Spreading from 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 worth staying overnight. 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. There 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 valleys around Kausani, as well as longer excursions to the important pilgrimage sites of Baijnath and Bageshwar. Kausani is connected by bus and shared jeep to Almora.