Almora a picturesque district in the Kumaon
region is a municipal board, a cantonment town in the Almora
district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Almora with a breathtaking
panoramic view of Himalayas is a town bustling with activity
and a rich cultural heritage history, unique handicrafts,
sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife. Almora is considered
the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Almora
was founded in 1568.
Almora STD Code- 05962 - Almora Pincode :- 263601
Almora located at 29.62°N 79.67°E. It has an average elevation
of 1,651 metres (5,417 feet).
Almora is located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon
Hills of the Himalaya range. In the shape of a horse saddle
shaped hillock, it is surrounded by thick forests of pine and
fir trees. Flowing alongside the city are rivers of Koshi -
Kosi, (Kaushiki), and Suyal (Salmale). From Almora the snow
capped Himalayas can be seen in the background.
VALLEY VIEW PICTURE OF ALMORA (PICTURE TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1860)
About Almora :-
Almora, a picturesque district in the Kumaun region, East of
Uttarakhand in India, with a breathtaking panoramic view of
Himalayas, summons tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur
of natural beauty.
Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous
cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility,
Almora promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable
About Almora Township :-
The ancient town of Almora, before it's establishment was under
the possession of Katyuri king Baichaldeo. He donated major
part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. Later
on when Chand kingdom was founded in Baramandal, the town of
Almora was founded at this centrally located place in 1560 by
Kalyan Chand. The mountain on which the Almora is located is
described in the famous Hindu epic Manaskhand as follows :-
Kaushiki Shalmali Madhyey Punyah Kashaya Parwatah' 'Tasy
Paschim Bhagam Kshetra Vishnyo Pratishthtam'
n the days of the Chand Kings it was called Rajapur. The name
'Rajpur' is also mentioned over a number of ancient copper plates.
The town of Almora is situated over a horse saddle shaped ridge
of a mountain. The eastern portion of the ridge is known as
Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. The market
is at the top of the ridge where these two, Talifat and Selifat
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
Places Around Almora | Almora Sightseeing | Visiting Places
In Almora | Almora Tourist Places |
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
4 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
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 -Servicemens Contributory Health Scheme. This hospital
in a remote Kumaoni village was equipped with the latest medical
technology like CT scan, Laparoscopy.
"These mountains are associated with the best memories of
our race: Here, therefore, must be one of centers, not merely
of activity, but more of calmness of meditation, and of peace
and I hope some one to realize it." - Swami Vivekananda
(replying to the address given to him by the people of Almora.)
"In these hills, Natures hospitality eclipses all that man
can ever do. The enchanting beauty of the Himalayas, their bracing
climate and the soothing green that envelops you, leave nothing
more to be desired. I wonder whether the scenery of these hills
and the climate are to be surpassed, if equalled, by any of
the beauty spots of the world. After having been for nearly
three weeks in the Almora hills, I am more than ever amazed
why our people need to go to Europe in search of health."
- Mahatma Gandhi
OF ALMORA with soldiers of 3rd Gurkha Rifles, (PICTURE TAKEN
IN THE YEAR 1850)
OF ALMORA BAZAR, (PICTURE TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1860)
Weather - Climate - Temperature of Almora
Almora in Summers
28 - 12 °C (61 °F)
Almora in Winters
15 - -2 °C (63 °F)
Distance Chart - Distance Between
Dehradun to Almora - 412 kms
to Almora 382 kms
to Almora 50 kms
to Almora 53 kms
to Almora 415 kms
to Almora 90 kms
to Almora 120 kms
to Almora 206 kms
to Almora 135 kms
to Almora 217 kms
to Almora 32 kms
to Almora 90 kms
to Almora 71 kms
to Almora 208 kms
to Almora 66 kms
to Almora 90 kms
Corbett National Park to Almora 207 kms
to Almora 122 kms
to Almora 96 kms
to Almora 357 kms
from various travel destinations to Almora in Uttarakhand.
Distance chart from Delhi Haldwani Kathgodam Nainital
Bhimtal Binsar Sattal Lucknow Haridwar to Almora Uttarakhand
Distance between Mumbai to Almora - 1600 Kms
Distance between Pune to Almora - 1635 Kms
Distance between Kolkata to Almora - 1448 Kms
Distance between Delhi to Almora - 382 Kms
Distance between Kathgodam to Almora - 90 Kms
Distance between Binsar to Almora - 30 Kms
Distance between Bareilly and Almora - 208 Kms
Distance between Nainital and Almora - 66 Kms
between Jim Corbett National Park and Almora - 207 Kms
to Reach Almora
Almora By Air :- The nearest airport to Almora
is at Pantnagar, During the summer
regular flights are operational. the seat of a famous agricultural
university, about 127 KMs from Almora.
Almora By Rail :- The nearest railway station
to Almora is at Kathgodam situated
around 90 Kms away via Khairna and 133 Kms via
is connected by rail directly with Delhi,
the capital of India, Lucknow,
the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Dehradun
the capital of the state of Uttarakhand
From Kathgodam to Almora Local
Transport, private taxies as well as buses run by Private
Operators, and buses run by the state government corporation
- UASRTC are available at all hours.
Almora By Road :- Almora is connected conveniently and
is merely 380 Kms away from Delhi, 466 Kms from
196 kilometer away from Bareilly
and 415 Kms from Dehradun.
Almora District Disaster Control Room Number :- 05962-237874
Map To Almora from Delhi
NAME AND CLASS
1A, 2A, SL,II
FORT - LAL KUAN
2A, SL, II
- LAL KUAN
2A, SL, II
2A, SL, II
between New Delhi-Kathgodam-New Delhi twice a week (Friday
& Sunday) during summer vacations.
NOTE:- For precise details of dates,
timings and fares of all the above trains, we request
you to kindly confirm with the Indian Railways before
From Kathgodam the drive to Almora takes approx
Two Hour and from Lal Kuan the drive to Nainital
is approx Two Hours.
Note :- Though
time varies to reach Almora
as it depends on the traffic, time of the journey (morning
daytime or evening) and the mode of Transportation.
by road from nearest Railhead
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