is a hill district in the central Kumaon region of
Uttaranchal. It is a beautiful scenic place situated
at an altitude of 5900 ft. It was founded by Raja
Kalyan of Chand Dynasty in 1560 AD. Almora is a town
in the shape of a horse shoe perched on a 5 km long
mountain range in between the river Kosi and Suyal.
It is a very famous hill station. Almora is a good
place to enjoy the spectacular view of the
snow-capped mountains of the central Himalayas.
There are some beautiful and interesting places to
visit in and around Almora.
The temple of Nanda Devi is 1000-year old temple and
is one of the main attractions of Almora. a festival
is held every year where youth from different region
come to participate in this dance festival. The
Chitai temple is 8 km away from the main city. The
people of Kumaon have strong faith in the local god
Golu. The temple of Chitai is dedicated to him. It
is visited by thousands of Kumaonis living in Kumaon
or outside. People write letters to the god to
fulfill their desires and in return they hang bells
in the temple. You can see several thousand bells
hanging all around the temple. The 800-year old Sun
Temple at Katarmal is 7 km from Almora. It is
exceptional for its architecture and intricate
carvings. It is one of the few sun temples of
Uttaranchal and probably the biggest group in
Uttaranchal. Jageshwar is 34 km away from Almora.
There is a group of almost 125 temples dating back
to 7th to 11th century AD. The majority of the
temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and a few to
various goddesses. The group of temples is situated
amidst a dense Deodar forest. Jageshwar is
considered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
There is a cave where Swami Vivekanand meditated and
was enlightened. Almora was captured by British from
Gorkhas, who have left their mark on this town.
Nanda Devi festival is celebrated here, during which
devotees from all over India visit this place.
Nearby places of tourist interest where an excursion
can be made within a day are Bright End Corner's
unforgettable sunset, Chitai temple with it's unique
collection of brass bells of all sizes, gifted to
the temple by devotees since centuries, Kasar Devi
which houses many Europeans who fell in love with
the place so much that they settle down, Nanda Devi
Temple the cultural and religious center of Almora
for now hundreds of years and Lala Bazaar a unique
market of more than two hundred years with paved
streets of stone.
Bright End Corner: Almora is 2 kms away from here. A
highlight of this point is the sunset and the
sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit
house close by allows tourists to spend some time in
this peaceful surrounding. Close by is the
Vivekanand Library which has many books on
literature. A little away is the Vivekanand Memorial
where Swami Vivekanand had stopped for a while on
his journey to the Himalayas.
This picnic spot amidst gardens is 10 kms away from
Almora. Most of the people who live here are
foreigners. Buses and taxis come up to a point
called Panuwanaula and from there onwards one has to
4.5 kms from Almora, this picnic spot gives a lovely
view of the Himalayan Peaks.
3 kms from Almora this park is in NTD (Narayan
This museum is near the bus stand . It is closed on
Mondays and other Government Holidays. It is open
from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
This is a very busy area. This temple is dedicated
to Lord Golu. The people of Kumaon worship 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 the Himalayas is
extremely beautiful from here. This temple is 8 kms
away by walk through a beautiful pine forest, but
one can go by cart too.
This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second in
importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa.
Seven kms away from Almora this historical important
temple is an example of intricate sculpturing. This
temple is in need of restoration now.
30 kms from Almora Binsar has a temple of Shiva who
is also called Bineswar. 2412 mts above sea level
this temple was constructed by King Kalyan of the
Chand Dynasty. Visiting this temple gives one peace
34 kms away from Almora this temple of Shiva is
situated amidst a dense Deodar forest and has a lot
of mythological importance. Here there are about 164
temples of this kind.
Nanda Devi Temple
This 1000-year old temple is one of the main
attraction of Almora. Its walls have carvings on
them. Every year a festival is held here in which
youth from various mountainous areas come here to
participate in this dance festival.
47 kms from Almora this is an ancient Shiva temple
with natural caves. 2116 mts above sea level this
place is a favorite with nature lovers.
Near Kalimutt is the temple of Kasar Devi. This
ancient temple was built on a mountain peak in the
second century. The distance between Kalimatt and
Kasar Devi is less than 1 km and can be easily
covered by foot. The surrounding area has become the
home of many foreigners. The main town is 6 km away.
By Air : The
nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). During
the summer regular flights are operational.
Rail : The
nearest railway station is Kathgodam (90kms.).
Connected by rail with Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah.
Road : Connected
by road with most places of Uttaranchal Distance
from Almora : Lucknow (466), Dehradun (412),
Nainital (71), Delhi (382), Bareilly (205),
Kathgodam (90), Pithoragarh (122), Haridwar (357),
Haldwani (96). Local Transport : Private Taxis are
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