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About Almora Festival 2018

Almora is one of the oldest settlements in India and is rich with cultural diversity. Taking this essence forward, Almora Festival is being organized in Uttarakhand to concentrate on projecting the various facets of the City to the people and seeking their participation to inculcate the ethos of tourism to achieve greater objectives.
Keeping this in mind, the theme of the festival is as follows: Adventure, Business, Culture, Heritage and Spiritual.

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About Almora

Almora, a popular hill station in Uttarakhand, is also known as the 'Cultural Capital' of Kumaon. This town is situated on a 5 kilometre mountain range embedded at an altitude of 1,650 metres above sea level, in such a way that from a distance, its shape closely resembles a 'Horse-Shoe'. Almora was not discovered and developed by the British, hence it does not hold any major and direct Western influence; instead it was the seat of power for the Chand Dynasty, which ruled the land for almost a millennium, thus molding the uniqueness of the the town which has maintained its old customs and traditions, that is now visible in the architecture built and the culture of the city.
Wonders such as the old forts, historical monuments and the royal courts still exist, with their retained glory. The Kaushiki (Koshi) and Shalmali (Suyal) Rivers encircle the town - a town which is overlooked by the snows of the Himalayas. Along with a lot more 'sweet' and 'subtle' memories, don't forget to take some Bal Mithai and Singauri back home.

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How to Reach?

Tourist can easily reach Almora via Delhi or Dehradun and Haridwar. Buses and Private cabs/Taxis are the best way to reach Almora.

By Road

Almora is well connected by motorable roads with major cities of northern India. Buses to Kathgodam and Almora can be taken from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi. Almora is connected with NH87 and NH87E. Taxis to Almora are easily available in Kumaon region. The distance from Delhi to Almora is 365kms if you travel via Moradabad and Bilaspur. This distance can be easily covered in 9-10 hours of time.

By Road

By Train

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Almora situated at a distance of 83kms. Kathgodam is well connected with major destinations of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region. Buses and Taxis are Available to Almora from Kathgodam.

By Train

By Air

The nearest airport for Almora is Pantnagar. Pantnagar Airport is situated 115kms from Almora. Taxis are available to Nainital, Haldwani and Almora from Pant Nagar Airport. Buses are available from Haldwani, Kathgodam and Nainital to Almora.

By Air

Attractions and Sightseeing in Almora

Almora has attracted people with its diverse history through the ages. Some of the people, who have an important place marked in India's History and Culture have also shown their presence over the place - Swami Vivekananda visited Almora at the turn of this century, where The Ramakrishna Math at Mayawati Ashram bears his footprints; Shri Rabindranath Tagore spent some of his most memorable summers here which are also believed to be the reason behind his beautiful inspirational writing; The internationally acclaimed dancer, Shri Uday Shankar fell in love with this place and set up his dance academy here; Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, artist Zohra Sehgal, film star Guru Dutt, all came here and became earnest lovers of the town. Our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru served a term of imprisonment in the Jail at Almora during the British rule. The town in addition to its peculiar and alluring aura is surrounded by the mighty Himalayan ranges, with holy shrines on the top of their peaks dedicated to Goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi and Sayahi Devi. All in all, Almora does not hold back, to attract.

Public Mueseum

Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum is located near to the Almora Bus Stand. This museum provides a deep insight in the development of art, culture and lifestyle of this region. It boasts a rich collection of items with archaeological, historical and cultural significance. This museum has a unique collection of 'Aipan' - a native/folk style of painting. The visiting hours of the museum are from 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM on a normal day.

Public Mueseum

Nanda Devi Temple

One of the main attractions of Almora, Nanda Devi Temple is almost a thousand years old and is an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess, Durga. The carvings on the walls of this temple are exquisite and spark the eyes of the viewers with its pristine work. Many pilgrims religiously visit the temple, as Nanda Devi is believed to be the destroyer of evil. Every year, the Nanda Devi Mela is organized here with loads of festivities, on a significantly large scale.

Nanda Devi Temple

Bright End Corner

This place got its fame for the gift of excellent visuals, consisting of both the sun and the mountains; a place where the visitors can enjoy views of snow capped hills, with serene sunsets and sunrises peeking in from behind. This particular part in Almora is named after Mr. Brighton and is also a starting point for Almora's Mall Road.

Bright End Corner

Deer Park

At a distance of 3 km from Almora, Deer Park is set amidst green settings with loads of pine trees surrounding the area. It is indeed, a popular spot, for nature admirers.

Deer Park

Places to Visit Near Almora

Almora is surrounded with enchanting tourist destinations. Come and explore.

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