Situated at an elevation of 5400 ft, in the Kumaon Hills, Almora is known for its healthy climate. It is perched atop the 5 km-long saddle-shaped ridge of the Kashaya hill, which is mentioned in ancient scriptures.

Almora is the cultural centre of Kumaon and a picturesque mountain resort. While it is bordered by the gentle hills of Kumaon on three sides, its northern front affords a breathtaking view of the Trishul peaks. Sunrise offers a particularly beautiful view of the Greater Himalayas.

What to see

  1. Simtola: This picnic spot is located in an idyllic setting.

  2. Kalimath: Offers a good view of Almora town.

  3. Bright End Corner: A popular viewing point to enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the snow peaks.

  4. Deer Park: Another popular outing, at Narain Tewari Debal.

  5. Mohan Joshi Park: This park is located around a V-Shaped artificial lake.

  6. Government Museum: Representative of Kumaoni art and culture, this museum also has a library. (Timing: 1030 hrs to 1430 hrs Closed on Mondays.)

  7. Bhairav Temple;

  8. Hanurnan Temple;

  9. Raghunath Temple;

  10. Khagrnara Temple;

  11. Bageshwar Temple;

  12. Jama Masjid;

  13. Nanda Devi Temple;

  14. Tripura Sundari Temple;

  15. Doli Danda Temple and

  16. Murli Manobar Temple.

Getting There

Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar (Nainital) 127 km.

Rail: Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, 90 Km from where direct trains are available to Delhi, Lucknow , Agra.

Road: Almora is well connected by road to important centres in the region. Motorable roads connect Almora to Delhi 378 km, Lucknow 4460 Km, Nainital via Ranikhet 103 km, Kathgodam 90 km.

General information

Area: 1 1.9 sq. km Altitude: 1650 mts Rainfall: 24.9 cm (June- August) STD Code: 05962

Excursions

  1. Katarmal: 10 km away, this Sun Temple at Katarmal is one of the most important temples dedicated to the Sun God. It was originally built by Katarmalia, a Katyuri Raja about the 9th century AD. The deity here is known as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The temple is noted for its architecture, stone and metallic sculptures and carved pillars and doors.

  2. Binsar: 30 km away, Binsar offers the ultimate view of the Himalayas. A 300 km wide panorama which includes the breathtaking peaks of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli are visible. This one-time capital of the Chand Rajas, who ruled in the 7th and 8th centuries, is still an acclaimed resort. Binsar has also beautiful forests of oak and rhododendron and abounds in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and innumerable species of wild flowers. The Tourist Bungalow, beautifully located on the forested brow of Jhandi Dhar, is reached by an unpaved ridge lined by prosperous private estates.

  3. Gananath: 47 km away, situated at 2116 mts, this scenic spot also has a temple dedicated to lord Shiva.

  4. Jageshwar: 35 km away, situated on the Jataganga, on the road to Pithoragarh. According to legend, Shiva came here to perform penance after the sacrifice of Sati, and earned the wrath of the Sapta Rishis (seven monks). Among one of the jyotirlingas, Jageshwar has a group of ancient temples. The important ones amongst these are dedicated to Tarun Jageshwar, Bhandeshwar, Dandeshwar, Godareshwar, Neelkanth, Bhaironnath, Mrityunjaya, Baneshwar, Panch Kedar and Khetrapal.

  5. Bageshwar: At a distance of 90 km this town lies on both banks of the river Sarju, near its confluence with the Gomti. It is said to derive its name from the local temple of lord Shiva as ‘Vyagheshwar’, the tiger lord. The temple of Bageshwar Mahadev was erected by the Chand Raja, Laxmi Chand around 1450 AD. A large fair, known as the Uttarayani fair is held here every year in the month of January.

  6. Baijnath: Baijnath is situated at a height of 4000 ft on the left bank of the Gotmti river. It is 71 km from Almora and 91 km from Ranikhet. The beautifully located 13th century temples here are fine examples of temple architecture. There is a Dak Bungalow at Garur (3 km), by the Garur Ganga. Baijnath is well connected by bus. From Baijnath, Kausani is 9 km, Bageshwar 23 km and Gwaldam 24 km.