Almora is one of
the most beautiful places in Kumaon region. The glamour and
glitter which is seen in Ranikhet and Nainital is totally absent
in Almora. Almora is very virgin
hill-station and is full of scenic beauty. This region has small houses built on
the slopes and splendour of this place added colourful attire
of the natives. Just besides city flows the Koshi
and Suyal (Salmali) rivers.
In the 9th century Almora was ruled by Katyur dynasty. By 16th
century this place was ruled by rulers from Chandravansh. This
town was established by King Balo Kalyan Chand in 1563. This place
was the capital city of Kumaon region. The forts, monuments and
palaces built by the rulers of Chandravansh and Katyur dynasty are
even today's evidence of the splendour.
In 1790 Almora passed in the hands of Nepali Gorkhas. The
Britishers gained control of this place from Gorkhas in 1815.
Almora is situated on a hillock which is in Horse shoe shape
and is surrounded by dense forests of fur and pine trees. Almora has
been able to retain the tradition and ancient culture even when
other places are being influenced by modern trends. The absence of
any town planning and inclusion of tiles and stones on the
pavements and houses prove that this place has not yet adopted the
modern technology in a big way. Right in the middle of the town is
the Nanda devi temple and Narsingh temple are evidence of the
great faith of people in their God. Culturally also this place is
very rich and all round the year Almora celebrates many festivals
and cultural events.
Prime Attractions of Almorah (Almora)
The picturesque old part of the
town of Almora is the venue for a
fair held twice a year during the summer and winter months.
Jageshwar lying in the beautiful Jatganga Valley in Almora,
housing one of the 12 jyotirlingas of India, is a complex of 12
temples in all.
The local people have much faith on this
temple. The Chetai temple is located eight kms from Almora. This
temple is surrounded by dense fur and pine tree forest. If you are
a nature lover then you will certainly enjoy this place.
Deer park is located some three kms from Almora.
An evening stroll in Deer park has its own pleasure.
Situated at an elevation of 2116 mts. above
sea level, Gananath is 47 km. from Almora and is known for its
Nanda Devi Temple
This ancient temple is one of the main
attractions of Almora town. This temple is hundreds of year old
and carries deep faith of many people from this area. The images
and statues on walls of this temple are intricately and delicately
carved. They are very attractive and almost true to life depiction
has been done. Every year a fair, Nanda Devi Fair, is organized
here. People from all over the place come and participate in this
fair. Groups of young men & women dance on the pulsating music of
The Somnath Fair held on Vishuwat Sankranti day is celebrated in
the Shiva Temple at Masi, Almora. It is a famous fair of Pali
Excursions from Almorah (Almora)
Filled with the religious aura and peace of the soul and mind
after the visit to Baijnath, the visitor, inevitably becomes a
pilgrim and his steps lead him to the confluence of the sacred
Gomti and Saryu, at Bageshwar.
Binsar, once the summer capital of the Chand Rajas (7th to 8th
centuries) is located at a distance of 34 kms from Almora.
From Kausani, the road descends to Garur & Baijnath (70 km Almora,
26 km from Bageshwar and 19 km from Kausani) on the bank of Gomti
river in a flat valley. Perched at an altitude of 1126 m. below
Kausani is the famous temple complex of Baijnath in the Garur
valley of Katyur. A group of ancient temples dating back to the
12th & 13th century line the banks of the river, presenting a
beautiful sight. The temples are remarked upon, for its carving
stone work & heritage. Built by Katyuri Ruler, these have over
the time become synonymous with India's rich mythology. The 10th
century temple houses a beautiful idol of Goddess Parvati chiseled
in black stone. Shiva & Parvati are believed to have married at
the confluence of the Gomati & Garur Ganga. Innumerable tales of
Lord Shiva & Parvati make these temples a fascinating experience.
The Katyur Dynasty is believed to take their name from Kartikeya
the mythical son of Shiva & Parvati.
Bright & Corner
Two kms from Almora is situated Bright and Corner. This place
became famous for excellent sight of sunset and sunrise. From
Bright and Corner a different kind of view is obtained of dawn and
dusk. The unusual calm and peacefulness during this time is rarely
felt on any other hill station offering a similar view. Serene and
calm circuit house very close to this point is an added
attraction. Nearby is the Vivekanand library in Ramkrishna Kutir.
In this library one can find many books relating to philosophy and
spiritual thinking. There is also a place dedicated to Swami
Vivekanand. It was at this place Vivekanand spend few days while
his stay in Himalayas.
Gannath is known for natural caves and ancient Shiva temples. This
place is 47 kms from Almora. It is good place for nature lovers
and ideal for spending your day with surpassing beauty. Every year
on Kartik Purnima day a fair is organized here.
Jageshwar is located 34 kms from Almora. There is an ancient Shiva
temple at Jageshwar. This temple is surrounded by huge fur trees.
In fact, this temple is in the series of ancient temples which
were built in Kumaon region many centuries ago. The Jageshwar
Shiva temple carries archaeological importance too. The
architecture of this temple is worth giving a close examination.
From Kalimath one gets a good view of Almora town and the
adjoining area. The sight of the nearby hills is amazing. This
place is 4.5 kms from Almora. Close to Kalimath is Kasar Devi.
There is temple dedicated to Kasar devi. This temple dates back to
second century. One can go on foot from Kalimath to Kasar Devi
which is hardly one kms.
After the Sun temple at Konark, Orissa, Katarmal has the second
important sun temple in the country. This temple is almost 800
years old. But this temple has not received the amount of
attention it must have received. Due to neglect, the sun temple at
Katarmal is in very bad shape. One feels very sad that a monument
of such historical importance has been left to decay like this.
This temple has some unique architectural style and the images
carved on the walls are very intricately done. All this is bound
to attract attention of the visitor. This place is 17 kms from
Natural beauty of this place surpasses any other place. Koshi is
12 kms from Almora. The Govind Vallabh Pant Environment Research
Institute is located here. There is guest house which provides
good and comfortable stay at Koshi.
This lovely place with gardens and forests is located 10 kms from
Almora. Martola is so scenic and picturesque that many foreigners
decided to settle here. This place is a good picnic spot.
This is a picnic spot about three kms from Almora town. The whole
place is covered with pine and fur trees. The calmness and
peaceful environment has fun of its own kind.
Climate - Almora
April to June and
September to November are the best seasons to visit Almora. In
fact except the rainy seasons, Almora can be visited any time of
the year. During summers the temperature of this place is
comparatively more than any other hill stations. Even then evening
and morning temperatures are low enough to wear light warm clothes.
The fun of walking among hills in warm sunlight cannot be
described in words. During winters festival of Dussehra has its
own added attraction.
General Information - Almora
Kumaon (Uttar Pradesh).
Main Attraction Nanda Devi Temple.
Best Time April to June And September to November.
Languages Hindi, English, Kumaoni.
Population About 54,000 people resides in this city