OT Itinerary: Your 2-Day Slow Weekend Guide To Kausani

Visit the sleepy hill town of Uttarakhand for a stress-free weekend where slowing down is your only plan
Most people visiting Kausani often go without a plan
Most people visiting Kausani often go without a planShutterstock

Kausani in Uttarakhand is the best place to visit when you want to slow down. Uttarakhand is famed for many such quiet, hilly hamlets where the simple local lifestyle has become a major attraction for city dwellers. Located in the state's Bageshwar district, this little village has a handful of attractions that could be covered in a day or two. Most people visiting Kausani often go without a plan, as that is the USP of the place. To slow down and do nothing.

Amongst the few things to see and do in Kausani are a mix of temples, scenic hikes and glittering waterfalls. Here is a quick two-day guide to the sleepy hamlet of Kausani, where you can take a relaxing weekend and let off some steam.

DAY 1:

A road trip might be a long-drawn affair if you are visiting Kausani from Delhi. From the national capital, you have to drive for nearly 11 hours to cover a distance of around 413 km. Alternatively, you can also take buses from Anand Vihar ISBT or fly down to Pant Nagar Airport and then take a cab to Kausani, which is 162 km from there.

Anashakti Ashram is also called Gandhi Ashram
Anashakti Ashram is also called Gandhi AshramShutterstock

Once you've reached the destination and checked into your hotel, you can take a stroll around the village after a quick lunch at the hotel. Visit the Anashakti Ashram, which is open between 4 pm and 7 pm. The museum is also called Gandhi Ashram and is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. You can either venture into the market for casual shopping or visit the Starscapes Observatory next to the Anashakti Ashram. There are various shows for different time durations and prices; you can take your pick between the different shows, and the ticket prices start from INR 700 per person. On average, you can spend around 45 minutes to an hour at the observatory. Also do drop by the museum and buy some merchandise.

Afterwards, go to one of the several local eateries that offer authentic Kumaoni food at extremely affordable prices. Garden Restaurant and Annapurna Restaurant are some places you can try out. After a nice meal, head back to your hotel for the night.

DAY 2:

Enjoy traditional Kumaoni food in Kausani
Enjoy traditional Kumaoni food in KausaniShutterstock

Start the day early and choose one of two options. If you are spiritually inclined, you can do a temple trail and visit the several shrines scattered in the village. Visit the Baijnath Temple, Kot Bhramari Temple and Rudrahari Mahadev Temple. Alternatively, you can visit the Kausani Tea Estate, which is only 15 minutes from the main town. Explore the lush and sprawling area, observe the estate's manufacturing process, and buy some tea for your friends and family.

Another option is to visit the Rudrahari Falls. A 12 km drive from Kausani followed by a 2 km trek will land you in one of Kausani's most beautiful natural spots. Surrounded by picturesque greenery and accentuated with stunning panoramic views, you can spend a considerable amount of time taking in the lush surroundings. The cascading falls would make for great social media posts. Since there is some trekking involved, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and breathable clothes. Also, check the weather forecast before going on the trek to be on the safer side. It's best to take food with you, but make sure to take all your things back and avoid littering.

Baijnath Temple in Kausani
Baijnath Temple in KausaniShutterstock

Head back to the town after your day excursions and indulge in some souvenir shopping from the local market. Visit the Kausani Shawl Factory and get your hands on some beautiful embroidered shawls woven by local artisans. You can also buy some handicrafts and artwork at the market. Once you are satisfied with your haul, grab a quick bite to eat at a restaurant or head back to your hotel for dinner.

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