The Switzerland of Uttarakhand; Gandhiji’s favourite Kausani
If you are in pursuit of a calm and placid place to travel then come to Kausani. And she may exhilarate your heart by proffering more peace and chill than you hoped for. This may be the reason why the Father of the Nation Mahathma Gandhi willingly chose this little village for writing his books leisurely.
Kausani is an evangelizing through beauty. A village located in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand at 6200 feet high from sea level. Like in John Keat’s poetry she is a “flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme” and ravishing, elegant beauty in a green attire. As per data, Kausani’s population is composed of six hundred families and three thousand people.
There are no countable wonders in Kauwani. Nor does it have any amusement park or historical museum within. But you will realize the true beauty of nature once you breeze into the valley where your journey begins. The heavenly enchantment of golden mustard fields will warm your heart throughout the journey towards Kausani. The views get enriched by the gradual transition of blossomed yellow fields to verdant terrain in your ascend to the mountain. The ripen wheat fields and the dark bluish mountain views afar will dazzle every mind from a distant view.
Mountaineering provides the scenery of snow-capped pine trees which steals the heart. It will move with you under the tenuous blanket of mist. During the journey you may have some surprise meetings with the old cowherd or a woman making cow dung cake or beauties carrying wheat sheaf in their heads, like the rustic environments depicted in movies by Priyadarshan and Sathyan Anthikad. Actually these village visuals are the strength of Kausani. Such scenes have another virtue. Today’s visuals changes in the next day. So Kausani prepares variety views and dreams for visitors, each and every day.
Another peculiarity of Kausani is the 300 kilometer wide panoramic view of the Himalayas. An extended picturesque in a white canvas. But Kausani often hides this with mist and seduces like a beautiful lady’s eyes under a veil. You might not see this views even after two three days sojourn. Sometimes at sunrise and sunset Kausani incarnate with both side painted in charming red. In dewy mornings, she may amuse you by glowing in the orange of sunshine and under hot sun showing her innate verdurous green carpet.
Next specialty is Anasakti Ashram which was founded by one of Gandhiji’s disciple Sarla Behn. Documents say that, in 1929 Gandhiji visited here to spend two weeks and wrote a book about Yoga by enjoying the heartstrings of this beautiful land. Gandiji described Kausani as the ‘Switzerland of India’. His comparison will be justified if you see the simple wood houses and sweet people with their calm and quiet life style. Then get ready and pack your bags to Kausani aka Switzerland of India.
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Translated by Priyanka Pradeep
Kausani is a small Hill town in the Bageshwar District of Uttarkhand. The views from the Town is so beautiful, that once Mahatama Gandhi called the place 'Switzerland of India' during his brief stay at the Town. The temperature is pleasant in the summer months and extremely cold in the winter seasons. One can do trekking in the various surroundings around Kausani. The panoramic view of the Nanda Devi Biosphere from a distance of 300 kms away is simply breathtaking. An Indian Military Base is also situated in the uptown Kausani and the area is restricted to outsiders.
Best Season: March-June
Sights Around: Gandhi Ashram: This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi stayed briefly and written the 'Anashakti Yog'. The Ashram is situated on the upper part of the Town. Baijnath Temple- situated around 20 kms north from Kausani Town and is a series of small / big temples dedicated to Lord Shiva œNanda Devi Range œ Rudradhari œ Girihas Tea factory
How to Reach: By Road: Kausani is well connected to Delhi. There are regular buses available from Delhi to Kausani (410 kms). By Train: Kathgodam station is the nearest station to Kausani (134 kms) Kathgodam station is connected to major cities of India. It takes around 5 hours by car from Kathgodam to Kausani. Raniket Express from Old Delhi station reaches Kathgodam at 6.30 a.m and you can reach Kausani by 12.00. By Air: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (433 kms)
Stay: Hotel Utharakhand, View Point 090129 24222 œ Hotel Sagar,S. N. Pant Marg 099972 55933 œHotel Sumit, District Bageshwar 094129 62186