ALMORA ~ essenceofkumaun
Almora attracts tourists each year due to its views of the Himalayas, cultural heritage, handicrafts, cuisine, and being a business hub for the Kumaon region.
Almora is believed to have gotten its name from Kilmora, a kind of sorrel, a short plant commonly found here, which was said to be used for washing the utensils of the sun temple at Katarmal. Almora is a picturesque town set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas. Almora has attracted several eminent people through the ages, including Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Shankar and his troupe, including Guru Dutt and Zora Sehgal came here for a performance, and Ravi Shankar.
The town also serves as the starting point for many treks like Jageshwar, Pindari, Mornaula, Mukteshwar, Binsar, and Ranikhet among others.
Best time to visit Almora
Almora is an all-year destination but best time to visit Almora is from March to May and mid-September to December.
HOW TO REACH ALMORA
The nearest airport to Almora is at Pantnagar, about 127 KMs from Almora.
Almora is well-connected by motorable roads to all the major cities of northern India. The city is also connected with NH87 and NH87E.
Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam (around 90 Kms away), it is connected by rail with Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun and Calcutta.
TOURIST PLACES IN ALMORA
GAIRAD GOLU DEV TEMPLE
Golu Devata or Lord Golu is the legendary mythological and historical God of the Kumaun region and is their deity. The Dana Golu devata Gairar, temple is about 2 km from the main gate of Binsar wildlife sanctuary & about 15 km. from Almora. Origin Golu Devata is thought to be as an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav (Shiva), and is worshipped all over the region and regarded as the dispenser of justice by the devotees with extreme faith.
There are many temples of Golu Devata in Kumaun, and the most popular are at Gairad (Binasr), Chitai, Champawat, Ghorakhal. It is popular belief that Golu Devata dispenses quick justice to the devotee.
CHITAI GOLU TEMPLE
Situated about 8kms from Almora, Chitai Golu is quite a famous temple in Uttarakhand. Presided by the deity of Golu Ji, an incarnation of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav.
Chitai Temple is easily recognised by amount of copper bells hung in its premises. Golu Ji is reckoned to be the God of Justice and it is a common belief that when someone worships him in one of his temples in Uttarakhand, Golu Devta provides justice and makes wishes of his devotees come true.
NANDA DEVI MANDIR
The Nanda Devi Mandir was built by the Chand Rajas. The idol of the goddess is located in the antechamber of a Shiva temple and is much revered by the locals.
Every September, Almora comes alive as thousands flocks to this temple for the Nanda Devi Mela. The mela is an integral part of this temple for more than 400 years.
PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY ALMORA
Once, the "summer capital", is the land of enchanting meadows, orchids, mumbling streams and hills. The name Binsar has been derived from the words 'bin-sar' which literally suggests without a head.
Binsar is having a beautiful forest reserve and bird sanctuary which boasts of a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Kasar Devi is a small hamlet ahead of Almora, Uttarakhand, while on way towards Binsar. Kasar Devi gives you positive vibes, a place that makes you stay and experience the calm surroundings. A panoramic view of the Himalayas—from Nanda Devi to the five snow-capped peaks of Panchachuli—unfurls above Kasar Devi.
It is mainly known for the Kasar Devi temple, a temple, dedicated to Kasar Devi, after whom the place is named. The Kasar Devi Temple consist of two different group of temple one of Devi and another of lord Shiva and Bairava. The temple structure dates to the 2nd century CE. Swami Vivekananda visited Kasar Devi in 1890s, and numerous western seekers.
Ranikhet the beautiful hamlet in Kumaon region, Almora District, state of Uttarakhand, India.
The picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the British and established a cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaun Regimental Centre.
The breath-taking view of the Himalayan ranges and the natural scenic beauty draws in large number of tourists from all over the world every year.
KATARMAL SUN TEMPLE
Katarmal Temple is a magnificent Surya temple also known as Bara Aditya temple. Katarmal is located about 17 kms from Almora and is positioned at an elevation of 2,116 m. One has to trek almost three kms crossing Hawalbagh and Matela near Kosi River.
The Katarmal Temple has the distinction of being the only Sun temple in Kumaon.
Gana Nath Temple is 47 kms from Almora. It is famous for its caves and a Shiva temple.
During the special Kartik Purnima carnival held at the temple, the entire region echoes with the sounds of rhythmic hymns and captivating folk songs.
Jageshwar Dham is a group of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are 124 big and small temples that look simply beautiful with a gorgeous backdrop of rolling green mountains and a gurgling Jata Ganga stream.
According to Archaeology Survey of India, the temple dates back to post Gupta and pre-medieval era and said to be 2500 years old. Stone lingams, stone sculptures and carving on altars are the highlight of the temple.
Kausani, the picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendor and its spectacular view of the Himalayas is in the Bageshwar District of state of Uttarakhand.
From Kausani one can view snow-crested Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchuli peaks,from Kausani one gets spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.
The views from the town is so beautiful, that once Mahatama Gandhi called the place "Switzerland of India" during his brief stay at Kausani, Uttarakhand.
Situated between Ranikhet and Almora this picturesque place not only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also full of fruit orchards. Scouting camps are frequently held here and there is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around 3 Kms away on a lovely mountainous trail.
Situated in a wide valley of the river Ramganga, Dwarahat lies around 32 Kms from Ranikhet. It is a very important town from both Historical and archeological point of view and may also have been the capital of some branches of Katyuri kings.
Around 10 Kms from Dwarahat lies the famous Doonagiri temple atop a hillock which is famous in legends for containing the herb drug Sanjivini. The temple dedicated to the goddess Durga is situated in the midst of beautiful and dense forest and a tea estate.
THINGS TO DO IN ALMORA
Almora to Jageshwar is a popular trek, passing through lush green fields and beautiful villages.
The Pindari trek is another well-known route. The Pindari Glacier located amid the Nanda Devi Mountain and Nanda Kot also offers a memorable experience.
Enjoy an easy trek to Fort of Almora or Lal Mandi Fort located at Thana Bazaar (Almora Bazar). Climb up to enjoy 360-degree views of the town and nearby areas.
Indulge in some street shopping at the local market. From local craft objects and garments to delicious savouries and Kumaoni jewellery – Almora's market hubs will not disappoint.
WHERE TO STAY IN AMORA
HOMESTAY IN ALMORA
HOTELS IN ALMORA
The reservations at circuit house is made by the district magistrate of Almora and is given on the basis of availability and warrant of precedence and is generally given to visiting dignitaries and important persons.
Forest Rest House
The reservations are made by the divisional forest officer of Almora whose office phone number is 91-5962-230065.
P.W.D. Inspection House Almora
The reservations of the suites available are made by the Executive Engineer, Provincial Division whose office phone number is 91-5962-230066.