ALMORA
ABOUT THE PLACE

The ridge-top town of Almora, surrounded by verdant hills and snowy Himalayan ranges, is best known for its bracing climate. Bengali stalwarts like Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Sankar had visited this place time and again to find peace and solace in its serene environ. Their memories are scattered all over the city even today. One of them is the Tagore House near Cantonment where Rabindranath Tagore stayed in the year 1937.

Scenic beauty is what makes Almora so attractive. Views of sunrise and sunset from the Bright End Corner, at one end of the Mall Road, are worth the trek. The sixteenth-century temples dotting the town and its neighbourhood remind of the Chandra dynasty that had their capital in Almora. Those interested in knowing more about local culture of Kumaon can visit the Museum near the bus stand. Other notable attractions are the Ramkrishna Mission, Anandamayee Ashram, All India Cultural Centre, Kali Math, Deer Park etc.


HOW TO REACH

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. It takes around five hours of bus journey to cover the 90 km distance from kathgodam. There are buses from Nainital (63 km) and Kausani (52 km). Buses are also available from Delhi, Lucknow and Haridwar.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Round the year. Travelling during peak monsoon may be difficult.

ACCOMMODATION

KMVN Tourist Bungalow
Tel: (05962) 230250


Hotel Sikher
Tel: (05962) 230253/395/156

The guest house of Ramakrishna Mission at Bright End Corner can be booked in advance through written application.


Hotel Surajmal
Tel: (05962) 230460/991


Hotel Konark
Tel: (05962) 231217


Hotel Himsagar
Tel: (05962) 230711/119/647


Hotel Bikash
Tel: (05962) 9433447466



GETTING AROUND

Temple of Chitaidevi is at a distance of 8 km from Almora. The elegantly designed temple stands on a huge plot of land.


Temple of Kamardevi, near Dalma Guest House, is 7 km from the main city.


The Ramakrishna Math is merely 2 km from the city. Here lies Okley House, where Swami Vivekananda consecrated asceticism to his disciple Margaret Elisabeth Noble, later known as Sister Nivedita.


A 3-km trek from the Math will lead to the Bright End Corner, from where the famous Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Chawkhamba, Panchachulli, Nandadevi, Nandacot are clearly visible.

Around the city lie the ashram of Ma Anandamoyee and Govindaballav Museum. The museum remains open everyday, except Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




TRAVEL TIPS Can be visited as part of a round trip from Nainital along with Ranikhet and Kausani.

Katarmal Sun Temple is 12 km away from the city at a height of 2,116 meter. It has been declared national property owned by Archeological Survey of India.
Yugeswer is a place 35 km from Almora amid the fringes of Deodar trees. At the height of 1,870 meters, it has 124 temples. The exquisitely carved stone walls of these temples speak volumes of the finesse of the sculptors of those days. One of twelve jyotirlingas is also situated here. Two rivers Nandini and Surabhi are flowing through the gorge beside Yogeswer. Pilgrims take holy dip in the rivers. There are good accommodation facilities and quite a large number of food joints. It is also a good excursion point.