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    Almora Jageshwar Trek

    Jageshwar is believed to house one of the twelve Jyotirlings. A 1,200 year old magnificent temple is located in a picturesque narrow valley that is surrounded by verdant deodar trees.

    There are 124 temples and hundreds of spectacular statues inside the temple complex.

    The major attractions of this trekking trail are the rhododendron treks, the colourful birds, the ancient temple of Vridh (old) Jageshwar, large deodar trees, the temple complex at Jageshwar.

    Intially, this easy level trek leads you through terraced fields, forests, Kumaoni villages, and more.

    Kalmatia Sangam to Deora trail: Cross a bridge over a stream, and head upstream to reach the beautiful temple of Mahegad Shiva. You need to cross Bintola village, Rithapali village, Naini village to reach Deora.

    Deora to Dhaulachina trail: In the beginning, the path is quite level and then the down-hill trek leads you through groves of pine trees. You cross Chirala village, Palyu village, Kahlon village to reach Dhaulachina.

    If you are an avid bird watcher, the forests area around Dhaulachina houses a number of colourful and rare bird species.

    Dhaulachina to Jwalabanj trail: A little uphill trek at Dhaulachina takes you to Eco Tourist Resort. A small trail in front of the resort takes you uphill to the north, leading you to Mata Anandmayi Ashram.

    Following on the east side of the Ashram gate, you descend through chir forests, and ascend through dense oak and rhododendron forests to reach Jwalabanj. On the way, you get to see the spectacular Himalaya ranges clearly.

    The rock garden at Jwalabanj provides you once in a life-time view-the view of the splendid Central Himalaya, from Neelkanth in Garhwal to Nampa in Nepal.

    Jwalabanj to Jageshwar: It takes over one and half hour to reach Jageshwar, and on the way, there are gigantic boulders that are ideal spot for pitching your picnic tent.

    How to Reach

    The nearest airport is in Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is in Kathgodam, which is well-connected with Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata. Almora is well connected by road with all the major cities of UP and Uttaranchal.

    From Delhi, you can board the Ranikhet Express to reach Kathgodam. It takes around two hours to reach Almora from Kathgodam.

    Exact Location: Almora and Jageshwar are located in Kuman region.

    District: Almora.

    Nearest Town: Almora (35 km)

    Best Time to Visit: October to Early March

    Advisory 

    Carry insect repellant and sleeping bags.

    Things to Carry

    • Walking stick
    • Hiking shoes
    • Woolen clothes
    • Water and snacks
    • Torch
    • Medical kit

    Other Information 

    Martola: Located 10 km from Almora, the picturesque Martola is completely dotted with verdant gardens and forests. Its considered a good picnic spot by the locals.

    Gannath: Gannath is located 47 km from Almora. The place is bestowed with natures beauty. Natural caves and Shiva temples make this place attractive for both nature lovers and religious people. A fair is organised every year on Kartik Purnima.

    Simtola: Simtola lies on the opposite side of a horseshoe ridge, and is located around 5 km from Almora. The place offers an enchanting view of the magnificent hills covered with pine, deodar and fur trees. There is a beautiful pine-covered picnic spot on the other side of the horseshoe ridge.


Trekking in Almora

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About the Activity:This 8 day long trekking trip in Uttarakhand lets you explore the unaltered trails and mountain peaks in the Himalayan ranges spread across the Kumaon region.With this trekking, you will get enough opportunities to visit different local villages and countrysides where nature plays an extra ordinary role to make the views beautiful.In addition, you can also indulge in some exhilarating adventure activities such as rappelling, flying fox etc at an additional cost.The places covered by snow all around are yet another attraction during this trip and in total you will cover 630 KM
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About the Activity:The Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor is nestled in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kumaon hills, 25 km from Almora.Upon reaching Anand Vihar Railway Station and board the Shatabdi Express at 06:15 am to Kathgodam.On arrival at Kathgodam get transferred to the Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor, to embark on this 4-day adventure.During the stay experience, the only wildlife sanctuary in India where walking is allowed on 62 km of designated walking trails.While the most popular route here is the trail that leads up to Zero Point for a view of India’s second highest peak Nanda Devi.T
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Attractions

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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass which signifies doorway is one of the best treks in Uttaranchal. It is also known as Curzon trail as this trekking trail was discovered by Lord Curzon in 1905. The panoramic views of the eastern slopes of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi Ghori Parvat, Bertholi, Trishul, Dronagiri, Kamet and Nanda Devi peaks can be experienced on Kuari Pass Trek.

The trek has dense deodar, ok and rhododendron forests which present a picturesque view. Rare and protected flora and fauna can be found on this trail.  The trek passes via major rivers like Mandakini, Kaliganga and Dhauli Ganga .The ideal time to visit here is in summers.

Best Season: December - January
Duration: 6-8 Days
Max. Elevation: 4,264 m

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Binsar Trek

Binsar is a beautiful hill station valley of flowers which offers breathtaking views of the Kumaon Valley. The beautiful Himalayan range stretches to about 300 kms along the horizon out of which the most noticeable peaks are the Chaukhamba, Trishuli, Kedarnath, Panchchuoli, Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

The Binsar trek begins from Thalisain towards Pauri. The trek leads through thick forests of oaks, pine, silver fir and deodar that describe complete wilderness. The ascents and descents are gradual and the best time to visit is during winters. One can come across the Samadhi of the great Indian hero Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali situated at Musa Kota amidst Dudhatoli sanctuary.

The Binsar trek is an exciting experience and the trekkers can enjoy the beautiful views throughout the expedition. Binsar is enveloped with hanging moss, ferns, alpine flora, different varieties of wild flowers and forests where one can find rhododendron and oak trees.

If you are a bird watching enthusiast, during a trek in Binsar you will come across a number of beautiful and rare birds. The trek is rather simple and the forest cover will lead to small streams, lush green fields, but be careful of lion ants and tunnel spiders.

Best season: Mid September to early July
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 3030 m

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Shimla State Museum

Shimla State Museum is housed in an old Victorian mansion. It has been designed carefully to adapt it to the museum.

Location: The museum is set on a lonely hilltop known as ‘Inveram.’

Highlights: The Shimla State Museum is a residence of Indian government officials. Opened on January 26, 1974, the museum is used to collect as well as preserve the ancient artistic, historical, archaeological and ethnological human works for ensuring access to the future generations.

Price: The entry fee for the Indians is 20 INR and for the foreigners is 100 INR. Fee on camera is also levied. Indians will have to 50 INR surplus for carrying the camera and the foreigners will have to pay 100 INR surplus for carrying camera. Research scholars too will have to pay 100 INR for carrying camera.

Best Time: The ideal time to visit the Shimla State Museum is between 10a.m. to 5.p.m. Museum remains closed on all Mondays and other Gazetted holidays.