About Almora

Almora in the state of Uttarakhand is known for its scenic look and beautiful landscapes. The city gets derives its name from "Kilmora", a short plant found in the region that was used for washing utensils of the Sun Temple at Katarmal.

About Almora

Geography of Almora

Almora is located at geographical coordinates of 29.5971°N and 79.6591°E with an average elevation of 1,642 meters or 5,387 feet above sea level. It is located 415 kms from the state capital of Dehradun, and about 63 kms from Nainital. It is surrounded by thick forests of pine and fur trees. The rivers of Koshi and Suyal flow alongside the city.

History of Almora

Founded by King Kalyan Chand in 1568, Almora once was the seat of Chand Kings that ruled the Kumaon Kingdom. During the early phases of Chand rule, city was known as Rajapur and later named Alamnagar by King Bhishm Chand. Tewaris were the earliest inhabitants of Almora and the city was developed by Chand Kings unlike the neighboring hill stations like Nainital & Shimla that were developed by the British. There are many historical monuments, royal courts and old forts that are still in decent shape here.

Culture of Almora

Hindi and Kumaoni are the local languages spoken here. The city maintains its old traditions and customs which is duly reflected in their way of life. As per the census of 2011, city has a population of 34,122 and a literacy rate of 94.51%. The city experiences pleasant weather all throughout the year however best time to visit here is during the months of March to November.

Shopping in Almora

There are many shopping markets in Almora city that attract tourists visiting the city. At the local bazaars of Almora you can find range of exquisite items. The Lala Bazaar here in 200 years old. The city is famous for Angora clothes that are made from Angora rabbit's fur and Almora's special copper vessels. Another must buy from here is the local Kumaoni sweets called Bal Mithai and Singauri.

Tourism in Almora

Almora is a perfect tourist destination for anyone looking for a memorable holiday. The scenic beauty and panoramic view of the Great Himalayas can fascinate anyone. The beautiful climate of the city appeals to all the visiting tourists looking to spend quality time with their near and dear ones. Apart from temples one can visit local bazaars and scenic location to have fun.  There are many tourist attractions in Almora that anyone will love to explore on his visit here.

Kasar Devi, Nanda Devi, Doli Daana, Shyayi Devi, Khakmara, Asht Bhairav, Jakhandevi, Katarmal (Sun Temple) are some of the famnous temples oif Almmora. The Kasar Devi temple here was visited by Swami Vivekananda. The Sun Temple at Katarmal is very close by from here and is 800 years old.

In addition to temples, there are many nearby tourist destinations from Almora that are loved by tourists. Ranikhet which is located around 50 kms from Almora is a must visit destibtaion. The city is famous for its climate & beautiful view of Himalayas. It is center of the Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army. One can have memorable experiences here at Kumaon Regimental museum and Green Golf Course.

Kausani is located around 52 kms from Almora. Along with the breathtaking views of Himalayas, one can experience the famous Katyur Valley in front to get a great sunrise experience. The famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant was born here. Pinnath, Bura Pinnath and Bhakot are the highest points near Kausani.

Located around 35 kms from Almora, Jageshwar is one of the most important religious place for Hindus and is among the twelve Jyotirlingas. The great temple complex is situated in a narrow and beautiful valley covered with Cedar trees. The streams of Nandini and Surabhi flow down the hills and meet near the sacred spot. There is a huge fair that is held here during monsoon season. There is even mention of this temple in the 'Mahabharata'.

Binsar which is located around 30 kms from Almora, is another famous sightseeing destination. The region is surrounded by thick forest and houses animals like panther and the barking deer. The temple of Binsar is also located nearby.

Healthcare Services in Almora

Hospitals and clinics in Almora provide complete healthcare services to the people. Hospitals in Almora are run by experts and they use state-of-the-art equipment. Advanced healthcare equipment saves time and ensures wholesome treatment to the patient. Apart from hospitals on can also find chemist shops in this parts of Uttarakhand.

Base Hospital
Address: National Highway 109, Khatyari, Almora, Uttarakhand 263601
Phone: 089797 45197

Anjali Hospital
Address: Paltan Bazar, Dharanaula, Almora, Uttarakhand 263601
Phone: 05962 237 926

Government District Hospital
Address: Thana Bazar Rd, Chowk Bazar, Paltan Bazar, Dharanaula, Almora, Uttarakhand 263601
Phone: 05962 230 064

MN Srivastava Hospital
Address: Almora, Paltan Bazar, Dharanaula, Almora, Uttarakhand 253529
Phone: 099276 88806

Om Shanti Paediatric Clinic
Address: Almora Rd, Paltan Bazar, Khatyari, Almora, Uttarakhand 263601
Phone: 094154 03021

Transport in Almora

The city is well connected by road and rail transport to different major cities of Uttarakhand. There are frequent bus services operating on different major routes connecting it to important cities like Delhi and Dehradun. Kathgodam railway station is the nearest station from here. Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport serving the region.
 

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