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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the places to explore around Almora?

Manavi Kapur DEC 10 2012
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Are you a lover of long roads and drives and just can’t get enough of them? Then you absolutely have to take a trip to the following places from Almora! Fill up the fuel tanks, get a hand on yummy munchies, put on those shades you just bought and head to the following places for a visual treat you will always cherish:

  • Mukteshwar

    Synonymous with the Mukteshwar Temple, this quaint little hill station located 33 km away from Almora, will steal your heart with its soothing beauty. Located in the Nainital district, it offers views of the majestic Himalayan range and a chance for a spiritual union with nature. Divinity comes in plenty in this serene, tranquil hill station. Experience an epiphanic moment at the ancient Mukteshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The steep stone stairs test the limits of one's devotion and are also a delight for hikers. Lose yourself in the splendour of fruit orchards, reminiscent of an untouched paradise. For adventure-sports enthusiasts, Chauli Ka Jaali offers exciting opportunities for rappelling, hiking and mountaineering. Spot Nanda Devi, India's second highest peak in the Himalayan range, once the mist clears out. Known for its proximity to Nainital, it is popular among tourists as a destination suitable for short excursions and getaways.

  • Ramgarh

    This green, picturesque hill-station located around 48 km away from Almora, offers a perfect retreat destination, and also acts as a halting spot for those beginning their trek to the Himalayan mountains. Escape the madness of city life and come here for a quiet, serene, rejuvenating experience and some mind-blowing views of the magnificent Himalayan range. Kausani, near Almora in Uttarakhand, is popularly associated with the Anashakti Ashram, which played host to Mahatma Gandhi and based on which he wrote the "Anashakti Yog". The hill-town offers a breath-taking, 300kms-wide view of the Himalayan range, including the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli and Trishul, particularly scenic when the mountains change their hues at dusk and dawn. For this, Mahatma Gandhi famously dubbed this beautiful hillstation as the "Switzerland of India". The lush green trees, thick pine forests and softly fragrant, blossoming flowers offer a chance to experience nature in all its bounty, perfect for a calm, quiet walk around town.

  • Ranikhet

    Located around 57 km away from Almora, Ranikhet, meaning Queen's Meadow (in hindi), is an alluring hill station covered with lush green forests and meadows. It is a picture perfect place covered in thick pine and oak trees that is located in the foot of the western Himalayas.        A beautiful and serene hill station in the state of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet features diverse flora and fauna. Boasting of a pleasant  atmosphere and stunning pine and oak trees, Ranikhet is a must visit for any nature lover. Complementing the beauty of this sylvan land are some age old temples and exciting trekking locations.

  • Nainital

    Blessed with plush natural beauty and ancient temples, Nainital is a hill station to calm the senses and that too just 60 km away from Almora. It is a perfect holiday destination for tourists in summers. It is often called as the lake district of India. Deriving its name from goddess Naina Devi, Nainital is located in the hill state of Uttarakhand. This hill station is not only famous for its natural beauty but also for its marvelous architecture of the British era. With places like Naini Lake, Governor’s House and St John in the Wilderness Church, Nainital is a cherished tourist spot for domestic and foreign tourists alike. The place also features many prestigious educational institutions.

Like Almora wasn’t an experience in itself, it had to have so many options for exploration around! You realise that Almora is doing everything to please you, right?

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