Almora, another popular hill station of Uttarakhand is known as the cultural capital of Kumaon. This town is situated on a 5 km mountain range situated at an altitude of 1,650 m and from a distance its shape resembles a horse shoe. Almora was not discovered and developed by the British, instead it was the seat of power of the Chand Dynasty who ruled the land of Kumaon for almost a millennium. The town has maintained its old customs and traditions that are visible in the way houses and roads have been built.
The old forts, the historical monuments and the royal courts still exist in decent shape. The Kaushiki (Koshi) and Shalmali (Suyal) Rivers encircle the town, overlooked by the snows of the Himalayas. A must buy are the local Kumaoni sweets called Bal Mithai and Singauri.
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Kumauni and Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Apr - Jun, Sep - Nov
Weather: Summer 12 to 28°C,
Winter -2 to 15°C
Altitude: 1651 m
STD code: 05962
- Delhi to Almora 370 km
- Lucknow to Almora 434 km
- Kanpur to Almora 451 km
- Chandigarh to Almora 495 km
- Bhopal to Almora 976 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
Almora has a pleasant and cool climate all through the year. But the best time to visit Almora is during March to November.
Winters (December to February) offer chilly cool climate with temperature touching down to 4°C. December and January months are freezing.
Summers (April to July) are moderate with maximum temperature below 30°C. The weather is perfect for Almora tourism.
Monsoons (August to October)are associated with moderate rains, it makes Almora beautiful and attractive with fresh greeneries. March to June is good for outings and sightseeing.
July to November is really beautiful with intermittent showers and those who like to be in rains are welcomed. December to February offers chilly climate with snowfalls and dew.
Almora has attracted people through the ages. Swami Vivekananda visited Almora at the turn of this century. The Ramakrishna Mission at Mayawati Ashram bears his footprints. Rabindranath Tagore spent some memorable summers here. The internationally acclaimed dancer Uday Shankar fell in love with this place and set up his dance academy here. Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, artist Zohra Sehgal, the 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 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.
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum is near the Bus Stand. This museum provides a deep insight of the development of art, culture and lifestyle of this region. It has a rich collection of items of archaeological, historical and cultural significance. This museum has unique collection of 'Aipan', a folk style of painting. The timings of the museum are 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM on workdays.
Nanda Devi Temple
One of the main attractions of Almora, This temple is almost a thousand years old. The carvings on the walls of this temple are exquisite. Every year, the Nanda Devi Mela is organized here in a big way.
Bright End Corner
This place is famous for the excellent of sunsets and sunrises. A picturesque and calm circuit house is close to this point.
At a distance of 3 km from Amora, set amidst green settings, it's a popular tourist spot.
8 km away from the town of Almora, the Chitai temple is dedicated to Golu Devta, the most prominent deity of Kumaon. The temple is surrounded by dense pine forest. Thousands of devotees throng at this temple all through the year. People worship the deity to fulfill their desires and as a symbol hang bells in the temple. One can see thousands of bells hanging & ringing in the hill air, around the temple.
From Kalimath one gets a good view of Almora town and adjoining areas. This place is 4.5 km from Almora. Close to Kalimath is a temple dedicated to Kasar devi. This temple dates back to second century.
Gananath: Gananath is known for natural caves and an ancient Shiva temple. This place is 36 km from Almora. During Kartik Purnima every year a fair is hosted here.
After the Sun temple of Konark, Katarmal is the second important sun temple in India. This 800 years old temple is of archeological and architectural importance. Katarmal is 17 km from Almora.
At a distance of 30 km from Almora, Binsar boasts of enthralling scenic beauty. The ancient Shiva temple here at a height of 2,420 m, was built by the King Kalyan Chand. Binsar is a place for the absolute peace of mind and soul.
34 km away from Almora, this secluded place amidst a dense Deodar forests, has a group of almost 125 temples dating back from 7th to 11th century AD. The majority of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and a few to different Goddesses. It is considered as one of the 12 holiest Jyotirlingas of the country.
Literally meaning one lakh caves, this is one of the most important pre-historic sites in the hills. Fascinating pre-historic rock paintings are discovered within the caves. It's at a distance of 20 km from Almora town
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.
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.
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.
|January is the coolest month of the year. The days are very cool and the nights are freezing,enjoyable time for honeymoon trip in Almora..|
|February is very cold.Woolen clothes are required for travels.|
|March is moderately cold and is suitable for all kinds of tourist activities.|
|April is ideal for outings in the hill station. Environment is pleasant and calm making it one of the most favorable months for taking up tour packages and enjoying a great holiday with loved ones.|
|May is the hottest month in the year. The temperate climate is ideal for tourist activities.|
|June offers intermittent rains. The atmosphere is humid but pleasant.|
|Monsoon showers bring down the temperature.|
|August is good for exploring the natural attractions in the region. The nature looks fresh and beautiful after the rainfalls.|
|September offers an ideal time for exploring the hill station attractions. The climate is pleasing, so it would be a good idea to plan or book tour packages for Almora in this month. Enjoy sightseeing and outdoor activities.|
|October offers pleasing climate. It is good time for exploring the scenic hill station of Almora. Sightseeing and outdoor activities can be very enjoyable.|
|November is cool, but good for vacation travels and stays in Almora. It is also a suitable time for sightseeing and indulging in adventure activities.|
|December offers cool winter days. This month is not ideal for exploring the outdoors. But it is an enjoyable time for honeymooning.|
The Tourist Rest House of KMVN at Almora is also known as 'Holiday Home'. It is the main stoppage of the World wide know Holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The rooms at TRH Almora are good with economy rates.
Nearby attraction from KMVN TRH Almora are, Chitai Temple, Dear park, Bright End Corner, G.B.Pant Musem, Kasar Devi, Nanda Devi Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Vivekanand Ashram
Continental Plan is applicable at our TRH Almora.
Facilities: Room Services, Running Water, Cable T.V.
1. Four Bed Super Deluxe
2. Double Bed Super Deluxe
3. Double Bed Deluxe
Applicable Season Period
1. Season Rates: (1st May to 3rd July, and 23rd Dec to 2nd Jan.)
2. Autumn Rates: (1st Oct. to 15Nov.)
3. Off Season Rates: (3rd Jan to 30th Apr., 4th Jul. to 30th Sep. 16 Nov. To 22 Dec.)
RATES (Applicable till 31st March 2014):
1. Four Bed Super Deluxe
2. Double Bed Super Deluxe
3. Double Bed Deluxe
Tourist Rest House
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
Almora, Dist. Almora
Ph. No,: (05962- 230250)
Mobile: +91- 8650002532