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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events in Almora?

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Is the cultural flavour of your destination as important to you as the aspect of natural beauty is? If that’s the case then I’ll let you in on an inside secret. Want to know what is that? If yes, then I would like to tell you that there’s not a better way to understand the local traditions of your destination than be a part of their festivals and celebrations of several events, when the environs are infused with a renewed flavour which is impossible to miss. A couple of major festivals in Almora which are majorly centred around deities and the harvest:


  • Nanda Devi Festival

    The festival that is organized since the very time that the Chand kings used to rule this place, the festival is dedicated to the Devi Nanda, the Goddess of Prosperity of the Chanda Dynasty. It is believed that the Devi was the family Goddess of this dynasty. The main site for the festival is the temple of 'Nanda' in Almora that dates back to the 17th century. The Nanda Devi Festival is celebrated for five days with different rituals that are carried out during this time. It is estimated that approximately 25 thousand people attend the festivities all around the Nanda Devi temple complex.

  • Uttraini Festival

    The Uttraini Festival of Bageshwer is organised annually in the month of January every year for all the commercially driven people in the town for a period of one week. It is mainly attended by traders from all over the country and it is on the lines of the Trade Fair that is organised in Delhi. The merchandise traded at this time of the year is literally anything from horses to fruits to shoes and clothes. The sight in itself is awe inspiring for anybody who loves shopping.

  • Jageshwer Monsoon Festival

    The festival which celebrates the spirit of Monsoon is organized generally from 15th July to 15th August for an entire month. This festival is centred around the temple of Lord Jagnath which was built somewhere in the 8th and the 9th century. The festival is celebrated through small fair that is organised along with live folk dance performances around the temple.

  • Dussehra

    The very famous festivals among the HindBy gautamnguitarus, Dusshera celebrated in October is one of the major occasions of festivity in Almora. The festival chronicling the victory of good (Lord Ram) over evil (Ravana) is celebrated with an equally zealous manner all around the country. The celebration is grand on this day and is accentuated by fairs that are organised. There is generally a 9 days representation of Ramayana which is in synch with this festival. It has some unique touches in the way that it is celebrated in Almora and that is why attracts thousands of tourists during this time to the beautiful hill station.


Excited? Reading is no good! Come to Almora and get a first-hand experience!

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