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Considered the cultural center of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Almora is a popular hill station 316 km from the state capital Dehradun. Situated at 1646 ms, popular pilgrimage sites like Nanda Devi and Jageshwar are located near Almora and fairs held at these temples attract thousands of devotees from across the world. Almora also serves as the starting point for many treks like Moanalua, Mukteshwar, Binsar, Ranikhet among others.
Besides the museum and temples, Almora also has the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary for the wildlife enthusiasts. Cave paintings dating back to the Stone Age can be found on the outskirts of Almora at Phulaseema (4 km), Pharkanauli and Lakhuudiyar (20 km). Humans doing daily chores and dancing and animals and reptiles form the theme of the paintings.
Almora is also a cantonment town and serves as the home to the Gorkha Rifles.
It was a beautiful November morning at our resort close to Almora, on Binsar Wildlife sanctuary road. We roamed around idly on the terrace of our resort to soak in the beauty of nature. The Himalayan peaks were clearly visible and the greenery around was soothing.
Nanda Devi Temple
Nanda Devi Temple Is One Of The Most Visited Holy Temples In Kumaon Region Of Uttarakhand State. The Temple Is Located In Almora Town Above The Mall Road And Is Believed To Have Been The Goddess Honored By The Kings Of Kumaon And Garhwal Region. Founded 1000 Years Back, Nanda Devi Temple Is Devoted To The Patron Goddess Of The Chand Era.
Goddess Nanda Devi Is Said To Be The Destroyer Of Evil. It Is Established Within The Foyer Of Shiva Temple And Possesses A Glorious Shrine Adorned By A Stone Crown Or Amalaka, Enclosed By A Wooden Roof. This Temple Is Highly Famous For Nanda Devi Fair That Is Held In Almora Every Year In The Month Of September On The Ashtami Of Bhadra Shukla. Thousands Of People From Across The World Come Here To Participate In This Festival, Which Is Attended With Drum Beats And Vigorous Dance Steps.
Bright End Corner Almora
About 2 km from Almora, the Bright End Corner is a must-see attraction of Almora. It is a special point from where one can see incredible views of the Himalayas. This window to nature’s breathtaking beauty becomes more splendid at the time of sunset and sunrise. Sunset and sunrise are the most awaited events at Bright End Corner. It is located at a hairpin turn and showcases Himalayan peaks such as Trishul I, Trishul II, Trishul III, Nanda Devi, Nandakot, Panchachuli and so on. There are restaurants and cafes around which can keep the tummy satisfied while the visitor submerges him/herself in the exquisiteness of nature.
Kasar Devi Temple
Kasar Devi is situated on Kashyap Hills and is known for its ancient temple that dates back to 2nd century CE and every year on the occasion of Kartik Poornima, many people come here to worship and attend the Kasar Devi Fair. But that’s not the reason why people know about this place, rather it’s the hippie trail that attracts travelers to this quiet village. Many western travelers and mystics visited and settled down at Kasar Devi. Amongst them were the famous Danish mystic Sunyata Baba, Tibetan Buddhist Anagarika Govinda, American poet Allen Ginsberg, American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, English musician George Harrison to name a few.
Chitai Golu Devta Temple
At a distance of 10 km from Almora, Chitai Temple is a sacred temple situated near Falsima in Almora district of Uttarakhand.
Chitai Temple is devoted to the mythological and historical God of the Kumaon region, Golu Devata or Lord Golu. Perched on a hilltop, this temple was constructed in the 12th century by a general belonging to the Chand dynasty. Golu Devta is famously regarded as God of Justice.
According to the legend, once a king went into the forest for hunting, when the king became thirsty he ordered one of his servants to fetch water for him. In turn, the servant disturbed a female saint deep in meditation. The woman, in a fit of anger, insulted the king. The king got fond of the lady and married her. As the other queens of the king became jealous of the new queen they stole the newborn child of the queen and replaced it with a stone and threw the kid in a lake where a fisherman found him. Later when the boy realized his true identity he decided to seek on the injustice done to his mother. He goes to the lake with a wooden horse and tries to make the horse drink water from the lake. Seeing this, the king asked the boy how he can make the wooden horse drink water at which the kid replied the king if a woman can give birth to a stone then the wooden horse can drink water. The king realized his mistake and accepted him as his son.
Mrig Vihar Zoo (Baldhauti)
At a distance of 6 km from Almora Bus Stand, Deer Park is situated in Narayan Tiwari Dewai in Almora Town.
Deer Park is one of the major attractions of Almora and it features tall pine trees which add to the rich natural beauty of the place. This park preserves a huge collection of deer, furious Himalayan bears and wild leopards, which can be seen wandering around freely in the park. Besides, the place is an ideal place to take a leisure walk in the evening time.
Ramkrishna Mutir Almora
Founded in 1916 by Swamis Shivananda and Turiyananda (monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna), this center serves mainly as a retreat for our monks.
- A library of 5166 books and 4 periodicals and newspapers.
- Regular worship and fortnightly Ramnam Sankirtan.
- A celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda.
- Welfare work: Providing educational aids to students and pecuniary help and blankets to the poor and needy.
- Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Flight / Train Tickets
- Extra Meals (Additional food charge ) or Drinks
- Tips, Telephone Charges, Laundry, Room Heater
- Travel Insurance
- Any monument fees, Any other expenses of personal nature
- Guide Charges.
- Sightseeing which is not mentioned in the Tour Programme.