Kausani-"The Nature OF Himalayas"
Kausani is a hill station situated in the Bageshwar district of the Uttarakhand state of India. Mahatma Gandhi called this place the 'Switzerland of India', due to similarity in landscape. Kausani is known for its wide angle view of several lofty Himalayan Peaks as well as a pleasant view of the Kosi river and the Katyur Valley. From here, one can see the settlements of the Katyur valley, the river Gomti and the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. The remains of the tea estate developed during the British rule can still be seen here. Kausani also has the famous Anashakti Ashram named after the book Anashakti Yoga written by Mahatma Gandhi when he lived here in 1929.
Popular Place to Visit in Kusani
It is also known as Gandhi Ashram. Anasakti Ashram was built to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi who visited this place in 1929 and described it as the 'Switzerland of India' after falling in love with its pristine beauty. The ashram is well stocked with books and photographs of Gandhi's life. There is a small prayer room in this ashram where prayers are held every morning and evening.
The Rudradhari falls is a natural attraction here and many ancient caves are explored nearby areas. The puranic stories relate this place with Lord Shiv (Rudra) and Lord Vishnu (Hari). The Shiv Temple at Someshwar is situated close to the waterfalls. These magnificent waterfalls can be viewed while trekking to Adi Kailash region in the hill station of Kasauni.
Kausani Tea Estate (Tea Garden)
Kausani is also famous for its several tea gardens. This high-flavored tea is exported to Australia, Germany,Korea and the US.
Sumitranandan Pant Gallery
The renowned hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant was born in Kausani. Sumitranandan Pant Gallery was built to commemorate Sumitranandan Pant. The gallery houses hundred of English and Hindi books in glass cabinets.
Lakshmi Ashram/Sarla Ashram
It is also known as Sarla Ashram. Catherine Hillman, a disciple of Gandhi who came to be known as Sarlaben founded this ashram in 1964 which overlooks the beautiful Kosi Valley. Several skills like growing vegetables, cooking, caring for the animals and cleaning are taught orphaned poor girls and woman who live in the ashram. Lakshmi ashram is located in a quiet place up the hills which lends a serene atmosphere to the ashram.
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