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The land of Chittai Golu Temple and Nanda Devi, and Bal Mithai and Singauri, Almora is a perfect reflection of Uttarakhand’s rich culture and traditions. Encompassing scenic holiday destinations like Ranikhet and Binsar, this district is a getaway you have been looking for. Come here for an unsurpassed spiritual experience, gastronomic treat and a rendezvous with pristine nature and humble people.
Sitting on the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalayan Range, Almora is yet another beautiful tourist destination in Uttarakhand. The town sprawls on a horse saddle shaped hillock that is surrounded by thick forests of pine and fir trees and is made fecund by rivers like Koshi (Kaushiki) and Suyal (Salmale). Almora is also the district headquarter of the district of the same name and is famous for its picturesque landscape, rich cultural heritage, unique handicraft and delicious cuisine. The town is also known for its temples that are large in number and attract devotees. Reckoned to be an excellent base for many hill stations in Kumaon region, Almora comprises of busy markets, a melange of culture, and serenity that envelops practically everything.
Swami Vivekanand is said to have fallen for Almora and is believed to have spent time meditating on its quiet hills. Today’s Almora, however, is a bustling town with of course quieter suburb areas and breathtaking scenery. The peace of mind that one attains at the Temple of Kasar Devi, Chittai Golu Dev and Nanda Devi cannot be compared with anywhere else, and this is why probably, devotees from far and wide throng to these pilgrimage sites which by the way are amongst the best places to visit in Almora. Apart from it, the famed Lala Bazaar is the place to see some ancient edifices; the houses and shops here truly add to the rustic charm of the town. A short distance from Almora, the cave paintings dating back to the Stone Age can be found at Phulaseema (4 km), Pharkanauli and Lakhuudiyar (20 km).
Places To Visit
Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Chitai Temple is dedicated to Golu Devta; he is one of the most revered deities in Kumaon region. The temple is located in Almora and is one of the popular temples of Lord Golu. Other well-known temples of Golu Devta are located in Ghorakhal and Champawat. Lord Golu is considered as the god of justice; every day, hundreds of believers submit their wishes on paper (sometimes on stamp paper) in his temple. They have a firm belief that the Lord of fairness will accept all requests which are made with a clean conscience.
Govind Ballabh Pant Museum
Govind Ballabh Pant Museum is also known as the State Museum and stands opposite Almora Bus Stand. It is the only museum of Almora and hence a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1980, the museum has been named after Govind Ballabh Pant (GB Pant) to honour his contribution in the development of Uttarakhand. The museum consists of a diverse range of historical and cultural articles.
Bright End Corner
About 2 km from Almora, the Bright End Corner is a must-see attraction of Almora. It is a special point from where one can see incredible views of Himalayas. This window to nature’s breathtaking beauty becomes more splendid at the time of sunset and sunrise. Sunset and sunrise are the most awaited events at Bright End Corner. It is located at a hair pin turn and showcases Himalayan peaks such as Trishul I, Trishul II, Trishul III, Nanda Devi, Nandakot, Panchachuli and so on. There are restaurants and cafes around which can keep the tummy satisfied while the visitor submerges him/herself in the exquisiteness of nature.
Katarmal Sun Temple
Katarmal Sun Temple was built by the Katyuri king Katarmalla in between 9th to 13th century. About 17 km from Almora, this ancient piece of history lies in the salubrious Hills of Kumaon. Katarmal Sun Temple is considered as the second most important sun temple in India after Konark Sun Temple (Orissa). It is believed to be the only sun temple located in the hills. A 2 km steep climb is required to reach the temple, which is placed at the top of the hill. What awaits the visitor is the brilliantly made architectural wonder perched at 2,116 metres above sea level. Main deity of the well-designed temple is the old Sun God known as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya.
Kasar Devi Temple
Kasar Devi Temple is located in the Kasar Devi village, which is about 10 km from Almora. The place derives its name from Kasar Devi, who is the main deity of the temple. Originally a cave temple, there is a rock inscription in the temple which dates back to 2nd century BC. It is the only cave temple in the district.
A long flight of stairs, which begins from the road itself, will take you to the temple which is placed at the top of a hill. There are trees of deodar and pine in and around the place and one can have a pleasing panoramic view of Almora town, Hawabagh Valley and mighty peaks of Himalayas from here.
Kalimath is about 4.5/5 km from Almora. This is a great place to relish the superb views of Himalayan peaks for hours and hours. It also provides a good vantage point to observe the beauty of Almora town. Kalimath is a calm and pleasant tourist attraction which is popular not only for its panoramic views but also because of its proximity to the Kasar Devi Temple.
How To Reach
The nearest airport for Almora is Pantnagar. Pantnagar Airport is situated 115kms from Almora.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Almora situated at a distance of 83kms.
Almora is well connected by motorable roads with major cities in northern India.
Switzerland of india.yes this was remarked by gandhiji. He was spell bound by its eternal nature beayty! If there heaven exit in world is kausani.small hill station situated inuttrakhand in almora district.? Where live seized.people there are very sweet .and famous poet sumitranandan pant born land.and also famous for its tea garden all our india
Kausani is a hill station situated in Bageshwar district in the State of Uttarakhand, India. This beauteous hill queen is perched at an elevation of 1890 metres. It is advised to viist this place in winters to witness snowfall. Also Kausani is famous among tourist as Hill Station and Peace full Surroundings. Kausani is recommended destination for newly married couples. The pack season starts from late March till end of June, temperature drops to 2°C during winters. This place is transformed into snowy during the winters months of October to February. Visit this place during this period if you enjoy snow fall & cold climate.