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Information about Almora

The small town of Almora is perched on a hiilock at an altitude of 1650 meters above sea level. Almora looks like a 5 km. long horse – shoe shaped ridge, where the Sitoli forms the front arm and the bazaar the other arm. The town looks out over a fertile terraced valley and four ranges of hills – Banari Devi, Kasan Devi, Shyahi Devi and Katarmal. The Trishul and Nanda Devi peaks in the great Himalayas are located beyond them. In the 16th century the capital of the Chand rulers was shifted from Champawat to Almora. Almora is the district headquarter and the Vivekanand Hill Agricultural Research Laboratory is also housed here. The town is an amalgamation of social and cultural influences drawn from all over Kumaon. Almora was also the home of freedom fighters, writers, journalists, editors, administrators, soldiers and artists. Almora is one of the rare places in the hills where short distances take hours to cover because of twisty, winding hill roads which allows you to visit many places from one central point.

Shopping in Almora

Almora has plenty of shopping centes with a 1.25 mile stretch of covered bazaars, including the near 200-year-old Lala Bazaar. Some of the interesting local products are Angora cloth made from the fur of Angora rabbits and tamta (copper) vessels. The bazaar, extends from Paltan Bazaar to Narayan Tiwari Dewal, that runs almost parallel to the motor road, and is full of lanes and by-lanes.

Tourist Attractions in Almora

About 400 temples were built during 700 and 1300 AD in Almora district. The Sun Temple, about 17 km from Almora, is one of the most famous temple in Almora. The other tourist attractions in Almora are Almora Fort, Brighton End Corner, Nanda Devi Temple, Kalimath and Simtola.

Almora Fort
From the Almora fort one can have a 360 degree view of Almora and the surrounding mountains.

Brighton End Corner
Brighton End Corner is only 2 km from the bus station on the Mall. It is the most popular point for sunset and sunrise views of the Himalayas.

Simtola
Simtola is situated about 3 km from Almora. It is a popular picnic spot covered by a thick blanket of pine trees. Simtola was selected by Uday Shankar for his cultural centre and studio.

Nanda Devi Temple
The Nanda Devi temple is approached through Lala Bazaar. The temple was an important meeting place during the freedom movement. In September, the Nanda Devi Mela is also held here.

Kal
imath
Kalimath is situated about 5 kms. from Almora. Kalimath is famous for its scenic grandeur and the view of Almora Town. Kasar Devi, about 0.8 km beyond Kalimath commands an excellent view of the neighboring area and the Himalayas.

Excursion

Binsar 
Binsar is situated about 30 kms. from Almora. Binsar is one of the most beautiful place in Almora, famous for the closer and wider view of the Himalayas. It was also the summer capital of Chand Kings. The whole region is now under the Binsar Sanctuary. This region is very rich in biodiversity and a centre par excellence for Himalayan views as well as for a holiday in uninterrupted solitude. On moonlit nights, the view of the sparking snow clad peaks is an exhilarating experience. Binsar is a deliciously quiet and peaceful wildlife sanctuary in the Kumaon Hills. It is also an interesting place for the bird watchers, with at least 166 identified bird species in the region. Some of the birds are the brain fever, streaked laughing thrush, spotted dove, large pied wagtail, yellow backed sunbird, white-capped redstart and butterflies. The newly inaugurated little museum at the entry barrier to Binsar can also be visited here. There is also the option of hanging around Khali Estate, once the home of Sir Henry Ramsay and later Jawaharlal Nehru’s sister Vijay Lakshmi Pandit. At the Zero Point, there is a viewing tower that affords a remarkable panoramic view of distance of barely 25 km and is the best spot to view the sunrise and sunset. 

Jageshwar, Excursion from Almora

Jageshwar
Jageshwar is situated about 34 km from Almora and a famous pilgrimage town. Jageshwar was a medieval center of Lakula Shaivism and is widely accepted as the eighth Jyotirlinga. Jageshwar is known for is magnificent cluster of 150 temples. These temples are profusely carved and built by rulers of Kumaon between the 8th century (early Katyuri Dynasty) to the 16th century (Chand Dynasty). There is a tourist bungalow for overnight stay. The most important temples are the Mrityunjaya and the Jyothirlinga itself. Aarti is generally held around 6 pm while the morning bhog takes place around 10 am. The Dandeshwar Temple Complex, a few kilometers away, is also worth visiting place. A trek upto the Briddha Jageshwar Temple

is rewarding too for the journey more than the destination. The recently opened Archaeological Museum can also be visited here. It houses some exquisite idols and statues removed from the Jageshwar shrine dating back as far as the 10th century.

Kausani
Kausani is situated about 52 km from Almora at 1890 meters and is a popular holiday centre. This small settlement, on top of a mountain, offers views of nearly 400 km of snow peaks. The peaks of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, badrinath, Nandghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi Panchachuli, Api and Nampa are breathtakingly beautiful. Kausani is a little less accessible to the madding crowd, perched in a corner of Kumaon, who prefer not to venture further up from the yachts at Nainital. It is a peaceful hill station, with plenty to offer in terms of both peace and amusement. The best time to view these places is between September and May. In the summers, rhododendrons flower in such profusion that they practically carpet the route. There is a

Kausani, Excursion from Almora

pleasant tourist bungalow and also the Anashakti Yoga Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi once stayed for a fortnight writing his commentary on the Anashakti Yoga in 1929. In fact, it was he who christened Kausani “the Switzerland of India”. The ashram affords a glorious panorama of the Himalayas. The Katarmal Sun Temple, also known as the Surya Mandir, and second only to Konark is the famous temple in Kausani. The complex of 44 temples is over 800 years old, and if you can get there at dawn, then you can witness the first rays of the sun streaming through a square apeture in one of the smaller temples to pay homage to the presiding deity in the main temple. Of the nearly 60 idols there, the oldest idol is 900 years old. The memorial of noted Hindi literature Sumitra Nandan Pant is also worth visiting place. Some of his furniture is still kept here and the memorial also serves as a reference library. On his birth anniversary (20th May) every year, kavi goshthis and sammelans attended by local poets are organised here. You can also visit the tea gardens in Kausani. 

Baijnath, Excursion from Almora

Baijnath
Baijnath is situated at an altitude of 1125 meters on the banks of the Gomti river in the Garuda Valley. It is an ancient religious centre, situated about 20 km from Kausani. The main attraction here is the temple complex. The Parvati temple enshrines a beautiful sculpted, human size black image of the goddess Parvati and belongs to the 12th or 13th century. The large round stone which nine men can lift using only a finger each, is located just outside the temple compound. The Kali Temple, known as Kot-ki-mai is situated about 8 km from here.


Bageshwar
Bageshwar is located at the confluence of the Gomti and Saryu rivers at 3,200 feet. The temple complex is one of the main tourist attraction. The Temple is strung with bells, the traditional Kumaoni offerings. They come truly alive during the Uttarayani Mela in January every year. Neeleshwar and Bheeleshwar are two facing hills, within easy distance of the town center. There is a Chandika Temple atop Bheeleshwar and an old Shiv Temple atop Neeleshwar. Bageshwar is also popular with trekking enthusiasts. It is the base camp for trek to Pindari, the most accessible glacier in the region.

How to get here

By Air: 
The nearest airport is located at Pantnagar.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located in Kathgodam, about 90 km from Almora via Khariua.

By Road:
Almora is linked with other places in the region including Nainital, about 67 kms away and Ranikhet, about 50 km.

 

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Badrinath || Gangotri || Haridwar || Kedarnath || Yamunotri || Other Pilgrimage Places

Festivals of Uttaranchal

Makar Sankranti || Basant Panchami || Phool Dei || Haatkalika Fair || Kumbh Mela || Syalde Bikhauti || Jageshwar Fair || Bat Savitri || Ganga Dusshera || Harela and Bhitauli || Ghee Sankranti || Janopunyu || Khatarua || Jauljibi and Thal fairs || Nandadevi Fair

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Corbett National Park || Govind Wildlife Sanctuary || Valley of Flowers National Park || Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary || Nanda Devi National Park
|| Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 


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