Almora is famous for its magnificent beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas, rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts and delicious cuisine. Almora is perched at an elevation of 1,638mts above sea level and is spread across a 5-km ridge atop Kashaya Hill. Almora district is surrounded by Pithoragarh to the east, Garhwal region to the west, Bageshwar to the north and Nainital to the south. Almora is situated on a horse shoe shaped ridge of a mountain, the eastern portion of which is called the Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat.
The picturesque landscape of Almora attracts hundreds of tourists each year as it is one of the business hubs of Kumaon region. Almora was developed by the Chand Rajas and it was maintained and further developed by the British. The renowned Swami Vivekananda meditated in this region. Almora requires attention regarding excess construction and cleanliness. Government should take decisive steps to control the increasing pollution.
Chitai (Golu Devta) and Nanda Devi temple are famous temples of Almora. Other important temples of Almora are Katarmal, an 800-year old Sun Temple, Jageshwar and Kasar Devi built on a mountain peak near Kalimutt. You can enjoy ‘Apen’ folk-paintings and other treasures in the Govind Ballabh Pant Museum or catch a picturesque glimpse of the Himalayas along with the lovely pine and deodar trees in Simtola, 3 kms from Almora. You can also enjoy the beauty of sunrise and sunset at Bright End Corner, which is 2 kms from Almora. It is here that Swami Vivekananda stopped enroute to the Himalayas. Almora city has several shopping centres which also includes the 200-year-old Lala Bazaar. Popular stuffs at Almora are Angora cloth made from Angora rabbits and Almora’s specialty copper vessels. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station for Almora while the nearest airport is Pantnagar.