Established in the 16th century betwixt one of the most popular known hill stations and most visited travelerâ€™s spot in the southern part the Kumaon Hills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand â€“India. The place is also compared to Switzerland of federal republic in Europe because of its divine beauty. The picturesque beauty and the enchant climate make it a nonpareil tourist destination.This idyllic hill station is located at an altitude of 5,417 feet, surrounded all over by beautiful fir, pine & rhododendron trees. Not only the place is tickling the touristsâ€™ fancy ON because of its beauty extended by Nature in forests and peaks, but the sound sprung by the temple bells and positive vibes coming from psalms chanted is a true sedation.
Also known as the cultural capital of Kumaon, this hill station is stretched on a 5 km mountain range located at an altitude of 1,650 m and from a perceptive distance its shape make one think of a horse shoe. A point of fact, good to know, that this mesmerizing hill station was not discovered and developed by the British, rather was the seat of power of the Chand Dynasty who governed the land of Kumaon for almost a golden age. Almora has sustained its traditional practices and rituals that are reflected in the way residences and roads have been built.
The old forts, the royal courts and the historical sculptures that are still reserved in modest structure are another must visit for travelers to Almora. The Shalmali (Suyal) and the Kaushiki (Koshi) Rivers circumscribe the hilly town, commanded by the snows and plantation of the Himalayas.
Top Tourist Attractions in Almora
There are a number of places of tourist attractions in Almora that travelers should visit. Some of the must-visit and must-enjoy sites are as follows:
Only about 3 Km away from Almora, the locale is spelled out to be amused by the muted no-manâ€™s land.
For eyeshot of mountains and forests of Deodar & Sal, no stand of point could offer better to oneâ€™s vision.
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum
For some enlightenment into learning & culture, visiting this place is a great trip enhancer.
The place is an ideal picnic spot for family or friends to have a great time in Almora.
Bright End Corner
The best view one can cognizance for sunrise and sundown in this town.
To buy mementos and relics, the place is already in order; just required is time left from trip.
Devoted to Lord Shiva and located near Ranikhet at a distance of 19 Km from the main Almora town, paying visit at the temple is a great add-on to attain divine blessings and mysticism.
Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple
Here again, Lord Shiva is the deity the temple, situated at banks of River Ganges near Sanara Ganiya, and it became as if it was compulsory to offer prayers here in Almora.
Other Must Visits around Almora
This quaint town in the lap of Himalaya is more enticing because of its location which is such that many other important places of attraction as well as ecclesiastic could be easily covered. Some of the nearby places of tourism to touch includes:-
Situated in Bageshwar district, the town is an epitome in respect to hilly beauty, memorized especially for 300 Km panoramic views of the elephantine Himalayan peaks.
A well known hill station, fantasized for its beautiful orchards of different fruits like apple, walnut, etc. Golf lovers can have a memorable halt here.
The town makes for a mandate visit for those animal fanatics. The place upholds a number of wildlife sanctuaries that makes for an amazing holiday, if the inclination is towards green natural scenery in which wildlife has been an add-on.
One of the twelve Jyotirlings depicting Lord Shiva is positioned in this pious town, which also laps in over 124 temples devoted only to this deity of destroyer of evil & the transformer.
The route to heaven is no small thing as the name of the place suggests. More than 55 temples located in this small city make it virtuous to the believers of the faith.
River Ramganga can do someoneâ€™s heart good when travelers arrive to this town. Religious values and literature persists to be undismayed to entice tourists on their exploration of places close by Almora.
Activities to do in Almora
Adventure Sports in Almora
Almora is situated in the mighty mountain range of kumaon and is one of the most known tourist attractions in India, specifically for mountain biking. A wide array of adventure activities are offered here for entertainment lovers who love to indulge in a range of sports like river rafting, trekking, mountain biking, mountain hiking and so on.
Since Almora is at the altitude relatively low & is easy to reach, one does not require a specialized training to bike here. Many retail outlets and retreats rent bikes by per hour or day basis, and you can have fun of time, cycling across the bumpy mountainous paths.
Almora is a wonderful tourist town to explore different valleys, forested regions and steep plains on the bike and many roads are fringed with flowers. Pine trees and Fruit vineyards and are edged across the roads that are biggest bikers attraction.
Trekking is another adventurous activity that attracts thrill & excitement to Almora. Many avenues that go deeper into the Himalayas begin from Almora, and there are also one day to weekend treks within reach of the town. The smaller treks are quite popular for the animal life and birds and the trekkers to insight on the route.
Shopping and Hot spot Dining. Sweet or not sweet lovers Travelers, the local Kumaoni sweets called Singauri and Bal Mithai are a must taste. Fudge-like consistency Choklate is a sweet craverâ€™s delicacy.
When in Almora, make sure to visit Baba cake at Kasardevi located on the Almora-Binsar road. It is a small cafÃ© operated by the Germans settled in Indiaâ€”Baba and Uma. Try their Lemon nana and Apple crumble cake. They also serve tasty, quality food.
Best Time/ Best Season to Visit Almora
Though Almora has amicable and cool climate all through the year, but March to November is considered to be a perfect time to indulge and enjoy in most of the things that one could do in Almora. The weather is just pleasant here within these months.
However, winter season is best for those looking for snowfall viewing. During winters, from December to February, the place offers chilly cool climate with temperature going down to 4Â°C. Months of December and January are brutally freezing in Almora. December to February offers chilly cold climate with snowfalls and dew.
April to July in peak summers, the place represents moderate climate with maximum temperature below 30Â°C. The weather is excellent for tourism, adventure and all sorts of activities that the place has in store to offer.
During Monsoons from August to October, this hilly beauty is linked with moderate rains that make the lush beauty even more beautiful and enchanting with fresh greeneries. March to June is amazing for sightseeing and outing.
July to November, the town is heavenly beguiling with random showers and those who like to be under rains are ushered in.
How to reach Almora
The nearest airport to Almora is Pantnagar in Nainital, which is 120 Km away from the town. It can be reached by local taxis.
To arrive to Almora, option of reaching closest railway station which is 87 Km away, Kathgodam from Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata is also there.
Road trip to Almora can be easily planned from whole lot cities like Delhi/NCR, Dehradun, Bareilly, Lucknow, Nainital, Haridwar and Haldwani, Kathgodam, Pithoragarh, Chandigarh, Shimla and many others.
Delhi to Almora: 375 km
Bhopal to Almora: 974 km
Chandigarh to Almora: 490 km
Kanpur to Almora: 450 km
Lucknow to Almora: 436 km