Nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya, Almora Hill Station in Uttaranchal is a beautiful holiday spot for tourists. An Almora Hill Station Tour comes up with the opportunity to view the most pictorial part of the state. Located at a height of 1,650 m above the sea level, Almora is a picturesque hill station. It is popularly known as the 'Cultural Capital of Uttaranchal'. While enjoying a tour to Almora, you can enjoy the dense forests of fir and pine and the snow-covered mountain peaks.
Flowing silently behind Almora, the river Koshi is a spectacle to watch. The hill station is also known for its various cultural activities like fairs and festivals. The beautiful hill station of Almora has many places of interest for tourists. Every year thousands of tourists choose from a range of Almora Hill Station Packages to visit this vibrant hill station and also to attend the popular Nanda Devi Fair.
Tourist Attractions in Almora
Bright End Corner
A place from where you can catch the beautiful glimpses of sunrise and sunset. Located just 2 km away from the city, it is the place where you can spend some time in a peaceful ambiance. Swami Vivekananda Library and ashram, which is nearby to Himalaya is the time where you can read books.
Nanda Devi Temple
Lying above the Mall Road, Nanda Devi Temple is amongst the sacred temples in the Kumaon region. Dedicated to the patron goddess of the Chand Dynasty, this temple dates back 1000 years. Built inside the antechamber of Shiva Temple, it features a huge monument, decorated with a stone amalaka and enveloped by a wooden roof. The surrounding walls are graced by intricate stone carvings that imitate life-like statues and images.
During the time of Nanda Devi Fair in September, it is crowded with tourists and pilgrims.
This historical temple is dedicated to Gollu or Goljyu Devta, who is the avatar of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav. Located in the main market of the town; this is one of the most revered Lord Shiva temples in the town.
Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum
Named after the great freedom fighter Govind Ballabh Pant; this museum is located in Mall Road near bus station of Almora. It is full of articles that belong to the period of Katyuri and Chand emperors who ruled over Uttarakhand for a very long time. A collected work of Kumauni old style painting narrates the legends of the bygone era and also introduces one to the history of Uttarakhand.
A 2-hour trek from Almora; this is a tower standing high right in the heart of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Intoxication for any nature lover, from this point, one gets to feast their eyes, with the astonishing view of the mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath etc. This is just the place to view a magnificent sunrise and watch the beauty of nature the surrounds.
Jageshwar Shiv Temple
A Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora, the temple is the 8th Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Counted among the oldest Shiva temples in the country the temple complex has 124 big and small temples made of stone. Well preserved by Archaeological Survey of India major temples here are Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mrityunjay Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Navagraha Temple, Surya Temple and many others. Earlier it used to be the centre of Lakulish Shaivism.
Katarmal Sun Temple
A remote village near Almora, Katarmal is home to the 9th century Sun temple built by the Katyuri kings. 44 small temples surround the main temple and the area is surrounded by picturesque nature.
Lakhudiyar means one lakh caves; needless to say, it is a prehistoric site on the banks of River Suyal. Depicting the Stone Age Era, the caves here have inscriptions in red, black, and white colour on them. Though these inscriptions, one will get to know the life of the people who lived in the Stone Age era.
A must visit for any wildlife enthusiast; this deer park has deer alongwith other animals like leopard and Himalayan Black Bear.
Best Time to Visit
Climate of Almora is cool from March to May, as the temperature goes between 15-20 degrees Celsius. Snow lovers can plan a visit between November to February. Monsoons hit Almora between July and September; so this time should be avoided.
Almora has no dearth of accommodation options for tourists. Resorts, star hotels and Jungle resorts are available at different prices and facilities. The experience of living in a tree house should not be missed.
How to Reach
By Air: Pant Nagar (Nainital) is the nearest airport from where regular flights are operational in summers.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Almora.
By Road: Almora is well-linked to all the major cities of India by road. Uttarakhand Transport Corporation runs buses that are a great option to travel in and around Almora.
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