Location : In the north Indianstate of Uttaranchal.
Tourist Attractions : ChitaiTemple, Katarmal, Nanda Devi Temple, Kasar Devi, State Museum.
Best Hangout : Bright EndCorner
Best Activities : Trekking and nature walk
Nearby Tourist Destinations : Nainital 63 kms, Ranikhet 50 kms, Kausani 52kms, Bageshwar 90 kms, Pithogarah 120 kms, Kathgodam 90 kms, Haldwani 96 kms,Jageshwar 38 kms.
When to Visit : Any time of the year.
"Iwonder whether the scenery of these hills and the climate are to be surpassed,if equalled, by any of the beauty spots of the world. After having been nearlythree weeks in Almora Hills, I am more than ever amazed why our people need goto Europe in search of health." - Mahatama M.K. Gandhi
Almora,a picturesque destination in the Kumaun region, East of Uttaranchal in India,with an overwhelming panoramic view of Himalayas, invites tourists worldwide toits alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Known for its rich cultural heritage,unique handicrafts, lavish cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with aneasy accessibility, Almora promises its visitors a visit full of fun and eventfulmoments.
Awayfrom daily busy lifestyle of cities, Almora lies in a peaceful atmosphere,which brings alive all that is beautiful in nature. Situated at the top of apeak that is half circular, Almora is a town in the shape of a horse shoe. Onthe top of a 5 km long mountain range, Almora has its own historical, culturaland political importance. Almora has many fruit orchards like apples, peaches,apricots, plums, etc.
Major Tourist Attractionsin Almora
The temple at this place is dedicated to Lord Golu. The people of Kumauworship him. Once a wish is fulfilled people hang little bells in this temple.Therefore there are thousands of little bells hanging there. The view of theHimalayas is extremely majestic from here. This temple is 8 kms away by walkthrough a beautiful pine forest, but one can go by cart too.
This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second in importance after theSun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Seven kms away from Almora this historicallysignificant temple is a fine specimen of intricate sculpturing. This temple isin need of restoration now.
BrightEnd Corner :
Almora is 2 kms away from here. The attraction of this point is the sunset andthe sunrise captured through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close byallows tourists to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Nearby is theVivekananda Library which houses many books on literature. A little away is theVivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a while on hisjourney to the Himalayas.
NandaDevi Temple :
This 1000-year old temple is one of the prime attraction of Almora. Thebeautifully carved walls are a sight to behold here. Every year a festival isheld here in which youth from various mountainous areas come here toparticipate in the dance festival.
Near Kalimutt is the temple of Kasar Devi. This ancient temple was raised on amountain peak in the 2nd century. The distance between Kalimatt and Kasar Deviis less than 1 km and can be easily accessed by foot. The main town is 6 kmaway.
Air : Thenearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). During the summer regular flightsare operational.
Rail : The nearest raiwaystation near Almora is Kathgodam.
Road : Almora is well connected with all-important cities of India byroad.
Thereare numerous accommodation options available in Almora for all types oftourists coming from all over the world. The accommodation ranges from luxuryto budget, all set in salubrious atmosphere with well appointed rooms and worldclass facilities and services, as per the tourist's expectations.