Almora is located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalaya range, at a distance of 363 km (via NH9) from the national capital New Delhi, Almora was the seat of Chand kings that ruled over the Kumaon Kingdom. It is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Almora is situated on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Central Himalaya range in the shape of a horse saddle shaped hillock. The climate of Almora is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The main seasons are summer from March to June, the monsoon season from July to November and winter from December to February.
Binsar is a hill station and is known for surreal views that will leave you mesmerized. It is home to the famous Zero point. Binsar is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. it offers a majestic view of the snowy Himalayan peaks like the mesmerizing ranges Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli which is why you will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise. One can go on long treks in the clean air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering Oaks and Rhododendrons. Encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary, a home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. The blanket of green hangs all around – rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns, flowers and shrubs – foliage sprouting out of every conceivable nook and corner of the hillside. The entire area is now a sanctuary.
Perched just 8 kms from Almora, Kasar Devi is a hushed hamlet situated in the silence of verdant Kumaon hills. Kasar Devi Temple is a famous Hindu shrine which sits high at an altitude of 2,116 metres above sea level. This 2nd-century temple is adorned on a hillock overlooking the toy town of Almora. The temple is about 5 km downhill from Tarai Nagri and is surrounded by lofty pine and deodar trees. One of the many hidden jewels in Uttarakhand, Kasar Devi village derives its name from the namesake local deity, Kasar Devi. A Devi temple erected in her reverence is a popular pilgrimage destination in the vicinity of Almora. The serenity exuberated at Kasar Devi is only superseded by the majestic panoramic view of the valleys, rivers and hamlets.
Perched just 8 kms from Almora, Jageshwar is situated at an elevation of 1,870 mts above sea level and at a distance of 37 kms from Almora. Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon and receives thousands of visitors every year. It is situated amidst dense Deodar forest with a stream flowing at its backyard. The mystical and tranquil setting of Jageshwar makes it an ideal holiday destination to explore and rejuvenate the body and mind. Many years ago, Jageshwar used to be a pilgrim halt en-route to the famous Kailash- Mansarovar pilgrimage. Today, due to easy access from Delhi via train to Kathgodam and then just a two-three hour drive along with beautiful Kumaoni villages and Deodar forests makes it a popular off- the-beaten-track kind of destination.
The surrounding deodar trees and the Jata Ganga which flow through the temple lends to the beauty of the place. The place also acts as a meditation center due to the calm, fresh and beautiful environment surrounding the temple.
Katarmal Sun Temple was built by the Katyuri king Katarmalla in between 9th to 13th century. About 17 km from Almora, this ancient piece of history lies in the salubrious Hills of Kumaon. Katarmal Sun Temple is considered as the second most important sun temple in India after Konark Sun Temple (Orissa). It is believed to be the only sun temple located in the hills. A 2 km steep climb is required to reach the temple, which is placed at the top of the hill. Intricate carvings can be found on pillars, walls, doors and panels. Paintings and beautiful sculptures made of stone and metal showcase the level of artistry achieved by the artists of that time. Once a 10th century idol was stolen from the temple premises, since then the wooden doors and panels, with fine carvings, were removed and shifted to National Museum in Delhi. From the temple complex, one can have a wonderful 180 degree view of the valley. What awaits the visitor is the brilliantly made architectural wonder perched at 2,116 metres above sea level. Main deity of the well-designed temple is the old Sun God known as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya. The primary shrine is surrounded by 45 smaller shrines. Besides the statue of Vraddhaditya, the main temple structure also includes statues of other deities.
At a distance of 10 km from Almora, Chitai Temple is a sacred temple situated near Falsima in Almora district of Uttarakhand. The famous Temple of Chitai Almora is the Golu Devta Chitai temple, dedicated to Gollu or Goljyu Devta an Avtar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav. Although there are many temples of Golu Devta in Almora but the Chitai Golu Devta Temple is the most sacred one. It is reputed to make every wish come true, provided the worshipper ask for it with a clear conscience. Chitai Temple is devoted to the mythological and historical God of the Kumaon region, Golu Devata or
Lord Golu. Perched on a hilltop, this temple was constructed in the 12th century by a general belonging to the Chand dynasty. Golu Devta is famously regarded as God of Justice.
The Deer Park situated at Narayan Tiwari Dewai about 3 km from Almora. Lush green trees of pine surround the park and oak that adds up to its natural magnificence. Tourists from all over the world visit the Deer Park to have a look at the endangered species of deer, leopard and Himalayan black bear. Deer Park is for the wildlife lovers as well as the nature lovers. Wildlife lovers can see the rare species and the nature lovers can take a nature walk amidst the natural beauty and tranquility. The tourists from distant places visit this park to see myriad species of animals like deer, leopard, and Himalayan Black Bear. The exotic species of flora and fauna are found in abundance in this park. One can have a leisurely walk in this park amidst the refreshing natural surroundings.
Dol Ashram at a distance of 52 km from Almora district is fully known by as Shri Kalyankia Himalaya Devasthanam and is located in the small village of Kanara-Dol, part of the Almora District of Uttarakhand. The Dol Ashram is located in the tranquil and serene environment and is set perfectly for yoga and meditation. It’s full of green spacious trees and grass and has a breath of fresh air everywhere resulting in the puristic relaxation of the whole body. The Ashram is located in a beautiful place in the middle of the dense forest offers a perfect place for everyone who wants to meditate and lead a spiritual life
Bright End Corner is only 2 km away from Almora and magnificent views of sunrise and sunset can be seen from here. It is famous as Bright End Corner because of the beautiful view of the rising moon and the sinking sun along with the orange, red colours. This place is especially dedicated to Swami Vivekananda who spent his time here while his in the Himalayas. The beauty of this place is just amazing. It is one of the best spots for meditation and has natural beauty and unusual tranquillity all around. A point of astonishing brilliance is what the place is. A mesmerizing location which is situated at a hair pin bend, it has an advantage of providing a breathtaking view of the whole town and scenery which is spread lavishly all around it.