Almora Tour Package
Almora is a wonderful spot to enjoy the spectacular snow covered landscapes of the central Himalayas. Enjoy the glory of the mighty Himalayas amidst nature at its most pristine. The terraced fields and stone slatted barrack like village homes have so far put up a valiant fight against the encroachments of urban expansion and unplanned development.
Beautiful Almora also has some fantastic health resorts. The most famous spot is Ranikhet at 1,820 m above sea level. Ranikhet translates as "queen's field". It is said that a Rani (queen) spent some time here once and gave this name to the city. During the British era, Ranikhet was a British cantonment.
Ranikhet is surrounded by numerous popular tourist spots :
Chaubatia is famous for its orchards, Tarikhet which is about 8 km away, was once the nerve center of the Indian Freedom Movement. Mahatma Gandhi also lived here for sometime.
Majkhali has snowy peaks presenting a fascinating view.
Upat, about 6 km from Ranikhet, has an exquisite golf course.
Kausani, 32 miles from Almora, is situated at a height of 1,890 m.
Binsar, about 32 kilometers from Almora is situated at height of 2,412 meters above sea level. The Chand Rajas used to spend their summer here. It offers a wonderful view of the Himalayas.
Bageshwar and Sitalakhet are other places of tourist interest. Bageshwar is one of the main camping sites for the journey to Pindari Glacier, which is at a height of 3,820 m. Sitlakhet is a new tourist resort on the Syahi Devi hill. Kafni Glacier is also close by (around 3,870 m above sea level).
Baijnath, situated in Garur Valley on the banks of Gomti river, is an idyllic place. It is famous for its 13th century temples.
Jageshwar has Shiva temples and is on the Almora Pithoragarh road, situated in a densely wooded, beautiful narrow valley. They are a marvel to see for their artistic beauty and craftsmanship. Jageshwar is among the 12 jyotir lingas in the country.
The Nanda Devi temple in the heart of the Almora city is very famous.
Almora museum is a storehouse of information about the cultural heritage of Kumaon. There is a deer park on the outskirts of Almora.
Binsar hill, locally known as Jhandi Dhar, rises to a height of 2,412 meters and offers a panoramic view of Almora town. Binsar is an hour drive from Almora, the Kumaon hills and the Greater Himalayas. The region abounds in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and numerous species of wild flowers. The brow is reached by an unpaved ridge lined by prosperous private estate. A walk through the woods comprising mostly oak and rhododendron forest, leading to a vantage point at the summit, which offers an uncluttered view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding valley. The famous Hindi poet Ajneya treated it as a famous summer spot.
Kausani : In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi spent three fruitful weeks at a charming spot called Kausani (51 km from Almora) and described it as "India' s Switzerland". Quaint villages, orchards laden with fruit and hill slopes covered with pine trees mark the outstanding beauty of Kausani. The snow mantled peaks glitter in the sun and the breeze carries with it the cool freshness of the snow. The mountains around Kausani seem to change in shape and color through the day.
The Anakshakti Ashram on top of the hill where the Mahatma stayed offers one of the most magnificent views of the mountain ranges around Kausani. The vast sweep of the Mountain View which encompasses a remarkable 350 km at Kausani, is the central point of attraction in this little hill station. There are shady paths carpeted with pine needles and in the air is the wonderful, inimitable fragrance of pine. Terraced fields add a distinctive touch to the pastoral picture around Kausani.
As for getting to Almora, the town is well connected with all important cities of India by road. The nearest airport is at Pant Nagar (Nainital) with regular flights operational in summers. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam.