Things to Do in Almora

A pleasant drive through scenic mountain roads laden with oaks and pines, with occasional glimpses of snowy mountain peaks as you round a curve in the road, leads you to the beautiful district of Almora in Uttarakhand. A district blessed with nature’s bounty, rich in ancient temples and the best things to do in Almora, it is a city-dweller’s paradise. Spectacular views of the surrounding peaks can be glimpsed on a day when the clouds are not obstructing the view and as the suns sets behind the mountains, it bathes the peaks with a warm purifying light that instils serenity in viewer.

A beautiful range of ancient temples nestled in the nooks around Almora add to the magic of the district. Nanda Devi Temple is one of the most important landmarks in Almora as is the Kasar Devi Temple. Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Katarmal Surya Temple, Gairar Golu Devta are some other temples. Plenty of small local temples also populate the mountains around Almora. Ideally located so that all important Kumaon peaks are visible from here, the Almora district features some good viewing points, of which the Bright End Corner is the best known. Spots like Martola and Kalimut also boast beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

But while Almora’s wealth of views and ancient structures attract tourists, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is its best asset. This grand sanctuary spreads out over 45 kilometres across the Himalayan mountains and provides a home to several endangered species of flora and fauna. Long winding roads, overwhelming silence broken only by the echoing chirps of lone birds and wind rustling through the trees, the spicy fresh scents of the dewy earth and leaves- all this creates a subtle magic that no human hand can recreate. The Zero Point in the sanctuary is a place from which the spectacular view comprising of the peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi is visible on a clear day. Check out the best things to do in Almora on your vacation here.

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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

Kuari Pass
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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