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Located 53 km to the north of Almora, Kausani, is another picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendor and its spectacular 300 km-wide view of the Himalayas. Situated at 6075 ft above sea level, atop a narrow ridge, Kausani is often compared with Switzerland. It is thickly forested, and separated from the soaring Nanda Devi ranges by low mountains. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi stayed here at the Anasakti Ashram, and was greatly impressed by it’s environs. Kausani is also the birth place of poet Sumitra Nandan Pant.
Anasakti Ashram .A quiet and revered place where the Father of the Nation spent some days. Set against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, this Ashram offers a good resting place for travelers. It also has a library.
With a total area of 5.2 sq. km, situated at a height of 1890 m above sea level, located 51 km north of Almora, Kausani is the birthplace of famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant, who wrote some of his memorable poems in praise of this paradise on earth. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi stayed here for 14 days at the Anasakti Ashram while scripting his book titled 'Anasakti Yoga' and was greatly impressed by its environs.The town is accessible all year round. For those who wish to avoid the cold, the best season is between April to June and again between September to November. Summer months will require light woollen clothing and winter- heavy woollen clothes.
By Air : The nearest airport is Delhi & Dehradun
By Rail : The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (141 kms), from there one starts the climb to Kausani via Almora. An equally beautiful route is via Ranikhet (163 kms).
By Road : Kausani is linked to several other hill stations by road. Some of the major road distances are: Almora-51 kms, Rainkhet-60 kms, Pithoragarh-107 kms, Gwaldam-39 kms and Nainital-117 km. From Delhi it is 431 kms away.
Anasakti Ashram : Refresh the memories of 1929, when Mahatma Gandhi, spent here 14 days while writing his book on 'Anasakti Yoga'. His spinning wheel (Charkha) and other memorabilia are kept here. There is also a study with a small library where one can find books on Gandhian philosophy. The Ashram can accommodate up to 300 people and every evening prayer is conducted in the main hall. One can enjoy mesmerizing sunset and sunrise from the Ashram premises.
Kumaon Shawl Emporium : A fabulous collection of high quality woollen shawls, exquisitely designed by the local weavers, can be purchased from here.
Pant Museum : Named after the famous Hindi poet, Sumitra Nandan Pant, who was born in Kausani, the Museum has the articles of his daily use, drafts of his poems, letters, his awards etc. This Museum is at a short distance from the Kausani bus terminal.
Baijnath : Most important historical place in Uttarakhand, situated at a height of 1126 meters above sea level on the banks of River Gomti. It is 19 kms from Kausani towards Bageshwar. Main attractions are the 12th century old temples of Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahama with beautiful carvings and sculptures.
Lakhudiyar : Known for its caves and rock paintings.
Bageshwar : 40 kms away from Kausani, on the confluence of rivers Saryu and Gomti lies the holy township of Bageshwar, an important centre of worship of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu scriptures, the sage Markandaya lived here and spent many years worshipping Lord Shiva.This is also the place from where one can start his journey towards Pindari, Sunderdunga and Kafni glaciers.
Chaukori : 87 kms from Kausani, a picturesque tourist spot amidst mighty Himalayan peaks.
Visit Someshwar , Kausani Tea Estate & Rudradhari Falls and Caves