Almora also has some beautiful health resorts. The most famous
among them is Ranikhet (1,820 meters from sea level). Ranikhet
depicts queen' s field. It is said that a Rani while spending
some time here once gave this name to the city. During the
days of the British Raj, Ranikhet was a British cantonment.
Almora is one of the five districts of Uttaranchal and a very
popular hill station. It is a wonderful place to conveniently
enjoy the spectacular snowscape of the central Himalayas .
Almora allows you to enjoy the mighty Himalayas together with
ridge after ridge of hills. Almora is popular among tourists
as a summer getaway for the much require break from the heat
waves of the plains of north India.
A Famous Gateway - Almora
Almora was founded in 1568. There are lots of attractions
at Almora.Swami Vivekananda gave famous lectures here and
included it in his itinerary at the turn of this century.
From Almora To Colombo record that he was stirred as much
by the stark beauty of the mountains here as by the ocean
at Kanyakumari. The headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission,
was located at Mayawati Ashram then in Almora. Gurudev Rabindranath
Tagore spent a summer to get over the personal grief after
the loss of a beloved child.A little later followed the great
dancer Udaya Shankar. Ravi Shankar, Zohra Sehgal, Simki and
the youngster Guru Dutt have all been here. Others have followed
in their footsteps. Pundit Nehru had served a term of imprisonment
in the Jail at Almora and has left behind an evocative account
of the pleasures of solitude and the changing moods of nature
in his various letters written from this place which acted
as inspirational guide for the Indians.
Kasar Devi - Near Kalimutt is the temple
of Kasar Devi. This ancient temple was built on a mountain
peak in the second century. The distance between Kalimatt
and Kasar Devi is less than 1 km and can be easily covered
by foot. The surrounding area has become the home of many
foreigners. The main town is 6 km away.
Major Attractions in Almora
There are so many major attractions, which draws
the attention of tourists in Almora. Few of them are -
Chitai Temple - This is a very busy area. This temple
is dedicated to Lord Golu. The people of Kumau worship him.
Once a wish is fulfilled people hang little bells in this
temple. Therefore there are thousands of little bells hanging
there. The view of the Himalayas is extremely beautiful from
here. This temple is 8 kms away by walk through a beautiful
pine forest, but one can go by cart too.
Bright End Corner - Almora is 2 kms away from here.
A highlight of this point is the sunset and the sunrise seen
through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows
tourists to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding.
Close by is the Vivekananda Library which has many books on
literature. A little away is the Vivekananda Memorial where
Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a while on his journey to
the Himalayas .
Katarmal - This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second
in importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Seven
kms away from Almora this historical important temple is an
example of intricate sculpturing. This temple is in need of
Bright End Corner - Almora is 2 kms away from here. A highlight
of this point is the sunset and the sunrise seen through the
Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows tourists
to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Close by
is the Vivekananda Library which has many books on literature.
A little away is the Vivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda
had stopped for a while on his journey to the Himalayas .
Best Time to Visit : In Summer - May to September
In Winter - November to February
How to reach
Almora can be easily accessed through air, train or road.
By Air : The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar
(Nainital). During the summer regular flights are operational.
By Rail : The nearest raiway station near
Almora is Kathgodam.
By Road : Almora is well connected with all-important
cities of India by road.
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