Kausani is situated at a distance of 50 km from Almora in Uttarakhand and is one of the very few locations where Mahatma Gandhi chose to rest for a few days. So much was the impact of this beautiful landscape on his mind that he gave it the title of ‘Switzerland of India’ for its incredible picturesque views and great trails. The town is very peaceful and one can enjoy the beautiful view of the Himalayas from almost any part of the Town. The lower part of the town has the local market and the upper part of the Town, where the Gandhi Ashram is situated is the place where most of the better hotels are situated. The temperature is pleasant in the summer months and extremely cold in the winter seasons. One can do trekking in the various surroundings around Kausani.
Kausani lies atop a ridge amidst dense pine trees overlooking Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Katyuri valley on the other on Almora-Bageshwar-Didihat Highway. Kausani is a part of the Lesser Himalayas, a region watered by rivers like Kosi, Gomti, and Ramganga. Their banks, known as seras, are highly fertile.
Places to visit in Kausani
Tea Garden – Kausani is a destination for Himalayan tourists. It is located 53 km North of Almora. The altitude of this place is about 1890 mts. This place offers a 350 km view of the Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. There are very few places in the Himalayas which can compare with the beauty of Kausani – a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendor and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic views of the Himalayas. Kausani lies on the atop the ridge amidst dense Pine trees overlooking Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valley on the other on Almora-Bageshwar-Didihat Highway. Mahatma Gandhi called this place the ‘Switzerland of India’, due to similarity in landscape.
Baijnath Temple- It is believed that the remarkable temple was built in a day and imbibes faith and spirituality in itself. Apart from the main complex, there are certain sites which are equally revered by the natives. Lord Shiva dwells at the Baijnath Temple in the form of Vaidyanatha, the Lord of Physicians. Baijnath, a village nearby derives its name from the temple. Apart from the stunning view, the town offers a serene blend of beauty and reverence to one’s senses & soul.
Anasatti Ashram– It is the place where he wrote his commentary on Anasakti Yoga called ‘Geeta Anasakti Yog’. In present days, the ashram has converted into a museum and a study center housing several books and photographs related to Gandhi’s life. Located in the backdrop of fascinating Himalayan ranges and serene atmosphere, the ashram is a great place for praying and for rejuvenating one’s mind and soul.