Spread out east to west along a narrow pine-covered ridge 52km northwest of Almora, the village of KAUSANI has become a popular resort thanks to its spectacular Himalayan panorama. It’s a simple day-trip from Almora, though as the peaks – Nanda Choti, Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchol – are at their best at dawn and dusk, it’s well worth an overnight stay. The tourist scene is growing, and a number of new hotels and restaurants have sprung up in recent years to cater for the very seasonal demand. Up the hill from the town centre are several ashrams, including one that once housed Mahatma Gandhi, who walked here in 1929, thirty years before the road came through.

There are numerous possibilities for short day-hikes in the woods and terraced valleys around Kausani, among them the scenic hike to the Kausani Tea Estate (4km north), and the pleasant trail down the valley to the temples of Baijnath (10km). Further afield is the important pilgrimage site of Bageshwar and the trailhead for the Pindari Glacier, a few hours away in Song.