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  • Planning a family vacation to the spectacular hill station of Kausani? Make sure you check out these promising places to visit in Kausani. Rightly termed as the Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi, this luxurious hill-top destination tucked in the peaceful Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand is sought by travelers who like to go offbeat. It is well-known for the 350 km broad sweeping views of some of the tallest Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi and Panchachuli and the captivating view that it offers to passionate trekkers and photographers alike.

    The rich natural beauty, tea gardens, and silent valleys make it an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi, located just 47 km north of Almora district of the Kumaon region. The place is most beautiful during the monsoon when the pristine beauty of the majestic alpine hills and major attractions like Rudradhari falls, Someshwar temple, Pinnath and Kausani Tea estate are all blooming with lush greenery.


    Here are the best places to visit in Kausani:

  • 01Rudradhari Falls

    Rudradhari Falls
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    The enchanting Rudradhari falls are a natural hidden attraction of Kausani and feature many ancient caves. The base of the waterfall is surrounded by small cascades merging into one single large pool, and a lush green valley surrounding it which makes the place awe-inspiring. Nature lovers can enjoy a small trek from the neighboring Kantali village to the main point of this magnificent waterfall.

    Surrounded by thick pine trees, lush green hill farms, and terraced paddy fields, the waterfalls are one of the popular places to visit in Kausani and can be viewed while trekking to Adi Kailash. It is one of those places that you can count on if you are looking to de-stress yourself from the hustles and bustles of daily monotonous life.

    Location: Kantali village on Kausani-Almora road, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

  • 02Anasakti Ashram

    Anasakti Ashram
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    This peaceful abode is one of the best places to visit in Kausani and is a tribute to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who wrote his memorable commentary on Anashkti Yog here. Gandhi spent a few days of his life here and was touched by the blissful splendor of this richly gifted spot. Also known as Gandhi Ashram, this tranquil retreat has now been converted into a study cum research center and a residential facility with 24 rooms is available for your pleasant stay. 

    The simple whitewashed chalet also features many of Gandhi’s books and pictures.Spend a few minutes of quiet time to meditate and bring out your spiritual self, introspect over your journey, revel in the serenity with yourself or simply soak in the relaxing aura. 

    Location: Almora district, Kausani, Uttrakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 4 PM to 7 PM 
  • 03Kausani Tea Estate

    Kausani Tea Estate
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    One of the top tourist places in Kausani for Himalayan tourists, this famous tea garden sits at an altitude of 1,890 m, spread across 208 acres of area and is a perfect heaven for tea lovers. The organic tea produced here is savored by locals and tourists alike and is even exported to many countries, including Australia, Germany, and the US.

    You can choose from an array of high-flavored tea including the iconic Girias Uttaranchal tea or Darjeeling-style long grain and other kinds, available from popular stores, right outside the tea factory.June to September is the best time to visit this place when it is covered with lush greenery and the cool air with a pleasant, musky aroma of freshly plucked tea leaves rejuvenates you.

    TIP: Wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk uphill and downhill as you meander in the tea estate. Interact with locals to get to know how the tea leaves are processed and packed.

    Location: Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 8 AM to 6:30 PM

  • 04Kausani Planetarium

    Kausani Planetarium
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    Watch the glittering delights of the sky and star gaze at the heavenly creations through the telescope at this planetarium-cum-internet cafe. Early morning and late night are the perfect time to marvel and spot the stars as they dazzle brightly in the sky and if you are lucky you can spot some of the most impeccable moments on a clear night.

    This is a great place to visit for families with kids and to learn about the interesting fundamentals of astronomy and celestial objects like Moon, star clusters, planets, and galaxies. The guided tour on the celestial positioning of many planets and star constellations and the view of mountainous peaks of Nanda Devi by the owner makes it an enthralling experience.

    Location: Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: Rs 100

    Timings: 6 AM to 10:30 PM

  • 05Someshwar

    Someshwar
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    Designed by the founder of the Chand dynasty, this small hamlet is one of the famous tourist places to visit in Kausani due to the religious significance attached to it. The town has an ancient temple with a long-standing stone carved Lord Shiva as its chief deity built by Raja Som Chand. The temple features fine architecture and is built on a hill, offering a divine view of the surrounding areas.

    The rustic ambiance of the temple, the tinkling bells, the strong aroma of 'dhup' and the prayers and rituals practiced inside the holy premises make you feel blessed and one with the higher Self. The temple is visited throughout the year by spiritual seekers looking for peace and serenity of mind.

    TIP: There is an age-old ritual associated with the magical wishing-well and spring next to the temple and upon ceremoniously practicing it, one's wish is said to be fulfilled.

    Location: Kausani-Almora route, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 6:30 AM to 8 PM

  • 06Stargate - Kausani Observatory

    Stargate - Kausani Observatory
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    Dwelled high up in the Himalayas, the Stargate observatory is one of the eminent places to visit in Kausani dedicated to astrophotography and observation of mystical celestial objects. The magical place boasts of modern equipment and experienced astronomers and is the perfect place if you want to witness the wonders of outer space while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains.There is a science museum and space shop for astronomy and nature lovers. 

    You can also enroll in one of the astro tours or workshops to learn the nuances of astrophotography and relax and have a quick snack at their space-inspired restaurant within the premises.In the daytime, you can book an informative solar session and observe the golden yellow hues of the sun through the terrestrial telescope.

    Location: Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: Rs 100

    Timings: 5:30 AM to 11 PM

  • 07Pant Gallery

    Pant Gallery
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    This museum gallery is the native place of legendary Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant, and showcases a vivid collection of literary works and manuscripts of the celebrated poet as well as few of his belongings and letters to his acquaintances, all showcased in glass shelves. The museum is a riveting place for art connoisseurs, where they can enjoy the beauty of literature amidst the graceful backdrop of green landscapes.

    Every year, the museum hosts a poetry conference, to mark the birth anniversary of Pant, and is visited by many prominent poets from across the country. One good thing about this place is that like most other tourist attractions in Kausani, it is not that crowded, so you can peacefully revel in the solitude of nature.

    Location: Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: Rs 10

    Timings: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

  • 08Lakshmi Ashram

    Lakshmi Ashram
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    Built in 1964, by Catherine Hillman, a student of Mahatma Gandhi who later became known as Sarla, this ashram is one of the famous places to visit in Kausani dedicated to the cause of local women. At the ashram, women are trained in several community skills, like cooking, sewing, growing vegetables and looking after the animals.

    The ashram works for the upliftment of many orphaned Kumaoni girls and woman who take refuge here and equips them with practical teachings to lead a self-dependent life. The idyllic place is inspired by the British colonial times and is a must visit if you are seeking spiritual and mental bliss.

    Location: Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM 
  • 09Baijnath

    Baijnath
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    Located on the banks of Gomti River, in the ancient town of Baijnath, this is a series of small and big temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sacred shrine depicts the early medieval north Indian temple architecture with beautiful sculptures and carvings typical of the golden era  and is thronged by devotees around the year.

    Baijnath was the ancient capital of the Katyuri rulers who reigned over Uttaranchal during the 12th century. The town holds religious significance too, as according to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva and Parvati were married at the Sangam of river Gomati and Garur Ganga.

    TIP: The water of this temple is believed to be of medicinal value and has the power to cure several illnesses and diseases. Feeding the fishes in the pond just beside the temple is considered sacrosanct after offering your pooja.

    Location: Baijnath, Kausani, Uttrakhand  

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 6:30 AM to 9 PM

  • 10Dandeshwar Temple

    Dandeshwar Temple
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    Part of the 124 temple group and the largest altar in Jageshwar, the Dandeshwar temple houses Hindu God Shiva and is situated slightly upstream from the main temple complex. The temple is a visual delight with a picturesque landscape and offers a calming retreat. One can spot a number of cascading waterfalls which makes it a perfect place for nature lovers too.

    The revered temple holds great significance to the local tribes of the region and has historical ruins belonging to Shivaji’s era. The scenic surroundings and the divine panoramic views of the plains make up for the ruins that are remaining of the temple. Remember to carry your cameras as the place is a great spot for capturing hues of colors of nature and provides a great view of the woods, village, and the nearby areas.

    Location: Jageshwar Dham, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM

  • 11Rudrahari Mahadev Temple

    Located in a small cave just beside the Rudrahari waterfalls, this temple is about 12 km to the base of the hill from where one has to trek along the marshy landscape. The caves feature a large repository of beautiful scriptures and inscriptions dating back to few centuries.It is a treat for trekkers and nature lovers and one can get a glimpse of the pristine grandeur this place has to offer. 

    You can also relax in the vicinity of the waterfall and enjoy the tranquility there. For adventure seekers, the huge mountain and the deep dense forests present an excellent opportunity to explore and trek on its meandering ways. It is advised to carry your own umbrellas, windcheater, a bottle of water and some snacks to eat along the way.

    Location: 10 km from Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 6:30 AM to 8 PM

  • 12Pinnath

    This small village located at the foot of the Gopalkot peak is just 5 km away from Kasauni and makes for an ideal destination for trekkers owing to its accessibility, ease of trek and breathtaking views. It is known for a temple by the same name, dedicated to Bhairon and every year in October, celebrations are conducted in the village.The temple has a slated conical shape and is nestled atop a hillock at an altitude of 2,750 m above sea level and is one of the prominent tourist places in Kausani for a one-day trip.  

    The walls of the temple give prominence to Lord Mahadev and Devi and are adorned with wooden carvings and figures of the five Pandavas. Make sure you plan a visit in such a way that you can enjoy the serene and calming view of sunrise or sunset from atop.

    Location: Pinnath, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

    Entry fee/charge: N/A

    Timings: 7:30 AM to 6 PM 

Sightseeing in Almora

Adventure in Almora

Attractions in Almora

Trekking in Almora

Nature and wildlife in Almora

Attractions

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Binsar Trek

Binsar is a beautiful hill station valley of flowers which offers breathtaking views of the Kumaon Valley. The beautiful Himalayan range stretches to about 300 kms along the horizon out of which the most noticeable peaks are the Chaukhamba, Trishuli, Kedarnath, Panchchuoli, Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

The Binsar trek begins from Thalisain towards Pauri. The trek leads through thick forests of oaks, pine, silver fir and deodar that describe complete wilderness. The ascents and descents are gradual and the best time to visit is during winters. One can come across the Samadhi of the great Indian hero Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali situated at Musa Kota amidst Dudhatoli sanctuary.

The Binsar trek is an exciting experience and the trekkers can enjoy the beautiful views throughout the expedition. Binsar is enveloped with hanging moss, ferns, alpine flora, different varieties of wild flowers and forests where one can find rhododendron and oak trees.

If you are a bird watching enthusiast, during a trek in Binsar you will come across a number of beautiful and rare birds. The trek is rather simple and the forest cover will lead to small streams, lush green fields, but be careful of lion ants and tunnel spiders.

Best season: Mid September to early July

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3030 m

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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass which signifies doorway is one of the best treks in Uttaranchal. It is also known as Curzon trail as this trekking trail was discovered by Lord Curzon in 1905. The panoramic views of the eastern slopes of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi Ghori Parvat, Bertholi, Trishul, Dronagiri, Kamet and Nanda Devi peaks can be experienced on Kuari Pass Trek.

The trek has dense deodar, ok and rhododendron forests which present a picturesque view. Rare and protected flora and fauna can be found on this trail.  The trek passes via major rivers like Mandakini, Kaliganga and Dhauli Ganga .The ideal time to visit here is in summers.

Best Season: December - January
Duration: 6-8 Days
Max. Elevation: 4,264 m

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Shimla State Museum

Shimla State Museum is housed in an old Victorian mansion. It has been designed carefully to adapt it to the museum.

Location: The museum is set on a lonely hilltop known as ‘Inveram.’

Highlights: The Shimla State Museum is a residence of Indian government officials. Opened on January 26, 1974, the museum is used to collect as well as preserve the ancient artistic, historical, archaeological and ethnological human works for ensuring access to the future generations.

Price: The entry fee for the Indians is 20 INR and for the foreigners is 100 INR. Fee on camera is also levied. Indians will have to 50 INR surplus for carrying the camera and the foreigners will have to pay 100 INR surplus for carrying camera. Research scholars too will have to pay 100 INR for carrying camera.

Best Time: The ideal time to visit the Shimla State Museum is between 10a.m. to 5.p.m. Museum remains closed on all Mondays and other Gazetted holidays.

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