ALMORA Hill Station is one of the most ravishing Himalayan beauties of kumaon, Considered as the cultural centre of the kumaon region of Uttrakhand, situated at 1646 m popular pilgrimage sites like Nanda Devi and JAGESHWAR are located near ALMORA and fairs held at these temples attract thousands of devotees from across the world. ALMORA is a popular hill station 316 km from the state capital Dehradun. ALMORA also serves as the starting point for many treks like MORNAULA, MUKTESHWAR, BINSAR and RANIKHET among others.
ALMORA hill station was founded in 1568 by KALYAN CHAND during the rule of the Chand dynasty. GOVIND BALLABH PANT Museum houses a rich collection of artefact belonging to the KATYURI and the Chand dynasty. Prior to that the region was under the control of KATYURI King BHAICHALDEO who donated a part of ALMORA to Sri Chand Tiwari. ALMORA is also a good place to catch up on history.
Besides temples and museums, ALMORA also has BINSAR wildlife sanctuary for the wildlife enthusiasts. Cave paintings dating back to the ancient era can be found on the outskirts of ALMORA. The climate can make tourist coming from abroad pretty nostalgic of their home, the way it soothes these new comers in a foreign land. Welcome to one of the most spectacular regions of KUMAON. ALMORA that also had served as cantonment during British Raj is now a hill destination of reputation. Clear days of the place provide great views of the central Himalayas and the peaks that form the mountain range. Resistance against putrefying urbanization has been successful till date and holidays in ALMORA give tourist great opportunities to witness it in all its glory
If one is travelling between October and March, ALMORA offers vast array of activities for the tourists and backpackers alike.
Adventure activities – Rock climbing, Burma Bridge and Spider Web are some of the activities that one can partake in. The rugged terrain and undulating hills of ALMORA makes it a perfect spot to try some adventure activities to test your strength and endurance.
Cycling: Cycling is a fun and healthy way to explore the nearby surroundings at ALMORA. One can cycle through the dense forest area of BINSAR Wildlife with family and friends. Shopping - Being a commercial hub, ALMORA Hill station has one of the largest markets in KUMAON region and a perfect spot for shop alcoholic. Apparels made from Angora wool are quite popular in ALMORA.
By Air: At present flights are however not operational.127km from ALMORA, PANTNAGAR is the nearest airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead with connection to DELHI, HOWRAH & LUCKNOW IS KATHGODAM (90 Km)
By Road: Private taxis & jeeps are also available from KATHGODAM & other places. The rate for share taxi is around INR 60 per person from KATHGODAM. Buses connect ALMORA with KATGODAM, NAINITAL (66km), RANIKHET and PITHORAGARH. It takes about 2 hours to travel to NAINITAL & 4 hours to Pithoragarh. In fact road transportation is the most convenient way to travel to AIRNORA. The main road in ALMORA town allows only one way traffic. Taxis normally charge for full day sight-seeing nearly INR 600 Rates can be negotiated for sight-seeing and half day excursion. Local Transport -Taxis & Jeeps are available for hire.