30 Places to visit in Almora

Places to visit in Almora

Places to visit in Almora – Situated between two river Kosi and Suyal and surrounded by four mountains. Almora is one of the most enchanting Himalayan beauties of Kumaon. Almora is the second largest town of Kumaon region and perched on 5 km long horse saddle shaped Ridge. Read the entire post places to visit in Almora and plan a great trip.

Adorned with orchards, temples, river, oak and Pine forest with a stupendous view of great Himalayan peaks namely Trishul, Nandaghunti Panchachuli, Nanda Devi and Hathi Parvat makes Almora and excellent holiday destination for nature lovers.

Historically, the town was founded in the first half of the sixteenth century by the famed Chand dynasty of Kumaon. After the British takeover, Almora became a major station for the activities of the colonial regime. Almora presents an all-embracing holiday experience to the traveller.

There are several major temples in and around Almora i.e. Chitai, Nanda Devi, Jageshwar which have special significance. These are one of the places to visit in Almora.  The four surrounding hills have temples on their top named Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Syahi Devi and Katarmal Sun Temple.

It is said that great saint Swami Vivekananda have achieved enlightenment in the surroundings of Almora. His legacy forms an important segment of the town’s heritage.

30 Places to visit in Almora

Kasar Devi-

Kasar Devi is located at a distance of 8 kms from Almora in the aloof village situated in the silence of verdant Kumaon hills. Kasar Devi village gets its name from the namesake local deity, Kasar Devi.

A Devi temple located here which is a popular pilgrimage destination in the vicinity of Almora. Kasar Devi is amidst the grandeur of the panoramic view of the valleys, rivers and hamlets, sits as the most desirable tourist destination.

Distance from Almora – 8 Km

Mirtola 

Mirtola is a charming tourist spot known for its breathtaking landscape. This is a perfect picnic place, surrounded by lush green forests and spectacular gardens.

Mirtola is one of the best places for a weekend getaway from Delhi and you can spend valuable time with your friends and family members. It can also be covered on foot from Panuwanaula.

Distance from Almora– 32 km

Nanda Devi Temple-

 The sacred land of Kumaon has many shrines which have religious significance. Nanda Devi Temple is also one of the places to visit in Almora among pilgrims.

  Nanda Devi is an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It’s believed that Temple is about a thousand years old and is dedicated to the deity Nanda, the patron goddess of Chand Dynasty which rules on Kumaon region for several years.

 Nanda Devi is considered as “Destroyer of Evil” and the protector of the Kumaon as well as other regions of Uttarakhand. The temple is located in the heart of Almora city.

Sun Temple of Katarmal 

Built by a Katyuri King in the 9th century, the Katarmal Surya Temple is an ideal example of ancient architecture.  Perched at a height of 2,116 meters, the temple is second most beautiful Surya shrine in India, after the Konark Sun Temple. When the sun rays fall on Katarmal Surya Temple it enlightens an ancient idol of a sun god called Vraddhaditya.

Distance from Almora– 19 Km

Kasar Devi Temple

Each year, thousands of devotees visit this Kasar Devi temple to offer their deliverance. This place is also well-known among the westerners seeking spirituality due to its popularity as Hippie Hill during the Hippie culture movement in 1970s. The place is famous for its tranquil and out of the way atmosphere along with the mesmerizing view of the Almora valley.

Chitai Golu Devta Temple-

 Dedicated to Gollu Devta, The Golu Devta Chitai temple is the most sacred temple and one of the places to visit in Almora among locals. The temple is also known as the temple of a million bells.

  Gollu or Goljyu Devta is an Avtar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva. The devotees hang bell as an act of offering, wishing or thanksgiving.

Distance from Almora– 9 Km

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Bright End Corner 

Bright End Corner offers you breathtaking glimpses of the Himalayan peaks. This magnificent spot is named after Mr Brighton and outlines the beginning of Mall Road.

 You can visit Shri Ramkrishna Kutir Ashram, Vivekananda Library and Vivekananda Memorial, these are very close to spot. This natural paradise is situated at the end of Almora ridge, allow you to gaze the panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas and make it one of the places to visit in Almora.

Distance from Almora– 2 Km

Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum-

 Pandit G.B. Pant Museum was built in 1980. Although, Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant was a great freedom fighter who played an important role in Uttarakhand’s development.

The museum showcases a unique collection of antiques belonging to the Katyuri and Chand dynasty. The museum also displays an impressive and vast collection of ancient Kumauni style paintings called Aipan and hence it is one of the places to visit in Almora.

 Apart from this, you can see impressive art, crafts, textiles, Boshi Sena’s personal collection, miniature paintings, woodworks, terracotta sculptures, coins, bronze items, musical instruments, ivory copper plates, manuscripts and many other things.

Location– Mall Road in Almora city

Jageshwar

At a distance of 37 km from Almora, Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora district of Uttarakhand and situated at an altitude of 1870 m on the banks of Jataganga River.

The Jageshwar temple city is a cluster of 124 large and small temples which include Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nava Durga, Nava-grah temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple.

Mrityunjaya Temple is the oldest shrine and the biggest shrine is the Dandeshwar Temple. These temples are preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India

It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar town and renovated  many of the temples before leaving for Kedarnath. The Jageshwar city also have cremation ground which was used by Chand Kings exclusively.

The temples range in the period from the 8th century (early Katyuri Dynasty) to the 18th century (Chand Dynasty). These temples were renovated in many reigns such as   Katyuri King and Chand Kings.

Simtola 

Nestled between the dense pine and deodar trees, Simtola is a famous picnic spot opposite to a horseshoe ridge, which offers you a panoramic view of the luscious terrains and the nearby misty valleys.

Distance from Almora– 8 km

Dwarahat Village 

At a distance of 77 km from Almora, Dwarahat is an ancient town situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is popular amoung tourists for its ancient temples which were constructed by the Katyuri kings and nowadays, maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

Dwarahat, which means ‘way to Heaven’ in Hindi, was the principal seat of the Katyuri kings and it has about 55 ancient temples. These temples were constructed in the Indo-Aryan, Maru-Pratihara or Nagara type and have great archaeological value.

 The temples are built of masonry blocks of Pre-Cambrian granite available in the nearby area. Instead of mortar, iron clamps and dowels have been used to tie adjoining blocks.

Badrinath Group of Temples has three temples, of which the main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, worshiped as Badrinath and built in Sikhara style having east face.

Deer Park

 Between lush green trees of pine and oak, Deer Park is one of the places to visit in Almora. You can take a leisurely walk in this park amidst the refreshing natural surrounding or plan a picnic with their near and dear ones.

You can take glimpses of innumerable species of animals such as deer, leopard, and Himalayan Black Bear. The exotic species of flora and fauna are found in huge numbers in the park.

Distance from Almora– 3 km

Camping in Almora

In Almora, one can do luxurious camping. The place is good and safe enough. There is good food facility and services are also good. The location is excellent makes the person feel nature. It feels like we are in heaven due to the fresh air with great sightseeing.

Jalna

Jalna is a sleepy village away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a paradise for adventure lovers. You can do a lot of trekking and exploration here. A scenic village only a few kilometers away from Almora, the Jalna village offers you a relaxed atmosphere and you can explore the natural forest cover of the area.

The village is quiet and appears to be sleepy. It is located at an elevation of 1700 meters amidst the wilderness of Himalayas. you can reach Jalna at any time of year except monsoons.

The summers are refreshing while the winters are snowy. Bird watching and trekking are the popular activities in Jalna. Tourists can also try out the Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines there.

Nature Walk

The natural beauty that encompasses the vicinity of Almora is quite bmagnificant. The possibility of exploring beautiful kumaon region would be hard to resist. Nature walk to the nearby villages and hiking are quite popular in tourists at Almora.

Kalimath

 Kalimath is a Hamlet situated in the Almora and at a distance of about 5km from Almora and 201 km from Dehradun. Kalimath village is famous for offering village walks to the tourists and magnificent landscapes.

Lakhudiyar

Literally means one lakh caves. This is one of the most important pre-historic sites in the Kumoan hills. Fascinating pre-historic rock paintings are discovered within the caves. It’s at a distance of 20 kms. from Almora.

Mukteshwar

 Mukteshwar is one of the prominent hill stations in Kumaon which offer a 180-degree view of the Himalayan ranges. The town became popular after the classic novel, The Man Eaters of Kumaon, written by Jim Corbett.

 In 1893, the British shifted a research and education institute from Pune in the town. Situated at the height of 2286 Metres, Mukteshwar is also popular for great place for rock-climbing and rappelling.

Village Tour

Village walk is very popular as it provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the villagers. Your walks lead through fields and forests, along streams, spectacular cedar and pine forests.

Trekking in Almora 

Trekking in Almora is fun for adventure enthusiasts, the trial is about 3kms from Ranikhet. If you are experienced trekker, then you can opt for the Jageshwar trek which is around 41 kms long.

Walking to nearby places not only gives a glimpse of the calm, quiet and simple life of the villagers but also offers a glimpse of a unexplored & different world.

One can unhesitatingly say that the places which can be reached only by walking are certainly more unspoiled, pristine and consequently more beautiful than those which can be approached by vehicles.

 The major attractions of this trekking trail are the rhododendron treks, the colourful birds, the ancient temple of Vridh (old) Jageshwar, large deodar trees, the temple complex at Jageshwar. Some famous treks of Almora are mentioned below in table:

S.No List of Treks in Almora
1. Almora-Binsar- Jageshwar Trek
2. Almora-Shitalakhet-Ranikhet Trek
3. Dwarahat-Doonagiri-Kausani Trek
4. Almora-Banadi Devi- Kunwari Devi Trek

Ranikhet

 Ranikhet is situated at 1,829 m above sea level in the district of Almora which is a popular holiday spot. It was developed by the British as a hill station for their troops in 1869.Today, the Regimental Centre of Indian Army’s celebrated Kumaon Regiment is located in Ranikhet.

Ranikhet preserves an old-world charm that is hard to resist.The Upper and Lower Mall roads connect the three forested ridges of Deolikhet, Chaubatia and Alma hill in the Ranikhet.

Gannath

Gannath is famous for its natural caves and ancient Shiva temples. It is about 36 kms from Almora. Every year a fair is held here during Kartik Purnima.

Dunagiri

At a distance 78 km from Almora, Dunagiri Temple is the very popular temple located at Dunagiri in Almora district of Uttarakhand state. It is devoted to Goddess Durga in the form of Goddess Vaishnavi Devi and the temple offers a panoramic view of the Gogas Valley.

It is believed that when Hanuman was carrying the rock laden with Sanjiwani to rescue Laxman injured in the battle of Ramayana, a piece of the hill fell here and this incident gave this place its name Doonagiri.

You have to climb a stairway of about 500 steps to reach the temple. The temple attracts a large number of devotees during Chaitra and Ashwin months of Navratras. You can also visit Dwarahat and Pandavkholi. Pandavkholi is one of the spots where Pandavas brothers of Mahabharata spent some time during their exile.

 Perched in  the Dronagiri Hill ranges, Pandavkholi caves offer you a panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. To reach there, you needs to ascent a small trek from Kukuchina that can be reached from Dunagiri.

Timings: 5 AM – 12 PM and 4 PM – 9 PM

Lalbazar

Lal Bazaar is an important tourist spot located in Almora. You can buy for a varities of items from delicious sweets to beautiful brass and bronze souvenirs at reasonable prices.

The rabbit wool clothes are the centre of attraction of Lal Bazaar which are extremely soft and warm and are manufactured from a special breed of rabbits. Lal Bazar also famous for its metal utensils and decorative items. It is one of the places to visit in Almora.

Adventure Activities in Almora

The rugged terrain and undulating hills of Almora makes it a perfect place for adventure activities to test your strength and endurance. Rock climbing, Burma Bridge and Spider Web are some of the activities that you can participate in.

Kausani

Situated in the beautiful Kumaon hills, Kausani is perched at 1,852m above sea level is a pretty hillstation. It offers unparalleled 250 km-wide picturesque views of the Himalayan snowpeaks. Mahatma Gandhi spent few weeks here in 1929

 Just about 50 km from Almora, Kausani is well known by “Switzerland of India”, and called ‘the jewel of the Himalayas terms that sum up the essence of this hill town.

Dhanachuli

Dhanachuli is an enchanting hemlet located about 56 km from Mukteshwar. Blessed with pleasant weather, breath-taking views of the Himalayas, lush forests, Dhanachuli is one of the most perfect weekend getaways for Delhiites.

With a miniscule population of under 1,500 people, and just two hundred and twenty-three households spread over many hills, it has remained unspoilt. Due to simple and happy life, people of Dhanachuli have ever- smiling faces.

Binsar wildlife sanctuary

Situated in the Almora district, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was founded for the conservation and protection of the broad leaf oak forests. The major wildlife attractions here are the leopards, Indian red fox. Jackals, ghorals, porcupines and pine martens.

Binsar is also home to many reptiles and innumerable invertebrates including a wide range of butterflies. The Sanctuary is also a paradise and hosts around 200 species of birds like the forktail nuthatches. blackbirds, parakeets. laughingthrush, magpies.kalij pheasant, monval. koklas and wood peckers.

The ecosystem of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary faces a wide range of altitude variation. At a higher altitude, the Sanctuary is spread with oak and rhododendron forests.

Rafting in Kali River

A perfect destination for first time rafters and family adventure, a ride on the Kali Sarada River through eastern Kumaon region is simply mind blowing.

Nainital

Situated at a height of 1,937m, Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace. Dotted with lakes, Nainital is known by Lake District’ of India. The most prominent of the lakes, Naini Lake in the centre of Nainital town, is ringed by hills.

It divides the town into the upper and lower areas of Tallital and Mallital. Nainital name derives from the goddess Naina Devi, the presiding idol of the region.

Accommodation & Hotels in Almora

In Almora, You can get hotels in different tariff as your pocket allow. Unlike other hill stations, prices of Hotels in Almora are not seasonal. You can check tariffs of few hotels in Almora.

Hotel’s Name Location Tariff
Savoy Hotel Mall Road ₹500-1000
Bansal Hotel Lalal Bazaar ₹300-400
Hotel Shikhar The Mall ₹700-1800

How to Reach Almora 

You can get entire information about Delhi to Almora from here.

By Road

Almora is well connected with rest of India by NH 87 and Delhi to Almora distance is about 365 Km. You can get state roadways buses from ISBT Anand Vihar, New Delhi which takes about 9- 10 hours to reach Almora.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is the Kathgodam which is about 83 Km far away from Almora. It is well connected by Indian Railway network with Delhi and other major cities of India.

By Air

The nearest airport to the Almora is Pant Nagar airport which is about 115 Km far away from here. You can take taxis from Pant Nagar Airport to Almora. Although, Airport have few daily flights from Delhi and Dehradun.

Things must to carry on Almora Trip

Before packing up Backpack for Almora trip, you must take a look on essentials on Almora trip.

1. Umbrella
2. Identity Proof
3. Charger/Power bank
4. Medicines
5. Camera
6. Emergency Food
7. Flashlight
8. Moisturizer
9. Binocular
10. Extra Bag

Shopping in Almora

In Almora, there are many famous items which you can buy as memories. The most popular is the 200 years old Lala Bazar which has shops of jewellery, Angora cloth, shawls, ethnic wear, woollen clothes, etc.

S.No Market/Shop Famous Items
1. Chowk Bazar Decorative Items, Brass Items, Copper Items, Metal Utensils, Pashmina Shawls
2. Garud Woollen Shop Woollen Textile-like Sweaters, Scarves, Muffler,
3. Karkhana Bazar Copperware and Local craft work.
4. Pasang Bag Shop Designer Labelled and Traditional Bags

Almora Weather Month Wise

Month Min. (°C)  Max. (°C)
January 1.8 

11.5

 February   2.8

  13.6

March  6.5

 17.8

April  10.1

22.8

 May 13.4

25.9

June 14.7

24.9

July 15

22

August 14.8

21.5

September 13.7    

21.4

October 10.1   

20.3

 November 6.5     

17.1

December 3.5

13.8

 

 

Where to Eat in Almora

In your Almora’ trip, you can’t miss its popular sweet Ball Mithai which is fudge coated in sugar balls. It’s available in every sweet shop along the Mall and Bazar.

In Almora, there are many restaurants which serve delicious foods in multi- cuisines. let’s check out some famous food joints in Almora.

  • Pizza Bite
  • Saraswati Sweet and Restaurant
  • Glory Restaurant
  • Pizza wok cafe
  • Bhumika Restaurant
  • Soni Restaurant
  • Pandey Restaurant

Frequently asked Questions 

Does there snowfall in Almora?

In, Almora, the months of December and January can also see the mercury dropping further to -2°C accompanied by snowfall.

Why is Almora popular?

Almora is famous for its alluring beauty, spectacular view of the Himalayan range, rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts and mouth-watering Kumaoni cuisines. The beautiful landscape of Almora attracts hundreds of Tourists, Trekkers and Nature Lovers each year. Although, it is one of the business hubs of Kumaon region.

How can I reach to Almora from Delhi?

There are no direct flights or trains or buses from New Delhi to Almora. The fastest mode to reach Almora from New Delhi is to take Air India flight from New Delhi to Pantnagar then hire a taxi from Pantnagar to Almora.

Although,The cheapest mode to reach Almora from New Delhi is to get Ranikhet Exp train from New Delhi Railway Station to Kathgodam then take State Transport Bus from Kathgodam to Almora.

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