Almora Travel Guide – Must See Places in Almora

A fairy tale picturesque city with panoramic view of Himalayas, Almora has a lot to offer to people who book Almora tour.

almora-town
Almora Town

The cultural capital of Kumaon district, Almora with its breathtaking view, the scenic grandeur of natural beauty allures the tourists from all over the world.  Almora is a fine alliance of picturesque mountain beauty, ancient cultural influences, thick forests, lovely valleys, charming cottages, crystal lakes and swelling rivers which makes it one of the best destinations for India tour packages.

Almora promises its tourists an unforgettable experience with its rich cultural heritage, matchless handicrafts, lavish cuisine and amazing wildlife. One of the three hill district of Kumaon, Almora is referred as the virgin child of nature. Standing at a height of 1,638 meters, Almora rests on a three mile long ridge shaped like a horse-saddle and is surrounded by 4 hill ranges, Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Shayahi Devi and Katarnal. Situated amidst the Himalayas, Almora has been attracting people from time immemorial who have been visiting the place in search for peace, solitude and liberation of the soul.

Almora Tours- What Can You See and Do

According to a legend about 500 years ago, Raja Kalyan Chand was hunting in this region. The prey took a refuge in a wild think bush called as Kilmora and then the king was mesmerized by the site and decided to transfer his capital from Champawat to Almora. Almora remained a capital of Chand dynasty for more than a thousand years. Almora remained untouched and well protected naturally until the Gorkha onslaught in the later decade of 19th century.

There are a number of tourist attractions in an around Almora. Almora is famous for its orchards. Nanda Devi Temple was the religious centre of Almora for many hundreds years and a visit to Almora would be incomplete without a visit to this temple. Lala Bazaar is a unique market which is more than two hundred years old and has stone paved streets. So if you would like to have a taste of yesteryear, make it a must in your India tour travel itinerary.

Tarikhet which lies few kilometres away from Almora was a hub of the Freedom Movement. Mahatma Gandhi also lived there for a while. To know how the Mahatma lived and how the freedom movement took off, make a visit to Tarikhet a must in your travel itinerary. Almora also has a museum which houses the cultural heritage of Kumaon. There is also a “bright end corner” which is 2 kms away from Almora. The sunset and the sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks is the highlight of this place.

kasar-devi-temple
Kasar Devi Temple

Nearby is Vivekananda memorial where it is believed that Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a little while on his journey to the Himalayas.

Kausani, situated at a distance of 32 miles from Almora, offers a breathtaking view of Himalayas and has an exquisite tea garden.

Facts:

The Best Time to Visit:
Summer, between March and July, would still be the best season to visit the area as the top temperature of 30 deg C would not hinder you from going out.  For those who like seeing a lot of green though, August to October, known as the monsoon season, would also be a good time to visit.  The rains do come during this time though.  The rest of the months are winter months, and though not too cold, it may close down some options for sightseeing.

Climate:
Almora is pleasant and cool throughout the year.  If you like to play with averages, the average of the highest and lowest temperatures would be 23 degrees C and 11.5 degrees C.

Geography:
Almora is located on the ridge of a mountain, 1,646 meters above sea level.  It is divided into two regions, with the eastern portion known as Talifat and the western known as Selifat.

Things to See and Do:
Whether in search for places to commune with nature or to see historical landmarks, Almora will not leave a traveler wanting.  Being on a mountain range, the hiking and trekking options are numerous in the area.  For peace and tranquility, one can also go to Bright End Corner in order to enjoy the sunrise and/or the sunset.  Then one can go to one of the many temples such as the Chitai Temple, and top the visit off with some shopping at Lal Bazaar where one can get some sweet deals on anything from cloth to jewelry.

Population: 630,500 (2001)
Language: Hindi is well spoken, as well as Kumauni and Garhwali.

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