There are very few places in the Himalayas which can
compare with the beauty of Kaushani. Situated among mountains and trees,
Trishul and Nanda Devi are clearly visible from here. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi spent 12
days here. He was so enamoured of Kaushani that he called it the Switzerland of
India and brought his thoughts out in his book called Anasakti Yoga. The place where he
stayed is called the Anasakti Ashram. This Ashram was earlier the guest house in a tea
After Gandhiji's visit, this place was
made a memorial for him. Even today tourists go there to see the sunset and sunrise.
300 people can be accommodated in this ashram. Every evening prayers are conducted in the
main hall. The famous poet of Hindi literature, Sumitranandan Pant was born here. In
his earlier writings a beautiful description of Kaushani is seen.
Kaushani is ideal to visit with
the family. Because
of its beauty, tourists come here all through the year. From morning to evening, from
valleys to peaks, thousands of different colours can be seen here.
Places of Interest:
A little away from the Kaushani bus stand is a museum named after the Hindi poet
Sumitranandan Pant. The house which has the museum is the poet's house of
days. His daily use articles, drafts of his poems, letters, his awards etc. are
1 km away from the Anasakti Ashram, this place is a center
run by women who do social
service. Gandhiji's disciple, Sarala Behen spent her life here doing social service.
This ashram is located in a solitary area in a dense jungle.
9050 feet above sea level, this hill station is 20 kms from Kaushani. Here there is a
temple of Shiva from where one can view many valleys. Around Pinakeshwar are other places
like Old Pinakeshwar, Gopalkot, Huria etc.
Baijnath: 17 kms from
Kaushani, the most important historical place in Uttarakhand is Baijnath which is situated on the banks of the Gomti
river. The Baijnath temple here was built thousands of years ago and can still be admired
for its carvings and sculptures. Some old temples can also be found here.
15 kms away from Kaushani, this famous Shiva temple was built by King Somchand of the
Chand Dynasty. In March every year a festival is held here .
Chaukori is 75 kms away from Kaushani and is well known for the view it gives of the
Himalayan peaks. A person viewing the Himalayas from here feels like
he can touch them. For an overnight stay there is a tourist bungalow.
25 kms from Bageshwar passing through Thapkot, another 16 kms. later the last bus stop is
Loharkhet. From here is a 35 km trek to the famous Pindari glacier. To see this
majestic glacier tourists camp on the way to reach the Zero Point (3000
here is a close-up view of the glacier. All though the way there are places to eat. A
village called Khati which is 18 kms after Loharkhet is one of the camping points.
From Phurkia to Zero point it is just 5 kms. The best time to visit here is April, May,
September and October. This glacier is 58 kms from Kaushani. It is 3 kms long and
250 mts. wide. Trekking equipment can be hired at Bargeshwar.
Kafni Glaciers: For the more adventurous trekkers these two glaciers
are ideal. Both these glaciers are located in the Pindari Glacier area in different
spots. It is advisable to visit these places with an experienced guide and
proper equipment. Sundardoonga is known for its beautiful rocks.
One has to pass through Umla Jatoli village to go there. Dhakudi is a camping point which
is 35 kms away. To go to Kafni (3800 mts) one has to go through a rough trek of 20 kms.
from Dwali camp.
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Get there :
The closest airport is Pantnagar which is 180 kms away.
The closest railway station is Kathgodam. This is 142 kms away from Almora.
Kaushani is connected by road from Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow,
Nainital, Pantnagar, Ranikhet, Gopeshwar etc..
All through the year except during the monsoons which are in July-August.
ideal time is April to June and September to November.