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ALMORA

General Information
Location :
In the north Indian state of Uttaranchal.
Tourist Attractions : Chitai Temple, Katarmal, Nanda Devi Temple, Kasar Devi, State Museum.
Best Hangout : Bright End Corner
Best Activities : Trekking and nature walk
Nearby Tourist Destinations : Nainital 63 kms, Ranikhet 50 kms, Kausani 52 kms, Bageshwar 90 kms, Pithogarah 120 kms, Kathgodam 90 kms, Haldwani 96 kms, Jageshwar 38 kms.
When to Visit : Any time of the year.

About Almora

"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 go to Europe in search of health." - Mahatama M.K. Gandhi

Almora, a picturesque destination in the Kumaun region, East of Uttaranchal in India, with an overwhelming panoramic view of Himalayas, invites tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Known for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, lavish cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility, Almora promises its visitors a visit full of fun and eventful moments.

Away from daily busy lifestyle of cities, Almora lies in a peaceful atmosphere, which brings alive all that is beautiful in nature. Situated at the top of a peak that is half circular, Almora is a town in the shape of a horse shoe. On the top of a 5 km long mountain range, Almora has its own historical, cultural and political importance. Almora has many fruit orchards like apples, peaches, apricots, plums, etc.


Major Tourist Attractions in Almora

Chitai Temple :
The temple at this place 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 majestic from here. This temple is 8 kms away by walk through a beautiful pine forest, but one can go by cart too.

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 historically significant temple is a fine specimen of intricate sculpturing. This temple is in need of restoration now.

Bright End Corner :
Almora is 2 kms away from here. The attraction of this point is the sunset and the sunrise captured through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows tourists to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Nearby is the Vivekananda Library which houses 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.

Nanda Devi Temple :
This 1000-year old temple is one of the prime attraction of Almora. The beautifully carved walls are a sight to behold here. Every year a festival is held here in which youth from various mountainous areas come here to participate in the dance festival.

Kasar Devi :
Near Kalimutt is the temple of Kasar Devi. This ancient temple was raised on a mountain peak in the 2nd century. The distance between Kalimatt and Kasar Devi is less than 1 km and can be easily accessed by foot. The main town is 6 km away.

Getting There


Air : The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). During the summer regular flights are operational.
Rail : The nearest raiway station near Almora is Kathgodam.
Road : Almora is well connected with all-important cities of India by road.

Accommodation

There are numerous accommodation options available in Almora for all types of tourists coming from all over the world. The accommodation ranges from luxury to budget, all set in salubrious atmosphere with well appointed rooms and world class facilities and services, as per the tourist's expectations.


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