Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with easy accessibility the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station in Kumaon division in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
The town has two major rivers- Koshi (Kaushaki) and Suyal (Salmali) flowing through it. Almora promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments. Almora is situated at an average elevation of 1,638 metres above sea level and is spread across a 5-kilometre long ridge on Kashyap Hill.
The city has a divine natural aura that is enough to allure anyone and everyone. The place owes its name to “Kilmora” a tiny plant found in the nearby regions. The picturesque landscape of the city attracts a thousand of tourists every year as it is one of the business hubs of the Kumaon region.
Almora is situated on a horseshoe-shaped ridge of a mountain. The eastern portion of Almora is called “Talifat” and the western one is known as “Selifat”.The place is famous for temples like Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Nanda Devi Temple, Katarmal Temple, Kasar Devi Temple and Jageshwar.
PLACES TO VISIT IN ALMORA
Zero Point is a calm and mind soothing destination that will allure you with the never-ending terrains of greenery of Almora. The tourist spot is famous for picnics and its lush green sceneries and is also one among the great places to visit in Almora.
It is located Within the premises of Binsar village and in close proximity to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Zero Point peak gives an imposing view of the Himalayan Ranges, Kedar Nath peak and Nanda Devi. It is also famous for one of the most blissful sunsets in Almora district.
Built-in the exquisite Nagara style of architecture Jageshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is amongst the cluster of 200 Hindu temples hidden in Almora. The temple is located around 30 kilometres from the centre of Almora.
Jageshwar temple is known as one of Jyotirlinga (Astham Jyotirlingas – Nagesham Darukavane). In many traditional scriptures, it is revered as one of twelve original Jyotirlingams. Jageshwar temple is an important tourist destination of Kumaon and receives thousands of visitors every year.
3.KATARMAL SUN TEMPLE
Kartarmal is considered to be one of the hidden gems of Almora district and is located about seventeen kilometres away from the city of Almora. The temple is believed to be built by the Katyuri kings. It is the second most famous temple in Almora and also backs the sun temple in Odisha.
The Katarmal Temple has the distinction of being the only Sun temple in Kumaon. The main temple is an older structure surrounded by 45 smaller shrines. To reach it, one has to trek almost 3 km, crossing Hawalbagh and Matela near Kosi river. The temple is also called Bara Aditya Temple.
Located just 3 kilometres from Almora, Deer Park is a great way to explore the rich wildlife of this city. Known as one of the most beautiful and must-visit places in Almora, Deer Park is a place where you can spend a relaxing time amidst lush green nature.
Deer Park is one of the best places for nature and wildlife lovers. In this park, you can spot animals like deer, leopard and black bear among lush green pine trees.
Located approximately 9 kilometres away from the city of Almora, Chitai Temple, also called as Golu Devta temple is one other tourist attraction spot in Almora.
The temple was constructed dedicating it to the incarnation of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav. It is also believed that this temple grants its devotees all the wishes that they ask for. The temple is known as the abode of the God of Justice.
6.GOVIND BALLABH PANT MUSEUM
Govind Ballabh Pant Museum is named after one of India’s freedom fighters, Gobind Vallabh Pant. It is an easy place to find in the small city as it is located on the mall road in Almora.
The museum has an exquisite collection of artefacts and ancient items from the times of Chand and Katyuri dynasties that ruled this region. It is one of the most famous destinations and one among the desirable places to visit in Almora.
Martola is a scenic picnic spot located at a distance of 10 km from the main city. This place is famous for its lush green forests and gardens.
There may be numerous places to visit in this beautiful town, but Martola is something that no tourist can miss out on. It is also said that a number of tourists that visit the place desire to stay here permanently because of the beauty it is surrounded with.
8.BINSAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
A hidden gem in the Almora district of Uttarakhand offering the best of nature, wildlife, and adventure, Binsar Sanctuary is the best place in Uttarakhand for birdwatching and photography.
It is approximately 33 kilometres away from the city and is situated on top of Jhandi Dhar Hills. The wildlife sanctuary was constructed in the year 1988 with an intention to protect the vegetation and animals of the central Himalayan region.
9.KASAR DEVI TEMPLE
The temple is located on the edge of a ridge on the Almora- Bageshwar highway on Kaashay Hills. Kasar Devi temple became famous after Swami Vivekananda visited the place while he was in Almora. The temple is dedicated to a goddess called Kasar Devi and is considered one of the most popular temples in the town.
There is a fest organised every year in the temple. The most exciting part of the festival is the ‘Kasar Devi fair’ which is like icing on the cake. This festival also attracts several tourists to the village.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ALMORA
The best season to visit Almora is the spring-summer season i.e. between March and May. During this time, the climate is such that it provides for a pleasant respite from the scorching heat. It is also a good time for outdoor and adventure activities like trekking and hiking.