Almora is a picturesque town in the Kumaon region in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand. Blessed with a breathtaking panoramic view of The Himalayas, its scenic charm has put it on the tourist map. The town bustling with activity is also endowed with rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wilderness. Founded in 1568, Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
Perched at an elevation of 1638m above sea level, Almora lies snuggled between Pithoragarh to the east, Garhwal region to the west, Bageshwar to the north and Nainital to the south. The hill town is situated on a horse shoe shaped ridge of a mountain. Talifat is the eastern end of the ridge and the western one is known as Selifat.
The history of Almora goes a long way. It was developed by the Chand Rajas. In the British Raj, it was further developed and maintained as a hill getaway. Renowned Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated in this region and was in love with its clean air and pristine environment.
The hill getaway of Almora can be visited throughout the year. The best time to visit is from September to March as the weather is at its best. The pleasant weather, the mystical fogs and the charming views are absolutely charming. Travel plans are best suited for winters. Summer season and monsoon is equally delightful.
The tourist delights of Almora are stunning. Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Nanda Devi, Katarmal (an 800-year old Sun Temple), Jageshwar and Kasar Devi, are some of the famous temples in thw town drawing devotees from all over. Check out the Apen folk-paintings and other treasures at the Govind Ballabh Pant Museum. Do not miss long walks in the town as you will be blessed with the pretty glimpse of the Himalayas along with the lovely Pine and Deodar forests. Enjoy the beauty of sunrise and sunset at Bright End Corner.
Almora city has several shopping centers which also includes the 200-year-old Lala Bazaar. Almora is also popular for clothes made from Angora rabbit's fur and special copper vessels. Besides the museum and temples, Almora is your stop for the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary blessed by nature. Cave paintings dating back to the Stone Age can be found on the outskirts of Almora at Phulaseema, Pharkanauli and Lakhuudiyar.
Visitors in Almora are welcomed with lavish options of stay. Check out listed resorts and hotels. Enjoy a relaxed stay. Book accommodations equipped with delights that make vacations worth cherishing. Grab holiday packages for Almora and the other tourist attractions of Uttarakhand. Find all necessary information needed for your travel plans with Almora Travel Guide.