Kasauni- Uttarakhand

Tripoto
22nd Dec 2018
Day 1

Just hill things

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Frog point

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

The stream

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

The bridge on frog point

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Scenic drive

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Hills that seemed to be smoking

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Step farming

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Mountains ????

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Snowpeaks- first look from car

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

View from the cottage????????????

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Sunset turning the mountains orange

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Trishul peak

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

The moon rising

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Daal and mutton????????????

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Give me food

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Reaching Kathgodam with backpack

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

Sleep deprived is boarded the train!

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Amrita Banga

We tried to wakeup early on our second day to witness the sunrise. The night was cold with temperatures going below 0°. Still the motivation to get up was fuelled by desire to see the sunrise from behind the mountains. The guesthouse folks served tea to all rooms without asking and hot tea with the view of sunrise was perfect.
After breakfast, we decided to explore the area nearby to just soak in the sun and view. The walk was by woods and it being sunny day, everything seemed everything bright. We were greeted by incredible view of mountains, trees and dogs. We returned after two hours of leisurely walk and boarded our taxi to do some local site seeing.
First place on list was, Gandhi Aashram. Apparently, Mahatma Gandhi had visited Kausani and there is a museum there to commemorate the same. The museum though average, offered a great view and had scenic spot. After this visit, we went to the famous Baijnath Temple.
Baijnath temple is one of the smaller temples in uttarakhand made in 13th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Temple is by the stream and has small lake in it. The Temple again with a backdrop of mountains is a spectacular view. We were even told some folklore about a magical stone being there by our driver.
After spending around an hour in temple and feeding fishes, we proceeded for lunch at a local restaurant. As it was already post 3, we decided to headback to our guesthouse while stopping on the way to click pictures and to shop from local shawl factory.

On our way back, we saw a small place which offered a star gazing experience. We went to enquire about the same and were told that they run shows starting 6pm for half hour each. We decided that at rs.100/- it wouldn't be too bad to experiment and try. We went back to guesthouse to witness another mind-blowing sunset. After sunset around, 6:30, we decided to go for stargazing which was a fun experience. In a small set up of telescope, the person running the show could show us a lot of stars, galaxies and constellation. What stole the show here was the fact that we could see 4 satellite in short duration of half hour. The satellites moving and their orbits crossing was a sight to withhold.

Satisfied and tired after a day of beauty, we had no difficulty going to sleep even though the temperature was even lower than the night before.

Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga

For our trip to Uttarakhand, we decided Christmas weekend 2018 would  be perfect. We decided to take the morning Shatabdi from Delhi for  Kathgodam.
Catching morning train on a cold morning was somewhat of an inconvenience which we managed to do. The train started at exactly at 6am.

We reached the Kathgodam station around 11:30 where we met the  taxi driver. We started for Kausani almost immediately. Hilly roads and old bollywood music, made it a quintessential Pahadi ride.

We took a break at Kirola for lunch and had a great local meal sitting in the sun outside of the small dhaba. The joint was just before KachiDham Temple. We continued our journey forward taking stops where ever view was breath taking.
We found a place called "Frog Point", where we took a halt and explored the bridge and stream. The stop was worth taking for the view though you might find other people coming in your perfect frame.

We further continued our journey to Kausani filled with incredible drive by the stream. This is again a great photography opportunity as picture perfect road and stream curve together in sync.

The drive to Kausani took almost 5 hrs and we reached our KMVN guesthouse just in time to view the incredible sunset. The setting sun turned the snow capped mountains turn orange and on the other side, the moon started rising and was just visible above the mountains.

After enjoying tea while watching the sunset, the rest of the day went by enjoying the cold evening and night and having hot soup at the guest house.

Day 2

Morning cup of tea

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Flower

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The mountain view on walk

Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga

Sun!!

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Sunrays

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Walk time

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Mountain friend

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When walk is the destination

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View from Gandhi Aashram

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Lake by temple- reflection

Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga

Temple with mountain view

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The Gandhi Aashram view point

Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga

View????

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Start of sunset

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Mountains on fire

Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga

Shades of evening

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The flow of clouds

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Morning sunlight

Photo of Kasauni- Uttarakhand by Amrita Banga
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