Wanted to know about Kumaon’s Kausani?

Located about 50 km from Almora in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a picturesque hill station that is famous for its stunning views of the Himalayas. At a height of 1890 meters above sea level, there are very few other places that offer the spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks of Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Dubbed as the “Switzerland of India”, Kausani is synonymous with lush green landscapes, dense coniferous trees and silent valleys which make it a very popular hill station. It is also a great weekend getaway from Delhi.

Best time to visit: April to June are the ideal months to visit Kausani. The months of December to mid February has Kausani covered with sheets of snow.

Getting to Kausani
The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport, about 170 km away. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is about 140 km away. Kathgodam is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. Buses as well as taxis are easily available to Kausani from both the airport as well as railway station. Kausani is well connected by road and is easily accessible from destinations like Delhi (419 km), Almora (52 km) and Nainital (117 km). State owned as well as private bus operators run their services from Kausani.

Nature walks, trekking and bird watching
To say that Uttarkhand is one of India’s most picturesque states is no understatement. While you are in Kausani tour one of the best ways to explore the local sights and sounds is by taking a walk. The natural beauty of this place makes these walks even more meaningful. The beauty of the water flowing through the white pebbles is a sight that is hard to describe but if one word has to be used, it is ‘stunning’. You can watch several native birds here so make sure you are carrying a good pair of binoculars with you. Another must do while you are here is to go through the village to get a first hand experience of the way of life for the locals here. The villagers are warm and friendly and are always happy to talk to you about their daily occupations. It is a wonderful way to get up close with the rural lifestyles as well.

Like any hill station, Kausani is also famous for trekking and camping. The area has got some of the best treks in the country with the slopes of the Himalayas forming a good base for camping. Kausani serves as the starting point for many treks like Adi Kailash Trek, Base Kausani Trek etc. and weather permitting you can also trek to Kafni Glacier, which is situated at an altitude of 3853 m.

Baijnath Temple
Less than 20 km from Kausani is the Baijnath temple complex that dates back to the 12th century and is located on the banks of the river Gomti. The place holds special religious and historical significance in that, according to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva and Parvati were married at the confluence of River Gomati and Garur Ganga.

The temple complex was built by the Katyuri kings and the temples are constructed in stone. There are idols dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahma. The town of Baijnath draws its name from the temple. The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is accessible from the riverside by a flight of steps made of stones. The temple is popular with locals and tourists alike and attracts great crowds on special days like Mahasivaratri. Outside the temple complex is a lake full of fish and it is a ritual for pilgrims to offer food in the form of ‘channa’ after they visit the temple.

Getting to Kausani
The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport, about 170 km away. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is about 140 km away. Kathgodam is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. Buses as well as taxis are easily available to Kausani from both the airport as well as railway station. Kausani is well connected by road and is easily accessible from destinations like Delhi (419 km), Almora (52 km) and Nainital (117 km). State owned as well as private bus operators run their services from Kausani.

Kausani Shawl factory
The shawl factory was started in 2002 and happens to be a place where you can witness local weavers manufacture woollen shawls using traditional methods. Established to promote the traditional Kumaoni artwork, this industry now serves as a major source of employment for the local people, shepherds and weavers. Shawls and handicrafts are available in myriad colors and designs and hence make the place popular with tourists. Most shawls also have embroidery work on them. The price of the woolen shawls depends upon the type of wool used and the detail of the embroidery. It is a great place to gain an insight into the local culture, manufacturing process as well as the perfect one to pick up a souvenir or gift from the shop located above the factory.

 

 

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