the eyes with beautiful locales strewn all over.
Roopkund: Roopkund (locally known as Mystery Lake) is a high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India, lies in the lap of Trishul massif and famous due to hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The location is uninhabited and is located in Himalaya at an altitude of about 5,029 meters (16,499 feet). The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad mountains, making it a good trekking destination
HOW TO REACH KAUSANI
Distance from Delhi: 433 Kms
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar 165 Kms
Nearest Railhead: Kathgodam 145 Kms
Summer – Max 25°C, Min 15°C
Winter – Max 16°C, Min - 2°C
Road Route 1 (433 Kms): Delhi - Hapur - Moradabad - Ramnagar (Corbett National Park) - Ranikhet – Kausani
Road Route 2 (405 Kms): Delhi - Hapur - Moradabad - Rampur - Haldwani - Kathgodam - Bhimtaal - Bhowali - Khairna - Almora – Kausani
By Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Kausani situated at a distance of 145kms. Kathgodam is well connected by Railway networks with major destinations of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region. Buses and Taxis are easily available to Kausani from Kathgodam.
By Air: The nearest airport for Kausani is Pantnagar. Pantnagar Airport is situated 162 kms from Kausani. Taxis are available to Kausani, Haldwani, Nainital and Almora from Pant Nagar Airport. Buses are available from Haldwani, Kathgodam and Nainital to Kausani.