Almora- Portraying Majestic Himalayas
Retaining its charm for years, Almora is a spectacular hill station in Uttarakhand, India. Its cobbled roads, scenic beauty, ancient temples make it a popular tourism destination to visit. It serves as a stop-over point for excursions to nearby Jadeshwar, Binsar and Bageshear regions, frequented by thrill seekers. The land also boasts of being the meditating site for Swami Vivekananda. Visit Almora to experience the cool and refreshing ambience of a charming hill station. Behold the most unforgettable splendours of nature ever.
The old town of Almora was under the rule of Katyuri king Baichaldeo before its establishment. He donated most of the part of this land to a Gujarati Brahmin, named Sri Chand Tiwari. During the time when Chand kingdom was founded in Baramandal, this hill town of Almora was also founded at this centrally situated place in 1560 by Kalyan Chand.
Tourist Attractions in Almora
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum
This amazing place positions itself near the bus stand. It also exhibits a fine collection of
archaeologically important art as well as artifacts. Especially notable are the folk style paintings of the area, locally called as Kumaoni and Aspen.
Bright End Corner
If you wish to play hide and seek with the views of the sunrise and sunset, Bright End Corner is the place for you. A totally calm site, this is an ideal place to just relax. Nearby lies the Vivekananda Library where you can get books that depict the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
Nanda Devi Temple
The temple dates back to 200 years. Dedicated to the patron goddess of Chand Rajahs, this ancient temple also serves as an important religious site. The internal and external walls of the temple are exquisitely carved with idols of gods and goddesses. The temple remains especially busy during the annual event of Nanda Devi Fair, which is held in September.
Another sacred temple, Chitai temple is dedicated to Gollu Devta, who is among the most regarded Kumaoni gods. There are thousands of bells hanging here, which toll during the sacrificial offering of a goat before the deity.
Lying just 5 kms away from the hill station. Simtola is a perfect place to capture the scenic views of Almora. The setting portrays a picture-postcard look coupled with the consistent rage of hills enveloped in fir and pine trees. It is a famous picnic site and another place to visit is Granite Hill and Hiragungi, which is an old diamond mine.
Other Places to See
Kalimath, Katarmal, Khajanchi Mohalla, Tamta Mohalla, Collectorate, Martola, Phulseema & Pharkanauli are the other important places to visit in Almora hill station.
Best Time to Visit
Between April and June and between September and November.
The hill station houses centuries-old Lal Bazaar, which is a famous spot for shopping. Wooden carved frames, clothes, Pashmina shawls, jackets and sweets like bal mithai and khoya singhora are the popular take homes for tourists.
Almora abounds in accommodation options for travellers. Hotels as well as Resorts are available with good amenities and at best prices.
How to Reach
Pant Nagar (Nainital) is the closest airport from where you can catch regular flights in summers.
Kathgodam serves as the nearest railway station to the hill station.
Almora hill station is well-connected to all the prominent cities of India by road.
Dive into the splendour of natural beauty of Almora on India hill stations tour!