Kausani (1890 mt.): Nestling amongst
thick forests of pine atop a narrow
ridge, 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.
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.
Place to Visit
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
to over 70 orphaned poor girls and woman
live in the ashram. Lakshmi ashram
is located in a quiet place up the hills
which lends a serene atmosphere to the
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. It is
here that he wrote his treatise Anasakti
(‘detachment’) Yoga. 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.
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
of English and Hindi books in
glass cabinets. A poetry symposium is
organized here every year to mark the
poet’s birth anniversary.
Kausani Tea Estate
Kausani is also famous for its several
tea gardens and pear orchards. Girias
Uttaranchal tea is produced in 208
hectares of tea plantations near
Kausani. You can have somebody guide you
through the factory showing you how tea
is manufactured in the estate. This
high-flavored tea is exported to
Australia, Germany, Korea and the US.
How to Reach us
The nearest airport for Kausani is
Pantnagar. Pantnagar Airport is situated
162kms from Kausani. Taxis are available
to Kausani, Haldwani, Nainital and
Almora from Pant Nagar Airport. Buses
are available from Haldwani, Kathgodam
and Nainital to Kausani.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station
to Kausani situated at a distance of
132kms. Kathgodam is well connected by
Railway networks with major destinations
of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata.
Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it
is the gateway of Kumaon region. Buses
and Taxis are easily available to
Kausani from Kathgodam.
Kausani is well connected by motorable
roads with major cities of northern
India. Buses to Kathgodam and Almora can
be taken from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi.
Kausani is well connected with major
towns of Kumaon region as well as
Garhwal regions. Taxis to Kausani are
easily available from major destinations
of Uttarakhand state. The distance from
Delhi to Kausani is 410kms if you travel
via Babugarh and Moradabad. This
distance can be easily covered in 11
hours of time.