A charmer with Himalayan Views!
Situated in the Kumaon Hills, Almora is a charming town is known for its pleasant climate and stunning spectacles provided by nature. It is perched atop the 5 km long saddle-shaped ridge of the Kashaya hill. It is surrounded by the gentle, rolling hills of Kumaon on three sides, and its northern front affords a breathtaking view of the Trishul Peaks. Almora is also the cultural and social hub of the Kumaon region. It was once the capital of the Chand dynasty and before that was ruled by the Katyuri kings.
Being a culmination of cultures, the place is truly diverse in every sense. It has got multiple sets of lifestyles, often inspired by each other. It makes a certain promise of fun with fulfilment and never fails to disappoint. What makes Almora a lot different from other hill stations is the kind of view it provides. From a large part of Almora, a panoramic view of Himalayas can be seen.
Thus, it gives the pleasure of not just the place one is in, but an insight into what next adventure hols.
"The enchanting beauties of the Himalayas, their bracing climate and the soothing green that envelopes you leave nothing more to be desired. I wonder whether the scenery of these hills and the climate are to be surpassed if equalled, by any of the beauty spots of the world. After having been nearly three weeks in Almora Hills, I am more than ever amazed why our people need to go to Europe in search of health. " These words by Mahatma Gandhi quite sum up how enchanting and peaceful Almora is.
It is a great place to enlighten oneself, rejuvenate and connect with what actually is real in life. A lot of people had chosen Almora to be the place where they could connect to their souls in the past and still continue to do so.
Top things do in Almora
How to reach
Since Almora is a hill station at quite an altitude, it has no railheads or airports nearby. The best way is to reach through roads.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar district at a distance of around 115 kms away. From there private cabs/taxis can be hired.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is in Kathgodam, around 84 kms away. From there a lot of prepaid taxis are available to take you to Almora.
How to Reach by Bus
The best way to reach Almora is through bus as a lot of buses are available for Almora from Nainital, Haridwar, Mussoorie, Dehradun and Kathgodam.
How to Reach by Road
It is very well connected with roads from almost all major north Indian cities and all cities of Dehradun as well.
How to travel within
Pre-paid taxis are available to visit tourist spots in Almora.
Staying in Almora
There are quite a number of places to stay in Almora with some being basic dharamshalas, and some very exotic wooden resorts. According to choice, one can stay wherever they want.
Food is also quite great in Almora, especially the sweet dishes of the Laal Bazaar. The place is good for shopping as well. But above all, it is the people of Almora who make it so special. They are immensely hardworking. On a fine day, any normal resident could be seen carrying a cylinder on his back uphill to his home.
- Start your day by visiting the famous Chitai Temple, take blessing from there and continue your journey.
- Head towards Binsar wildlife sanctuary and on the way cover the Kasar Devi temple and zero point. Without these places, your journey would be incomplete.
- Get back to Almora, take a stroll in the town, have dinner and some sweets and take rest.
- Visit the Jageshwar temple
- Get back to Almora, do some shopping
- Visit the deer park nearby to spend some leisure and quality time with your loved ones while taking a stroll.