Nestling amongst thick, dense pine forests, atop a narrow ridge and separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountains; at Kausani the grandeur of the Himalayan scenery comes alive. The view of the snow-covered Trisul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snows being within touching distance.
At a height of 1,890 meters and 51 km from Almora, Kausani has attracted thousands of visitors for its ethereal sunrise and a 320 km wide view of the Himalayan range. Eulogised by poets and philosophers, this scenic and beautiful spot offers so much all year round-sightseeng, history, sport, pilgrimage and complete relaxation.
“ in these hills Nautre’s hospitality eclipses all man can do. The enchanting beauty of the Himalayas, their bracing climate and soothing green, that envelops you, leaves nothing to be desired. In woder whether the scenery of these hills and the beauty spots of the world” said Mahatma Gandhi during his two week stay-at Kausani.
“He wondered why people go to Switzerland when there is Kausani and the Kumaon Hills.”
The Mahatma was so moved that he worte, almost as a tribute, his famous commentary on the Gita-the ‘Anasakti Yoga.” On the other side of the ridge, his disciple, Sarla Behn, Formerly Miss Katherine Heilemen, runs an Ashram.
Pinnath (5 km), Budapinnath (5.5 km) and Bhatkot (12km are the highest points near Kausani.