Almora is famous for its cultural, heritage, handicrafts and cuisine. It is also a hill district of Kumaon in the state of Uttarakhand. It is very beautiful place for visit and especially for enjoy holiday. This place provides peace and happiness to the tourists.
Almora is one of the three hill town in Uttarakhand. It is the cultural capital of Kumaon. It is spread three-mile long in horse saddle shaped and is surrounded by four hill ranges- Kasar Devi, Shayahi Devi, Banari Devi and Katarnal.
The Almora town is founded by Raja Kalyan Chand in the year 1568. The ancient town of Almora, before its establishment, was under the possession of Katyuri King Baichaldeo. He donated the major part of this land to a Gujarati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. After found the town this place known as ‘Alam Nagar’ and Rajpur also. The name Rajpur finds mention on numerous copper plates found in this area. An important reason for the Chand rulers to establish a settlement here was a number of natural spring water sources that this place harbours. Later, they even transferred there capital here.
Almora town offer to tourists to enjoy the spectacular snows cape of the central Himalayas, especially in winter season the view of town looks stunning.
In Almora, Ranikhet is the major and most beautiful place to visitors. It is also called queen’s field. It is said that a Rani camped here once and gave this name to the city.Jageshwar has a group of Shiva temples and is on the Almora-Pithoragarh road and is situated in a densely wooded beautiful narrow valley.Almora has a museum that is a storehouse of information about the cultural heritage of Kumaon. There is a deer park on the outskirts of the city.Lal Bazaar is a shopping centre for local crafts, woollen garments, decorative items and metal utensils.
Best time to Visit
Almora has a pleasant and cool climate all through the year. But the best time to visit Almora is during March to November. July to November is really beautiful with intermittent showers and those who like to be in rains are welcomed. December to February offers chilly with snowfalls and dew.
How to Reach
By Air- The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport which is 115 km far from Almora. Taxi and buses available to Almora from Airport.
By Rail- Kathgodam is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of 83 km from Almora. Station is well connected with major state of India. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region.
By Road- Almora is well connected by motorable roads with major cities of northern India. Buses to Kathgodam and Almora are connected with NH87 and NH87E.