Kausani: Paradise nestled in the hills

The Hush Post: If you have reached a writer’s block and need a quiet place to head to, Kausani in Uttarakhand is there for you. Apart from the magnificent view of the Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchachuli peaks, you can get all the peace and quiet to pen the book of your dreams here. Colours of the sky range from deep orange to red gold in this scenic hill station.

How to get there:

By Bus: Kausani is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.

By Car: New Delhi to Kausani distance is 400 km.

By Rail: With Kausani not boasting of a train station, visitors will have to get to Kathgodam which is 64 km away

By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun.

Places to see:

Rudradhari Falls is 12 km from Kausani. You cross the Rudradhari Falls while on your trek to the Adi Kailash region. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are the two deities who are worshipped in this region. The Shiva Temple of Someshwar lies close to the Falls.

Constituting forests and small lakes Gwaldam falls between Kumaon and Garhwal. The peaks of the Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghuti are best viewed from here. Trekking to the Roopkund Lake visitors is greeted with colourful flowers.

A five km trek from Kausani gets you to temple town Pinnath.  Dedicated to Lord Bhairon, the incarnation of Lord Shiva, the temple walls and doors have engravings of kings and Pandavas. A fair is held here every year in October.

Located 20 km from Kausani is the Baijnath Temple town. Having served as the capital of the Katyuri Dynasty, it is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married here where Rivers Garur Ganga and Gomti become one. The spiritually inclined can view temples of Brahma, Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kuber, Surya and a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Kote-ke-mai which is 3 km away.

A tea lovers paradise is Kausani Tea Estate housed 5 km from the main city. Spread over 208 hectares, the tea estate takes you around to showcase their manufacturing too. The tea estate is closed from November to March.

Another Shiva Temple approximately 10 km from Kausani is Someshwar. The temple has a wishing well with locals believe enables all visitors wishes to be granted.

Anashakti Ashram or Gandhi Ashram is famous for the visit of the Father of the Nation here. It has now been remodelled to house a study, research centre, library and a museum. The Ashram also provides accommodation. A km away is the Anashakti Ashram and the Lakshmi Ashram housing a learning school for girls following Gandhiji’s ideology. Operational since 1948, the founder was Catherine Hillman, fondly called Sarlaben, Gandhi’s famous follower.

Dedicated to famous poet Sumitranandan Pant is the Sumitranandan Pant Museum. Creative works of the poet are on display here. His birthday is celebrated every year here by organising a poetry discussion.

Activities:

Dining, shopping, temple visits, adventure sports.

Best time to visit:

March-June is, of course, the best time to visit, though autumn and winters are equally good with the town posting a peaceful look.

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