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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top things to see in and around Almora?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Do quaint hill call you in your dreams? Does a valley with lush green layout and vibrant natural colours flash in front of your eyes all the time? If yes, then it is time for you to go on a vacation, my friend! And what place else than Almora which literally fits the bill. The verdant little hill station in Uttarakhand is going to mesmerise you in the ways that you wouldn’t ever imagine. But how is it going to do that? That’s through the amazing attractions that the place has to offer. You are pretty excited about it, aren’t you? Ok then, read on about what the place has in store for you.


  • Bright End Corner

    This pretty little point has been the life of Almora since it garnered the status of a vacation spot. Brightly lit with natural glitter and quiet because of the serenity that is in the very DNA of the place, this point is made for you if you are a sunset and sunrise lover. This place with the amazing sights of dawn and dusk is sure to find a special place in the memory card of your digicam. The perfect orangish colour in the sky is sure to make you skip a beat. Even though this is a famous spot, it is very calm and relaxing especially during these special times in the morning and the evening as I mentioned. Stand here to enjoy the scene with your loved ones or the dozens of monkeys that are always ready to be your company. However, the animal love inside you should find its constraints before you harm yourself. Also, try and have a sling for your camera and other device that you are going to take pictures with. That’s because once you accidently drop anything, that’s going to be the last time you are going to see it. There is also a Vivekananda Library close by which has a wide collection of books on philosophy and spiritual thinking. It is said to be the point where Swami Vivekananda stayed during his stay in Himalayas.

  • Chitai Temple

    This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva who is loving called as Lord Gollu in Almora is one of the most famous temples in this hill station. The temple acts a landmark in the town because of its age and historical relevance. It is said that the temple was constructed by a general of the Chand Dynasty. The temple finds its place as a priority in a traveller’s list if he has slightest hints of religious inclination. The temple is believed to be a wish-fulfiller among the locals and hence this belief has travelled to the travellers as well. The premises are characterised by thousands of hanging metal bells which are hung by people who come here with a wish in their hearts. The temple is a treat as it also offers some of the spectacular views of the town.

  • Kasar Devi Temple

    Another landmark for showcasing the religious spirit of the town, Kasar Devi Temple is located around 5 km away from the centre of the town. Situated on a hilltop, the temple, which dates back to the 2nd century, offers you with spellbinding views of the beautiful Hawabagh Valley. The temple has a lot of relevance as far as the religious beliefs are concerned. If not for the devotion, come here to explore the natural beauty of the place which makes it an ideal picnic spot. The temple is also accessible on foot from Kalimath Town which is only a kilometre away.

  • Katarmal Sun Temple

    This one is interesting! This temple located near Almora is the second most important sun temple in the country after the Konark Temple in Orissa. The temple which is around 800 years old, is accentuated by a main temple complex along with 45 smaller shrines which is simply grand, isn’t it? The temple currently does not enjoy the best condition but is still a major attraction for anyone travelling to Almora. The temple in the state of ruins is known for its unique architectural styling and intricate carved designs on the walls and pillars. Every day, dozens of visitors come here to pray to the God of Sun, who is believed to be the parser of energy for the entire universe. Explore this temple with a flat footwear for the sake of your delicate feet.

  • Gobind Ballabh Pant Museum

    If you want to see what the town of Almora has to offer when it comes to items of archaeological, historical and cultural relevance, then this is going to be the place for you. The public museum is known for its precious artefacts from the Katyuri and Chand dynasties. The Museum is also a hub for anybody wanting to know more about the famous folk styles of painting, Aspen and Kumaoni. The Museum provides any researcher or a layman an opportunity to take a closer look at this culturally rich aspect of the town at this museum located opposite to the Main Bus stand on the Mall Road in Almora. The Museum is also known for housing letters from Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel to Gobind Ballabh Pant and pamphlets used for protest marches against the house arrests of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and other prominent leaders. Like any other museum, clicking pictures inside the museum is prohibited here. However, if you are a researcher and is able to talk to the Manager here, he might let you click few of them for research purposes. The Museum should be given ample time for its exploration, otherwise the place will not be able to give you the wholesome experience that it has in store for you.

    Timings: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Entry Fee: Nil

  • Methodist Church

    Clock Tower that essentially is a stone-built Methodist Church was built in 1897 as a memorial to Reverend Budden, who is said to have preached in the verdant Kumaon Hills for 40 years. Today, it is known for its beautiful interiors and services which are attended by several of the locals and tourists alike. The Church is also known for the beautiful garden in the back which makes it a visual treat as well.


Ok, you can blink your eyes now! You never thought a place as small as Almora would be able to provide you with such enthralling tourist attractions, right? But, it does. So, what are you waiting for? Get set, go!

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