Almora is one of the most visited destinations in the state of Uttarakhand. It is the Switzerland of India, situated at the eastern part of Uttarakhand. It is one of the three hill districts of Kumaun region. The snowy region of mighty Himalaya attracts a large number of tourists in Almora. The social and cultural background is so rich. It depicts about the old Chand forts, majestic wooden houses which are traditionally decorated. Its history is so old that reflects the period of Mahabharata.
A Chinese visitor of seventh century had reveled that the Almora city was known as the Kingdom Brahmaputra. It was surrounded by hills and snowcapped peaks. It also stated that Raja Kalyan Chand announced Almora as the capital of Kumaun by the name of Alma Nagar in 1563. During the days of Raja Chand Almora was also known by the name of Rajapur. Many other historical sites are associated with this town. In 1744 Ali Muhammad Khan marched here aggressively.
The two most fascinating rivers "Koshi" and "Suyal" flow through this aromatic town of Uttarakhand.
Altitude: 1, 638 meters above sea level Location: Uttarakhand Temperature: Maximum - 30 degree Celsius and Minimum - 12 degree Celsius Languages: Hindi, English and Kumauni Best time to visit: April to June and September to November
Shiva Temple Mythologically this glorious monument is devoted to Hindu god Lord Shiva, the destructor of the universe. The sacred shrine of Lord Shiva is circled with a large number of fur trees. In medieval era goddess Nanda Devi was the ruler of Chand Dynasty in Uttarakhand.
It is the most important of all sites located in Almora city. It is said to exist since the Bronze Age. It has some prehistoric rock paintings of a group of dancers, lizards, human beings and animals.
This site is situated 38 kilo meters from Almora City. It is conceived one of the twelve Jyotirlinga's in the country. At this site fairs are organized during Shivaratri, in the month of July to August. The tourist as well as the deevoties also comes here frequently. There are 124 shrines and hundreds of statue.
The Queen of fields is located at an altitude of 1829 meters above the sea level representing the beauty of Himalayan. The fascinating peaks, dense forests, flora and fauna are the reasons to make it as paradise. It is said that Rani Padmini was fond of this site and decided to settle over here.
How to Reach
Pantnagar is the nearest airport from Almora town, 70 kilometer from Nainital. You can also hire a taxi to Almora from airport, costing about 1600/. It is well connected to the capital city of Delhi. Regularly buses are available to Almora from Delhi. Luxury bus services are also available. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, 91 km away.