A Road Trip to Remember- Kausani, Nainital and Ranikhet

25th Jun 2017

Hailing from a small town, Gwalior, the wanderlust girl within me always wants to reach out to the bucket of nature. I, along with my family packed our bags and suited ourselves to another exciting road trip. We started our journey from Gwalior and reached Haldwani by evening and stayed at a hotel. The next day, we continued our travel and came across with beautiful destinations like Nainital, where we boated in Naini Lake, visited Naina Devi temple, then, Ranikhet, a charming hill station with avid natural beauty, tall pine trees, lush greenery that brings out the peace within you. It took us 3 hours to reach to our destination even though the distance from ranikhet to kausani is just 60 kms, thanks to heavy traffic, narrow roads, sloppy mountains, I could totally enjoy the journey without even getting bored for a second.

Photo of Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand by Shivangi Shankar
Photo of Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, India by Shivangi Shankar

We finally reached our destination, Kausani, the Switzerland of India, which basically is a village located in kumoan region of uttarakhand, which offers panoramic landscaped view of Himalayan Mountains, tranquil surroundings and huge pine trees making it a bundle of traveller’s dreamland. One can only reach it via roadway because it, being a small village, do not offers railway facility. The aesthetic beauty of Himalayan Mountains and perfect weather gives enormous joy to each living being dwelling there.

Hotels to stay in Kausani:

· Heritage Resort

· Pine Havens

· Sun and Snow inn

This beautiful village has even more beautiful places to visit, like:

Kausani Tea Estate: the exotic tea gardens, lashed with greenery all around is a major source of fresh tea leaves which is been exported all around the country. They are located on Baijnath- Kausani road.

Beautiful tea gardens at Kausani

Photo of Kausani Tea Estate, Bhana Padiyar, Uttarakhand, India by Shivangi Shankar

Rudradhari Falls: it is located 10–12 kms away from kausani and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Anasakti Ashram: Also known as Gandhi Ashram, is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, where prayers and rituals are held.

Star gate Kausani Observatory: One of the most interesting place, where one can see planets like Jupiter, Saturn and their moons through the telescope.

Baijnath Temple: The temple houses a beautiful idol of Parvati which is been chiselled in black stone. The major tourist attraction in the temple is the lake along side it, which is filled with fishes. The tourists feed them with chana and nuts.

Photo of Baijnath Temple, Almora-Bageshwar-Karanprayag Road, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India by Shivangi Shankar
Photo of Baijnath Temple, Almora-Bageshwar-Karanprayag Road, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India by Shivangi Shankar

Interesting things in Kausani:

· Shopping at local market

· Handicraft made of locally available materials like shawls, baskets etc.

· Surreal view every time.

Overall, Kausani is a grandeur of a nature’s bounty and should be visited at least once by every traveller out there.

And, I never wanted these roads to end, EVER, to be honest. :)

Photo of Kausani, Uttarakhand, India by Shivangi Shankar

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