There’s something about Kausani that guarantees quixotic memories cherished for a lifetime. Its ineffable charm captivates the heart, refreshes the body, and rewires the mind. From breathtaking locales, peaceful ambiance, and great tourism infrastructure, to delectable food and lively people, it has everything required for a fulfilling experience. Call it an ideal weekend destination where you can seek respite from the chaos and monotony of day-to-day life, and come back rejuvenated.
Join me, as I navigate the landscape of Kausani and unearth its hidden treasures. From the serenity of its sun-kissed peaks to the warmth of its vibrant culture, let’s explore it all and more. So, just read on, and you will come across insights, tips, itineraries, and more, based on my experiences.
|Country: India||State: Uttarakhand|
|District: Bageshwar||Tehsil: Garur|
|Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni||Population (2011): 2,408|
|PIN Code: 263639||Time zone: UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle Registration: UK-02||Telephone Code: 05962|
Kausani: An Overview
Sitting at a height of 1,890 meters (6,200 feet) above sea level, Kausani is one of the top hill stations in Uttarakhand. Known as Kôsānī in the local dialect, it’s a small settlement spread across 5.2 square km (2.0 sq mi) and populated by about 2500 people. The town is nestled on top of a ridge in the Bageshwar District with Someshwar Valley on one side and Garur and Katyuri Valley on the other. It lies on the Almora-Bageshwar-Didihat Highway, 40 km (25 mi) from Bageshwar city.
Nature has blessed Kausani with panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, stunning landscapes, lush forests, burbling streams, verdant valleys, peaceful environment, and diverse flora and fauna. The striking resemblance inspired Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, to call it the ‘Switzerland of India.‘ The famous poet, Sumitranandan Pant, and countless others also found solace and inspiration in this Himalayan haven. It even offers avenues for adventure and spirituality.
|Area: 5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)||Elevation: 1,890 m (6,200 ft)|
|Coordinates: 29.8541°N 79.5966°E||Recommended Stay: 2- 3 days|
|Nearest Rail Station: Kathgodam (132 km)||Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (192 km)|
Kausani: Why Visit it & What to Do?
Kausani is more than just a hill station. It is a secluded sanctuary where nature meets culture, and serenity meets spirituality. Call it a tourist destination for all reasons and seasons. Let’s explore why.
1. Breathtaking Scenery:
The place exudes beauty from every core but the highlight has to be the mesmerizing 300 km-wide panoramic view of towering peaks, such as Trisul, Nanda Devi, and Panchchuli. The views get surreal each time the sun rises and sets, painting the horizon in hues of orange, pink, and gold. Gazing at the sunrise and sunset is an experience in itself whether you are a nature lover or a shutterbug.
2. Spiritual Retreat:
Just like any town in Uttarakhand, Kausani has its share of sites that hold immense religious and cultural significance. take, for example, the Baijnath Temple, an ancient place of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple’s historical heritage and spiritual ambiance attract pilgrims and devotees seeking solace and blessings. It is a half-an-hour drive on the Dwarahat – Almora – Kausani Rd.
3. Adventure and Trekking:
Located in the lap of the Himalayas, the sleepy town is a gateway to numerous trekking trails and adventure activities. The gentle breeze, chirping birds, and fragrant wildflowers accompany you, evoking a sense of harmony with nature’s rhythm. Your best trekking options include Rudradhari, Kafni Glacier, Baijnath Temple, Pinnath, Pindari, and Sunderdhunga Glacier.
4. Cultural Heritage & Food:
For me, this town offers a glimpse into the authentic Kumaoni culture through its welcoming locals, traditional art forms, and cuisine. Wander through the local markets to buy souvenirs, handicrafts, and locally produced items like honey, jams, and fruit products. Don’t forget to sample authentic Kumaoni delicacies like Aloo Ke Gutke, Bhatt Ki Churdkani, and Bal Mithai, a popular local sweet.
5. Tranquility and Wellness:
Kausani’s serene ambiance provides a perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The lush greenery, unpolluted air, and peaceful surroundings make it an ideal retreat for those seeking peace and well-being. Take leisurely walks through the town and the nearby forests, alone or with family and friends. Trust me, you will go home energized to take on the challenges of life head-on.
Kausani offers great avian diversity, making it a paradise for birding. The region hosts a vast variety of resident and migratory bird species, including Himalayan Monals, Himalayan Griffons, Whiskered Yuhina, Rufous Sibia, Blue Whistling Thrush, and several species of woodpeckers. Even if you aren’t a keen birder, the sight of a peacock unfurling its resplendent plumage will keep you awe-struck.
Even if camping is on your mind, Kausani has you covered. Feel free to pitch a tent in one of the vast meadows surrounding the town and enjoy a night of bonfires and stargazing. Or else, choose a paid campsite that offers unique vistas, basic amenities, and an opportunity to connect with nature. You can choose sites in villages that allow you to interact with the locals and learn about their culture.
8. All-Year-Round Destination:
During the spring and summer months, the hill station boasts pleasant weather, making it an ideal escape from the scorching heat of the plains. The lush greenery, blooming flowers, and clear skies also invite nature lovers and trekkers. In autumn, Kausani is draped in vibrant colors that give it an artistic touch. Even in winter, the snowfall entices snow enthusiasts and honeymooners.
9. Excellent Tourism Infrastructure:
Even though it might not be as popular as some other hill stations in Uttarakhand, this small town is increasingly finding favor with tourists. The tourism infrastructure is getting better by the day, but, even as of now, you can enjoy comfortable accommodations, eateries, and other amenities required for a great vacation. However, the over-development may take a toll on the town’s pristine beauty.
Who Should Visit Kausani?
Kausani is for everyone, whether you are a nature enthusiast, adrenaline junkie, spiritual seeker, or someone simply seeking an escape from the monotony of day-to-day life. The serene landscapes, romantic ambiance, and opportunities for intimate experiences make it a perfect destination for honeymooners. By the same logic, the place is also ideal for family vacations. here, you can spend some quality time with your loved one, which will help strengthen familial bonds.
Kausani: History & Legends
A prominent local historian, Dr. Om Prakash Sharma, told me, “We lack any historical records related to the ancient history of Kausani. And, when history goes missing, legends and folklore step in to fill the gap. One of the most prominent folklore links the valley near Kausani to Valli and Bhairava.”
“Valli and Bhairava, the two love birds were transformed into rocks by divine intervention. So, for the locals, they are the immortal symbol of love and devotion. According to another folklore, Lord Shiva performed Tandava, the deadly cosmic dance, at Rudradhari Falls near the town. Even the Pandava brothers are said to have visited the region during their exile and built the famous Baijnath Temple.”
“Legends apart, the real history of the area is largely hidden. However, it has always been a part of Danpur, an ancient name of Bageshwar. The Katyuri kings held sway over the region from the 7th to 13th century AD. When the Katyuri kingdom fell apart, the area came under the direct control of the Baijnath Katyurs, who drew their lineage from the Katyuri dynasty that once ruled Kumaon.”
“Come 1565, Danpur became a part of Kumaun when King Balo Kalyan Chand seized control of the area, along with Pali, Barahmandal, and Mankot. The town was under the Gorkhas by the 1790s when they took over Almora, the then-capital of the Kumaun kingdom. The British defeated the Gorkhas in Anglo-Nepalese wars and gained control over Kumaun as part of the Treaty of Sugauli in 1816.”
Dr. Sharma further stated, “Soon after the annexation, the British placed Bageshwar under the Almora district of the United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand). It stayed as it is even after independence until 1974 when the Uttar Pradesh government declared Bageshwar a tehsil. In September 1997, Bageshwar emerged as a full-fledged district with Kausani as one of its 407 Gram Panchayats. Since 9 November 2000, it has been a part of Uttarakhand after its creation.”
In line with the Köppen-Geiger climate classification, you can classify Kausani’s climate as “Cwb.” Here, you can expect comfortable summers, moderate winters, and excessively wet monsoons. The precipitation is more in summers than in winters. Here’s the breakdown of the annual weather.
- Annual Average Temperature: 14.8 °C (58.6 °F)
- Annual Average Rainfall: 1860 mm (73.2 inches)
- Warmest Month: May (Average maximum temperature of 28°C)
- Coldest Month: January (Average maximum temperature of 13°C)
- Driest Month: November (7mm (0.3in) of precipitation)
- Wettest Month: July (275mm (10.8 inches) of rainfall)
As it happens in the Northern Hemisphere, the summers get underway in Kausani in March and last till June end. The sky is clear for the most part and the mercury stays between 30°C and a minimum of 19°C. That makes summer the best time to explore the town and escape the heat of the plains. Even trekking, camping and other outdoor activities are possible during this time of the year.
- Months: March, April, May, & June
At this time of the year, the area receives heavy rainfall, ranging from 3048 mm (120 inches) to 1777 mm (70 inches). The maximum precipitation happens in July, around 275 mm (10.8 inches). Had it not been for the monsoons, Kausani would have been an all-year destination. Mind you, heavy rains may damage road connectivity and expose you to the dangers of landslides and flash floods.
- Months: July, August & September
By mid-October, winter sets in, which lasts till February. The mercury stays between -2°C and 10°C, which is quite bearable. You can expect snowfall in the months of January and February. With the snow blanketing the landscapes, the town is a sight to behold. However, be prepared to deal with fog and mist in the early hours of the day, and wear plenty of layers to beat the chill.
- Months: October, November, December, January & February
Temperature: In Celcius, Rainfall: In Millimeters, Sunshine & Rain Days: In hours per month
- Data Source: en.climate-data.org
Kausani: Best Time to Visit
Whether it’s the blossoms of spring, the coolness of summer, the colors of autumn, or the snow of winter, Kausani offers an unforgettable experience throughout the year. You can visit it any time of the year, except during monsoons when it rains heavily. However, choosing the right time depends on what you wish to do. So, let’s help you choose the right season based on your vacation goals.
Spring (March to April)
- The pleasant weather is ideal for sightseeing and exploring local attractions.
- The time is also perfect for treks amid the blooming rhododendrons and lush greenery.
- You can also expect to catch a glimpse of migratory birds that visit the region during spring.
Summer (May to June)
- It’s perfect for escaping the scorching heat of the plains and enjoying the pleasant weather.
- The season is ideal for trekking, camping, and adventure activities in the surrounding hills.
- If you wish to visit tea gardens and enjoy the best views of the Himalayas, it’s the right time.
Autumn (October to November)
- With clear skies and pleasant weather, the time is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
- Explore local culture as the town celebrates festivals like Dussehra with enthusiasm.
- Since it’s the off-season, you can enjoy rebates on airfare and hotel accommodations.
Winter (December to February)
- It’s the best time to witness snowfall and enjoy a winter wonderland experience.
- The time is ideal for honeymooners seeking a romantic retreat amidst snow-capped mountains.
- Even if you are interested in capturing snowy landscapes on camera, winter has you covered.
Kausani: How to Reach
Tucked away in the remotes of Bageshwar district, Kausani has an idyllic location. It doesn’t have a railway station or airport of its own. However, the hill station is easily reachable via roadway, almost throughout the year. It is well-connected by road with all key cities in Uttarakhand and beyond. You can book a cab or take a bus directly from Delhi. Here’s how to reach Kausani via road, air, and rail.
Pantnagar Airport, a domestic airport located in Udham Singh Nagar, is the closest airport, just 162 km away. While there’s no direct bus service, you can hire a cab, which costs ₹4,000 – ₹4,500 and takes about 3h 15 minutes. You can also approach it from Dehradun Airport via NH 7, covering 289.7 km in about 8 hr 14 minutes. Alternatively, you can opt for NH734, which will take 9 hr 18 minutes (357.5 km), or NH734 and Nainital Rd to get to Kausani in 9 hr 38 minutes (385.1 km).
|Nearest Airport: Pantnagar||Distance: 162 km|
|Travel Time: 3h 15 minutes||Cab Charges: ₹4,000 – ₹4,500|
If you prefer to travel by train, your destination would be Kathgodam, 133 km away from Kausani. The railway station receives trains from all major cities across India, such as Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, and more. To get to Kausani, you can either hire a taxi or hop into a shared taxi or State Transport bus that will take you directly to your destination. The taxi would charge you around ₹3000 – ₹3500 while the shared taxi fare is ₹300. The bus is the cheapest option, costing around ₹200.
|Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam||Distance: 133 km|
|Travel Time: 4 hr 22 min via NH109||Cab Charges: ₹3000 – ₹3500|
|Shared Taxi Charges: ₹300||Bus Fare: ₹200|
If you are on a budget, this is the best option to get to Kausani. Like me, if you too are heading from Delhi, board a bus directly to Haldwani from Maharana Pratap ISBT Kashmiri Gate. The Volvo Delux costs you ₹820, while the AC Janrath and Ordinary will charge you ₹536 and ₹370 respectively. It’s just a 5 hr 3 minute (278.0 km) journey via NH9. However, you will be traveling an additional 4 hr 36 min (140.8 km) via NH109 to get to Kausani from Haldwani, in a bus or taxi. You would be paying anywhere between ₹2600 for a sedan and about ₹3900 for an SUV, while the bus fare is ₹355.
|Nearest ISBT: Haldwani||Distance: 140 km|
|Travel Time: 4 hr 35 min via NH109||Cab Charges: ₹2600 – ₹3900|
|Shared Taxi Charges:||Bus Fare: ₹200|
Note: The fares mentioned above are subject to change. Please cross-check before deciding.
You can rely on a taxi service to commute within Kausani. However, you can walk your way to some of the local attractions in this small hill station. Make sure to check the weather before heading out, as the weather can change drastically in a matter of minutes. Plan your vacation in the summer to avoid extreme conditions.
Kausani: Places to Visit
Kausani is blessed with some breathtaking landscapes, historical monuments, sacred sites, and plenty of other tourist attractions. Whether you are a backpacker, honeymooner, or family or group traveler, these sights will contribute to your vacationing experience. Read more.
Kausani: Culinary Delights
You cannot leave Kausani without sampling some authentic Kumaoni delicacies at local eateries and restaurants. Trust me, they aren’t just delectable but healthy as well. Also, they add a special touch to the overall travel experience. So, here’re my top recommendations, based on personal experience.
Madua Ki Roti
Made with Madua flour, it’s a traditional Indian flatbread enjoyed with lots of ghee. They knead the flour with water and sometimes add a pinch of salt for flavor before tossing it on a hot griddle or tawa. Once it puffs up and turns golden brown, your Madua Ki Roti is ready. Unlike wheat roti, it has a darker color due to the natural color of ragi flour. The local eateries serve it with local dishes.
Bhatt Ke Dupke
You might mistake Bhatt Ke Dupke for a “Sabzi.” But this is a Dal and not an ordinary one. The restaurant declined to share the recipe and ingredients with me, but I found it to be a treat to my taste buds. It’s a combination of several flavors, cooked with onion and tomato masala and secret herbs.
Badee Ki Sabzi
Lauki (bottle gourd) never tasted so terrific. Alongside Lauki, the dish includes Urad Dal and a variety of spices and herbs that render it a unique taste and flavor. As the waiter told me, the cooking process is elaborate, as it involves multiple ingredients. At the end of it, the chef exposes the dish to a traditional Tadka in onion and tomato curry.
It is derived from the flowers of the Rhododendron Arboreum, a species of rhododendron common in this part of the world. Buransh juice, if locals are to be believed, has several health benefits. If its sweet and tangy flavor fails to impress you, its refreshing and organic nature will. Also, it’s cheap (a small glass for just ₹10) and easily available at local restaurants and juice stores.
Kausani: Restaurants & Eateries
Kausani has many restaurants and eateries serving local as well as Chinese, North-Indian, Southe-Indian, and other cuisines. Based on my personal experience, I have rounded up some of them for you. They offer fresh, hygienic, and authentic dishes and fine service at affordable prices.
1. Zayka Vegetarian Kausani
- Google Ratings: 5
- Service Options: Dine-in · Drive-through · No-contact delivery
- Address: Near SBI Kausani, Kausani, Someshwar Range, Uttarakhand 263639
- Hours: 7 am to 10 pm
2. Yogi Food Point
- Google Ratings: 4.6
- Service Options: Dine-in & Takeaway
- Address: Maal Road, Kausani Almora Rd, Kausani, Someshwar Range, Uttarakhand 263639
- Hours: 7 am to 9:30 pm
3. Pant Pure Vegetarian Restaurant
- Google Ratings: 4.7
- Service Options: Dine-in · Drive-through · No-contact delivery
- Address: Kausani, Someshwar Range, Uttarakhand 263639
- Hours: 7 am to 10 pm
Your Weekend Itinerary
By now, you are keen to explore the charm of Kausani. If the diversity of places to visit in Kausani is overwhelming, I am here to help. This weekend itinerary allows you to soak in the beauty of Kausani, from its enchanting Himalayan vistas and spiritual sites to its culture and serene ambiance.
Day 1: Exploring Nature’s Bounty
- Arrive in Kausani and check in to your chosen accommodation.
- Freshen up and enjoy a delicious breakfast.
- Head to the Anashakti Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi once stayed. Explore the ashram’s museum and library, and the peaceful surroundings.
- Have a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring Kumaoni cuisine.
- Visit the Baijnath Temple, an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, and immerse yourself in its historical and spiritual ambiance.
- Take a leisurely stroll along the terraced fields and enjoy the picturesque views of the valleys and mountains.
- Return to your accommodation and witness a spectacular sunset over the Himalayas from your room or the hotel’s viewing deck.
- Have a romantic candlelight dinner at the hotel or try a local eatery.
Day 2: Himalayan Charms and Cultural Heritage
- Wake up early to witness the magical sunrise over Nanda Devi and other peaks. Head to the Viewpoint or Anashakti Ashram for the best views.
- Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at a local restaurant.
- Explore the nearby Rudradhari Falls and Caves, trekking through the forested trails, and relish the natural beauty.
- Have lunch at a nearby restaurant. Better still, you can pack a picnic.
- Visit the Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, dedicated to the renowned poet, to experience Kausani’s literary heritage.
- Experience the local culture by visiting a tea garden and understanding the process of tea-making. Sample some freshly brewed Kumaoni tea.
- Head back to your accommodation and relax, capturing the memories of your two-day sojourn in Kausani.
- Enjoy a cozy evening by the bonfire or gaze at the starlit sky before retiring for the night.
In conclusion, Kausani is one of the select few places where nature meets spirituality, and culture meets hospitality. We have explored every aspect of this sleepy little town, from its breathtaking landscapes and mesmerizing sunrises to its rich cultural heritage and legends. Whether you seek a calm retreat, thrilling adventures, or a romantic escapade, Kausani offers something to everyone.
By now, I hope you are in a position to plan your Kausani vacation according to your vacation goals and budget. So, pack your bags, and head straight into this Himalayan haven. Trust me, the spirit of Kausani will live with you forever, inviting you to return, time and again. And, don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comment section below. That will help us stay motivated.
Let’s meet up to explore some other destination some other day. Until then, “Happy Journey.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where is Kausani located?
Kausani is a hill station located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an elevation of approximately 1,890 meters (6,200 feet) above sea level.
2. How can I reach Kausani from Delhi?
You can reach Kausani from Delhi by various modes of transportation. The most common options are taking a train or a flight to Kathgodam and then proceeding to Kausani by road, which is about a 5 to 6 hours drive.
3. What is the best time to visit Kausani?
The best time to visit Kausani is during the months of March to June and September to November. At these times of the year, the weather is pleasant and the sky is clear. So, you can enjoy clear views of the Himalayan peaks and pursue sightseeing without bothering about rain.
4. What are the popular tourist attractions in Kausani?
Popular tourist attractions in Kausani include Anashakti Ashram, Baijnath Temple, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Kausani Tea Gardens, Viewpoints for sunrise and sunset, and Sumitranandan Pant Gallery.
5. Can I see snowfall in Kausani?
Yes, Kausani experiences snowfall during the winter months, usually from December to February. It is a magical time to witness the town covered in a blanket of snow.
6. Is Kausani a good destination for a honeymoon?
Absolutely, Kausani’s serene ambiance, panoramic views, and pleasant weather make it a romantic destination for honeymooners seeking a romantic getaway and a great start to their married life.
7. Are there any adventure activities available in Kausani?
Yes, Kausani offers opportunities for trekking, nature walks, and birdwatching amidst the Himalayan wilderness, providing adventure enthusiasts with ample options for exploration.
8. What is the distance between Kausani and Nainital?
The distance between Kausani and Nainital is approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles), and it takes around 4 to 5 hours by road to travel between the two hill stations.
9. How far is Kausani from Jim Corbett National Park?
The distance between Kausani and Jim Corbett National Park is approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles), and it takes around 5 to 6 hours by road to reach the park.
10. Is it safe to travel to Kausani during the monsoon season?
While Kausani can be beautiful during the monsoon with lush greenery, heavy rainfall may lead to landslides and road blockages, making travel potentially challenging and risky. It’s advisable to check weather conditions before planning a trip during the monsoon.
11. What are some good hotels and resorts in Kausani?
Kausani offers a range of accommodation options, including hotels and resorts with stunning views of the Himalayas. Some popular choices include The Heritage Resort, Chevron Eco Lodge, and Pratiksha Himalayan Retreat.
12. Are there any trekking trails near Kausani?
Yes, there are several trekking trails near Kausani, including the Pindari Glacier Trek, Binsar Trek, and Adi Kailash Trek, catering to trekkers of various skill levels.
13. Can I visit tea gardens in Kausani?
Yes, Kausani is known for its lush tea gardens. You can visit the Kausani Tea Estate to witness tea cultivation and processing and also buy fresh tea leaves and local tea products.
14. Are there any wildlife sanctuaries or birdwatching spots in Kausani?
Yes, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Kausani, is an excellent spot for birdwatching and wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to various bird species and wildlife.
15. Is there any historical significance to Kausani?
Kausani holds historical significance as Mahatma Gandhi stayed at Anashakti Ashram during his visit to the town in 1929. The ashram now serves as a memorial to Gandhiji’s stay and his teachings.
16. What is the local cuisine of Kausani?
The local cuisine of Kausani includes Kumaoni dishes like Aloo Ke Gutke, Bhatt Ki Churdkani, and local sweets like Bal Mithai and Singauri.
17. How many days are sufficient for a trip to Kausani?
A trip of 2 to 3 days is sufficient to explore the main attractions and enjoy the scenic beauty of Kausani. However, you can extend your stay if you wish to indulge in more relaxation and exploration.
18. Can I get a clear view of the Himalayan peaks from Kausani?
Yes, Kausani offers clear views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Panchachuli, on clear days. The viewpoints like Viewpoint and Anashakti Ashram provide excellent vantage points for these views.
19. What are the nearby places to visit from Kausani?
Nearby places to visit from Kausani include Almora, Binsar, Ranikhet, and Jageshwar, all of which offer their own unique attractions and experiences.
20. Is Kausani suitable for a family vacation?
Yes, Kausani is a perfect destination for a family vacation. Its serene ambiance, scenic beauty, and family-friendly attractions make it an ideal choice for travelers of all ages. Families can enjoy leisurely walks amidst the terraced fields, explore the tea gardens, and visit local attractions like Baijnath Temple and Anashakti Ashram.