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
the three districts of Kumaon, Almora occupies a central location.
Being further away from the plains than Nainital, this district
provides tranquil spots where one can enjoy the mountain air without
jostling against milling holiday-makers.
town of Almora (1646 m), lies along a saddle-ridge amidst a lush
amphitheatre of terraced slopes. Overlooking the arterial Mall,
where the bus terminus, shops selling bal mithai (a famous milk
confection of Kumaon), and private lodges and restaurants are located,
is flattish bowl-the virtual picture of fertility with its canals,
hamlets and the foaming Kosi river. Beyond and behind the ridge
lie tiers of hills and dales, edged ultimately by a Himalayan panorama.
Shimla, Nainital and Ranikhet - north Indian hill stations discovered
and patronized by the British. Almora is truly Indian hill resort.
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.
There is Mohan Joshi Park, a favorite picnic ground close to the
Mall. Bright End Corner, 2 km away, commands a grand view of the
Himalayas - particularly spectacular at dawn and dusk. Deer Park
and Simtola (both 3km away) offer lush environs. Kalimath (5km)
is famed for its scenic grandeur and a panoramic view of Almora
town. A kilometre from here is Kasar Devi temple, worth a visit
for its superb surroundings.
Population: 53.507 (1991census)
Altitude: 1646 meters (5400feet)
Temperature: 4.4 to 29.4
Rainfall: Average 828mm(33'')
Clothing: Summer- Cottons/ light woollens, Winter
- Heavy woollens
Languages: Hindi, English and Kumauni
In Almora :
Doonagiri is a place of religious importance. It is famous for
its temples of Durga from where one can have a good view of Gogas
Chitai Temple :
The sacred temple of Gollu Devta at chitali is situated 6kms
from Almora, along the road to Pithoragarh. Goats are sacrified
as offerings in the temple. This temple was at one time, a virtual
law court, for the deity receives mnay pleas from the distressed.
Harikhan Temple :
4kms., from Ranikhet is famous for the temple of Baba Haira Khan.
It commands a panoramic view of the Himalayas.
Around fifty 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.
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Kausani, situated around 52 KMs from Almora is famous for it's breathtakingly
close view of the Himalayan Peaks and it's solitudes and greenery.
The wide expanse of the famous Katyur Valley lies in front of it
as you wake up to experience the Kausani sunrise. Kausani's beauty
arrested the feet of even Mahatama Gandhi, who stayed for some time
at this place....More
Situated only 30 KMs away from the township of Almora lies
Binsar nestled amongst thick forests of Oak and Rhodendron and yet
offering surprisingly close views of the Himalayan peaks. The entire
region is now a wildlife sanctuary and has a host of wildlife like
Panther and Barking Deer. ......More
Situated around 90 KMs from Almora, Bageswer is now a new
district headquarter and the centre of administration for the entire
region called Danpur. The place is significant from both religious
and tourist point of view. Situated at the confluence of the rivers
Saryu and Gomti, Bageswer is the seat of the famous Uttaraini fair.
Situated between Ranikhet and Almora this picturesque place
not only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also
full of fruit orchards. Scouting camps are frequently held here
and there is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around 3 KMs away
on a lovely mountainous trail. The birth place of the first chief
minister of the province of Uttar Pradesh, Pandit Govind Ballabh
Pant is a place called Khunt situated nearby. Some years back a
centenary memorial has been built at this place to commemorate the
memory of this great son of the soil.
Situated 35 KMs away from Almora in picturesque surroundings Jalna
offers a wide panoramic view of Himalayas. There are a number of
orchards which produce a number of variety of fruits such as apricots,
peaches, peers, plums and apples.
Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 KMs away from Kausani is the small
but ancient town of Baijnath. It was once upon a time the capital
of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and the place was then called Kartikyapura.
The remnants of those glorious days lies at the bank of the Gomti
river in the form of a group of temples. ......More
Situated in a wide valley of the river Ramganga, Dwarahat
lies around 32 KMs from Ranikhet. And is a very important town from
both historical and archeological point of view and may also have
been the capital of some branches of Katyuri kings. ......More
Manila literally means enchanting. The famous temple of Manila Devi
, the family goddess of Katyuri kings lies around 85 KMs from Ranikhet.
The surrounding forests and the Himalayan views from this hill ridge
are worth remembering.
Situated around 17 KMs Northwest of Almora, Katarmal is
famous for 800 years temple dedicated to the Sun God. The only temple
in India dedicated to Sun is the Konark temple in Puri at Orissa.
Fastly emerging on the international tourism map, Patal
Bhubneshwer is a unique wonder of the nature. Situated about 110
kms. from Almora towards Gangolihat, in Pithoragarh district the
underground cave of Patal Bhubneshwer has a vertical tunnel shaped
40 meters path for getting inside into it from the ground .
......More On Patal Bhubneshwer.......
Situated around 35 KMs from Almora, Jageshwer one of the
most important religious places of Hindus in Kumaun and is believed
to be the abode of the one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas'. It is even
mentioned in the great epic of 'Mahabharata'. The great temple complex
is situated in a narrow and beautiful valley covered with Cedar
trees. Two streams Nandini and Surabhi flow down the hills and meet
near the sacred spot. ......More
Rail: Nearest head is Kathgodam 128kms.
Road: Directly linked with Almora-38kms. Haldwani- 120kms.
Pithoragarh-88kms. and Kathgodam Private Jeeps and taxis are also