Kausani – Gateway to Himalayas

by Vivek Doshi
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Himalayas | Lenstravelier

The ideal way to explore this picturesque hill-station is to come without a plan. You can spend an entire day just watching the magical play of colours on the mountain peaks surrounding Kausani. This village, perched on a ridge covered with chir and blue pine forests, is most well-known for the spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi, and the mighty Panchachuli. Enjoy a picture-perfect sunrise from one of the many viewing platforms in the village. As the sun peeps above the horizon, the snow-crested peaks take on every hue of the rising golden orb. 

Or you can explore the surrounding forests, filled with babbling creeks, chirping birds and serenity. A paradise for bird lovers, here you can spot more than 50 different species of birds such as woodpecker, barbet, parakeet, robin and fork tail. The Kausani Tea Estate is an apt location to spot birds.

Places to explore in Kausani

  • Kasar Devi Temple - Endowed with a cosmic energy similar to that of UK's Stonhenge and Peru's Machu Pichu
  • Baijnath Temple - One of oldest temple and a heritage site
  • Tea Estate - Best place for bird spotting
Baijnath Temple | Kausani | Lenstravelier

Local Cuisines of Kausani

  • Madua ki Roti
  • Badee ki Sabzi
  • Bhatt ke Dupke

Activities

Kausani offers uninterrupted views of the mountain peaks and beyond them, the clear sky. There are several spots in and around Kausani where astrophotographers spend days and nights capturing the sky. It has one observatory “Starscapes Observatory” and an open-air ‘planetarium’, where you can spot planets and other heavenly objects on most nights. You can also enroll in short-term courses in astrophotography here.

A five km trek to the beautiful Pinnath village from Kausani is an unforgettable experience. The village is located at the foot of Gopalkot peak. A small temple dedicated to Lord Bhairon marks the end of the trek. It also serves as the starting point for Adi Kailash Trek, Base Kausani Trek and a trek to Kafni Glacier, which is situated at an altitude of 3,853 m.

Best Time to Visit

From September to May is the ideal time to visit. March to May are summer months with pleasant temperature, whereas Kausani sees snowfall from October to February.

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