Almora is one of the most popular hill stations of Uttaranchal and is in a shape of a horseshoe.
It is one of the five districts in the newly carved state of the Uttaranchal and is situated at the height of 1,638 meters. It is also known, as the cultural capital of Kumaon. It is surrounded by four hill ranges, each having temples on top of its peak. These temples are of goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Sayahi Devi and the temple of Sun god.
Known for its scenic beauty, here you can conveniently enjoy the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas together with beautiful blue and green ridges. It offers breathtaking views that ensnare many tourists and makes this hill station one of the most beautiful hill stations in North India.
There are many places in and around Almora that are a must see for any tourist. The Chitai Temple dedicated to Lord Golu is very famous with people from Kumau. People hang little bells in this temple once their wishes are fulfilled. A beautiful pine forest surrounds it. The 1000-year old temple, Nanda Devi Temple is one of the main attractions of Almora. Its has beautiful carvings on its walls and young people from various neighboring areas come here to participate in the dance festival, which is held every year. Other beautiful places in Almora include Deer Park, Bright End Corner and Kasar Devi Temple.
There are also many picturesque places around Almora that are good for sight seeing. Some of these places are Kalimath (5 km), Koshi (12 km), Katarmal (17 km), Binsar (30 km), Jageshwar (34 km), Gannath (47 km), kausani (51 km), Baijnath (70 km) and Bageshwar (90 KM).
The sound emanated by the temple bells and positive vibes coming from hymns chanted there is one attraction. Others include greenery extended by Nature in forests and peaks. New comers as well as those who have made it their habit to come here get caught in spell of Almora tourism. Some of the must-see and must-enjoy sites are:
TemplesBinsar Mahadev Temple
Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple - Dedicated to Lord Shiva and located near Sanara Ganiya at banks of River Ganges, it become as if mandatory to pay a visit here once in Almora.
Binsar Mahadev - Here again, Lord Shiva is the deity the temple, which is situated near Ranikhet at a distance of 19 Km from the main city.
Other important temples are Nanda Devi Temple, Garhnath, Baijnath, Kosi Temple, Chitai temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Kalimut and Kasaar Devi.
Deer Park- Just 3 Km away from Almora, the place is meant to enjoy the soft wilderness.
Martola - A perfect for picnic with family or friends for a great time in Almora.
Simtola - For views of mountains and forests of Sal and Deodaar, no vantage place could offer better to eyes.
Bright End Corner - a perfect site to view sunrise and sunset in this town.
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum- For some educating insights, visiting this place is great add-on.
Almora Market - To buy souvenirs, the place is already good; the only need is time left from tour.
Places around Almora
This picturesque town in the lap of Himalaya is more appealing because its location is such that many other significant places of tourism as well as faith could be easily touched. Let us start from.
Kausani Hill StationKausani- Located in Bageshwar district, the town is ultimate in terms of hill beauty, remembered specifically for 300 Km panoramic views of some of the snow clad Himalayan peaks, like Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. One can also take joy of trekking .
Ranikhet - A well known hill station, fantasized for its beautiful orchards of different fruits like apple, walnut, etc. Golf lovers can have memorable time playing in golf course here. Biking on the stretch of roads is quite a fun while enjoying Almora holidays.
Binsar - This hill station with its sanctuary makes for a wonderful holiday, if the bend is towards natural scenery in which wildlife has been thriving without any fear of human encroachment. The adventure aspect trekking to the sanctuary adds, could not be matched with any other experience.
Jageshwar - One of the twelve Jyotirlings representing Lord Shiva is located in this holy town, which also has more than 124 temples dedicated only to this deity of destruction. Thriving population of devotees to Lord Shiva and Nature enthusiasts contributes in charm manifold.
Dwarahat - The way to heaven is no small talk as the name of the place indicates. More than 55 temples located in this town make it holy to the believers of the faith. It being the sanctity of Nature, relating to divine comes naturally.
Chaukhutiya - River Ramganga makes for a perfect delight when visitor arrives to this town. History and religion stand unfazed to charm tourists on their exploration of places nearby Almora.