Almora

Almora  is a municipal board and a cantonment town in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Almora district. Almora is located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalaya range, at a distance of 363 km (via NH9) from the national capital New Delhi and 415 km via Saharanpur Rd, 351 km via NH109 and 388.6 km via Ambala- Dehradun- Haridwar Rd from the state capital Dehradun. According to the provisional results of the 2011 national census of India, Almora has a population of 35,513. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya, Almora enjoys a year-round mild temperate climate. The town is visited by thousands of tourists annually from all over the world. Almora has beautifully been able to maintain its sanctity all over these years.

Almora was founded in 1568 by King Kalyan Chand, however there are accounts of human settlements in the hills and surrounding region in the Hindu epic Mahabharata (8th and 9th century BCE. Almora was the seat of Chand kings that ruled over the Kumaon Kingdom. It is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

TOP 16 Places to visit in Almora

1. Zero Point – For The Best View

This is one of the landmark places to visit in Uttarakhand’s Almora. Get up close and personal with the snow-capped mountains at Zero Point, one of the must-visit places to visit in Almora hill station. The mountains feel so close you won’t even realize your hands reaching out for them. Kedarnath, Shivling, Nanda Devi, and other revered Himalayan peaks stand in aplomb so that you can take pictures of them. One of the famous Almora tourist places, the point is located inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary where you can enjoy the sound of birds chirping.

Recommended: Take a pair of binoculars with you to spot the mountain peaks clearly.
How to reach: Zero Point is situated at the heart of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which is 33 km north of Almora. You will even have to trek for 2 km from the parking space to the Zero Point.

Timings: Sunrise till sunset
Entry Fee: INR 150 per person, INR 250 for vehicle

2. Bright End Corner – Sunsets And Sunrises

When was the last time you cherished the views of dusk and dawn? If you can’t even remember, head straight to the Bright End Corner in Almora from where you can enjoy the alluring views of sunrise and sunset. The sunrays splatter beautifully over the quaint town of Almora that it almost feels like a painting. There is nothing more soothing to your visual senses than the tangerine hues of the dusk and dawn. Watch the sun setting behind the lush green mountains in the evening and emerging again at the time of sunrise.

Recommended: Sunset and sunrise

How to reach: It is just 2 km away from the city center and can easily be reached by walking.

Timings: Open all hours
Entry Fee: None

3. Jageshwar Temple – Ancient Temple Complex

One of the treasures Almora hides in its chest is a cluster of 200 Hindu Temples all of which date back to the 7th century. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the ancient iconic temples are built in beautiful Nagara style craftsmanship. This Almora temple, which is also the home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is located along the rivulet Jata Ganga and surrounded by dense forests of oaks, pines, and rhododendrons. The whole heritage site looks heavenly after it is washed down with the rains. This historical structure is an important stop of your Almora sightseeing journey.

Recommended: Monsoons are a spectacular time to visit these temple. Some of these temples are a big deal among the pilgrims.
How to reach: It is located odd 30 km from Almora and can be easily reached by car.

Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: None

4. Kasar Devi Temple – Old And Small Shrine

A historic-cum-hippie village near the town of Almora, Kasar Devi temple is dedicated to Kasar Devi and is as old as 2nd century CE. The serene environ and comeliness of Kasar Devi Village have even attracted the likes of Bob Dylan, Nehru, and Cat Steven to spend a vacation here. While the temple is popular among the pilgrims, nature and harmonious surroundings of this Kumaoni village make it one of the best places to visit in Almorawhich attract a lot of trekkers and tourists.

Recommended: If you are visiting Almora during Kartik Poornima which is celebrated in the month of November-December, you should visit the special ‘Kasar Devi Fair’.
How to reach: It is 5 km away from the Almora city and can easily be reached through trekking.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM
Entry Fee: None

5. Katarmal Sun Temple – Architectural Beauty

Be prepared to visit one of the prominent tourist places near Almora and this one is a rare site. Katarmal, a remote village near Almora, is surrounded with raw, uncut Himalayas and verdant greenery. Amidst this pulchritude, you will stumble upon a rare Sun temple which was built in the 9th century by the Katyuri Kings. There are even 44 small temples which surround the main temple. The whole scenery, when seen from a distance, looks charming and worth visiting.

Recommended: You can spend some time amidst nature and indulge in photography.
How to reach: It is located 12 km from Almora. You can take your car to Kosi Village and then follow a 2 km trek to the temples.

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM, 3 PM to 7 PM
Entry Fee: None

6. Chitai Golu Devta Temple – Red And White Mistique

Most celebrated temple in the town, Chitai Golu Devta Temple is one of the important places to see in Almora. Golu Devta, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, a big deal among the locals and pilgrims. What is unique about this temple is that people offer animal sacrifices and bells to the deity to make their wishes come true. This is why you can see thousands of bells of every size hanging outside the temple. Home to numerous ancient shrines, exploring the architectural beauty of temple is one of the best things to do in Almora.

Recommended: If you want your wish to come true, tie a bell in the temple.
How to reach: The temple is located 4 km from the gate of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM
Entry Fee: None

7. Deer Park – Almora’s Wildlife

In Almora, places to visit are plenty. And, if you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast, you are going to love this place. Enjoy watching a group of deer frolicking around in the lush greenery of Deer Park. Apart from deer, you can see a myriad of other animals like leopard, Himalayan Black Bear. One of the must places to visit in Almora, this is where you can have a leisure time amidst beautiful surroundings.

Recommended: Pack a picnic lunch, your favorite book, and enjoy an afternoon picnic in the park.
How to reach: Located in Narayan Tiwari Dewai (NTD), the deer park is just 3 km from Almora city and can easily be reached by car or on foot.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: None

8. Lakhudiyar – Remains Of Early Life

Located in the Barechhina village on the banks of River Suyal, Lakhudiyar is a pre-historic site where you will find interesting secrets about the Stone Age Era. Lakhudiyar translates to one lakh caves and has inscriptions and drawings in red, black, and white color on them. It depict the civilization in Stone Age Era with paintings of men and animals. It is a great place for Almora sightseeing if you are interested in archaeology and history.

Recommended: Spend 15-20 minutes around the site to visualize the life of men and women in the Stone Age.
How to reach: It is 10 km from Almora on Almora-Barechhina Road and can easily be reached by car.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: None

9. Martola – For Lush Green Hills

If you haven’t had enough of Almora yet (which you will not, given how picturesque the place is), go visit this small hamlet near the town of Almora. The scenic grandeur of Martola will catch anyone off guard. Its well-manicured gardens and thick woodlands will tempt you to settle here forever. A jewel in the crown of Almora, it is a great picnic spot and one of the amazing places to visit near Almora to enjoy the surrounding beauty and salubrious weather.

Recommended: It may not have places to stay but it makes for a great picnic spot.
How to reach: Buses from Almora go up to Panuwanaula from where Martola is just at a walking distance.

Timings: NA
Entry Fee: NA

10. Nanda Devi Temple – A Revered Temple

Another one of the eminent Almora tourist places, Nanda Devi Temple holds great reverence among the locals and pilgrims. Nanda Devi, the ‘Destroyer of Evil’ is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The magnificent monument of Nanda Devi is decorated with a special stone and encircled by a wooden roof. Thousands of devotees come to this 1000-year old temple to seek blessings of Nanda Devi. It is one of the important places to visit in Almora.

Recommended: Attend the Nanda Devi Fair which is organized every year in September and is a big deal among the devotees.
How to reach: The temple is located in the city center and is just 9 minutes away from Lal Bazaar.

Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
Entry Fee: None

11. Kalimath – A Rustic Village

Fairy tales are not for real but this town is one of the best places to visit in Almora. Located 5 kilometres North of district Almora, Kalimath is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Almora and will leave you spell bound. This awe-inspiring village is located in Hawalbag district of Almora.

Recommended: Take a walk in the beautiful village
How To Reach: The village is just 1.7 kilometres away from Lal Bazaar and is in Hawalbag district.

Timings: NA
Entry Fee: NA

12. Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum – Explore The History

Also known as the GB Pant Public Museum, this museum in Almora honours the efforts and contribution of the great freedom fighter Govind Ballabh Bhai Pant towards Uttarakhand’s development. Built and opened for public in 1980, this is one of the must visit places in Almora. This museum is counted among the popular places to see in Almora.

Recommended: Take your time to explore the museum and try to read up a bit about the freedom fighter.
How To Reach: The Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum is located on Almora Mall Road and is at a walking distance.

Timings: 10 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

13. Simtola – Pine Trees And More

Although the place is only famous as a picnic spot, Simtola is much more than that. Nestled amidst dense deodar, pine and fir tress, Simtola offers breathtaking views and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Almora. We promise you won’t regret it.

Recommended: Take your own time to explore the place and its better to know aout the places offering the best views beforehand.
How To Reach: Simtola is just 8 kilometres away from Lala Bazaar and it will just take you half an hour or so in a taxi to reach the place.

Timings: NA
Entry Fee: NA

14. Kasar Devi – A Picturesque Town

Don’t confuse it with Kasar Devi Temple for that is just a temple and this is the place that is home to it. Located amidst serene landscapes and offering beautiful views, Kasar Devi is a town situated hardly 8 kilometres away from Almora and is one of the most beautiful places around the vicinity.

Recommended: The peace and serenity this place offers is unmatched and you can simply explore the beautiful town. The place has been visited by Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsburg and even Swami Vivekanand.
How To Reach: It is just 8 kilometres away from Almora and haardly a 25-30 minutes drive.

Timings: NA
Entry Fee: NA

15. Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum – Honouring Our Martyres

Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum is one of the most popular places to see in Almora. It was established in the honour and memory of the soldiers of Kumaon and Naga Regiment of the Indian Army. This place oozes patriotic vibe, with displays of souvenirs and other memories from the war. You would find Chinese rifles used in 1962 war, Kargil war abstract representations, photographs of historical events and many other remains from the war. 

Recommended: Know about the stories of bravery and sacrifice of our national heroes
How To Reach: Nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 20 – INR 50

16. Dwarahat – A Serene Town

Located in the Almora District, Dwarahat is a lush green town of Uttarakhand which is also considered to be one of the best places to visit in Almora. The landscape of this region is accentuated by the Kumaon mountains that are blessed with dense forests. Perched on height of 1510 meters above the sea level, this place offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Dwarahat is also home to several ancient temples, including Dunagiri Temple. 

Recommended: Temple visit and nature lovers
How To Reach: Pantnagar Airport (112 Km) is the nearest airport to Dwarahat. From here you can hire a taxi to reach this town. There are also buses to Dwarahat from Haldwani, Almora, Kathgodam, and Nainital.

Timings: 5 AM to 6 PM (Summer) | 5 AM to 4 PM (Winter) – Temple timings
Entry Fee: NA

How to reach Almora

By Road: Almora is well-connected by roads to its neighboring town and major cities. It takes about 10-11 hours to reach Almora from Delhi by car and 11-12 hours by bus. Direct buses are available from Delhi to Almora. However, you can take a bus to Kathgodam and Nainital and then take a shared taxi or a local bus to Almora.

By Air: The nearest airport to Almora in Pantnagar Airport which is 125 km away from the city center. You can take a shared taxi or a cab to reach Almora.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Kathgodam which is 90 km away from the city of Almora. You can take a local bus or a taxi from Kathgodam to reach Almora. It takes 5-6 hours from Delhi to Kathgodam and an additional 3 hours from Kathgodam to Almora. Therefore, the train journey will take you 9 hours.