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Almora Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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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Ajeet k Nigam

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"Overall a nice experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"Spend Some Laidback Days Amidst Mountains and Pine Trees"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"Almora (sadly no more a must-visit place)"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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.

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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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"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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"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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"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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"A beautiful and religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2014
I visited Almora this summer. The place was great and surrounded by mountains with beautiful scenic views. I visited Chitai temple and felt religious. I also travelled to Gageshwar temple. It is 1000 years old and had over 50 temples made of stone. I loved that experience. Recommend you to visit there at least once.
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"Destination with great architect"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2014
We went to Almora in the month of December 2013 and stayed at Holiday home which is at KMVN Hotel. The stay was very good as the staff were so helpful. Great basic food, served hot. Places visited: Maa Nanda Devi Mandir, Golu Devta Mandir, Sun Temple, Jageshwar and Almora Lal Bazar.
Jageshwar was even better temple in terms of architect of the temple. One can also visit Kausani which is a favorite destination amongst travellers.
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"A quaint Alpine Territory"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2014
Some say that Almora has somehow lost the story as far tourists go. But has it really? Not to me at least. It has definitely lost it to the typical honeymooners and weekend hill-invaders, who intend to consider Almora more as a pass-over or en-route cross-over. But as far as I am concerned, its actually for the good. It means that the selfish ones like me get to enjoy this old town all to ourselves. Its more than 500 years old. It had its history, its legends, its paved roads, heavily carved wooden houses some of which still exists!

If you had wanted to really see what an Alpine village looks like without getting your passport stamped. Well Almora is the place for you. Check out the unhindered view of the old town gently sloping down the sides of the hills with snow capped peaks in the back-ground. Enjoy a lazy sun-down at Bright-end corner. Take a stroll down the old Sadar Bazar. Take a peep-in of the Museums. There will be something that will be your personal favourite in this town, after all everyone ranging from Swami Vivekananda to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore could not have been so wrong about this place! All of them came here repeatedly and stayed on for long periods of time.
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