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Almora - The Destination

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.

Almora Hill Destination
Almora 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.

Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, scrumptious cuisine and magnificent wildlife, together with an easy accessibility, Almora promises you a visit full of fun and cherished moments.
Almora Facts at a Glance

State : Uttaranchal
Area : 11.9 sq km.
Temperature : 29.4 C (Summer)
4.4 C (Winter)
Altitude : 1646 m
Rainfall : 82 cm
Language : Kumaoni, Hindi, English
Best Season : April – June; Mid-September - October

History of Almora

Almora was the capital of the Chand dynasty, which ruled Kumaon for more than one thousand years. One notable fact about Almora is that while almost all hill stations were discovered and developed by British, Raja Kalyan Chand founded Almora in the year 1568 when he transferred his capital from Champawat to Almora.

Legend has it that about 500 years ago Raja Kalyan Chand, the then the ruler of Kumaon was riding in pursuit of prey on this horseshoe shaped ridge. The hunted prey saved itself by taking refuge in a thicket of Kilmora - a wild bush - and revealed to the royal hunter the site of his would-be capital. The origins of settlement in Almora may have been different but the story continues to hold sway in the minds of many of the locals. Surrounded by the Kosi and Suyal rivers, the new capital was placed strategically.

Travel Guide Almora

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