9 Things To Do In Almora

Almora, another jewel in the crown of Uttarakhand, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. The town is known for its splendid display of nature and an impressive panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayas. In addition to natural grandiosity, Almora is also known for its cultural heritage, delicious local cuisine and uniquely-structured handicrafts. 

The city of Almora makes for a perfect tourist spot for photographers, trekkers, hikers and families wanting a respite. However, this place has more to offer than just picturesque landscapes. So, to give you a fair idea of this town, we bring you the top 10 things to do in Almora!

9 Things To Do In Almora

  1. Visit The Chitai Golu Devta Temple
  2. Experience The Best Viewpoint Of Almora - Zero Point
  3. Another Hidden Gem Of Almora - Jageshwar Temple
  4. Visit The Bright End Corner For Sunset & Sunrises
  5. Dedicate A Few Minutes To The Sun God At Katarmal Sun Temple
  6. Visit The Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum
  7. Explore The Wildlife Of Uttarakhand At The Deer Park
  8. Visit The Rustic Village Of Kalimath
  9. Appreciate The Remains Of Early Life At Lakhidiyar Rock Painting 

1.Visit The Chitai Golu Devta Temple 

Almora houses several temples that you should visit for the aura of the place and not just if you are on a spiritual quest. Among the most notable ones is Chitai Golu Devta temple. The temple is frequented by many because it is graced with temple bells. Each temple bell is tied by a devotee to make a wish to Golu Dev (God of justice). 

The local people of Almora truly believe that any wish you make at this temple by tying a bell will come true. However, you need to wish with a clear conscience, holding no malice against others. Devotees even hand bells at this temple which you can buy if you like. But what you also need to appreciate more is the natural beauty around and intricate structure of this renowned temple.

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9 Things To Do In Almora

2.Experience The Best Viewpoint Of Almora - Zero Point 

One of the beautiful viewpoints in the city of Almora is the Zero Point. Located within the premises of the Binsar Village, this spot is also in close proximity to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Moreover, it gives you a view of the neverending terrains, the widespread greenery of its surroundings and a feeling of serenity. 

Make sure to add Zero point to your itinerary to also witness a killer sunset. You will be ccompanied by the majestic view of the Himalayas, Nanda Devi and Kedarnath, the famous trio, the three touristy musketeers.

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3.Another Hidden Gem Of Almora - Jageshwar Temple 

A famous gem among the cluster of 200 hidden hindu temples, the Jageshwar temple is situated close to 30 kilometers away from the Almora centre. Established as early as the 7th century, this temple invariably, is of great cultural, mythological and religious significance. After visiting this temple, you will get to look closely at the Nagara style of architecture. You also get a peek into the 12 Jyotirlingas (idol form of Lord Shiva) housed by this religious gem. 

After visiting this temple, you will also feel close to mother nature. The temple is surrounded by the dense forests of pine as well as oak trees. Additionally, you also get to view the famous rhododendron flowers. Moreover, the Jata Ganga river passes near this temple. So, you get the best of both aspects - spirituality and natural beauty.

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4.Visit The Bright End Corner For Sunsets & Sunrises 

Almora is home to a large number of nature hubs, providing a view of the scenic beauty, snow-capped peaks and of course, the never-ending terrains. And a proud member of this group of spots is the Bright End Corner. In fact, it definitely is a top contender for the best places in the city of Almora. Providing the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, this spot marks the beginning of the Mall Road in Almora. Tourists and hikers from across the country visit this place specifically for its eye-catching scenery. 

The Bright End Corner is also a hub for several meditation centres, which add to its value. Imagine the sound of your deep breaths merging with the symphony of the natural breeze. And when you open your eyes, there’s a beautiful scene awaiting you. No wonder this place is also dedicated to Swami Vivekananda as he too, spent a chunk of his days meditating here. Taking inspiration from this revolutionary-thinker, you cannot miss this place!

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9 Things To Do In Almora

5.Dedicate A Few Minutes To The Sun God At Katarmal Sun Temple 

Another hidden gem of Uttarakhand, the Katarmal Sun Temple is only around 17 kilometres away from the city of Almora. This temple is situated in the Katarmal village, located among the mesmerising trails of Almora. Established close to 800 years ago, this temple was built by the Katyuri Kings. 

It is ranked among the best temples in India, along with the famous sun temple of Odisha. It definitely makes for a satisfying visit. However, unlike other temples, the Katarmal Sun Temple is a complex rather than a stand-alone structure. The complex comprises a main temple surrounded by 44 shrines, all dedicated to one deity - the Sun God. So, this architectural and historical masterpiece definitely deserves a visit!

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9 Things To Do In Almora

6.Visit The Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum 

Situated at Mall Road within the small city of Almora, the Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum is not difficult to find. This museum is dedicated to Gobind Ballabh Pant, one of India’s freedom fighters who contributed significantly to the country’s fight for independence. The museum has a unique and exquisite collection of artefacts and paintings. You also get to see several things of historical and cultural importance. All these objects depict the rich cultural heritage and diversity of Uttarakhand. 

This museum is an information galore, educating you about Uttarakhand’s history, culture and traditions. Moreover, this museum allows free entry for all visitors and tourists. So, you can visit this museum at any convenient time to weave and carve the journey of Uttarakhand!

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7.Explore The Wildlife Of Uttarakhand At The Deer Park 

This tourist destination is again, located at a convenient spot, just 3 kilometers from the main city of Almora. The park is indeed a great place to explore the rich wildlife of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most-visited locations in Almora with tourists crowding to get a look at the animal diversity of this park. You get a range of animal species to look at starting from the common deer to exotic varieties like leopard and the himalayan black bear. 

The deer park is surrounded by thick vegetation and pine trees. So, the entire landscape of animals surrounded by trees is indeed a treat for the eyes. Here again, you get a free entry to the park. So, if you don’t have to pay through your pockets, why not grab this opportunity to view the rich biodiversity?

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8.Visit The Rustic Village Of Kalimath 

If you are planning a small family trip or get-together, planning picnics should be on your agenda. The rustic and idyllic village of Kalimath is a tailor-made location for you, perfect for small picnics on-the-way. It is surrounded by hills which enhance the beauty of the surroundings. Imagine yourself having homemade sandwiches and juice while looking at the hills above. It cannot get better than this!

Located close to 3 kilometres away from Almora, Kalimath village is highly-appreciated for its natural beauty, lush surroundings and a pleasant atmosphere. It is as if mother nature is inviting you to sit back, relax and bask in the sunshine glory. Although perfect for families, even photographers and hikers will have a relaxing time, appreciating the blissful scene.

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9 Things To Do In Almora

9.Appreciate The Remains Of Early Life At Lakhudiyar Rock Painting

Situated in the Barechhina village on the banks of the river Suyal, Lakhudiyar definitely enjoys historical importance. It showcases some interesting secrets about the Stone Age Era, providing a glimpse into old life. 

Lakhudiyar, translating to “one lakh caves” in literal terms, has inscriptions and paintings in a variety of colours including red, black and white. Looking at these inscriptions, you come to know about the kind of civilization in the stone age era. In case you have a knack for archaeology and history, you will definitely have a fruitful day at Lakhudiyar!

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FAQs 

What Is The Nickname Of Almora?

Almora is famously known as the “Cultural Capital of Kumaon” as well as “Heart of Kumaon”. 

Is Almora Safe To Visit? 

Almora is among the major hill stations in India and is an established one, making it safe to visit. The local people are humble, kind and welcoming to all tourists. 

What Is The Best Time To Visit Almora?

The best time to visit Almora is during the months from August to November, before the chilly winter sets in. Thereafter, once the winters settle and spring comes up (February to May), you can definitely pay this tourist destination a visit. Of course, even though the atmosphere is mildly cool during these two periods, you need to carry woolen clothes on your trip. 

How Far Is Almora From Nainital? 

Almora is 61 kms away from Nainital.

How Many Days Is Enough For Almora?

2 -3 days are enough to explore this beautiful town of Almora in Uttarakhand.

Who Founded Almora?

Kalyan Chand was the man who discovered Almora in the year 1568.

What River Is Almora In?

Almora is in the Kosi river in Uttarakhand.

How Many Villages Are In Almora?

There are more than 1000 villages in the Almora district.