Kausani Tourism

Kausani Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Almora
Kausani originally known as Valna is a Himalayan hill town located in the state of Uttaranchal of India. It is located in the district of Almora, which is situated at an altitude of about 6075 ft (1890 m) above sea level. 

Located atop the ridge between dense pine trees, Kausani overlooks the Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valley on the other side. 

History of Kausani

During ancient times, Kausani was a part of Almora District, which was under the administrative control of the Katyuri king, Baichaldeo. Later, he donated a large part of this land to a Gujarati Brahmin, Sri Chand Tiwari. Further, the town of Almora was founded, when the Chand Kingdom was founded in Baramandal in 1568 by Kalyan Chand. 

In 1960, Bageshwar District and Champawat District were formed from the Almora District. Vishuvati, Vat Savitri Amavasya, Harela and Harishayani Ekadashi are some of the main events that are celebrated in the region. Delicacies like bal mithai, singauri, madua ki roti and sisunak saag are the specialities of this region.  

Things to do in Kausani 

Kausani is a scenic hill station famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas of almost 300 km wide. Many mountains like Trishul, Nandakot and Nanda Devi can be seen easily from this place.  Mahatma Gandhi was impressed by the beauty of Kausani and called this place as ‘Switzerland of India', since it is very similar to the landscape of Switzerland. Today Kausani attracts many tourists from all over the world. 

Apart from the hills and spectacular views, the place is famous for ashrams. Anashakti Ashram is the most famous place in Kausani. It is popular as Mahatma Gandhi spent some days at the ashram. Previously it was a tea estate but the ashram is now converted into a research centre and a library. 

There is a memorial of Katherine Heileman also known as Sarlaben, who spent her life here doing social service. It has been established to conduct evening prayers every day. It is said that Mahatma Gandhi wrote his commentary of Anashakti Yog while he was staying here.

Besides, Kausani is also known as the birthplace of the famous poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. The Pant Museum is named after him. It is now preserved in its original ancestral form and serves as a reference library. Lakshmi Ashram is another place of importance at Kausani. It is dedicated to social service and welfare of women.

Kausani offers a lot of activities for adventure lovers like trekking, rock climbing, etc. Pindari Glacier Trek, Sunder Dhunga Trek and Milam Glacier Trek are some of the popular trekking areas. 'Makar Sankranti' at Kausani, usually called ‘Uttarayani’, is a huge fair that takes place at Bageshwar which is in the vicinity of the destination.
The best time to visit Kausani is from April to June and again from September to May. 

Travelling to Kausani

In order to reach Kausani, travellers can take flights up to Pantnagar Airport, which is well connected with flights to Mumbai and Delhi. Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway, which is connected by trains from places like Delhi, Howrah and Lucknow, among others. Kausani Bus Station is the main bus station serving the region. 

Accommodation Options in Kausani

There are ample accommodation options available in Kausani. These include hotels ranging from budget to luxury catering to the needs of the travellers.

Kausani is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Almora and Ranikhet.

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Kausani Traveller Reviews

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Abhinav Sudan

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  • Abhinav Sudan
  • 10 photos
  • 56 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  637 readers

"Awesome hill station" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
1. Why to visit?
It is a hill station in Bageshwar district in UK known for its spectacular view of the Himalayas including Nanda Devi and Trishul. It is popularly known as 'Switzerland of India'.
2. Must Visit Places.
Bajinath group of temples and lake. Pindari and Kafni trekking routes are recommended. Ashram and one museum is also there.
3. Local food and shopping.
The local food is awesome with local cuisine. The sweets are also good. For shopping local markets have limited options.
4. Activities.
Taking a bike ride on the roads gives you immense pleasure. Trekking on the hills and capturing the Himalayan peaks is suggested. Going for the Pindari, Kafni and Milam glacier trekking is suggested.
5. Advice.
Drive/ Ride carefully on these roads. Take camera along, don't miss out to capture nature which is at its best out here. Rest all is absolutely fine.
Happy Holidaying !!
Warm Regards
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Naivedya Gupta

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  • Naivedya Gupta
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
  •  99 readers

"Excellent place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2017
Nice place to visit, very calm, neat and clean place. You can easily c himalaya from here. Awesome place for family vacation.
You can visit gandhi jis place. Rudhradhari fall near by Kausani is really a good treck between the forest and cross the river.
Amazing feeling with localites, they can help you in all the such mannners
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  • subho
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 26 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
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"Kausani Uttarakhand"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2017
Kausani is place from where you get a panoramic view of the himalayas. Chances of snow if from Jan onwards. In a clear day, the view is mesmerizing. It is better to take hotels like hotel Uttarakhand or hotel sagar to get good view. If you have budget contraint, go for New Pine hotel.
One day is enough for Kausani. Kausani often gets power cuts.
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Mahesh Hande

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  • Mahesh Hande
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"One of the best hill station"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2016
Visited the hill station in the month of May, one of the best hill station.

Halted at Hotel Krishna Mount View, you can see both sunrise and sunset from the hotel. Kausani is small village but beautiful. You can purchase shawls and tea powder locally made. Enjoyed the stay with family.
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Sachin Kumar

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  • Sachin Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews
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"A Surreal world called Kausani"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
A perfect place for every kind of traveler, whether it's honeymoon to a relaxed one, from a backpacker to a college or office friends group, Kausani is there to surprise everyone who visits here. Located on the top of the hill, gives an inspiring view and surroundings, it's gaining a lot of popularity these days. It's a perfect place for the ones who wants to become a writer or poet, here you don't have to look for words, just sit in solitude and words will themselves strike in your mind. Giving perfect view of 300 kms of Himalayan range, the hill station was given the title of Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi.

Kausani is not a place for those who like happening places or malls, but for those who are looking for peace and tranquility, solitude. There is nothing to do in Kausani, except enjoying the views of the Himalayas and sunrise and sunsets. For people who would like to explore can go for nature walk, bird watching, can visit Pant museum, Anashakti ashram or Gandhi ashram, shawl factory and Tea Factory.

Being a silent and cozy hill station, one of the most peaceful places in India you will ever find. There are very less number of hotels and eating joints, there are very less restaurants and most of the hotels have their own in-house restaurants to cater their guests. The entire town gets to sleep maximum by 8 PM, so you won't get anything to eat in late hours. You may shop local made shawls and tea from the Tea factory.

You need not to be busy in any kind of activity while in Kausani, the views of the Himalayas itself will keep you busy the whole day. There are no activities in Kausani to keep you busy. There are very less Hill stations in India, which can be compared to the beauty of Kausani.

Visit Kausani once and trust me you will fall in love with this lovely hill station and you will promise yourself to come back again and again. You may travel by your own car but travelling through train would be recommended, get down at Kathgodam and further distance can be covered by taxi or local buses. Carrying torch is must.
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Debasish Bhadra

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  • Debasish Bhadra
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  13314 readers

"Candid Kausani"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 4, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, please never board on the Bagh Express, I mean, if you intend to go to Nainital, Ranikhet, Kausani, etc The train galloped well but there was no pantry car in the 34-hour journey train! We had to dine with cakes and biscuits! Better opt for Lalkuan Express from Howrah only on Friday but you have to spend only one night in the train).

We booked a Tavera a month back @Rs2500 per day(contact Khadak Singh, Khadak bhai was awaiting us at Haldwani stn to take us to Nainital(37km). Don't go to Kathgodam where from Nainital is 56 km. However, spending two nights at Nainital, one fine morning we set out for Kausani.

The beauty of the road was awesome. There was charming green all around with wild flowers blooming at shakehand distance. After 10km we had our breakfast with aloo parata and malai chai. Opposite the restaurant there were two amla trees with lots of amlaki hanging. After 63 km from Nainital came Ranikhet, a neat and clean cantonment town where we visited Military Museam, a lush green golf course, Chaubatia garden and a beautiful temple near the museum where the images and quotations of all religions were engraved. Here we found a blooming cherry tree too. Having a delicious lunch with rice, dal, salad, sabji and achar we drove towards Kausani which was another 78 km. But the beauty of the widespread valley and the hills erase the length of your journey. On the way we visited Baijnath temple complex.

It was really excellent. At last we reached Hotel Prashant at Kausani. We got obviously from HOLIDAYIQ. It was situated at the viewpoint of Kausani. From the rooftop one can enjoy the wonderful sunrise or sundown over Trishul and other peaks.

In the afternoon we got out to have a walk amongst the candid nature of Kausani. A vast range of the Himalayas is visible from here. Next morning we went for a short but very romantic trek to Rudradhari falls(3 km altogether). The trek route was through the verduous forest and hills where you have to cross some springs. It was a very enthralling journey. Get only a water bottle and start trekking with your whole family. The ups and downs of the path won't trouble you, rather we enjoyed it. There was a cave temple of Lord Shiva beside the falls. Thereafter, returning to hotel, we had our lunch(which was not up to the mark) and went to visit the Anasakti Ashram, about one km away. Here Bapu stayed for a few years, you could see his memories and feel his presence. Avery neat and clean place. Later we witnessed an unforgettable sunset from the hotel rooftop. Next dawn too, nature gifted us an inconceivable sunrise. One after one peak got enlightened with the first touch of sunray and the snow white cliff was turning into scarlet and golden. How fascinating the sight was! Anyway, having our breakfast we went to visit the only tea garden of Kausani. The condition of the garden was very poor, probably not looked after properly. Then we went to a nearby handicrafts shop where we saw the artisans making woollen caps, shawls, sweaters. We bought two jackets. They were wonderful - both in looks and usage. The Himalayan range was more distinctly visible from here. Here our Kausani stay ends. Now our Tavera would head for Chowkari. But that is another story.
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Rakesh Thaker

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  • Rakesh Thaker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
It's a good place to visit for the people who just want to relax & who love the nature. I visited in the Mid of April 2016 & the climate was very pleasant. Kausani has a very ancient Lord Shiva temple called as Baijnath temple constructed some 800 - 900 years ago & a must visit place in Kausani. Apart from this people can visit shawl factories & tea estate.
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Sunil prasad

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  • Sunil prasad
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Good place for Nature Lovers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 20, 2016
Kaushani is for nature lovers, stay at a good hotel, enjoy the weather, kumaon food and scenes. But don't waste your time and money over local sight seeing. It's not worth as shows in pics, rather go to bageshwar, patal bhubaneshwar which are of great scenic beauty as well religious values.
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Shoury bansal

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  • Shoury bansal
  • Lives in Haldwani
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  • 22 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  188610 readers

"Kausani is a best place for relaxation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2016
It's a very good place for relaxation and also we are glad to see the sun rise. It's awesome. We have also visited baijnath temple. It's a famous temple. Shawls and woolens are also famous. We have also taken buransh juice from kausani. In one word " awesome".
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Rajib  Chattopadh

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  • Rajib Chattopadh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews
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"Himalaya Darshan from Kausani"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
I visited the place very recently(22. 03. 16) and stayed in a hotel from where the entire view of seven Himalaya's top peaks are seen. The weather was clear, cool and sunny. I enjoyed the whole day seeing the beauty of Himalayas. The colours of peaks are changing from morning to evening(Sunrise to sunset). It was a very enjoyable tour.
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