in the city of Hills
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is famous for its exquisite temples, rich cultural heritage, unique
handicrafts, lavish cuisine and magnificent wildlife Almora is a
place full of fun and frolic. A rich medley of fairs and festivals
of Almora beautifully predict the multihued lifestyle of the hills
of U.P. This hilly district offers visitors a selection of treks,
which combine the pleasures of sight seeing with the thrill of adventure.
Almora is one of the three hill districts of Kumaon. The other two
being Nainital and Pithoragarh. It is the cultural Capital of Kumaon.
Almora is also referred to as the unspoilt child of nature. It is
situated on a three-mile long horse saddle-shaped ridge and is surrounded
by four hill ranges Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Shayahi Devi
and Katarnal. The three peaks have temples of Goddesses while Katarnal
has an ancient Sun temple worth visiting.
April to June and September to November are the best seasons to
visit Almora. In fact except the rainy seasons, Almora can be visited
any time of the year. During summers, the temperature of this place
is comparatively more than any other hill stations. Even then evening
and morning temperatures are low enough to wear light warm clothes.
The fun of walking among hills in warm sunlight can not be described
in words. During winters festival of Dussehra has its own added
SITES TO VISIT
Almora bus stand is the Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum. This
museum provides a deep insight of the development of art, culture,
life style of this region. It has a very rich collection of items
relating to Archaeological, Historic and cultural significance.
This museum has unique collection of 'Apen', a folk style of painting.
One can have a good view of the various aspects of this style painting.
This museum is open from 10:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the evening.
Nanda Devi Temple
This ancient temple is one of the main attraction of Almora town.
This temple is hundreds of year old and carries deep faith of many
people from this area. The images and statues on walls of this temple
are intricately and delicately carved. They are very attractive
and almost true to life depiction has been done. Every year a fair,
Nanda Devi Fair, is organized here. People from all over the place
come and participate in this fair. Groups of young men & women
dance on the pulsating music of the mountains.
Bright & Corner
Two kms from Almora is situated Bright and Corner. This place became
famous for excellent sight of sunset and sunrise. From Bright and
Corner a different kind of view is obtained of dawn and dusk. The
unusual calm and peacefulness during this time is rarely felt on
any other hill station offering a similar view. Serene and calm
circuit house very close to this point is an added attraction. Nearby
is the Vivekanand library in Ramkrishna Kutir. In this library one
can find many books relating to philosophy and spiritual thinking.
There is also a place dedicated to Swami Vivekanand. It was at this
place Vivekanand spent few days while his stay in Himalayas.
Deer park is located some 3 kms from Almora. An evening stroll in
Deer park has its own pleasure.
The local people have much faith on this temple. The Chetai temple
is located 8 kms from Almora. This temple is surrounded by dense
fur and pine tree forest. If you are a nature lover then you will
certainly enjoy this place.
This is a picnic spot about 3 kms from Almora town. The whole place
is covered with pine and fur trees. The calmness and peaceful environment
has fun of its own kind.
Jageshwar is located 34 kms from Almora. There is an ancient Shiva
temple at Jageshwar. This temple is surrounded by huge fur trees.
In fact, this temple is in the series of ancient temples which were
built in Kumaon region many centuries ago. The Jageshwar Shiva temple
carries archaeological importance too. The architecture of this
temple is worth giving a close examination.
Gannath is known for natural caves and ancient Shiva temples. This
place is 47 kms from Almora. It is good place for nature lovers
and ideal for spending your day with surpassing beauty. Every year
on Kartik Purnima day a fair is organized here.
From Kalimath one gets a good view of Almora town and the adjoining
area. The sight of the nearby hills is amazing. This place is 4.5
kms from Almora. Close to Kalimath is Kasar Devi. There is temple
dedicated to Kasar devi. This temple dates back to second century.
One can go on foot from Kalimath to Kasardevi which is hardly 1
km from there.
After the Sun temple at Konark in Orissa, Katarmal has the second
important Sun temple in the country. This temple is almost 800 years
old. But this temple has not received the amount of attention it
must have received. Due to neglect, the Sun temple at Katarmal is
in very bad shape. One feels very sad that a monument of such historical
importance has been left to decay like this. This temple has some
unique architectural style and the images carved on the walls are
very intricately done. All this is bound to attract attention of
the visitors. This place is 17 kms from Almora.
This place has received its name from Lord Binsar Deo or Shiva.
Binsar is 30 kms from Almora. The Shiva temple was built by the
Chandravansi King Kalyan. This temple is built at a height of 2,412
meters. The peace and calm of Binsar provides peace of mind and
Bageshwar is the commercial town of Kumaon region. This town is
some 90 kms from Almora. It is located along the River Saryu. There
is temple dedicated to Lord Bagnath from which this place derives
its name. This temple was built in 1450. A little away from Bageshwar
is the Pindari Glacier. At Bageshwar one can get good accommodation
is a place of much historical importance. This is 71 kms from Almora
and 21 kms from Bageshwar. There are many ancient temples at Baijnath.
These temples have historical and archaeological importance. These
temples have Shiva, Ganesha, Parvati as the presiding deities. Most
of the temples are located along the Gomti River. These temples
were built in 12th and 13th century by rulers of Katyur dynasty.
This lovely place with gardens and forests is located 10 kms from
Almora. Martola is so scenic and picturesque that many forgeiners
decided to settle here. This place is a good picnic spot.
Natural beauty of this place surpasses any other place. Koshi is
12 kms from Almora. The Govind Vallabh Pant Environment Research
Institute is located here. There is a guest house which provides
good and comfortable stay at Koshi.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Kasar Devi Mela
The picturesque old part of the town of Almora is the venue for
the fair held twice a year.
Jageshwar lying in the beautiful Jatganga Valley, housing one of
the 12 jyotirlingas of India, is a complex of 12 temples in all.
The Somnath Fair held on Vishuwat Sankranti day is celebrated in
the Shiva Temple at Masi.
The Devidhura Fair is held on the day of Raksha Bandhan in August,
at the Varahi Devi Temple.
The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with great pomp and show
all over Kumaon.
When one comes to Almora one does not forget to taste the sweets
here which are quite famous. Particularly Singora and Bal Mithaiare
liked by one and all. Apart from sweets, Almora is famous for Rabbit
wool cloths. A special breed of Rabbit, Angora produces wool which
is very soft, fine and very warm. Warm clothes made from this wool
is famous all over the world. In Almora one can get good bargains
at comparatively low prices. Then there are decorative items, brass
items and other kind of metal utensils which are quite popular among
the visitors. One can purchase woollen garments at reasonable rates
from the Garud woollens. This shop is part of the Kumaon Schedule
Tribe Development Corporation at Shikhar Hotel compound. For Bronze
and Brass wares & decorative items one can have a look in shops
at Lal Bazaar and Chowk Bazaar.
Best time to
Almora is a place that can be visited any time of the year, yet
the summer season between the months of March to June is the best.
HOW TO REACH
Almora has got regular bus and taxi connections with Nanital, Ranikhet,
Kathgodam and Kausani . Nearest railhead is Kathgodam (90 kms) &
operating airport is Delhi (360 kms).