5 Places to Visit in Almora, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Almora is the picturesque town of the Kumaun district of the Uttarakhand state. The strong cultural heritage, distinguished handicrafts, the magnificent wildlife promises tourists a memorable experience. Nature at its best here captures ones heart with its beauty and serene environment.

Well known for its unexploited natural environs, the hill station is perched on the ridge between the rivers Kosi and Suyal. The view of the Himalayas from here is unforgettable. Local attractions such as the Chitai temple here is popular for it’s unique collection of brass bells which come in different sizes. Nanda Devi temple is another place of attraction here.

If looking for some adventure one can try trekking which is a popular activity here. The 5 kms Almora mountain range waits to be explored. Trekking to Jageshwar is one of the simplest routes lined with lush green fields. Trekking takes place here between October and March.

As there are many trekking routes here, one has to know if a permit is required to trek here. Pantnagar about 127 kms from Almora is the nearest airport. The railway station at Kathgodam is 90 kms from here which is connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun and Calcutta by train. Private taxis and state government buses operate between Kathgodam and Almora.

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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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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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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.
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Almora was on my bucket list and this tour by Thrillophilia made it possible. The amenities were nice and the surroundings of this place were so good that I wished I never had to come back. With views of the mountains, this place is a fantastic getaway in the hills.
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I visited this place on a solo weekend getaway, and had the most peaceful time being surrounded by the peace, tranquility and beauty of nature, and I really enjoyed the hospitality of the caretaker, Mohan, who made me feel right at home.
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It really was a rustic homestay experience in Almora. We could see thousands of twinkling stars, with a shooting star every few minutes! The Kumaoni food and culture was the cherry on top of a beautiful experience. We learned a lot about Kumaoni culture and heritage, including the architecture from our lead Subhash, who was very well-read and knowledgeable. Our rooms opened up to startling views of the looming Himalayas! Jana is also a beautiful little village, and the local people are very welcoming. The blooming rhododendrons painted everything a dazzling red every morning. The stay was extremely comfortable with excellent facilities and services. Will recommend it to anyone. Thank you, Thrillophilia.
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We traveled to Almora with my 3 year old and I am glad there wasn't any extra charge for children of such age. I found it really reasonable and up to the mark. The manager was a polite young man who even asked us about our preference in breakfast.
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An outstanding bread and breakfast in Almora. The property is surrounded with well-manicured mini gardens. A satisfying experience!

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