is a hill district in the central Kumaon
region of Uttarakhand. 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. It is a very famous hill station.
Almora is a good place to enjoy the
spectacular view of the snow-capped
mountains of the central Himalayas. There
are some beautiful and interesting places to
visit in and around Almora.
The temple of Nanda Devi is 1000-year old
temple and is one of the main attractions of
Almora. a festival is held every year where
youth from different region come to
participate in this dance festival. The
Chitai temple is 8 km away from the main
city. The people of Kumaon have strong faith
in the local god Golu. The temple of Chitai
is dedicated to him. It is visited by
thousands of Kumaonis living in Kumaon or
outside. People write letters to the god to
fulfill their desires and in return they
hang bells in the temple. You can see
several thousand bells hanging all around
the temple. The 800-year old Sun Temple at
Katarmal is 7 km from Almora. It is
exceptional for its architecture and
intricate carvings. It is one of the few sun
temples of Uttarakhand and probably the
biggest group in Uttarakhand. Jageshwar is
34 km away from Almora. There is a group of
almost 125 temples dating back to 7th to
11th century AD. The majority of the temples
are dedicated to Lord Shiva and a few to
various goddesses. The group of temples is
situated amidst a dense Deodar forest.
Jageshwar is considered as one of the 12
Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
There is a cave where Swami Vivekananda
meditated and was enlightened. Almora was
captured by British from Gorkhas, who have
left their mark on this town. Nanda Devi
festival is celebrated here, during which
devotees from all over India visit this
Nearby places of tourist interest where an
excursion can be made within a day are
Bright End Corner's unforgettable sunset,
Chitai temple with it's unique collection of
brass bells of all sizes, gifted to the
temple by devotees since centuries, Kasar
Devi which houses many Europeans who fell in
love with the place so much that they settle
down, Nanda Devi Temple the cultural and
religious center of Almora for now hundreds
of years and Lala Bazaar a unique market of
more than two hundred years with paved
streets of stone.
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.
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.
4.5 kms from Almora, this picnic spot gives
a lovely view of the Himalayan Peaks.
3 kms from Almora this park is in NTD
(Narayan Tiwari Dewai).
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
This is a very busy area. This temple is
dedicated to Lord Golu. The people of Kumaon
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
47 kms from Almora this is an ancient Shiva
temple with natural caves. 2116 mts above
sea level this place is a favorite with
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.