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Things To Do In Kausani
Kausani is a dreamlike and picturesque extravaganza suffused with its snowy peaks, foggy vales, lush forestland, and unspoiled splendour. Labelled the “Switzerland of India” by Mahatma Gandhi, tourists flock to this romantic and mesmerizing landscape. A quaint town set 1890 meters high, it offers views of the Himalayas as far as 350 km. During the summer and winter seasons, sightseeing and outdoor activities from shopping to treks and rock climbing are an absolute treat for all visitors. Read below to find out more about the best things to do when in Kausani.
In the summer and winter months, there are a wide variety of adventure sports and outdoor activities for visitors to choose from. Other than during the monsoon, Kausani tends to enjoy a perfectly moderate climate. Rock climbing, mountain biking and rappelling are just some of the adventure sports on offer, that normally tend to be a massive hit amongst young couples, families and corporate groups that come to Kausani.
One of the most popular things to do in Kausani, trekking has caught on in a big way in India over the years. The winter and summer season present an ideal time for a variety of nature walks and treks in and around Kausani. Treks are organised from the beginner to the expert levels. The Rudrahari Falls trek takes visitors through dense pine forests, whereas the Pindari glacier trek offers stunning views of neighbouring Himalayan Mountains. One of the easier treks is the 5 km journey to Pinnath Temple.
Kausani is home to a number of Ashrams, creating a peaceful and serene atmosphere in the hill station. Anasakti or Gandhi Ashram and Lakshmi Ashram are just some of the popular tourist spots here. Needless to explain but Gandhiji stayed at the Anasakti Ashram many years ago and it has now been turned into a museum displaying his musings and photography. The Lakshmi Ashram is nestled amongst dense pine forests and aims to empower the local women in the area, by teaching valuable skills like farming, weaving etc.
Just like the Ashrams, Kausani is home to a number of exquisite ancient temples, displaying a unique style of art and architecture. The Someshwar Temple, created way back in the Chand Dynasty and the Baijnath Temple in Kaushil are both dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Rudrahari Mahadev Temple is an incredible cave temple that can be found on the banks of the Kosi River. Last but not least, the Kot Bhramari Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the same name, can be found nestled on a hillock.
Shopping at Mall Road in Kausani
Whether or not shopping is your cup of tea, Mall Road in Kausani is not to be missed. The district is full of unique handiworks and traditional garments, jewellery and a bunch of other intriguing accessories. Shawls, sweaters and gloves of the highest quality can be purchased here. There is something for everyone, including even jams, pickles and other food items. It is a fun way to spend the day, especially for families and young couples.
Enjoy a meal at the Garden Restaurant
Visitors are encouraged to sit down and savour a memorable meal at the Garden restaurant in Kausani. Sitting under the bamboo-thatched ceiling, visitors can savour international and local delicacies, overlooking the gorgeous Himalayan Mountains. This is a truly spectacular experience for families and romantics alike and is not to be missed. Visitors can truly take in the surrounding beauty here.
Visit the Stargate Observatory
With the latest gear and knowledgeable astrophysicists, this observatory is a memorable experience for visitors curious about outer-space. Visitors can partake in stargazing sessions, with the stunning Himalayan Mountains providing an enchanting backdrop. There are several workshops, an Astronomy-themed museum and a space-themed café all present here. This is a treat for visitors of all ages and is not to be missed.
Visit the Kausani Tea Estate
This is a perfect leisure activity and is highly recommended for families and couples. Spread across 208 hectares, the Kausani Tea Estate is a beautiful spot surrounded by tea plantations and lush vegetation, all in the backdrop of the Himalayas. However, it is closed to the public between November and March.