By Sanjeev Nayyar Sanjeev@esamskriti.com | 2012

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Kausani is situated at a height of 1890 metres and is amongst the most popular places in Kumaon. Get a 300 kms wide panoramic view of the Himalayas. I left Chaukori about 10ish, stopped by Bageshwar first, next Baijnath from where it is about one hour drive. Reached about 4 ish. View of trees from my hotel room. On the right of pic u see concrete structure, u can stand there to get a good view.

In 1929, Gandhi stayed here for 14 days at the Anasakti Ashram while writing a book titled Anasakti Yoga. U see an image of Gandhi inside the ashram against the backdrop of the snow-clad majestic Himalayas. By 4 pm most hotels in Kausani were full the reason being, one it was Puja Holidays so lots of Bongs n two most people come by 2 pm to enjoy afternoon/evening view. The most popular hotels are on top of the hill, close to the Ashram - the ones at lower level are not so crowded and quieter as well.

Entrance to Anasakti Ashram. The Ashram has rooms too, very reasonably priced although if I remember correctly it has a common bathroom. I was fortunate to stay in a hotel i.e. minutes away from the ashram, run by Col Rathore. A husband wife team run it. Very nice rooms with lovely view. Raised platform on left of pic is where u can also stand to see the Himalayas. There is a Museum in the ashram.

Most people gather for early morning view at the Gandhi Ashram, viewing point or hotel roof tops. We present a series of pics from 6 am to 9.30 am of the majestic Himalayas. Not very lucky that day so pics are not crystal clear. Early morning view of the hills. Sun was yet to rise.

U see virtually the entire range of hills - the snow clad Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchulli amongst others. Early morning orange rays reflection falling on the hills.

Mountain on extreme left of pic is Trishul. Rising sun''s rays falling on the mountain.

Sun rise, took this pic from the elevated structure that you saw in pic one. Thatched red roof in front and garden is Col Rathore''s hotel. Red roof at end of pic is Gandhi Ashram. Number of hotels have come up, they spoil a view of the hills as I realized later.

U see on the elevated structure facing the rising sun''s rays. Loved this time - awesome. From Kausani trek to Pinnath (5 kms) which is the highest point. Kausani is also the birthplace of famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. Visit the Pant Museum i.e. at a short distance from the Kausani bus terminal.

Inside the Gandhi Ashram is the viewing platform that u saw in pic 3. On the face of the platform you find the details of each peak that you can view from Kausani. Was not lucky enough to have a good view due to bad weather but loved the stay nevertheless. In Oct it was very cold.

A view of the peaks about 9 am. Extreme left is Nandaghunti, then Trishul, Mrigathuni, Nandadevi (25,645 feet), Nandaghat, Nandakut and Panchachuli. To see pics of Bageshwar Mandir Click Here to View

A closer view, extreme left is Trishul (23,360 feet), Mrigathuni, Nandadevi (25,645 feet), Nandaghat, Nandakut and Panchachuli. To see pics of Munisyari Click Here

This is a room inside Col Rathore's hotel. As I said simple, functional. Cost app Rs 1,000/ for a room. Was told rates vary with the season and depending on how full Kasauli is on that day. So bargain hard. I found the couple to be very nice and suggest give their hotel a try. His id is colvsrathore@gmail.com, nos is 9871292196. For food try the small restaurants in the market. Loved it. To see pics of Chaukori Click Here"

As we drove down from Kausani to Dunagiri a view of Kausani from a lower level. Gives u the impression of being a very small hill but the reality is different - enjoyable too. Kausani is very well situated. Almora, Raniket, Chaukori, Raniket, Baijnath, Bageshwar are not too far away. To see pics of Baijnath Mandir Click Here to View

U see a pic of me in evening at Gandhi Ashram. Injured my nose at somewhere near Chaukori whilst trying to walk to a river. This is what I look when I wander throughout India. No shave, tanned, skin peels off, smiling and always raring to see more. Friends we are blessed that India has so much to offer - it is just waiting to be discovered. To see pics of People of Kumaon Click Here

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