Tourism in Himalayas can never be complete without a visit to the beautiful hill-station of Kausani. The beauty of the place is simply incomparable. Originally called Valna, the Kumaon Hill region of Kausani has long been known for its idyllic beauty with the huge mountains silhouetted against the sky. This Himalayan locale has some fabulous vantage points that offer a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and the green valleys.
Natural beauty apart, Kausani also boasts of some historical memories down the lane. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi spent 12 days here and brought his thoughts out in his book called Anasakti Yoga. The place where he stayed is called the Anasakti Ashram. The Ashram now houses an excellent library- a wonderful retreat for book lovers and is thus a major crowd puller.
A little away from the Kausani bus stand is the Pant museum, named after the Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. The museum is actually the poet's house of his childhood days. His articles of daily use, drafts of his poems, letters, awards etc. are displayed here. The Lakshmi Ashram, a center run by women engaged in social service, lies a kilometer away from the Anasakti Ashram in the midst of a dense jungle. This is the place where Gandhiji's disciple, Sarala Behen, spent her life in social service activities.
Kausani offers the magic of the deep pine forests and the majestic mountains. This is also the birthplace of Sumitra Nandan Pant, who often referred to Kausani as the 'Switzerland of India'. Situated amidst mountains and trees, the peaks of Trishul and Nanda Devi are clearly visible from this alluring Uttarakhand hill station. No wonder, Kausani attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year, thus taking Uttarakhand tourism to new heights.