Considered as the paradise for the backpackers and also as a mystical land that inspires writers, Kausani, is a small yet a very impressive land in the state of Uttarakhand.
Kausani in Uttarakhand is known for the breathtaking views it offers of the mighty Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi and the Panchachuli. Sitting atop 1890 m above sea level, Kausani is surrounded by a blanket of pine trees.
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Decked with the right mixture of ingredients which consists of a lush green valley, pine forests, serpentine streams along with the majestic and ever peaceful Himalayas, it is one of the most breathtaking hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand.
The beauty of this so bewitching that, when Mahatma Gandhi visited this place, he called it as the Switzerland of India. The place has a very striking resemblance to the landscape of Switzerland which is also one of the major reasons for it to get the title of Switzerland of India.
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Kausani is not only well-known for its scenic view of the snow covered Himalayan ranges, but is also an upcoming destination which promotes village tourism. Through this mode of tourism, the tourists get a hands-on experience on the ways of living in a village and imbibe the culture and rustic lifestyle of a village.
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It is the birthplace of the famous Hindi poet, Sumitra Nandan Pant, who has written many poems which praises the natural beauty of Kausani. It is considered as an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi and other cities which are at a very close proximity from its location.
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1. Bajinath Temple
The area around the temple is believed to have been the capital of Katyuri Dynasty. The temple is said to have been constructed in the 12th century. As per the legends, Lord Shiva got married to Parvathi at this very site, which is the confluence of the rivers Garur Ganga and Gomti.
Apart from the shrines dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi there are shrines dedicated to Brahma, Ganesha, Kubera and Surya.
2. Kausani Tea Estate
Kausani Tea Estate is a place which takes you closer to nature and is considered as haven to tea lovers. The estate is spread across an area approximately measuring 208 hectares. The estate provides a guided tour of the manufacturing process by their staff.
The estate produces different varieties of flavored tea and also provides the visitors with tea tasting and an opportunity for one to purchase tea leaves straight from the produce. The tea estate remains closed in the months starting from November to March.
3. Anashakti Ashram
One of the must destinations in Kausani is the Anashakti Ashram or fondly called as Gandhi Ashram. Gandhi had stayed at this premises in the year 1929.
The building has now been converted into a museum with a study and research center. The ashram provides accommodation facilities to the visitors in its 24 rooms.
The museum houses various photographs and works of Gandhi which he composed during his two week stay here.
4. Sumitranandan Pant Museum
The museum was built to commemorate the poet Sumitranandan Pant, whose birthplace is the town of Kausani. The museum houses manuscripts of his poems, articles and also has a display of the various awards that he was given.
It also has a display of the various collection of books which were used by the poet in English and Hindi.
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