Hyped Ranikhet - Day 2
Ranikhet was beautified by the weather, but trust me its just plain and simple "boring". You can probably stop at couple of places for capturing some good shots and that’s it.
Breathtaking Kausani - Day 2
We proceeded to Kausani traveling through the clouds and getting crazy with the experience, not knowing what awaited us at Kausani. Well frankly we did read about Kausani when we added it to our plan. We read that you get view of Himalayas from there and we kept wondering what are the mountains in Nainital and Bhimtal then if not Himalayas. The moment our cab entered Kausani and our driver said "mam, please see on your left - the Himalayas", it took out breath away. We could see snow clad peaks of the tall Himalayas standing high and strong right in front of us. I have traveled to numerous hill stations in north India before but I have never had this view before. It was THE wow moment of this trip. To our surprise Kaunsani Best Inn, the hotel where we had made our booking had the balcony of all rooms facing the Himalayas and it was just at the right height to get a clear view of Himalayas as well as the valley. We had also read that people go to Kausani for sunrise and sunset. What we imagined was far BEHIND from reality. We imagined sun coming from behind two mountains..huh..ridiculous you would think if you have been to Kausani and seen the spectacle with your own eyes. The moment we reached hotel, the sun was setting with sky turned orange and red orange light falling on the white mountains. We stood there..speechless...for I don’t know how long but I know till it was completely dark.
We basically see the Panchachuli Himalayan range from Kausani which is a group of 5 Himalayan peaks. Two tallest ones being Trishul and Nanda Devi.
We were told to put an alarm for 5AM as that’s the time for sunrise and now we had high expectations from sun rise; but of course we did not expect what we saw when we got up at 5 the next morning. It was sea of clouds in front of us covering the distance between Kausani (do check out the pic) and Himalayas surrounded by green and white mountain peaks. We were standing right above this sea of clouds waiting for the sun to give us a glimpse, for the sky to turn orange once again. Unfortunately for us, black clouds shielded the sun and we missed our opportunity of seeing the sun rise through the beautiful Himalayas. When the sun actually rose after the clouds parted, we learnt that cloudy weather is actually good for you to have a good view of the Himalayas because most of the clouds are at a lower height than Kausani. Due to refraction of sun light from snow clad mountains you actually see nothing when sun comes up full fledged.
Kausani best inn had very friendly staff, nice place but with not so nice food. They give you options but lack the taste and lack milk for tea and coffee. So if you happen to be big tea coffee fan its advisable to buy your own milk packet from near by grocery shops.