Perched on a mountainside surrounded by plunging terraced fields, where the 6000m Panchachuli peaks scrape the sky across the Johar Valley, Munsyari (2290m) is one of the most scenic villages in Uttarakhand. Visited mostly by trekkers heading to the Milam Glacier, the surrounding landscape makes this a worthwhile destination even if you don't plan on lacing up your boots and hitting the trail.
There are some nice day hikes in the area – ask how to get to Kalya Top (it's a couple of miles off the road that heads uphill, toward Bageshwar) with views of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot, as well as the Panchachulis. The small Tribal Heritage Museum, 2km downhill from the bazaar, is run by the charming scholar SS Pangtey and has artefacts from the days when Munsyari was an important nexus of trade with Tibet. Munsyari is also a unique place to experience the Nanda Devi Festival in September.