KAUSANI WAS Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite abode in the hills. After a long stay here at the Anashalcti Yoga Ashram in 1929, he remarked on how unnecessary it was for Indians to visit the European Alps for their health, when they had the beauty of Kausani at their doorsteps. A 400-km (249-mile) uninterrupted panorama of the Nanda Devi Range can be seen from the old Circuit House.

ENVIRONS: Baijnath, 20 km (12 miles) north of Kausani, is known for a cluster of temples, now in ruins, built in the 11th century. The main attraction is the Parvati Temple, with a 2- m (7-h) high image of the goddess, dating from the 12th century. Bageshwar, 41 km (26 miles) east of Kausani, lies at the confluence of the Gomti and Saryu rivers, and was once a major trading post between Tibet and Kumaon. Although the link with Tibet no longer exists, local merchants still bring wool and animal hide to the town’s annual Uttaryani Fair. With its stone temples dedicated to Shiva, Bageshwar is also an important pilgrimage centre in Kurnaon . Nila Parvat (the “Blue Mountain”), stands proudly between the two Jivers, and locals believe that it is home to all the 330 million deities of the Hindu pantheon. Many visitors to Bageshwar are en route to the Pindarj Glacier

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