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Kausani

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

The drive gets progressively more picturesque as you drive up from Kathgodam. In summers, rhododendrons bloom in abundance letting the hills shimmer in hues of pink, red and violet.

Thick pine forests, verdant valleys and the majestic Himalayan peaks in the backdrop have created a special place in the heart of many travellers who return to its lap again and again. Kausani is situated in the Bageshwar district, in the Kumaon hills of the state of Uttarakhand. The town lies on a ridge facing the Katyuri and Someshwar valleys,  and offers a magnificent view of the of Nanda Devi, Nandakhot, Trishul and Panchchauli peaks.

.“In these hills nature’s hospitality eclipses all man can ever do. I wonder whether the scenery of these hills and the climate are to be surpassed, if equalled, by any other beauty spot of the world. After having been nearly three weeks in Almora Hills, I am more than amazed why our people go to Europe in search of health” wrote Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Kausani.

In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi stayed here for around 12 days at the Anasakti Ashram while writing his book ‘Anashakti Yoga’. This ashram houses a library and evening prayers are held here.
Kausani is also the birthplace of the famous poet Sumitra Nandan pant.

Kausani serves as a base for the trekkers going to Pindari Glacier, Milam Glacier and Sunder Dhunga Peak. Smaller Treks around the peaks of Pinnath, Burapinnath and Bhatkot can be also arranged.

 Kausani has its own variety of tea called Giria’s Tea. Spread in an area of 200 hectares, the tea grown here is cloned from the world famous china hybrid tea of Darjeeling and Assam tea hybrids. One can take a walk from near KMNV hotel through the tea gardens up to the tea factory.

Kausani is a place where one can thoroughly enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Walks inside the dense forests of pine, deodar and oak are invigorating. It is a perfect place for a relaxing vacation in the lap of the Himalayas.

Anashakti Ashram
Founded by Gandhi’s disciple Katherine Heileman, better known as Sarlaben, Anashakti Ashram derives its name from the book Gandhi wrote here. He named it ‘Anasakti Yoga’ which is an interpretation of Bhagvad Gita. It is related to the Bhagvad Gita. Gandhi’s spinning wheel and memorabilia are kept here. The ashram is open for tourists and offers great views of the mystic Himalayas.
Pant Museum
This is the birth place of the renowned Hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant. It has been turned into a museum of books and other memorabilia of the poet. This place is preserved in its ancestral state. Every year, a poetry symposium is held on the birth anniversary of the poet.
Baijnath Temple
This is a group of ancient stone temples situated 19 km from Kausani. Constructed in the 12th century, this is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva and Parvati married at the confluence of the rivers Gomti and Garur Ganga. This temple was built by the Katyuri kings. Idols of Shiva, Parvati, Brahma, Ganesh, Surya and Chandi are kept here. The statuette of Parvati deserves a special mention as it is beautifully carved in black stone.
Bageshwar:
39 km from Kausani, this town is home to the famous Bagnath Temple which attracts many Hindu pilgrims throughout the year. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are many temples located in the vicinity like the Hanuman Temple, Durga Temple, Bhairav Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Vaneswar Temple, Ganga Temple. Bageshwar is situated at the confluence of the rivers Saryu and Gomti. It is believed that Lord Shiva took the form of a tiger here and sage Markandeya worshipped Shiva.
Someshwar
This is an ancient Shiva temple 20 km from Kausani. This temple was built by Som Chand of the Chand dynasty.
Uttarayan Fair:
This fair is celebrated annually on 14th January, the Makar Sankranti Day. It marks the end of the acute winters in Uttaranchal. The ‘Dola of Chaumu’ (Idol) is bought down from Pancheshwar which is located in the Pithoragarh district. Chaumu is worshipped as a protector of hill animals. People indulge in dance and sing local folk songs all night long.
Shivaratri festival:
It is celebrated with zeal amongst the people in the ancient Shiva temple in Bageshwar.
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Kausani has a pleasant climate throughout the year with average maximum temperature around 23°C and average minimum temperature around 11°C. best time to visit are March - May when it is hot in the plains and Oct - Nov when the hills have glorious weather and the snow clad himalayan peaks are visible.
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