Kausani is situated in the midst of thick, dense pine forest atop a narrow ridge and separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountains. Here, the grandeur of the Himalayas truly comes alive. The view of the snow-covered Trishul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snows being within touching distance.
Standing 1890 mts. above the sea level, Kausani is nature’s own reserve. Even the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi had contemplated on the beauty of the region.
Several snow- capped peaks stand in a stately row, over 300 kilometers, shining against the azure sky making the horizon as seen from Kausani an enviable spectacle. The glory of the snow crowned Himalayan range reaches its pinnacle when the sun rays turn them into crimson and gold.
Mahatma Gandhi, who spent 12 days in 1929 at Kausani, penned his memorable commentary on the Gita-Anasakti Yoga inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. The guest house where the Mahatma stayed is now known as the Anasakti Ashram.
Hindi poet laureate Sumitra Nandan Pant was born in Kausani. Sumitranandan Pant (May 20, 1900 in kausani Uttarakahnd– December 28, 1977) was one of the most famous modern Hindi poets. He is considered one of the major poets of the Chhayavaadi school of Hindi literature. Pant mostly wrote in Sanskritized Hindi. Pant authored twenty-eight published works including poetry, verse plays and essays.
Apart from Chhayavaadi poems, Pant also wrote progressive, philosophical (influenced by Sri Aurobindo), socialist and humanist poems.
Pant was the first Hindi poet to receive the Jnanpith Award, in 1968. He did so for acollection of his most famous poems, titled Chidambara. He was awarded the Nehru Peace Prize by the Soviet Union for Lokayatan. Pant received “Sahitya Kala Academy” award for “Kala Aur Budhdha Chand”. Indian Government honored him with ‘Padmavibhushan’.
Pant’s childhood house, in Kausani, has been converted into a museum. This museum displays his daily use articles, drafts of his poems, letters, his awards etc.
Sumitra Nandan Pant also composed the Kulgeet of IIT Roorkee, “Jayati Jayati Vidya Sansthan”.Some of his early poems composed here have described nature in its myriad manifestations.
Kausani is ideal for those who seek to escape from the din and dust, hustle and bustle of big cities and wish to spend a quiet holiday in the lap of nature. Indeed, Kausani is a veritable heaven of beauty to which an excursion must be made on visiting Kumaon.