Almora is one of the most popular Hill Station located in Uttarakhand.Almora is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand state, India. The headquarters is at Almora. It is famous for its beauty and views of the Himalayas, cultural heritage, handicrafts and cuisine. It is 1,638 meters above sea level. The town of Almora is surrounded by Pithoragarh district to the east, Garhwal region to the west, Bageshwar district to the north and Nainital district to the south.
Insiders say that this charming place boasts the proud of being workplace of many of the ascetics that is like legend Swami Vivekanand and the great poet Sumitranandan Pant. The hill station of Almora is situated on a horseshoe-shaped ridge of a mountain, the eastern portion of which is called Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. The landscape of Almora attracts thousands of tourists each year and it is a business hub for the Kumaon region.
History of Almora
The ancient town of Almora, before it’s establishment was under the possession of Katyuri king Baichaldeo. He donated major part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. Later on when Chand kingdom was founded in Baramandal, the town of Almora was founded at this centrally located place in 1560 by Kalyan Chand. In the days of the Chand Kings it was called Rajapur. The name ‘Rajpur’ is also mentioned over a number of ancient copper plates. The town of Almora is situated over a horse saddle shaped ridge of a mountain. The eastern portion of the ridge is known as Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. The market is at the top of the ridge where these two, Talifat and Selifat jointly terminate.
Places to Visit in Almora
The sound emanated by the temple bells and positive vibes coming from hymns chanted there is one attraction. Others include greenery extended by Nature in forests and peaks. New comers as well as those who have made it their habit to come here get caught in spell of Almora tourism. Some of the must-see and must-enjoy sites are:
Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple – Dedicated to Lord Shiva and located near Sanara Ganiya at banks of River Ganges, it become as if mandatory to pay a visit here once in Almora.
Binsar Mahadev – Here again, Lord Shiva is the deity the temple, which is situated near Ranikhet at a distance of 19 Km from the main city.
Other important temples are Nanda Devi Temple, Garhnath, Baijnath, Kosi Temple, Chitai temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Kalimut and Kasaar Devi.
Deer Park– Just 3 Km away from Almora, the place is meant to enjoy the soft wilderness.
Martola – A perfect place for picnic with family or friends for a great time.
Simtola – For views of mountains and forests of Sal and Deodaar, no vantage place could offer better to eyes.
Bright End Corner – A perfect site to view sunrise and sunset in this town.
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum– For some educating insights, visiting this place is great add-on.
Almora Market – To buy souvenirs, the place is already good; the only need is time left from tour.
Places around Almora
This picturesque town in the lap of Himalaya is more appealing because its location is such that many other significant places of tourism as well as faith could be easily touched. Let us start from.
Kausani Hill Station
Kausani– Located in Bageshwar district, the town is ultimate in terms of hill beauty, remembered specifically for 300 Km panoramic views of some of the snow clad Himalayan peaks, like Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. One can also take joy of trekking.
Ranikhet – A well known hill station, fantasized for its beautiful orchards of different fruits like apple, walnut, etc. Golf lovers can have memorable time playing in golf course here. Biking on the stretch of roads is quite a fun while enjoying Almora holidays.
Binsar – This hill station with its sanctuary makes for a wonderful holiday, if the bend is towards natural scenery in which wildlife has been thriving without any fear of human encroachment. The adventure aspect trekking to the sanctuary adds, could not be matched with any other experience.
Jageshwar – One of the twelve Jyotirlings representing Lord Shiva is located in this holy town, which also has more than 124 temples dedicated only to this deity of destruction. Thriving population of devotees to Lord Shiva and Nature enthusiasts contributes in charm manifold.
Dwarahat – The way to heaven is no small talk as the name of the place indicates. More than 55 temples located in this town make it holy to the believers of the faith. It being the sanctity of Nature, relating to divine comes naturally.
Chaukhutiya – River Ramganga makes for a perfect delight when visitor arrives to this town. History and religion stand unfazed to charm tourists on their exploration of places nearby Almora.
Things to do
Apart from sightseeing and worshipping in various temples, Almora tourism also offers chances of paddling mountain bikes, changing gears of Royal Enfield, trekking through the forest for wildlife spotting and more. Touring the place in and around, booking the accommodation and making arrangements of mild adventure can be done by taking Almora tour packages. All along, Nature would be a great company to stay in.
Goose bumps by frigid air even after layers of clothing in winters from November to February or an unexpected drizzle / downpour on a day of monsoon between August to October, taking Almora tour anytime of the year is good. Summers are perfect to escape tropical heat if the above two seasons did not come to thought.
Best time to visit
March to November is considered to be the best time to enjoy most of the things that could be attempted in Almora. For snowfall viewing, winters are best.
How to Reach Almora
By Air: Nearest Airport to the city is Pant Nagar in Nainital, 127 km away from Almora.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest Railway Station, 90 km away from Almora. Public and Private Vehicles are available at Kathgodam Railway Station every time.
By Road: The district of Almora is very well connected to the other parts of the country via Road Route. Opening the way of Almora to the outside world, Delhi and Lucknow are directly connected via 378 km and 460 km long road route.