Perched high on a forest-covered ridge, this tiny village has lovely panoramic views of distant snowcapped peaks, fresh air and a relaxed atmosphere. Mahatma Gandhi found Kausani an inspirational place to write his Bhagavad Gita treatise Anasakti Yoga in 1929, and there is still an ashram devoted to him here. Baijnath village, 19km north, has an intriguing complex of 12th-century shikara-style temples in a lovely location shaded by trees, with other shrines in the nearby old village. The town boasts some of the most scenic views of a few tallest peaks of Himalayas like Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. These are the top attractions of the town. Kausani Tea EstateAt Kausani Tea Estate – a tea plantation that involves private enterprise, the government and local farmers – you can look around and sample and buy products that are exported around the world. It’s 3.5km north of the village on the road to Baijnath, an easy and scenic walk.

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