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Uttarakhand: Kaushani - A Traveller's Guide
Kaushani and Baijnath:
When to visit: You can visit it anytime round the year, but the peak season is from March to May and from September to November. The winters, though very cold, offers a clearer view.
Temperatures: 26 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius in Summer, while 15 degrees Celcius to 2 degrees Celsius in winters.
Kaushani is covered in the the shades of Oak, Pine and other coniferous trees, and is situated at a height of 1890 meters, rich in natural beauty. It was built by the British in 1864. The hill station also has some tea gardens.
The best views are from the State Bungalow. The beauty and glory of the Homalayas are offered to you at one panoramic view. Its beauty had even enthralled the Great Mahatma Gandhi, who equated it with Switzerland. A panoramic view stretching over 336 kilometers of the Himalayas, comrpising peaks like Nandaghunti, Chaukhamba, Nandakot, Panchchulli, Nandadevi and many others stand side by side. The mountains, all snow covered, changes color from Dawn to Dusk, and will enthrall you with their grandeur.
Do not expect a busling hill station and its offer of entertainment here. Kaushani is a place to soak in nature. You can take lovely walks, fill your lungs with freshest of air, absorb the beauty of the Himalayas, and revive your tired bones. Check out the Gandhi ashram here, its a small walk. The beauty of the Himalayas from the Anashakti Yoga Ashram ( Ph; 258028)pulls all Kaushani tourists. You can also stay there, though the food in strictly veg, it offers one of the best place to stay.
Also check out the Someshwar temple and the Kali temple, at the entrance of Kaushani, 12 kilometers before main Kaushani.
19 kilometers from Kaushani, towards Goaldam, and at a distance of 1 hours is the 11th century Parvati temple of Baijnath, athr banks of Gomto river. It is possibly the only Parvati temple of India. The deity is beautiful and divine, made in black stone, reaching a height of 6 feet. There are eitht other temples too, in te complex, for Shiva, Ganesha etc. Stairs will take you down to Gomti river, where bathing is considered holy. However, Baijnath is situated at a height of 1238 meters, and can get a bit cold. 8 kilometers from Baijnath is Kot ki Kali temple.
There is a KMVN's tourist holiday resort (phone: 05963 - 250101) where you can choose to stay.
Click here for a detailed tourist's guide on Baijnath
Where to Stay in Kaushani: Anashakti Yoga Ashram, KMVN's Tourist Holiday Resort (Phone: 09339878995) are the coveted places. There are many good private accommodation hotels too. Check our hotel booking links below for online booking.
How to Reach: It is only 52 kilometers from Almora, and buses connect the places. Buses are also available from Nainital, Kathgodam, Karnaprayag, Pithoragarh, Goaldam and Srinagar. There is a bus service from Delhi as well. You can also make a route and book a car for the entire journey.