Almora is the ancient and historical city of Uttarakhand. This beautiful hill station, situated at an altitude of 1650 meters, has also been the capital of the Chand dynasty of Kumaon. Almora is also considered the cultural center of Uttarakhand. Walking around the streets of Almora’s Lal market seems to like that you are in the old times. Small shops made of wood here give this city a unique look.
Almora is a horse-shoe shaped that attracts a large number of tourists every year. Almora Hill Station offers a strong claim to pre-British heritage and an edible vibe. The hill station of Almora is famous for its historical temples, culture, magnificent handicrafts, delicious food, and beautiful wildlife. Tourists visiting Almora Hill Station cherish its beauty and attractive tourist spots with its beautiful memories. The actual beauty of the hill station can only be experienced by visiting Almora.
Two major rivers flowing through the Almora are Koshi (Kaushki) and Suyal (Salmali). Almora Hill Station, known worldwide as the gaudy hill station, it is situated at an elevation of about 1650 meters above sea level and is spread over an area of about 5 km above the Kashyap hill. To make it more attractive to the tourists, the snow-capped Himalayas stands in grandeur in the background of the hill station.
Places To Visit In Almora
Situated about 40 km from the Almora district of Uttarakhand, Jageshwar Dham is surrounded by pine and deodar trees. This place is the witness of Shivji’s twelfth Jyotirlinga and has about 125 small temples around the area. It is believed that there used to be more than two hundred temples here which were destroyed over time and became remnants.
The temples of Jageshwar were built by the Katyuri kings. Constructed of huge rocks and cedarwood, this temple has the style of the Gupta Empire. If you believe the data of the Archaeological Survey of India, it can be believed that two to three generations have been involved in the construction of these temples.
Zero Point is a tower in the ‘Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary’. From this tower, tourists enjoy spectacular views of Nanda Devi and Kedarnath mountain peaks. Located at an altitude of about 2400 meters, this place can be reached by trekking trail.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over 45.59 sq km, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the main tourist destination here. This sanctuary, located 30 km from the city of Almora, is situated at an altitude of 900 m to 2500 m above sea level. This place is like a natural habitat for many creatures like a leopard, musk deer, wild cat, chital, fox, langur, monkey, porcupine, flying squirrel, barking sounding deer. This sanctuary has been declared an important bird area by Birdlife International. More than 200 species of birds can be found here. The major birds here are Shillindhri, Shyamapakshi, Dhelhara Parrot, Bulbul, Neelkanth, Partridge, etc. Here a variety of vegetation including deodar, chestnut, buransh, raincoat moss, chhatra cedar, and aquatic chestnut can be seen in abundance.
Katarmal Sun Temple
Katarmal Sun Temple is the second most important Sun Temple in the sights of Almora. The Katarmal Sun Temple at Almora is believed to be more than 800 years old and the main temple here has 45 small temples installed. The principal deity of the Katarmal Sun Temple is Burhadita or Vriddhaditya (the old Sun God). In addition to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, idols of Lakshmi and Narayan are also installed in the temple.
Kasar Devi Temple
Kasar Devi Temple is located in the village of Kasar Devi, about 8 km from Almora. This famous temple situated on Mount Kashyap is said to date back to the second century. This temple is built in a cave place that opens up in the Kasar Devi temple. In this temple, ‘Goddess Katyayani’, one of the eight forms of Maa Durga, is worshipped.
Tourists are also attracted to the deer park located at Narayan Tiwari Dewai (NTD), 3 km from Almora. Surrounded by thick green pine trees, this place is a natural habitat for many faunas. The deer, leopard and black bear of the Himalayas can be seen here. Walking here in the evening in moments of leisure can be heartening.
Chitai Golu Devta Temple
This temple is also known as the bell temple. The special thing about this beautiful temple dedicated to Golu Devta is that you can fulfill your wishes by writing a letter to the Lord. Here you will get to see millions of letters and bells. This temple is located on the Pithoragarh highway, 8 km from Almora.
Bright End Corner
From the Bright End Corner, one can see the magical view of sunrise, sunset and moonrise. Situated 2.5 km from Almora, this place is a very popular tourist destination. Watching the sun rising from behind the snow-clad mountain peaks and then set back behind these peaks could be a lifetime experience that one can have here. The place is named after King Brighton and from here the Mall Road begins. Close by here is the Sri Ramakrishna Kutir Ashram, which is a meditation center. Tourists interested in meditation can visit here between April to June and September to November. If you have come so far, do not forget to visit the Vivekananda Memorial located here. The record shows that Swami Vivekananda stayed at this place in order to visit the Himalayas.
Situated about 5 km to the north of Almora city, Kalimat is a fairy tale hamlet of Uttarakhand. This beautiful village is located in Hawalbag tehsil of Almora and lies under Kalimat Panchayat. The village of Kalimat is famous for offering village walks to the tourists and enjoying the beauty of the Village. The nearby destinations of Kalimat village are Almora, ‘City of Lakes’ Nainital, the trading center Haldwani and Champawat city.
Nanda Devi Temple
Nanda Devi Temple, one of the sacred sites of the Kumaon region, has special religious significance. The history of this temple is more than 1000 years old. Built-in the Kumaoni artisan-style, this temple is dedicated to Isht Devi of the Chand dynasty. There is also a crown here, which enhances its beauty even more. The stones carved on the wall of this place of pilgrimage attract our attention. Nanda Devi Mela (Fair) is organized here in the month of September every year and during this time a large number of tourists and pilgrims visit here.
Lakhudiyar Rock Painting
Lakhudiyar which is an attractive center of prehistoric art is located on the banks of river Suyal. Lakhudiyar rock paintings are created by early men and basically depict their lifestyle. These caves have paintings of humans, animals, weapons, etc. This place is more of a rock shelter rather than the caves, which early men used to stay at during the harsh climate. This place has now become a historical sight and a piece of history to be preserved as an archaeological rock for India.
Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum
This museum is located on Mall Road in Almora city. It was built in the year 1980 for the notable works of Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant. A unique collection of many antiques related to the rulers of the Katyuri and Chand dynasties can be seen in this museum. Apart from this, you can also learn about the culture of Uttarakhand here.
Places To Stay In Almora
Hotels In Almora
- Ayush Guest House
- The Himalayan Woods
- Binsar Oak Paradise
- Hotel Aeradyo Inn
- Hotel Milam Inn
- Jai Maa Tulsi Guest House
- Sun N Snow Inn
- The Corbett Greens
- The Pahadi Organic
- Kasaar Jungle Resort
- Deodar homestay
- Manu Home Stay
- Flower House Homestay
- Ganga Homestay
- Manoj Home Stay
- Binsar Eco Camp
- Aquaterra Camp
- The Moksha Riverside
- Youreka Pinewood Cliff
- Binsar Valley River Camp
Trekking, Hiking, Cycling, River Rafting, Experience Wildlife, Spiritual Trekking, Visiting Temple, Nature Walk, Photography, Bird Watching, etc.
Best Time To Visit Almora
The best time to visit Almora is during the summer between March and May. Because during this time Almora has a peaceful and pleasant environment which protects from the scorching heat in other parts of the country. Planning to visit Almora, then the summer season can be ideal for your trip. However, apart from this, you can visit Almora tourism at any time of the year.
How To Reach Almora
You can choose any flight, train, and bus to reach Almora.
Planning to travel to Almora via flight, then let us tell you that there is no direct connectivity to Almora by flight. But the nearest airport to Almora is Pant Nagar Airport which is located about 115 km from Almora.
Planning to visit Almora via train, then let us tell you that Almora does not have any railway station of its own. But the nearest railway station to Almora is Kathgodam which is about 82 kilometers from Almora. Regular buses and taxis ply from Almora to the railway station.
Planning to travel to Almora via road transport, then let us tell you that Almora is well connected to the surrounding cities by road. The road route to Almora can be the best choice and you can reach Almora with the help of other local means besides the bus.
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