Kausani

We were in Delhi. Me for some work and with me tagged along, my wife for a change. She always cribs whenever I go out for a solo trip. And I keep telling her. “Come on a solo trip is a solo trip. Not meant to have a partner”. But this time it was different.

Also different was the weather. Hot and humid. Delhi of the yesteryear used to be really hot in summers, but never humid. And then I reminded myself. “Times are changing young man, but you better not change. Change the weather instead. Push off to the mountains”. The thought ignited my mind. The mind put it into action. And we were off.

Every time I plan a holiday, it’s well in advance. The air tickets, hotel bookings, activities bookings and if on a tour abroad, in addition the visa, travel insurance, foreign exchange and so on and so forth. But these sudden short holidays have a charm of their own. The charm of the unknown. And to discover, we were on our way. The destination, Kausani.

Kausani is a hill station and village situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is famous for its scenic beauty and its spectacular 300 kilometer wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. The father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi had called this place the ‘Switzerland of India’ due to great similarity in landscapes.

Being a very small place with no more than 750 families, it was the perfect destination that I was searching for. A hill town where we could just relax couple of days without the hurry to do a lot of activities. “I am taking you to a cool place where we will just take it cool”, I told my best half. And she loved the idea.

Trisul, Nanda_Devi and Himalayan range from_Kausani,_Uttarakhand, India
Kausani. Pic – Wilipedia, Sanjoy Ghosh

We decided to go by car because getting a train reservation to Kathgodam, the nearest railway station was not possible at such a short notice. The journey was long, a bit tiring but a holiday is a holiday. And so nothing else mattered. By the time we reached it was early evening, with sun and clouds playing their hide and seek and a new hill town waiting to welcome us.

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

When we reached our hotel it had become a little cloudy and the weather, nice and cold. Saw a glimmer of happiness on my lady’s face and I felt happy.

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Heritage Resort

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

The hotel we had booked was ‘Heritage Resort’ which was small but nice and offered some great views of the mountains. And as always, I used Booking.com to get a great price. The evening was spent relaxing and after dinner we went out for a small stroll around, which was so cool and lovely.

The complementary breakfast next morning was nothing extravagant but had all the ingredients for us to fill ourselves up till a planned late lunch. We then set off to explore.

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Vaishno Devi Temple, Near Kausani, Uttarakhand,India
Vaishno Devi Temple on the way to Kausani

Our first destination was Baijnath. Located at a distance of sixteen kilometers from Kausani in the Katyuri Valley, Baijnath, an ancient town is historically and religiously significant. Once known as Kartikyapura, Baijnath was the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings who ruled Uttaranchal during 12th and 13th centuries. Located at an elevation of 1,125 meter above sea level, the town is famous for its temples of Shiva, Ganesh and Parvati, along with those of Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahma. Temple of Maheshsur Mardini portrays the slaying of the bull-headed demon by the Goddess Kali. At a distance of three kilometer from the town, the Kote-ke-mai temple is located. This temple is famous for the sculpted statue of Vishnu, who is the presiding deity of the temple.

Constructed in the 12th century, the Baijnath Temple holds great significance. This is because, according to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva and Parvati were married at the confluence of River Gomati and Garur Ganga. And located on the banks of the Gomti River in the Garur Valley, is Baijnath Temple.

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India
Baijnath Temple

Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India

Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India

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Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India

Baijnath Group of Temples, Lord Shiva, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India
Lord Shiva at Baijnath temple
Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India
Gomti River
Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India
The River Bed
Baijnath Group of Temples, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India
The Fishes
Baijnath Lake, Uttarakhand, India
Baijnath Lake

It was wonderful witnessing history and the feel of the surroundings made us feel so proud of the rich heritage of our country. We were now feeling a little hungry. I don’t know why, but every time I am on a holiday anything that I see I feel like eating. We saw a small eating joint with few customers who seemed happy eating. So we decided to also join the band. A very nice and simple menu with the dry vegetable and dal (lentil) fry later, we were ready for more.

Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India

Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India

A beautiful Temple complex, Baijnath,Uttarakhand, India
A beautiful Temple complex
A beautiful Temple complex, Baijnath,Uttarakhand, India
One of the idols
Anashakti Ashram, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Anashakti Ashram
Anashakti Ashram, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Anashakti Ashram

Anashakti Ashram is a quiet and revered place where Mahatma Gandhi spent some days in 1929 and wrote his commentary of Anashkti Yog, called โ€˜Geeta-Anashakti-Yogโ€™. It has a prayer room, a small museum and is located in an extremely picturesque setting. Popularly known as Gandhi Ashram, it has now been converted into a study-cum-research center.

A part of the museum also houses an accommodation facility with 24 rooms. While staying in the ashram, tourists are also offered the facility of an attached library and kitchen. Due to it’s historical connections with Mahatma Gandhi and a study of Anashkti Yog, it has become a popular attraction of the destination.

Lakshmi Ashram is one kilometer away from the Kausani, and is a center run by Kumauni women and dedicated to social service and the uplifting of women. Mahatma Gandhi’s disciple, Sarla Behn (Kaitherine Heileman) established the ashram in 1946 and spent her life here doing social service and also established Anashakti Ashram. Lakshmi Ashram is located in a solitary area among dense pine forest.

Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Sumitranandan Pant Gallery

Sumitranandan Pant Gallery is dedicated to the Hindi poet by this name and whose birth place is Kausani. The museum showcases his manuscripts of the poems and draft copies of his literary works. Collections of the museum also include articles used day-to-day by him, the awards received by him, and also the letters written and received by him.

With its collection of over hundreds of English and Hindi books, displayed in glass shelves, the museum has become an interesting place for literature lovers. Every year, to mark the birth anniversary of the famous poet, a poetry conference is organised in this museum. This poetry symposium marks the poet’s birth anniversary.

Gurudwara, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Gurudwara (Sikh Shrine)

Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

As we were moving back, felt a sense of happiness. Nature, history, art, heritage, religion, simple food, simple people, smiling faces, unspoiled children and so much more just in a few hours. What could be better in life. The reason perhaps why my heart keeps telling me. Go man go. There is so much more to explore.

This hotel we were staying in was very cozy. Room service was great and the food just awesome. And what came along with the package was some absolutely free entertainment, as we watched down from our room window next morning. A big group together and their event. Selfies, selfies and groupies. The last minute comb up, the natural smiles, the put on one’s like mine, the small round mirrors out of the purses, the lipsticks getting to see a little feel of outdoor Kausani, it was real fun. For them and for us. Suddenly the door bell rang and put an end to our session. Breakfast had arrived. My plate of eggs sunny side up were exactly the way I had wanted. The coffee looked strong and good too. Oh I’ll surely come back to this place, I told my pretty one. She looked at me wondering, why the sudden announcement.

Come let’s move. Time is at a premium. First the Kausani Tea Gardens, a premium must visit location for its beautiful surroundings, the flowers and the green.

Kausani Tea Estate, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Kausani Tea Estate

Kausani Tea Estate, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani Tea Estate, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani Tea Gardens, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani Tea Gardens, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Kausani Tea Gardens, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

We moved then to Kausani Shawl Factory where you can pick from a fabulous collection of high quality woolen shawls, exquisitely designed by the local weavers.

shareiq_407_1427127451.401631 Kausani Shawl factory

Now we head to the most exciting location in Kausani. People say your Kausani trip is not complete without visiting Rudradhari Caves falls. It’s nature at it’s best at a distance of just twelve kilometers from Kausani. It is a location with lush green paddy fields where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of rivers which makes it immensely beautiful. There is a small “Someshwar” temple situated near the falls.

According to the legend, this place holds connection with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The name Rudradhari has been derived from the Hindu gods Rudra Lord Shiva and Hari Vishnu. Rudradhari falls and caves are natural and truly majestic. The breathtaking and magnificent waterfalls can be viewed while trekking through forests, rocks and mountains for about two kilometers after leaving your vehicle. Hence it has become famous for its natural wonders and treks that attract large number of tourists across the globe. On treks of higher altitudes you could even spot animals like snow leopard, mush deer and blue sheep.

Towards Rudradhari Caves Falls, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Ready to come along. Let’s go and experience this paradise with our little guide, Pritam.

Kausani.Uttarakhand,India

We had reached. I was panting and desperately trying to get some juice out from my last chewing gum. An inner voice said. ” Times have changed old man. And you better change. Have you looked at your paunch. It looks awful. And you can’t even hide it anymore. Do something. Else your dreams of seeing more of this world, will remain in your dreams”. And the rest is history ๐Ÿ˜€

But let’s forget the history for now and focus on the present. And soak in the atmosphere. But be careful of the monkeys. They may come down anytime ๐Ÿค”

Rudradhari Cave Temple, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Rudradhari Cave Temple

Rudradhari Cave Temple, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Falls, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Rudradhari Cave Falls

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

Rudradhari Cave Temple & Falls trek, Kausani, Uttarakhand, India

As we walked back, the tiredness was nowhere in sight. Instead there was a feeling of freshness. Nature had refreshed us with it’s magic.

Kausani, a Nature’s Paradise.

Come to Kausani. Experience calm, experience peace. Experience India Beautiful ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

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74 Comments

  1. Sujoy Banerjee says:

    keep going places and let us virtually visit too

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Sujoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Ben Butler says:

    That is a really beautiful area. I love the views and all that water. It’s gorgeous.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Ben ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. I love the vibes here! It’s so beautful! I am glad you caught so many great pictures!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much.

  4. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh my goodness what an amazing looking place to spend time and explore. Just stunning natural beauty and so many places to do and see things.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Sarah It’s truly amazing.

  5. The views there are incredible. You are lucky to be able to see them in person.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s a super place.Great views & a small but a very peaceful place where you can relax just the way you want.

  6. artchee says:

    This looks like a good place to go trekking.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes it is. The higher you go the more exciting it gets.

  7. thanks for sharing another beautifull place ! The lush green paddy field of Kausani, with water falling vertically shouldnโ€™t be missed!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you NN.Your blog too gives me lots of reading pleasure

  8. karilife says:

    These views look breathtaking! And how special of you to get to share it together!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Kari ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. sjd68 says:

    I love the mountains in Kausani. The topography is unreal there. Your photos in India have really been surprising to me as I didn’t really ever consider the different changes in landscape in the country. Great read as always. I enjoy “traveling” with you.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you sjd.I do hope I am able to keep providing you more of these virtual but happy traveling experiences.

  10. Despite Pain says:

    I wrote a blog post either and said that I love travelling from my armchair via travel blogs. Yours is one of my favourites. Kausani really does look like nature’s paradise. Lovely post again..thank you for sharing.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much. It gives me such great satisfaction that I am able to give some moments of pleasure. Few moments when you probably get distracted from all your pain. I pray for your well being.

  11. emman damian says:

    I really love your travel posts! It really inspires me to travel more soon. Keep it up!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Emman ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. Sara Welch says:

    What a beautiful experience! Those cave falls are so lovely!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Sara.The trek was so exciting amongst the greens ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. You are always full of information of places to stay and explore in the far reaches of the world. I would love to see the shiva. Thank your for sharing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Beth.Do come over to India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ I am always there for any help or support that you may need.

  14. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    Delhi really looks like a surreal place. Would love to take a solo trip out there.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      This was a trip to Kausani,a hill station near Delhi. Delhi too you would like. India’s capital city,well planned & all green.

  15. tcleland88 says:

    Spontaneous getaways are often the best. What a beautiful place from the mountains to the temple to the waterfall…loved all of your photos.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Tc.Happy to give you some happiness ๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. Felicia says:

    What a lovely place to visit. I really want to travel more and need to make it a priority.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Go for it Felicia.I feel traveling changes our world & there is so much we learn.I believe we only live once.

  17. Porsha Carr says:

    It sounds like you guys had a great time. Your wifeโ€™s outfit is beautiful:)

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes we loved it.I have shown your feedback to my wife ๐Ÿ˜Š

  18. Trish says:

    Kausani looks like a fabulous place to visit. Your post and all the photos give a real flavour of it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Trish.Happy to give you some happiness.

  19. lforsythe7040 says:

    That place looks absolutely beautiful! I can understand why your wife wouldn’t want to be left behind.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Ha.Ha.Yes a beautiful place really.

  20. Swagata says:

    I don’t know whether I would ever get the chance to travel to this beautiful hillstation. But even if I don’t I wont have any regret as after reading your post I feel I have actually been on this trip..missed the photos of food this time though! I remember once we survived some day trips near Auli only on daal and Roti..I missed the photo of daal fry of the small eatery ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Swagata. It’s my pleasure to provide you some happy moments and nostalgia ๐Ÿ˜Š

  21. I’ve never heard of this place before. It sounds like a great place to visit!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Shannon.Lovely peaceful place.

  22. aword84 says:

    Oh thank you for sharing this place seems so interesting to visit ! Amazing, some of the landscapes you pictured reminded me of the lower mountains in Italy…

    1. travelwisesr says:

      So good to know.And you know I loved Italy. Rome, Venice, Sorrento, Amalfi, Vesuvius, Pompeii ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. Keely Elise says:

    Really interesting! Love visiting these places online thanks to your great posts ! – Keely Elise

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Keely ๐Ÿ˜Š

  24. artchee says:

    The mountain range in the pics looks really amazing.

  25. India has so many hidden exotic places like Kausani. I’d not heard of it till I read your post. So beautiful, serene and I think would need to get a bit fit before I attempt trekking to Rudradhari Cave Falls. Looking forward to your next adventure.

  26. Tanya Geno says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to visit! I need to start on planning for trips like these! Any tips?

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I do self planning for all my trips including ones outside my country,India.You could probably have a look at couple of my posts as below-
      https://travelwisesr.com/holiday-activities-adventures/

      https://travelwisesr.com/tips-and-tricks-to-save-on-your-next-trip/

  27. Jacque Hooper says:

    While looking at your photos, my toddler saw your pictures of Baijnath Lake and emphatically yelled, “I want to go there!” I couldn’t agree with her more!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Come over Jacque.Am there for any help that you may require.

  28. Luna S says:

    What a stunning place to visit, I love all of the bright colors mixed in with the natural surroundings. It sounds like the two of you had a lovely trip.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes Luna.It was truly an unforgettable trip.

  29. Lora Frost says:

    Thank you for sharing your travels once again. I always love following you virtually along the way. The architecture of the buildings you shared in phenomenal.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Lora.Happy to give you some happiness.

  30. Toni says:

    Wow! That sounds like an amazing trip! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It was amazing truly Toni.

  31. Wow, you go to some incredibly fascinating places and to get to go here for work?! If I were your wife, I’d be always tagging along, not wanting to miss any of this!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Ha ha ha.That’s the best I have heard Debra for a long long time ๐Ÿ˜Š

  32. There are a ton of places I want to go to experience nature and take long hikes! Thanks for sharing your journey with your best half

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks honeybunnytwee.

  33. Becca Wilson says:

    This looks like it would be such a beautiful trip. I would totally love to tag along with someone when they were doing a trip like this.

    1. travelwisesr says:

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  34. It’s like I get to visit all these amazing places through your blog. I’d love to visit Kausani as well, so picturesque!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Come to India Aslee & experience the magic of this beautiful country ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  35. India’s heritage is to live for! My visit to Mumbai few years ago was for business purposes. Will try to find time to explore more next time I visit

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Please do visit again, this time on pleasure.You will love it.

  36. Nina says:

    Funny how you were telling your wife about solo travel. If my husband said that to me he would be in a lot of trouble. lol. Looks like a great travel!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Ha ha ha Nina.You made me smile early morning.Yes it was a great trip with my wife tagged along ๐Ÿ˜Š

  37. That looks like a wonderful trip! So glad your wife could accompany you this time. That would make it even more special to me. Thereโ€™s something about vacations and food. Maybe itโ€™s the want to experience everything. But I agree with always eating more during that time.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Erica.We seem to be similar ๐Ÿ˜Š Yes my holidays with my wife is always special.

  38. Connie says:

    I enjoy living vicariously through your travels and Kausani sounds like an amazing place. I’m especially intrigued by the temple complexes. I’ve never seen anything like that before!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Connie.Happy to provide you some happy moments.

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