The joy of missing out

My love affair with the mountains continues with Kausani, a tiny hamlet perched high on a forest-covered ridge.

The mist lifts to reveal panoramic views of multiple snow-capped peaks and teaches me about the joy of missing out.

Deep in the verdant landscape of Kumaon, I discover the art of being content with idling around. Away from technology and ‘civilization’, I have no to-do list to tick, nowhere to rush to. I let my mind wander in the backdrop of the overcast sky and mighty Himalayas and get a chance to reconnect with nature.

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I walk through the narrow mountain trails flanked with blooming trees, sit down for a cup of tea at a local shop and learn about the lives of people, gaze at the clear skies, curl up in a blanket and let the silence put me to sleep.

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This is the place of the dreamy Himalayan bliss that we dream about in our concrete jungles. But for the people living here, it is just a way of life.

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I drop my mental baggage and tune out.

Practical information:

The nearest railway station and bus stand is at Haldwani, a 6-hour drive from Delhi. You have the option of traveling via shared taxi to Kausani. The 4-hour journey will cost you Rs 250. Kausani has a couple of lodges and resorts, with tariffs ranging anywhere from Rs 800 to Rs 5000 for a night.

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