A weekend in Kausani

Kausani offers beautiful views of Himalayan peaks
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Perched high on a forest-covered ridge, this tiny village has lovely panoramic views of distant snowcapped peaks, fresh air and a relaxed atmosphere. Mahatma Gandhi found Kausani an inspirational place to write his Bhagavad Gita treatise Anasakti Yoga in 1929, and there is still an ashram devoted to him here. Baijnath village, 19km north, has an intriguing complex of 12th-century shikara-style temples in a lovely location shaded by trees, with other shrines in the nearby old village. The town boasts some of the most scenic views of a few tallest peaks of Himalayas like Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.

These are the top attractions of the town.

Kausani Tea Estate

At Kausani Tea Estate – a tea plantation that involves private enterprise, the government and local farmers – you can look around and sample and buy products that are exported around the world. It’s 3.5km north of the village on the road to Baijnath, an easy and scenic walk.

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Anasakti Ashram

About 1km uphill from the bus stand, Anasakti Ashram is where Mahatma Gandhi spent two weeks pondering and writing Anasakti Yoga. It has a small museum that tells the story of Gandhi’s life through photographs and words. Visit at 6pm to attend nightly prayers in his memory.

Anasakti Ashram Museum

This museum tells the story of Gandhi’s life through photographs and words. Visit at 6pm to attend nightly prayers in his memory.

Garden Restaurant

In front of Hotel Uttarakhand and enjoying fine Himalayan views, this bamboo and thatch-roofed restaurant is Kausani’s coolest. The food comprises first-class dishes from Swiss rösti to chicken tikka and imported pasta, as well as some Kumaon specialities, using fresh ingredients.

Tip: Kausani also falls among the few places of Uttarakhand that receive snowfall during peak winter months. So, if you want to have a snowy experience, choose to visit during the end of December. Otherwise, tourist season begins from September.