All of us have surely explored a lot of hill stations in the state of Uttrakhand from Mussoorie to Nainital. But none of us are aware of the small town which is untouched beauty of Uttrakhand that is Almora.
An interesting fact about Almora is that unlike other hill stations, it was not discovered and developed by the British. Almora is located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills in the Himalayan range. To see the beauty of Almora, you’ll have to cover a distance of approx 80 km-120 km from the railway station or airport. The mountains have many twists and turn and it may cause some headache so do carry some medicine with you.
Things to explore:
1. Jageshwar Temple
It is a Lord Shiva temple. There are around 124 temples and 100 of statues in Jageshwar Dham. The beauty of the temple is more enhanced by the deodar trees around it and Jata Ganga flowing by its side. It is at a distance of 35km from the main town of Almora.
2. Chitai Temple
It is also known as Golu Devta temple. The moment you’ll enter the temple you will see bells hanging in numbers with small chits attached to it. As it is believed that this temple grants its devotees all the wishes that they ask for. It is located approximately 15km away from the city.
3. Bright End Corner
Exited to see the beautiful sunrise and sunset? 15 minutes of walk from the main town and you’ll reach the bright end corner for the lovely breathtaking view. It is around the corner of the city and you can’t take any chance to miss it.
4. Kasar Devi Temple
The temple is dedicated to a goddess called Kasar Devi and is considered one of the most popular temples in this town. Every year several devotees visit this temple during the special annual festival organized by the villagers and temple authorities.
5. Katarmal Sun Temple
It is amongst one of the most famous temples in Almora and also backs the sun temple in Odisha. The village is popular for the pre-historic sun temple located amidst the beautiful trails of the Almora. It is surrounded by approximately 44 shrines dedicating to sun God.
It is located at a distance of 7km from the town.
When to travel?
To have a memorable stay here the best time to visit in summers is from April-June. The temperature ranges from 12 degrees to 28 degrees.
In winters the best to visit is September – November. The climate remains pleasant during these months.
How to travel?
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar it is situated at 115km from Almora. Taxis and buses are available for Almora.
By Train: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station situated at 83km from Almora. Buses and taxis are available for Almora from Kathgodam.
By Road: There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Almora.