For an egen clooser view of the Himalaya, Kausani, 53 km north of Almora, is the place to head for. At 1890 metres, it is a small peaceful place that is perfect for quiet contemplation. Gandhi stayed at the Anashakati Ashram in 1929 and was inspired by the superb Himalayan panorama. Among the numerous hikes in the area, the 14-km walk to the 12-century temples at Baijnath is definitely worth it. Kathgodam is the nearest railhead and there are buses from Kausani to Almora, Ranikhet and Naini Tal.