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Almora

Almora

The Kumaon Hills of Himalayan range embrace Almora, a quaint hill town tucked at an elevation of approximately 6,100 feet. Almora is popularly known as the “Switzerland of India. Thick pine and fir covered forests protect the hillock from strong sunlight and leads to a pleasant charming environment. It is a popular hill destination for tourists looking for tranquility, fresh air, and natural beauty. High mountains and a terrain with plush green luxury adorn this lovely town from all sides. It possesses rich cultural heritage and history as well as mesmerizing sceneries and serene spots in and around the town. It offers serene surroundings to meditate and assimilate knowledge.

Weather

Summer season in Almora: Summers are moderately hot in Almora and generally last between the months of April to July. The temperature ranges between a comfortable 12°C – 28°C in these months and relaxing cool breeze lifts up the spirits in the evenings. Almora experiences moderate rainfalls in the months of August, September and October. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place. November marks the beginning of the winter season in Almora and it lasts till the month of February. Winters are extremely cold with temperature dropping to a chilling -3°C. The place looks just ethereal in the month of November after being freshly washed with the waters from the heaven.

The best season to visit Almora is summers and the onset of winters. The favorable months to visit the place are between March to June and September to November. The climate remains pleasant during these moths offering tourists the best holiday experience.

How to Reach

The nearest Domestic Airport is Pantnagar Airport, Uttaranchal, roughly 125 km from Almora city.

The nearest railway station from Almora is at Kathgodam. It is about 81 km away from the city and can be covered in almost two hours. The service of the trains is really good and it is well connected to many other cities such as Moradabad, Delhi, Haridwar and Bareilly etc.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Bhaludam: Bhaludam is a fantastic attraction in near Almora, which is an artificial small lake. The lake was built in the year of 1903 by the British Government. The beauty of the dam is so amazing that it makes the travelers feel spellbound. The cool ambiance and lush green beauty of the place make the travelers feel amazed. This Himalayan peak is a perfect place for picnic. The lake is open for tourists all through the year.

Chitai Temple: Chitai Temple/ Gollu Devta is a masterpiece in Almora and is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is referred here as Lord Gollu. It is 8 km away from Almora. This temple is unique as there are large numbers of bells hanging in the temple. Devotees hang these bells before making a wish or after the fulfilment of their wish.

Bright End Corner: Bright End Corner is only 2 km away from Almora and magnificent views of sunrise and sunset can be seen from here. It is famous as Bright End Corner because of the beautiful view of the rising moon and the sinking sun along with the orange, red colors. The beauty of this place is just amazing. It is one of the best spots for meditation and has natural beauty and unusual tranquility all around.

Kasar Devi Temple: From 1970 to early 1980s, this temple was the house of a Dutch Monk. Foreigners also came to this temple to see its beauty.

Katarmal Sun Temple: Katarmal Sun Temple is the second most important Sun temple in India after the Konark Temple in Orissa. This is majorly famous for offerings done to Sun God by the devotees.

Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum: One such landmark in the heart of Almora is Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum. It was constructed as a gesture of respect and salutation to Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant, a known freedom fighter who fought for the independence of Uttarakhand. The museum houses an exquisite collection of antique items belonging to Katyuri and Chand emperors. A rich collection of Aspen (Kumauni ancient style painting) act as a source of information on history and culture of Uttarakhand.

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