Almora, another popular hill station of Uttarakhand is known as the cultural capital of Kumaon. This town is situated on a 5 km mountain range situated at an altitude of 1,650 m and from a distance its shape resembles a horse shoe. Almora was not discovered and developed by the British, instead it was the seat of power of the Chand Dynasty who ruled the land of Kumaon for almost a millennium. The town has maintained its old customs and traditions that are visible in the way houses and roads have been built.
The old forts, the historical monuments and the royal courts still exist in decent shape. The Kaushiki (Koshi) and Shalmali (Suyal) Rivers encircle the town, overlooked by the snows of the Himalayas. A must buy are the local Kumaoni sweets called Bal Mithai and Singauri.
Almora has a pleasant and cool climate all through the year. But the best time to visit Almora is during March to November.
Winters (December to February) offer chilly cool climate with temperature touching down to 4°C. December and January months are freezing.
Summers (April to July) are moderate with maximum temperature below 30°C. The weather is perfect for Almora tourism.
Monsoons (August to October)are associated with moderate rains, it makes Almora beautiful and attractive with fresh greeneries. March to June is good for outings and sightseeing.
July to November is really beautiful with intermittent showers and those who like to be in rains are welcomed. December to February offers chilly climate with snowfalls and dew.
Almora has attracted people through the ages. Swami Vivekananda visited Almora at the turn of this century. The Ramakrishna Mission at Mayawati Ashram bears his footprints. Rabindranath Tagore spent some memorable summers here. The internationally acclaimed dancer Uday Shankar fell in love with this place and set up his dance academy here. Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, artist Zohra Sehgal, the film star Guru Dutt all came here and became earnest lovers of the town. Our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru served a term of imprisonment in the Jail at Almora during the British rule.
The town is surrounded by the mighty Himalayan ranges, with holy shrines on the top of their peaks dedicated to Goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi and Sayahi Devi.
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum is near the Bus Stand. This museum provides a deep insight of the development of art, culture and lifestyle of this region. It has a rich collection of items of archaeological, historical and cultural significance. This museum has unique collection of 'Aipan', a folk style of painting. The timings of the museum are 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM on workdays.
One of the main attractions of Almora, This temple is almost a thousand years old. The carvings on the walls of this temple are exquisite. Every year, the Nanda Devi Mela is organized here in a big way.
This place is famous for the excellent of sunsets and sunrises. A picturesque and calm circuit house is close to this point.
At a distance of 3 km from Amora, set amidst green settings, it's a popular tourist spot.
8 km away from the town of Almora, the Chitai temple is dedicated to Golu Devta, the most prominent deity of Kumaon. The temple is surrounded by dense pine forest. Thousands of devotees throng at this temple all through the year. People worship the deity to fulfill their desires and as a symbol hang bells in the temple. One can see thousands of bells hanging & ringing in the hill air, around the temple.
From Kalimath one gets a good view of Almora town and adjoining areas. This place is 4.5 km from Almora. Close to Kalimath is a temple dedicated to Kasar devi. This temple dates back to second century.
Gananath is known for natural caves and an ancient Shiva temple. This place is 36 km from Almora. During Kartik Purnima every year a fair is hosted here.
After the Sun temple of Konark, Katarmal is the second important sun temple in India. This 800 years old temple is of archeological and architectural importance. Katarmal is 17 km from Almora.
At a distance of 30 km from Almora, Binsar boasts of enthralling scenic beauty. The ancient Shiva temple here at a height of 2,420 m, was built by the King Kalyan Chand. Binsar is a place for the absolute peace of mind and soul.
34 km away from Almora, this secluded place amidst a dense Deodar forests, has a group of almost 125 temples dating back from 7th to 11th century AD. The majority of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and a few to different Goddesses. It is considered as one of the 12 holiest Jyotirlingas of the country.
Literally meaning one lakh caves, this is one of the most important pre-historic sites in the hills. Fascinating pre-historic rock paintings are discovered within the caves. It's at a distance of 20 km from Almora town
The nearest airport for Almora is Pantnagar. Pantnagar Airport is situated 115kms from Almora. Taxis are available to Nainital, Haldwani and Almora from Pant Nagar Airport. Buses are available from Haldwani, Kathgodam and Nainital to Almora.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Almora situated at a distance of 83kms. Kathgodam is well connected with major destinations of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region. Buses and Taxis are Available to Almora from Kathgodam.
Almora is well connected by motorable roads with major cities of northern India. Buses to Kathgodam and Almora can be taken from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi. Almora is connected with NH87 and NH87E. Taxis to Almora are easily available in Kumaon region. The distance from Delhi to Almora is 365kms if you travel via Moradabad and Bilaspur. This distance can be easily covered in 9-10 hours of time.
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Kumauni and Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Apr - Jun, Sep - Nov
Weather: Summer 12 to 28°C,
Winter -2 to 15°C
Altitude: 1651 m
STD code: 05962
Delhi to Almora 370 km
Lucknow to Almora 434 km
Kanpur to Almora 451 km
Chandigarh to Almora 495 km
Bhopal to Almora 976 km
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