Almora the Land of Ancient Temples
Almora has many noted temples, including Kasar Devi, Banari
Devi, Chitai, Jageshwar Dham, Binsar Mahadev, Garhnath and Baijnath.
Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple, near Sanara Ganiya, is dedicated
to Lord Shiva. It is situated beside the river Ram Ganga. A
Sun Temple (only the second in the world) is located
at Katarmal within a short distance from the town.
The famous temple of Manila Devi, Devi Maa, the family goddess
of the Katyuri clan, lies around 85 km from Ranikhet.
udaipur a famous temple of Golu devta is situated 5 km.
from Binta near Dwarahat people comes there for justice and
they get it.
Famous Temples in Almora - Almora The Land of Ancient Temples
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Chitai Temple :- This is a very busy area. This temple
is dedicated to Lord Golu. The people of Kumaon worship him.
Once a wish is fulfilled people hang little bells in this temple.
Therefore there are thousands of little bells hanging there.
The view of the Himalayas is extremely beautiful from here.
This temple is 8 Kms away by walk through a beautiful
pine forest, but one can go by cart too.
Katarmal Sun Temple :- This Sun Temple built in 9th
Century is the second in importance after the Sun Temple of
Konark in Orissa. 7 Kms away from Almora this historical
important temple is an example of intricate sculpturing. This
temple is in need of restoration now.
Kasar Devi :- Near Kalimutt is the temple of Kasar Devi.
This ancient temple was built on a mountain peak in the second
century. The distance between Kalimatt and Kasar Devi is less
than 1 km and can be easily covered by foot. The surrounding
area has become the home of many foreigners. The main town is
6 Kms away.
Dham :- 34 Kms away from Almora this temple of Shiva
is situated amidst a dense Deodar forest and has a lot of mythological
importance. Here there are about 124 temples and hundreds of
magnificent statues of exquisite craftsmanship. The oldest shrine
is of the 'Mrityunjaya' and the biggest shrine is of the 'Dindeshwara'.
of this kind. Jageshwer is believed to be the abode of the one
of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas'.
Ranikhet :- Around 50 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
Kumaun Regiment of Indian Army- one of the most prestigious
and the most decorated of all. The Kumaun 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. Kausani
Nanda Devi Temple :- This 1000-year old temple is one
of the main attraction of Almora. Its walls have carvings on
them. Every year a festival is held here in which youth from
various mountainous areas come here to participate in this dance
Gannath :- 47 Kms from Almora this is an ancient
Shiva temple with natural caves. 2116 mts above sea level this
place is a favourite with nature lovers.
Bazar :- Lala Bazar a unique market of more than two
hundred years with paved streets of stone. Few other markets
are Karkhana Bazar, Khajanchi Mohalla, Jauhari Mohalla, Malli
Bazar and Thana Bazar. The market is 1.25 miles long and is
covered with stone slabs.
End Corner :- It is 2 Kms away from Almora. A highlight
of this point is the sunset and the sunrise seen through the
Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows tourists to
spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Close by is the
Vivekanand Library which has many books on literature. A little
away is the Vivekanand Memorial where Swami Vivekanand had stopped
for a while on his journey to the Himalayas.
Martola :- This picnic spot amidst gardens is 10
Kms away from Almora. Most of the people who live here are foreigners.
Buses and taxis come up to a point called Panuwanaula and from
there onwards one has to walk.
Kalimutt :- 4.5 Kms from Almora, this picnic spot
gives a lovely view of the Himalayan Peaks.
Deer Park :- 3 Kms from Almora this park is in
NTD (Narayan Tiwari Dewai).
State Museum :- This museum is near the bus stand .
It is closed on Mondays and other Government Holidays. It is
open from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Simtola :- 3 Kms from Almora Simtola is a picnic
spot from where one can view the beautiful mountains covered
with pine and deodar trees.
Binsar :- 30 Kms from Almora Binsar has a temple
of Shiva who is also called Bineswar. 2412 mts above sea level
this temple was constructed by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty.
Visiting this temple gives one peace of mind.
Deenapani - Dinapani :- 30 Kms a small unmatched
natural beauty village near Kasaradevi on the Almora – Binsar
road. In the evening the clouds lifted to give a panoramic view
of the Himalayan peaks – Nandagunti (20,700 ft), Trishul (23,360
ft), Nanda Devi (25,645 ft), Changoch (20,714 ft) and Nandakot
(21,690 ft). The sunsets at Dinapani are indescribable. The
peaks and the sunsets take your breath away, as do the undulating
hills and the terraced paddy fields. At such times words fail.
Dinapani has one more secret – the Dina Hospital which is accredited
to the Ex -Servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme. This hospital
in a remote Kumaoni village was equipped with the latest medical
technology like CT scan, Laparoscopy.
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