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Almora
(Uttaranchal, India)

 

DISTANCES / LOCATION

Almorah to Nainital is 67 kms
Ranikhet to Almorah is: 52 kms
Kausani to Almorah is 51 kms
Lucknow to Almorah : 466 kms
Dehradun to Almorah : 412 kms
Delhi to Almorah : 382 kms
Bareilly to Almorah : 205 kms
Kathgodam to Almorah : 90 kms
Pithoragarh to Almorah : 122 kms
Haridwar to Almorah : 357 kms
Haldwani to Almorah : 96 kms

GENERAL INFORMATION

Almora is one of the most popular hill stations of Uttaranchal. It is one of the five districts in the newly carved state of the Uttaranchal. It is also known as the cultural capital of Kumaon. Almora is on a three-mile long horse-saddle shaped ridge and is surrounded by hill ranges on all four sides by hill ranges. All the four ranges have the temples on the top of their peak. These temples are of goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Sayahi Devi and the temple of Sun god.

It is a beautiful scenic place situated at an altitude of 5900 ft. It was founded by Raja Kalyan of Chand Dynasty in 1560 AD. Almora is a town in the shape of a horse shoe perched on a 5 km long mountain range in between the river Kosi and Suyal.

PLACES TO VISIT

Chitai Temple : This is a very busy area. This temple is dedicated to Lord Golu. The people of Kumau worship him. Once a wish is fulfilled people hang little bells in this temple. Therefore there are thousands of little bells hanging there. The view of the Himalayas is extremely beautiful from here. This temple is 8 kms away by walk through a beautiful pine forest, but one can go by cart too.

Bright End Corner : Almora is 2 kms away from here. A highlight of this point is the sunset and the sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows tourists to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Close by is the Vivekananda Library which has many books on literature. A little away is the Vivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a while on his journey to the Himalayas.

Martola : This picnic spot amidst gardens is 10 kms away from Almora. Most of the people who live here are foreigners. Buses and taxis come up to a point called Panuwanaula and from there onwards one has to walk.

Katarmal : This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second in importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Seven kms away from Almora this historical important temple is an example of intricate sculpturing. This temple is in need of restoration now.

Binsar : 30 kms from Almora Binsar has a temple of Shiva who is also called Bineswar. 2412 mts above sea level this temple was constructed by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty. Visiting this temple gives one peace of mind.

Kalimutt : 4.5 kms from Almora, this picnic spot gives a lovely view of the Himalayan Peaks.

Jageshwar : 34 kms away from Almora this temple of Shiva is situated amidst a dense Deodar forest and has a lot of mythological importance. Here there are about 164 temples of this kind.

Bageshwar : 90 kms from Almora, Bageshwar is the trade center of Kumau. Founded in 1450, on the banks of the river Sarayu, it has a temple of Baghnath. Hotels and tourists guesthouses are available here for accommodation. Further ahead from here is the Pindari Glacier.

Deer Park : 3 kms from Almora this park is in NTD (Narayan Tiwari Dewai).
Nanda Devi Temple: This 1000-year old temple is one of the main attraction of Almora. Its walls have carvings on them. Every year a festival is held here in which youth from various mountainous areas come here to participate in this dance festival.

Kasar Devi : Near Kalimutt is the temple of Kasar Devi. This ancient temple was built on a mountain peak in the second century. The distance between Kalimatt and Kasar Devi is less than 1 km and can be easily covered by foot. The surrounding area has become the home of many foreigners. The main town is 6 km away.

Gannath : 47 kms from Almora this is an ancient Shiva temple with natural caves. 2116 mts above sea level this place is a favourite with nature lovers.

State Museum : This museum is near the bus stand . It is closed on Mondays and other Government Holidays. It is open from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Simtola : 3 kms from Almora Simtola is a picnic spot from where one can view the beautiful mountains covered with pine and deodar trees.

HOW TO REACH RISHIKESH ?

|| BY AIR ||

The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). During the summer regular flights are operational.

|| BY RAIL ||

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (90kms.). Connected by rail with Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah.

|| BY ROAD ||

Almora is well connected by road with all the important cities.

CLIMATE CONDITIONS

The climate in Almora can be described as moderate. The summers are warm in the morning and pleasant in the evenings. The winters are cold and sunny during the daytime while the nights are very cold with snowfall a couple of time during the season. The best season for tourist is during the months April-June and September-November. one can have the view of the snow-capped mountains during the early summers and autumns. The best time to witness snowfall is from the end of December till the early February.

HOTEL AND RESORTS IN ALMORA

Hotel and Resorts in Almora : Kasaar Jungel Resort

 

 
 
 

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