Picturesque district of Almora is a fine blend of mountain beauty;
ancient cultural influences, sanctified spots, thickly wooded forests,
scenic valleys, quaint cottages, crystal lakes and gushing rivers......
all inspiring one to call it the 'Switzerland of India'.
Almora is a hill district in the central Kumaon region of Uttaranchal.
It is a beautiful scenic place situated at an altitude of 5900 ft.
It was founded by Raja Kalyan of Chand Dynasty in 1560 AD. Almora
is a town in the shape of a horse shoe perched on a 5 km long mountain
range in between the river Kosi and Suyal
There is a cave where Swami Vivekanand meditated and was enlightened.
Almora was captured by British from Gorkhas, who have left their
mark on this town.
Nanda Devi festival is celebrated here, during which devotees from
all over India visit this place.
Situated only 30 KMs away from the township of Almora lies Binsar
nestled amongst thick forests of Oak and Rhodendron and yet offering
surprisingly close views of the Himalayan peaks. The entire region
is now a wildlife sanctuary and has a host of wildlife like Panther
and Barking Deer. The temple of Binsar lies nearby. One of the many
legends concerning Binsar states that 'Should anyone take away anything
belonging to the God or his worshippers and avenging spirit and
compels him conscience stricken to restore it twenty fold. Even
the faithless and the dishonest are said to be reformed by a visit
Situated around 90 KMs from Almora, Bageswer is now a new district
headquarter and the centre of administration for the entire region
called Danpur. The place is significant from both religious and
tourist point of view. Situated at the confluence of the rivers
Saryu and Gomti, Bageswer is the seat of the famous Uttaraini fair
which is held every year in January. The famous and ancient temple
of Bagnath from which the township gets it's name has been attracting
thousands of devout Hindus year after year since the birth of history.
It is believed that Markandey sage has lived at the place and that
Lord Shiva, one of the most important gods of Hindus had wandered
about as a tiger. Even for the adventurous tourist Bageshwer is
a necessary destination since in order to reach the glaciers of
Sunderdunga, Kafni and Pindari one has to necessarily cross Bageshwer.
Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 Kms away from Kausani is the small
but ancient town of Baijnath. It was once upon a time the capital
of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and the place was then called Kartikyapura.
The remnants of those glorious days lies at the bank of the Gomti
river in the form of a group of temples. The temple is famous for
it's ancient and magnificent stone idol of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
Around 8 KMs from Baijnath on the Gwaldam road is lies the famous
Kotkimai temple. One can also visit Pandusthal which lies nearby.
Situated in a wide valley of the river Ramganga, Dwarahat lies around
32 KMs from Ranikhet. And is a very important town from both historical
and archeological point of view and may also have been the capital
of some branches of Katyuri kings. Around 10 KMs from Dwarahat lies
the famous Doonagiri temple atop a hillock which is famous in legends
for containing the herb drug Sanjivini. The temple dedicated to
the goddess Durga is situated in the midst of beautiful and dense
forest and a tea estate. Some distance from Dwarahat lies the temple
of Naithan Devi.
Situated 35 KMs away from Almora in picturesque surroundings Jalna
offers a wide panoramic view of Himalayas. There are a number of
orchards which produce a number of variety of fruits such as apricots,
peaches, peers, plums and apples.
Kausani, situated around 52 KMs from Almora is famous for it's breathtakingly
close view of the Himalayan Peaks and it's solitudes and greenery.
The wide expanse of the famous Katyur Valley lies in front of it
as you wake up to experience the Kausani sunrise. Kausani's beauty
arrested the feet of even Mahatama Gandhi, who stayed for some time
at this place. The memory that brief stay of that great man lingers
behind in the Anasakti Ashram. Another great man of India the famous
Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant was born here. There is small museum
to earmark that sacred spot. The famous folk singer Gopidas was
also inspired by the beauty of Kausani. Pinnath (10KMs), Bura Pinnath
(5KMs) and Bhakot are the highest points near Kausani.
Around fifty Kms from Almora the quiet and beautiful cantonment
township of Ranikhet, is famous for it's salubrious climate, balmy
breeze captivating and panoramic Himalayan View and soothing and
pollution free greenery of pines and oaks. It is also famous as
the regimental center of the Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army- one
of the most prestigious and the most decorated of all. The Kumaon
Regimental museum and amicably maintained grassy and green golf
course are memorable experiences even for the most experienced tourists.
From Ranikhet four Kms sojourn takes you to the Chaubatiya gardens
famous for it's sprawling orchards of delicious apples, plums, peaches
and apricots. It is result of the pioneering efforts of a British
settler 150 years ago. In and around Ranikhet there are some famous
temples of the Hindus for religious minded like Jhoola Devi Mandir,
Ram Mandir, Herakhan Mandir, Kalika Temple and Binsar Mahadeva.
Situated between Ranikhet and Almora this picturesque place not
only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also full
of fruit orchards. Scouting camps are frequently held here and there
is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around 3 Kms away on a lovely
Fastly emerging on the international tourism map, Patal Bhubneshwer
is a unique wonder of the nature. Situated about 110 kms. from Almora
towards Gangolihat, in Pithoragarh district the underground cave
of Patal Bhubneshwer has a vertical tunnel shaped 40 meters path
for getting inside into it from the ground .After reaching at the
bottom, the main passage opens into several small horizontal caves,
out of which the longest accessible cave is 120 meters horizontal
in length. The most important thing is to notice is the mystery
of natural carving of many animals, Gods and Goddesses in such a
fine way that all it seems real. The cave temple of Patal Bhubneshwer
is traditionally believed to be the abode of thirty three crore
deities. These marvelous creature of the nature can evoke weird
romantic fancies and images in the religiously inclined person.
The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). During the summer
regular flights are operational.
The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (90kms.). Connected by
rail with Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah.
Connected by road with most places of Uttaranchal
Distance from Almora
Lucknow - 466
Dehradun - 412
Nainital - 71
Delhi - 382
Bareilly - 205
Kathgodam - 90
Pithoragarh - 122
Haridwar - 357
Haldwani - 96
Local Transport : Private Taxis
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