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Lakshmi Ashram

About Lakshmi Ashram

Sarla Ashram also known as Lakshmi Ashram is a Gandhian Basic Education centre for schoolgirls. Catherine Hillman, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, who was referred to as Sarla by the local populace, founded this ashram in Kausani. 

The Lakshmi Ashram offers practical training for countryside community activities. It endeavors in helping the rural women and acts as a centre for voluntary work.

Kausaniwalking distance from main Kausani
0.5 km
From KMVN Tourist Rest House, Kausani
1 hr

Lakshmi Ashram in Kausani

Lakshmi Ashram was established in 1946 by the London born disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, Sarala Behn, to provide education for rural girls along the holistic ideals of Basic Education or Nai Talim, as developed by Gandhiji. At present there are some fifty students from Class I to Class XII in the ashram.

Besides educational activities, the girls are provided with vocational training as well. The Ashram has always been active in the wider community, especially working on social issues such as prohibition, and environmental issues such as the need for preservation and regeneration of the forests and rivers of Uttarakhand.

Lakshmi Ashram was linked with Action Village India in the mid-1990s by Elaine Morrison, formerly an AVI Management Committee member and still an active supporter.  Elaine spent time there as a volunteer.

The ashram works for the up-liftment of many orphaned and poor girls. Being located in the midst of the sprawling greenery of Kausani, the Sarla Ashram is necessary visit place that offers spiritual and mental bliss. 

One can easily approach this ashram, as it is located at a favorable distance of 1 km from Kausani in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. This place is quite nearby the Anasakti Ashram where Gandhi ji used to reside during his days at Kausani.

Location & How to Reach Lakshmi Ashram

Sarla Ashram is only a km away from Kausani in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. If you are commencing your journey from Delhi then buses to the nearest cities like Kathgodam and Almora can be easily available from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi.

Kausani is well connected by motorable roads with the Kumaon and Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Taxis to Kausani are available from the major destinations ofthe state. Kathgodam railway station at 134 km is the nearest railhead. 

Buses and Taxis to Kausani are easily available from Kathgodam railway station. Pantnagar airport at 168 km is the closest air connectivity and taxis to Kausani are easily available from here.

Read How to Reach guide for Kausani.

What is Lakshmi Ashram famous for?

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