Situated near Bageshwar district in the state of Uttrakhand, Kausani is quite famous for its incredible scenic splendour and stunning spectacular views of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Even the father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t resist calling this place as Switzerland of India only because of the incredible resemblance of the landscapes.
Witnessing the vast panoramic Himalayan range unfold before your very eyes from Kausani is a dreamy experience in itself. This fascinating travel getaway was located in the Almora district until 1997. Then in November 2000 when the state Uttarpradesh was cut to make Uttarakhand, the geographical dynamics also shifted.
Best Time to Visit Kausani
The months from April to June is a great time to visit Kausani. During this time, you can explore the sights with your loved ones and have a blissful travel experience of a lifetime.
History of Kausani
Although Kausani doesn’t have any prominent historical background, it does have a few remnants of historical events attached to it. Yes, two major historical events can be traced back to this beautiful land. Firstly, one of the most famous Indian poets - Sumitranandan Pant was born here in 1900.
Secondly, Mahatma Gandhi had stayed in Kausani for a period of 12 days for completing his work on Anashakti Yoga. It was during this time that he referred to this place as the Switzerland of India.
There was a time when Kausani went by the name Valna. Back then, it was a part of the kingdom ruled by Katyuri dynasty with Kartikeyapura as its capital. The geographical boundaries of this dynasty extended from Afghanistan to Nepal in the east. By the 12th century, these boundaries had been split into several divisions.
It is said that a branch of the Katyuri kings also set up the Rajbar Dynasty that had ruled here until it was made a part of the British Raj, post, signing the Sighaulli Treaty in 1816. Even today, one can witness the ruins of the ancient kingdom that are scattered all around Kausani.
Major Attractions in and Around Kausani
1. Rudradhari Falls & Caves
The Rudhradhari falls are situated at an approximate distance of around 12 km from Kausani. This place is engulfed by the paddy fields and green pine forests which look quite amazing to the eyes. Located on the trekking way to Adi Kailash region this place exudes really chilled out vibes. For the hardcore travellers who like to explore unseen aspects of incredible India, this place is a must-visit.
An amazing beautiful village nestled between Garhwal and Kumaon, Gwaldam looks as if it may be a wonderland of immense bliss. Surrounded by the green jungles this place offers really fascinating views of the mighty Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghuti etc.
3. Baijnath Temple
The Baijnath temple carries a great spiritual significance. The unfolding charm and aura of this place is really stunning to experience. Famous as one of the 13th-century temple it has been dedicated to the Vaidyanath form of Lord Shiva, also known as the lord of physicians.
4. Anasakti Ashram
Distinguished by the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, it was in this place where Mahatma Gandhi wrote Anasakti yog, guiding people the crux of selfless action. And perhaps owing to which this tourist attraction in Kausani is considered as one of the top sightseeing places to explore.
This place is famous for its never-ending vistas and soothing tea gardens. It is a must-visit place if you are planning a trip to Kausani. The tea of these estates is so great that many countries like Australia, America, Germany import it. A fact to take pride in, don’t you think so?
How to Reach Kausani
Located in the Bageshwar district of Uttrakhand state, Kausani is known for its incredible splendour and picturesque views of Himalayan peaks. To reach here, you need to cover a total distance of about 2382.5 km from Chennai, 422 km from Delhi, 1671 km from Mumbai and 2350 km from Bengaluru respectively.
To reach Kausani by airways, you need to book a flight for Pantnagar Airport that is about 160 km away from Kausani. After reaching the airport, you will need to cover the rest of the distance by some means of public transportation and reach Kausani.
From Delhi - Board Air India flights from Delhi International Airport. The flight may cost you around INR 5200
From Chandigarh - Board Air India flights from IXC Airport. The flight may cost you around INR 7500- 8300
The nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station to Kausani. Afterwards, a cab or taxi can assist you in completing the rest of the journey to visit Kausani.
From Howrah - Board BAGH EXPRESS train from Howrah Railway Station and deboard at Kathgodam railway station
From Dehradun - Board NAINI DOON JAN S train from Dehradun Railway Station and deboard at Kathgodam railway station
Depending upon your comfort and overall convenience, you can reach this place by either private/government buses, taxis. You can also consider self-driving here from the nearby regions.