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.
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.
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.
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.
Places to Visit Near Almora
Almora is surrounded with enchanting tourist destinations. Come and explore.