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Almora (Cultural & Heritage City of Uttarakhand) - History, Best places to visit & Things to do in Almora

Almora (Cultural & Heritage City of Uttarakhand) - History, Best places to visit & Things to do in Almora 


Almora is a district located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Almora is famous for its rich cultural heritage, cuisine, handicrafts. It offers a mesmerising view of snow-capped Himalayas. Almora is located at an average altitude of 1,638 metres above sea level. Almora is located over a horse saddle shaped ridge of a mountain. The eastern portion of the ridge is known as 'Talifat' while the western portion is known as 'Selifat'.

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Almora hill station

Almora is renowned as the cultural heritage of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is also considered as the 'Cultural Heart' of the Kumaon region. Almora is surrounded by the dense forest of Pine and Fir trees. Almora got its name from Bhilmora. Bhilmora / Kilmora is a small plant found in Almora which was used to wash the utensils of the Katarmal Sun Temple. The people who bring Bhilmora / Kilmora were known as Bhilmori / Kilmori and later than known as Almori and then the place came to known as 'Almora'.

Almora Tourism

Almora is a popular hill station of Kumaon region which is renowned for its cultural heritage, picturesque landscape, handicrafts. Almora is known as the 'Business Hub' of Kumaon Region. Almora was developed by the Chand Dynasty and then later maintained by the British Regime. Almora is surrounded by four hill ranges which are :

  • Kasar Devi
  • Banari Devi
  • Shayahi Devi
  • Katarmal 

History of Almora

The ancient town of Almora was under the possession of King Baichaldeo before its establishment. King Baichaldeo was a Katyuri King. King Baichaldeo donated the major part of the town to Sri Chand Tiwari who was a Gujarati Brahmin. When the Chand Kingdom was founded in Baramandal then the town of Almora was established in the year 1568  by Kalyan Chand who was the king of Chand Dynasty. Almora was known as 'Rajapur' during the reign of Chand dynasty. 

Best Places to visit in Almora Uttarakhand

Almora is a town where lakhs of tourists came every year to visit the best places of the town.

10 Best Places to visit in Almora 

Some of the best places where every tourist wants to visit are given below :

  • Chitai Golu Devta Temple Almora
  • Martola Almora
  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Bright End Corner
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple Almora
  • Kasar Devi Temple Almora
  • Zero Point Almora
  • Katarmal Sun Temple Almora
  • Jageshwar Dham Almora
  • Pandukholi Almora

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Best time to visit Almora

The climate remains pleasant and moderate throughout the year but the best time to visit Almora is from March to June and September to November. 

Almora District

In the year 1815 after the defeat of Gorkha army in the Gorkha Anglo War and 1816 treaty of Sugauli, Almora was formed as the administrative headquarter of Kumaon district. In the year 1891 Nainital district was carved out from Kumaon district and then the Kumaon district was renamed as Almora district.

About Almora

The site of the present collectorate 'Malla Mahal' was the Upper Court of Chand rulers and the site of the present District Hospital 'Talla Mahal' was the Lower Court of Chand rulers. The site of the present Cantonment was known as Lalmandi. The total area of Almora is 7.6 square kilometre.

Almora Market

You can buy various things from the market in Almora. The things offered by the markets of Almora are copperware items, Angora garments, Bronze items, Brass items, handicrafts and cuisines. The most popular markets of Almora are :

  • Chowk Bazaar Almora
  • Johri Bazaar Almora
  • Lal Bazaar Almora
  • Thana Bazaar
  • Karkhana Bazaar (Tedha Bazaar)

Almora travel

Gori river flows through the Almora district. The village which is situated at the border of Almora and Chamoli is known as 'Simlakhet'. The people of this village knows both the Garhwali and Kumauni languages. They fluently speak both the languages. 'Bhairav Gadi' is a temple situated over the top of the hill.

Almora Temples

Almora has many temples. The list of some of the notable temples of Almora is given below :

  • Kasar Devi Temple Almora
  • Katarmal Sun Temple Almora
  • Jageshwar Temple Almora
  • Chitai Temple Almora
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple Almora
  • Nanda Devi Temple Almora
  • Baijnath Temple Almora
  • Dunagiri Temple Almora
  • Pandukholi Temple Someshwar Almora
  • Airdau Temple Someshwar Almora
  • Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple Almora
  • Garhnath Temple Almora
  • Doli Daana Temple Almora
  • Golu Devta Temple Almora
  • Pataal Devi Temple Almora
  • Raghunath Temple Almora

Things to do in Almora

Almora is a beautiful hill station which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the thick pine and fir trees. Almora is a perfect destination for those who want to spend their vacation at a calm and tranquil place which is close to nature. 

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Top 10 things to do in Almora

  • Glimpses of Past at Lakhudiyar Cave
  • Witness the Sunrise and Sunset at Bright End Corner
  • Trek to the Zero Point
  • Deer Park / Mrig Vihar Zoo
  • Visit the temples of Almora
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Government Museum
  • Shopping at Lal Bazaar, Thana Bazaar and Chowk Bazaar
  • Trekking at Jalna village
  • Rafting in Kali Sarada river
  • Picnic in Martola and Kalimath village

Almora Hotels

There are many accommodation options available in Almora. Many hotels and resorts are available in Almora from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of snow-capped peaks and the alluring beauty of nature.

10 Best hotels of Almora

  • Kasar Jungle Resort Almora
  • Imperial Heights
  • Sukoon Homestay
  • Sun N Snow Inn Almora
  • Kosi Valley Retreat Almora
  • Aeradyo Inn
  • Mohan's Binsar Retreat Almora
  • The Himalayan Woods Almora
  • Xomotel The Park Retreat
  • Kafal Hermitage Almora

How to reach Almora?

Almora by Air

The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport which is located at a distance of 125 km from Almora. The second nearest airport is Naini Saini Airport which is 127 km away from Almora. 

Almora by Train

The nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam Railway Station which is 90 km away from Almora. The direct trains to Kathgodam are available from the major cities (like Delhi, Lucknow etc.) of India. 

Almora by Road

Almora is well connected with the major cities by road. Buses are available from the various cities to reach Almora. 

Delhi to Almora

Almora is located at a distance of 361 km from Delhi. There are no direct flight or direct trains from Delhi to Almora. One can take a flight from Delhi to Pantnagar Airport. Taxis are available from the airport to reach Almora. The nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam Railway Station. The direct trains to Kathgodam are available from Delhi. Direct Buses are also available from Delhi to Almora.  

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