Almora at a glance
Cradled in the wilderness of Himalayan ranges, the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station located in Uttarakhand that boasts of a pre-British heritage. Home to beautiful fields and also birthplace of many notable personalities, Almora is a breath taking place to visit, especially if you are planning a trip over a weekend or a long vacation too.
Things to do in Almora
An erstwhile summer capital of the Chand rulers, this hill resort facing the Himalayas is famous for the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet and one of the most scenic spots in the Himalayas. The Retreat is surrounded by the sounds and sights of the Binsar forest, with spectacular views of the higher Himalayas to the north and the valleys and hills to the south and west. One can go on long treks in the clean air, amidst the misty mountain trails with towering Oaks. This intimate little retreat is perfect for romantic weekends or even a vacation.
Bright End Corner
Situated 3 km away from Almora, Bright End Corner offers breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise. This serene viewpoint has a Vivekanand library situated very close to it. Because of its natural beauty and tranquility, Bright End Corner is considered one of the best spots for meditation in Almora. Tourists from across the globe visit the place for meditation. The place is perfect for those who wish to spend some time amid peace. Bright End Corner is a must visit for nature lovers and photographers.
A famous temple of Lord Gollu, another name for Lord Shiva, the Chitai temple was built during the Chand regime. Golu Devata is regarded as a god of justice. Many devotees write their wishes on letters and place them near the deity. This is a popular destination among the locals and tourists alike.
Situated at an elevation of 1510 mts in the Kumaon Mountains of Almora, Dwarahat is a charming hill village. Dwarahat offers a splendid view of the Himalayan Mountains and is an excellent place for a peaceful Holiday.
Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum
This museum on Mall Road also has beautiful collections of folk style painting known as Aspen and Kumaoni antiquities. This popular tourist destination is known for possessing a varied and good collection of ancient antiques which date back to the Katyuri and Chand dynasties that ruled Uttarakhand for years. One can understand the rich heritage of medieval India here.
Jageshwar is believed to be the home of one among the twelve Jyothirlingas. Surabhi and Nandini rivers flow through this place that has 124 temples built in medieval architectural style, and heavily influenced by Buddhist style craftsmanship. The mystical and tranquil setting of Jageshwar, make this place a perfect holiday destination for exploring and rejuvenating the body and mind. The surrounding deodar trees elevate the beauty of this place.
Close to Kasar Devi Temple, it is a small picturesque village. Kasar devi is a hidden jewel in the crown of Uttarakhand, it has everything that makes it a perfect getaway for backpackers – budget friendly, accessible, no crowd, good people and beautiful landscape. A famous hill located nearby to the – Cranks’s Ridge (also known as Hippie’s Hill by locals owing to the famous Hippie movement held there) attracts a good number of tourists.
Kasar Devi temple
Kasar Devi Temple is located 5 km away from Almora and it dates back to 2nd Century. The temple overlooking Almora and the Hawabagh valley gives a panoramic view of Himalayas from Bandarpunch peak.
Katarmal Sun Temple
Katrmal Sun Temple is the second most important sun temple in India (first being Konark sun temple) and is constructed in 9th Century AD. Katarmalla, a Katyuri king constructed this temple, which has 44 smaller temples around the main deity of Surya. The Katarmal Sun temple has some an architectural style, with beautifully carved pillars and metallic sculptures and the intrictaley carved images on the walls. Though amidst ruins, it still stands as a major point of attraction in the region and many devotees visit here to offer prayer to the Sun God.
Lal Bazaar is the main shopping area in Almora and offers a wide variety of shopping options. It is located in the heart of Almora with colourful shops filled with bronze and brass wares, fine rabbit wool clothes and amazingly tasty sweets.
In the premises of the wildlife sanctuary is the zero point from which one can look across 300 kms to view Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi. It is located in the Binsar retreat and is a perfect holiday spot.
What to Eat in Almora : Local Food and Cuisine
While in Almora, you can indulge in the delicious and authentic local cuisines of Uttarakhand, which are exclusively available. The must try items here include the popular and traditional local sweets.: Bal Mithai , a famous milk sweet of Almora, Choklate – a condensed milk sweet with fudge-like consistency and Singauri – a kind of milk sweet wrapped in a green Malu leaf used for flavoring. The other local delicacies include Bhaang Ki Khatai, Mixed dal Salad, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Aloo Daal Pakora, Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and much more. The ‘Adrak’ (ginger) tea is also a famous welcome drink here.