Almora tour – journey of scenic temple town in Uttarakhand

Almora – enriched with nature’s own art is one of the most visited and most popular hill stations in India. Its scenic beauty and captivating atmosphere are the reasons it is visited every year by millions of tourists from all around the world. Almora tour is in fact a journey into the land of scenic beauty where traditional culture has been kept alive. With quite a number of temples, this scenic hill town is quite popular as a Hindu pilgrimage destination as well. A visit to Almora is indeed one of its kinds.

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Panoramic view of the snowy peaks of Himalayan ranges

Where is Almora?

The hill town of Almora with a population of about 60,000 is situated in Uttarakhand amidst Kumaon Mountains of the Himalayan range. The major part of the town is situated on a horseshoe shaped hillock at an altitude of 6,000 metres.

About Almora

The ancient town of Almora with majestic views of the heart-stirring Himalayan ranges has been one of the most popular tourist destinations since ages. Besides being a great travel destination, Almora is also augmented with a rich cultural and historical past.

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Magnificent view of the Almora Town

It is believed that Almora came into existence since the Vedic periods. Almora once had been the seat of the Katyuri Dynasty, which later got passed to the Chand Dynasty. The Chand Dynasty had ruled over the town for over a thousand years. The entire region was under the Chand Dynasty till about 19th century. However, in 1790 A.D, the town was captured by the Gurkha community and later got passed to the British hands, in 1815.

The picturesque Almora town attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. Almost throughout the year will you find great rush of tourists who approach the Almora city to experience and explore the rich culture and natural beauty of the town.

Almora Tourist Attractions

Apart from the extraordinary natural beauty of the Almora town itself, there are number of sightseeing spots in and around Alomora that makes it all the more attractive to tourists. A visit to Almora will never get complete unless one visits these spots that unravel the true essence of this Himachla hill town. An account of some of the most popular Almora tourist attractions are given below:

Nanda Devi Temple

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Nanda Devi Temple in Almora

The historical temple of Nanda Devi is one of the most popular Almora tourist attractions. This thousand year old temple built in the typical Kumaoni style of stone temple architecture is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Apart from being a popular tourist destination, the Nanda Devi temple is a major place of worship for the people of Uttarakhand. Nanda Devi is said to have been the Goddess revered by the kings of the Garhwal and Kumaun regions. The temple holds the dignity of being the ruling deity of Kumaun region and Kumauni people boast on being in the land where goddess Nanda was born.

Nanda Devi fair held every year in the month of September as symbol of spiritual and material prosperity is a major attraction of Almora. Tourists who come during the festival at Nanda Devi temple get chance to enjoy the entertaining dance programs of local youth.

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Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra in Almora town

The three week long Nanda Devi Raj Jat (yatra) held once in every 12 year is one of the most popular and awaiting festivals of the region. People from entire Uttarakhand as well as from other parts of India and the world participate in this grand festival.

Jageshwar

The Hindu pilgrimage town of Jageshwar situated 36 Km north-east of Almora is virtually a temple town and a major tourist attraction in Almora. Jageshwar with a congregation of 124 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD is believed to be the site of first of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Nageshvara Jyotirlinga. Located at an elevation of 6,140 ft. in the Jataganga River Valley the beauty of Jageshwar is amplified by the ‘Deodar’ tress and the sight of Jataganga flowing through the valley. The calm and tranquil atmosphere makes it ideal for meditation.

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Jageshwar Temple complex in Almora

Among the temples at Jageshwar, Mrityunjaya Temple is the oldest temple and Dandeshwar Temple is the biggest.
For a virtual tour of Jageshwar, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_HTgxAeE20

Simtola

This is a major scenic spot of Almora which can’t be left out from Almora tour itinerary. Situated at a distance of 3 Km from Almora town, the place offers picturesque views of the mountains covered with Pine and Deodar trees.

Chitai Temple

Roughly 8 Km from Almora is the famous Chitai temple dedicated to Lord Golu believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is extremely popular among locals and tourists as there is a string belief that Golu Devta, the presiding deity of the temple fulfils every wish of his devotee. The temple is characterized by the large number of bells hanging in the premises which the devotees hang up, when their wishes are taken care of by Golu Devta.
For a virtual tour of Chitail temple, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFxVyVgp5ps

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Chitai Temple – prime Almora tour attraction

Bright End Corner

Situated at a distance of 2 km from Almora, Bright End Corner, is another major Almora tourist attractions. It is this stunning point that offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Named after Mr. Brighton, the corner offers an exotic panoramic view of the snow clad Himalayas.

This is the place where Swami Vivekananda is believed to have spent a few days here, during his trip to the Himalayas. It is one of the best spots for meditation because of the unusual tranquility all around.

Kalimath

This is another outstanding Almora tourist attraction which apart from offering magnificent view of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges also provides picturesque view of Almora town and the adjoining area. This preferred scenic spot at a distance of 4.5 Km from Almora town is close to the famous temple of Kasar Devi dating back to second century.

Katarmal Sun Temple

Located at a distance of about 12 Km from Almora town at an altitude of 2116 m, Katarmal Sun Temple is another unique and major tourist attractions of Almora.

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Katarmal Sun Temple in Almora – major Almora tour attraction

Built by Katarmalla, a king of Katyuri dynasty in the ninth century, the sun temple here is considered to be the second most important temple dedicated to the Sun God in the country after the Konark Sun Temple. This east-facing temple has been built in such a way that the first ray of the sun falls on the Shiva lingam enshrined in the temple. The architectural style of the temple with intricately carved images on the stone wall has made Katarmal Sun Temple a must-visit spot of Almora.
For a virtual tour of Katarmal Sun Temple, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gsq2c9GFSA

Other major and popular Almora tourust attractions include the Deer Park, Martola, State Museum (better known as Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum) and a few others.

How to reach Almora?

By Air

Almora has its nearest airport in Pantnagar, that is placed at a distance of 115km from the town. From Pantnagar taxis are easily available to reach Almora in 4 hours.

By Rail

The nearest railway station of Almora is Kathgodam at a distance of about 89km from the town and can be reached in less than 3 hours. The station is well connected to all the major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Lucknow. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kathgodam to teach Almora.

By Road

Almora town is well connected by road. Regular bus services are available to reach Almora from all the major cities of Northern India. Apart from buses, taxis are also easily available to reach Almora.

Where to stay during Almora Tour

Almora being a popular and sought after tourist spot is abound with numerous hotels to suit the budget of every kind of traveller. Accounts of some of the best options of staying during Almora tour are given below:

V-Resort

Nestled in the midst of dense coniferous forest with hills on all sides, V-resort is one of the popular hotels in Almora. Apart from enchanting views of sunrise along the Himalayan snow peaks the resort being close to river Kosi offers the option of taking a short walk along the river. All the 12 beautifully decorated rooms of the resort offers jungle views.

To know more about this hotel and to avail on-line booking option click HERE. You can also call at the hotel phone number: +91-8130 777 222.

Binsar Eco Resort

With 40 well furnished rooms and 10 family cottages Binsar Eco Resort provides a good staying option during Almora tour. Being situated away from the buzz of the Almora town amidst the greenery of Pine, Fir, Oak this eco-resort is no short of modern facilities where you can leisurely enjoy the charm of the nature.

To know more about this hotel and to avail on-line booking option click HERE. You can also call at any of the following hotel phone numbers: 05962 251007 / 251008, +91 9690881818, +91 9412044281.

Imperial Heights

Situated 7 Kilometers north of the Almora town, hotel Imperial Heights is one of the most luxurious of Alomra hotels. With 8 imperial rooms having a blend of colonial and traditional Kumaoni architecture this Amora hotel has been built predominantly with mud, stone and pine-logs. In addition there are four rooms facing the vast Almora valley. The lights of the Almora town at night give a stunning impression of being face-to-face with the shimmering multi-colored galaxy.

To know more about this hotel and to avail on-line booking option click HERE . You can also call at any of the following hotel phone numbers: +91- 8650269454, 05962-251009 / 251010.

Other popular hotels in Almora offering decent staying option during Almora tour are:

Kasar Jungle Resort – Phone number: +91-9756605297 / 9756821555.
Hotel Shyam – Phone number: 05962 – 232790 / 233043.
Hotel Surmur– Phone number: +91 5962 230460.
Holiday Home – Phone number: 91 5962 230250.
Hotel Ranjana – Phone number: 91 5962 230301.
Hotel Aparna – Phone number: 91 5962 230192.

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