Early morning sunrise at 5:00 am^
(This was taken from the cottage at Kausani, where I’d stayed!)
Thought of updating a travelogue which has has long been pending in my rough diaries of idle times.
Kausani though, which I’d visited, not quite long ago; Is a paradise in haven and has been etched in my heart, seared in my memory as if I visited the place just yesterday!
Come, visit the Switzerland of India!
Kausani, Uttarakhand- Withdrawl in the solitude of the Himalayas.
Located 52 km north of Almora, in the Bageshwar district of Uttrakhand is Kausani, also known as the ‘Switzerland of India’. There are very few places in the Himalayas that can compare with the beauty of Kausani – a picturesque hill station famous for its peace, serenity and scenic splendor.
Kausani bestows a spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. It lies atop a ridge at an altitude of around 1890 m amidst dense pine trees overlooking Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valley on the other on Almora-Bageshwar-Didihat Highway.
It was Mahatma Gandhi who first called this place the ‘Switzerland of India’, due to similarity in landscape.
There are many cottages, guest houses and hotels situated in Kausani for the convenient stay of tourists and travelers. Due to the distinctive altitude and location of this place, the panoramic view of the Himalayas is clearly visible from all sides, hence exhibiting the breath taking views of the sunrise and sunset during its peak hours.
The usual time of sunrise at Kausani is 5:00 am in the morning with the huge ball of fire, with red peripheral boundary embracing fiery bright rays, peaking behind the majestic Himalayan peaks. The sunrise at Kausani is an indispensable view for every traveler and tourist as it brightens the entire place, with its warmth and takes away the chilliness of the foggy night.
At sunrise and sunset, nature is a scenic painting for us, day after day.
There are quite many places to visit in this beautiful paradise.
Anashakti Ashram is a quiet and revered place where Mahatma Gandhi spent some days and wrote his commentary of Anashkti Yog. Pant Museum is another place of importance, this being the place where the famous poet of Hindi literature, Sumitranandan Pant was born.
Lakshmi Ashram is one kilometre away from the Kausani, and is a center run by Kumauni women and dedicated to social service and the upliftment of women. It is located in a solitary area among dense pine forest.
The place is blessed with special tea gardens and orchards (5 km on Bageshwar Road) displaying the entire manufacture of tea through its various machinery and huge tools situated within the tea orchard. The Baijnath group of temples (16.5 km on Bageshwar Road) and Bageshwar are the other places of interest nearby.
There are various short-distance and easy treks from Kausani, which can be carried out and achieved by common travelers as well. Some of them are – Pindari Glacier trek, Sunder Dhunga trek, Milam Glacier trek and the Kafari trek (3 km from Kausani).
Kausani is a pristine paradise and elegant hill station, captivating the true essence, purity and sensation of a perfect mountainous city, devoid of noise and absolutely secluded from the hustle-bustle of the city. It is a must-visit in summers, to wash away the sweat, dry away your worries and revel in the tranquility and freshness offered by the sweet-chilly winds up here!
(These little fruit treats were so tempting all the way!)