Almora Tourism
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Almora Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Almora
Almora is a scenic hill station in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Located on a five km long ridge which is shaped like a horse shoe, Almora is a quaint town in Kumaon Hills in the Himalayan range. It is at an average height of 1,651 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by greenery all around with beautiful thick forests of fir and pine trees covering the hills.

Almora offers amazing views of the snow capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas and is popular among visiting tourists for its natural splendour. The Kosi and Suyal rivers run alongside the town adding to the beauty of the place. It is surrounded by the hill ranges of Kasar Devi, Banari Devi, Shayahi Devi and Katarnal, all of which are adorned by temples at the peaks.

There are many beautiful temples in Almora. The 1000 years old Temple of Goddess Nanda Devi is located right in the middle of the town. The Chitai Temple is the temple of Lord Golu, worshipped by the people of the Kumau region of Uttaranchal. There are quite a few temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, few dedicated to Goddess Durga, and another few Vaishnavite temples scattered all around the town.

Almora is known for its indigenous handicrafts, local cuisine and its rich culture and tradition. The beauty of the place lies in its uniqueness. The paved roads and the tile roofed houses in the town add to the charm of the place and give it its individual charm and identity. This is best experienced in the Lala Bazar which is more than 200 years old and looks quite unlike a regular market with its paved streets of stone. 

Owing to its natural beauty and for the many places of religious importance, Almora is a prominent tourism destination in the country. In recent years, quite a few health resorts have opened up in Almora. The most famous destination, which nature lovers can access from Almora is the Corbett National Park, which is located on the bank of Ramganga river at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Almora, from several decades, has been an important location for shooting Bollywood movies because of its exquisite landscape. Its panoramic hills and the valley offer a perfect getaway, especially during the summer season because of its pleasant weather. The best time to visit Almora is during the summer and during the autumn months of September to November.

 

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Kausik Mandal

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  • 34 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"The relaxed hill"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We dropped here on the way back to the home. I found a nice place to stay for a couple of days - Hotel Shikhar. The essence of a hill station with all the ups and down, the markets, the food junctions, the turns and twigs everything is here. As the curtains of our long tour was coming down, we just loved this place.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Soul is deeply touched with its hospitality and modern facilities of the place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
Almora is hill-town known for its elitist culture. Pt. Uday Shankar made Almora world famous for its aesthetics. The Kumaoni nose ring is synonymous to Almora. My soul is deeply touched with its hospitality with modern facilities as well as its sounds of jager and mantra chanting in temples. My faith in eternal justice is rock solid because of Golu devata of Chitai -known as deity of justice. Modern and highly educated people of Almora are simply religious people. Always ready to welcome guests 24*7. I am fascinated with colourful houses decorated with aipan their traditional art. How they smile through tough terrain is exemplary. They welcome each other with pithai, kumkum and rice on forehead. Cool breeze invites people to come here time and again. The sound of hundreds of bells travel back with me. And taste of simple kaala chana kheera raita remains on my tongue to go back to Almora. Please visit for unforgettable moments to share with your loved ones.
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Babbal Kumar

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  • Babbal Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Best to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2016
Almora is a beautiful place, it is said that beauty of this place cannot be matched with any other hill station. All the area is covered with greenery. One has to visit the circuit area, also, it is famous for Bal Mithai and other beautiful stuff. Almora is a best hill station to visit.
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Ajeet k Nigam

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  • Ajeet k Nigam
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Overall a nice experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
In summer apart from crowded Nainital and Almora visit little bit beyond main stream. There are too many places of worship. Which are scenic & calm. Near Almora there is Sun temple. From main road you can trek for 2km and you will see archaeological phenomenal. Good one day for outing.
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Tania Mukherjee

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Spend Some Laidback Days Amidst Mountains and Pine Trees"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2015
This is a destination for people who want to spend some quiet days away from the maddening humdrum of city life. The view of the Himalayas, majestic cloud play and the towering pine trees makes this place special. Apart from the Nanda Devi Temple one can visit the Ramkrishna Mission. It is not exactly in the city and close to 'Akashwani'. This place is secluded hidden amid the pine forest and is definitely worth a visit. You should not miss out trying the dessert items of Kumaon. Particularly here, the entire stretch is scattered with sweet shops. Have the Bal Mithai, Choklate(not chocolate) and Singrauni. There is not much activity to do in Almora. Just walk around, watch the nature, interact with the locals and relax. The locals are generally very friendly and helpful. Be nice with everyone you meet and appreciate the beauty of nature.
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Debasish Biswas

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  • Debasish Biswas
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Almora (sadly no more a must-visit place)"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2015
It was part of our trip to Nainital and Kausani and few more adjacent places. Almora was ruled by the Katyur dynasty from the 9th century AD. In 1560 it was made the capital of the Chand rulers. Perched on a hillock, Almora looks like a horse shoe shaped ridge and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas.

Unfortunately, the town itself is very crowded and dirty nowadays. In fact, in this regard it can compete with Kolkata! The looks of the town were really distasteful :-( Almora is a nice combination of scenic mountain beauty, ancient cultural customs and traditions, thickly wooded forests, scenic valleys, handicrafts, gushing rivers and many more.

Places to visit:
Chitai Temple, the sacred temple of Golu Devta (locally known as the diety of justice), is situated 6 kms from the heart of Almora city. Jageshwar is one of the place of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is famous for its 124 temples and their exquisite craftsmanship on black stones. Spread among the cedar and rhododendron forest Kasar devi is situated on Kashyap Hills and is known for its ancient temple that dates back to 2nd century CE. Every year on the occasion of Kartik Poornima, many people come here to worship and attend the Kasar Devi Fair. Nestled among the thick deodars of Kumaon hills Katarmal sun temple offers a magnificent view of Almora. Located at an altitude of 2116 mt, this quaint Sun temple, built in the 9th century by Katarmalla, a Katyuri Raja, is relatively unknown as compared to the sun temple of Konark. This temple, famous for its magnificent architecture, has 44 smaller temples around the main deity of Surya, called as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya. Deities like Shiva-Parvathi, Lakshmi-Narayana etc. Are also established in this temple complex. The temple, which holds other carvings on walls and panels, was declared a monument of national importance.
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Tejindar singh

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2015
My visit to Almora was very refreshing & enjoyable. It was my first visit to Almora and memorable one. Best place I liked was Almora temples, reminded of ancient dynasties which existed in our country. Carefully crafted temples in the beautiful pine trees surroundings. Another place to visit is Chitai temple which has lot of following. Not to forget Almora's mall road & delicious bal mithai & chocolate mithai. Very nice rejuvenating vacations.
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Mr. Himanshu

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"An excellent destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2015
If I talk about experience, it is very good. Have spent less time here but a nice time to spent. Beautiful and nice place to visit near places are jageshwar, kasar devi, ranikhet have to got more time to spent. If anyone want to come here have to take more time to spend there.
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Mayank Agarwal

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  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Lives in Agra
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"A good ride to reach this destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2015
An amazing road from Nainital to Almora beautiful scenic beauty and a place famous for temples, Baal barfi(sweet dish). A place from where there are lot of destinations you can choose to visit within 100 kms. Places like Binsar, Kausani, Chakori, Ranikhet. There are more small Towns surrounded by beauty of mountains and Uttarakhand for Road Trip please go for it.
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Saurabh Srivastava

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  • Saurabh Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nice vacation spot"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2015
Our itinerary was Lucknow-Almora-Jageshwar-KAusani-Almora-Nainital-Lucknow in 5 days time. Due to erratic cloudy weather ( It is expected to be sunny in this month, when I booked the ticket) we could not have good view of the himalayas, and also we could not roam about on Mall road Nainital due to rains. But overall experience remains very good because we have those good memories to relish on with my family. Quality time spent with my family.
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