Almora - cultural heart of the kumaon

Almora Travel Guide

Located in the beautiful and heavenly state Uttrakhand (Uttaranchal), Almora is a picturesque district and a fine merge of mountain beauty; prehistoric cultural influences, sacred spots, thickly forested area, pleasing valleys, picturesque cottages, crystal lakes and garrulous rivers. All the attractions and a home to Natural beauty have entitled it as “'Switzerland of India”.

Talking about this beautiful hill station deeply, then Almora is a hill district in the central Kumaon region of Uttaranchal located on an altitude of 5900 ft. It was established by Raja Kalyan of Chand Dynasty in 1560 AD that 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. There is a cave where Swami Vivekanand contemplated and was open-minded. However, hill station Almora was captured by British from Gorkhas, who have left their mark on this town.

The small hilly city is known for its natural beauty and a number of picturesque sceneries. For instance Nanda Devi festival is celebrated here, during which devotees from all over India visit this place. On the other hand, in close proximity places of tourist interest where an excursion can be made within a day are Bright End Corner's etched in your mind sunset.

Chitai temple with it's exceptional compilation of brass bells of all sizes, gifted to the temple by devotees since centuries, Kasar Devi which houses many Europeans who knock down in love with the place so much that they settle down, Nanda Devi Temple the enlightening and devout center of Almora and Lala Bazaar a unique market with paved streets of stone.

Some of the other attractions are as follows :

Bright End Corner Bright End Corner : 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.

Martola Martola : This picnic spot amidst gardens is very close to Almora where most of the people or locales are foreigners.

Kalimutt Kalimutt : This picnic spot gives a lovely view of the Himalayan Peaks.

Deer Park :  This Park is in NTD (Narayan Tiwari Dewai).

State Museum State Museum : This museum is near the bus stand. It is closed on Mondays and other Government Holidays.

Simtola : It is a picnic spot from where one can view the beautiful mountains covered with pine and deodar trees.

Chitai Temple Chitai Temple : This is a very busy area. This temple is dedicated to Lord Golu. This temple is 8 kms away by walk through a beautiful pine forest, but one can go by cart too.

Katarmal Katarmal : This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second in importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa.

Binsar Binsar : It has a temple of Shiva who is also called Bineswar. This temple was constructed by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty.

Jageshwar Jageshwar : This temple of Shiva  is situated amidst a dense Deodar forest and has a lot of mythological importance.

Nanda Devi Temple Nanda Devi Temple :  This 1000-year old temple is one of the main attractions of Almora. Its walls have carvings on them.

Gannath Gannath : This is an ancient Shiva temple with natural caves.  The place is a favorite with nature lovers.

Kasar Devi Kasar Devi :  This ancient temple was built on a mountain peak in the second century.

Almora is well connected through bus to all the major cities of the country. However, airport and railway station are also very close to this hill station. You will also find a number of hotels in the state to accommodate during your Almora tour. book now