My half-opened eyes saw the Mountain of gold slowly turning into dust of diamond from the old wooden window. After a while, my squinting eyes noticed the extravaganza of the sun on Mighty Himalayan peaks – Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Panchachuli. We stayed in Kausani for 3 days, and trust my words, you will not repent even if you haven’t done your research on “Best places to visit in Kausani”, because merely relaxing with such a magnificent view is worth all the pain that you took to reach the place. Mahatma Gandhi called it the “Switzerland of India”, which was probably why I visited this place. But after staying there for several days I would rather call it Kausani – because nowhere do you get to see such a magnificent panoramic view of 3 revered Himalayan peaks so closely!!
How we reached there:
I have covered the day-wise itinerary of my stay, which you can follow to have a relaxed and pleasant stay.
Reached Kausani in the second half of the day, had evening snacks with a magnificent view. Around 7 pm visited Stargate Planetarium which was nearby.
Kausani Planetarium: Visit Kausani Planetarium and observatory even if you are not an avid star-gazer. You will love the live planet show where you can observe celestial objects like the moon, nebulas, planets, constellations, and numerous shooting stars with the help of an astronomical Telescope. Timing 5.30 am to 10.30 pm.
Kausani Tea estate: We left for Baijnath Temple and since the tea estate was on the way, on Kausani-Baijnath road, we halted near a tea garden and had our Lunch there. The Tea Garden is just 5 km from the town. The sprawling greenery will surely give you a small hill station vibe filled with the exotic aroma of tea leaves.
Baijnath Temple: Baijnath temple is approx 16 km from Kausani situated on the bank of river Gomati. We reached Bajnath late afternoon. Since it was December so the weather was pleasant. Baijnath is an ancient Shiva temple and as per mythology Lord Shiva and Parvati were married at the confluence of River Gomati and Garur Ganga. The rich architecture and the backdrop of the Himalayas make it a must-visit place.
Anashakti Ashram: By the time we returned from Baijnath, it was already sunset time so we stopped at Anashakti Ashram, one of Gandhiji’s Favorite Homes. During his stay in Kausani Mahatma Gandhi was so mesmerized by its beauty that he called this place “Switzerland of India”. You must visit this place to witness one of the world’s most magnificent Sunset.
Went for a small nature walk in a nearby area. We left our Home-stay in the afternoon for the return journey.
You can also visit other equally beautiful places, like Rudradhari falls and caves, Handloom shawl factory, and Someshwar Dham depending upon the duration of your stay.
Where we Stayed:
How to reach: Kausani is 422 km from Delhi. You can reach Kausani by car (10 hours journey). If you are traveling by flight; Pantnagar is the nearest airport (177 km). If you are traveling by train; Kathgodam is the nearest station (136 km).
Best Time to Visit:
I visited Kausani in December, the minimum temperature went up to -2 degrees but fortunately, the view of the Himalayas was extremely clear. If you want to avoid cold weather visit from April-June or September-November.