Blessed by Mother Nature with pure
love, nestled in the midst of the mighty Himalayas
and the verdant hills, Almora is a picturesque town
in the Kumaon region. From the crowded destinations
of Nanital and Ranikhet, Almora has preserved much
of its natural values and charm. One of the few hillstations
that predated the British, the town still has cobbled
streets and enchanting stone houses, transporting
you to a fairy-tale land.
is placed on a hillock which is Horseshoe
shaped and is bordered by dense forests
of fir and pine trees. The backdrop has lovely
snow-capped peaks of Himalayas. Right in the
centre of the town is the Nanda Devi
temple, which is dedicated to the presiding
deity of Almora, and Narsingh temple are evidence
of the great faith of people in their God. A
major festival devoted to the goddess takes
place in August when people from all over Kumaon
converge to worship and participate in the festivities.
Culturally also this place is very rich and
all round the year Almora celebrates many festivals
and cultural events.
Scenic beauty is Almora's major appeal. Views of sunrise
and sunset from the Brighton End Corner,
at one end of the Mall Road, are worth the walk. In
the 16th century, the Chandra dynasty of Kumaon had
their capital at Almora and hence there are some old
temples dotting the town and its neighbourhood. Those
interested in knowing more about the local culture
of Kumaon can visit the Museum near the bus-stand.
Other notable attractions are the Ramkrishna Mission,
Anandamayee Ashram, All India Cultural Centre, Kali
Math, and Deer Park etc.