Almora

Breathtaking views of the snowy

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Almora , a charming hill resort set on a 6 kms. long horse saddle shaped ridge is famous  for its natural beauty  , rich cultural heritage , exquisite  handicrafts, delectable cuisine and exotic wildlife. For  year it remained  the headquarters of the Chand dynasty , the Gorkha invaders  and the British Colonialist . The region was earlier under the reign of  the Katyuri King , Baichaldeo , who donated this area  to a Gujarati Bramhin  Sri Chand Tiwari. Later on Chand  dynasty was founded in Baramandal and Almora  was made its capital in 1560 , by Kalyan Chand . The beautiful town affords breathtaking views of the snowy summits of the Himalayas and is an excellent  place for peaceful holidays.

Some of known and unknown things about Almora are as follow

  • Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.
  • Almora was founded in 1568 by King Kalyan Chand
  • 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.
  • Almora got its name from “kilmora”a short plant found in nearby region, which was used for washing the utensils of the sun temple at Katarmal.
  • In summer, Almora is largely under the influence of moist, maritime airflow from the western side of the subtropical anticyclonic cells over low-latitude ocean waters.
  • The region is immensely rich with 4000 species of plants, having remarkable diversity in its natural vegetation by virtue of its being at a great range of elevation.
  • The sub-alpine zones of Almora and outskirts are a natural sanctuary for leopard, Langur, Himalayan black bear, kakar, goral etc
  • Hindi and Sanskrit are the official languages of the state while Kumaoni is the mother tongue of the majority.
  • Hinduism is Practised by 90.84% of the total population and is the majority religion of Almora. Islam is practised by 7.54% people and is the largest Minority religion. Other Religions like Sikhism, Christianity and Buddhism are also practised by small number of People
  • Pandu Kholi is another famous and ancient temple in Almora district. According to Hindu mythology Pandvas spent some time here to escape from Duryodhana. The distance of this temple from Almora is about 80 km. Another very ancient and holy Shiva temple in Someshwar town is known as Khakeshwar Mahadev temple. It is in the area of village Bhaisor Gaun on the bank of a river.
  • Dunagiri has the highly revered temple of Shakti or Mother Goddess.
  • Pandu Kholi is another famous and ancient temple in Almora district. According to Hindu mythology Pandvas spent some time here to escape from Duryodhana. The distance of this temple from Almora is about 80 km. Another very ancient and holy Shiva temple in Someshwar town is known as Khakeshwar Mahadev temple. It is in the area of village Bhaisor Gaun on the bank of a river.
  • Almora has one university, Uttarakhand Residential University.

Way to reach Almora ; Airport : Pantnagar (127 km )

Railway : Kathgodam (90 km. ) Road Connected by road Dehradun(412), Nanital(71),Delhi(382)

Best Time to Visit

Almora stands at a height of 1,638 meters. It has a moderate and salubrious climate. The best season is April-June and September-November. For those interested in snow views the best time to visit is in early summer and autumn. The rainy season is also very pleasant here.

Around Almora

Binsar (30 kms. )

An idyllic health resort set an altitude of 2412 metres affords breathtaking views of the snow coverd Himalayan peaks Jageshwar (38 kms.)

The famous temple complex amidst lush surrounding has 124 shrines and hundreds of splendid statues . It is bealeaved to possess one of the twelve Jyotirlinga’s of the country and enshrines a Swayambhu  Linga named Nagesh . Colourful fairs are held here  during  Shivratri  and in the month of ‘ Shrawan ‘ ( July and August )  Jageshwar is frequented by pilgrims as well as by nature lovers

Kosi Temple (10 kms. )

It was built during  12 th century by the Katyuri dynasty and is one of the earliest Sun temples in India

Kausani 52 kms. )

This charming hill resort set amidst several snow – capped peaks is endowed with exceptional natural beauty . Mahatma Gandhi came here in 1929 and was fascinated by the scenic grandeur  of Kausani His commentary on the Gita –Ana-Shakti Yoga was written here at the Anashakti Ashram .

 Ranikhet (49 kms.)

Ranikhet or the “ Queen’s Field “ perched at an altitude of 1829 metres , represents the very best of Himalayan beauty . It is bealeaved that Rani Padmini, the queen of Raja Sukhdeo was completely captivated by  the scenic splendor  and decided to settle over her  and thus the town came to be known as Ranikhet

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