Almora is an ancient hill station situated in the Kumaon Mountains of the Himalayas on a long horse saddle shape ridge. It is surrounded by thick forests of pine and fir trees and is located at the altitude of 1650m (5413 ft.) between the rivers Kosi and Suyal. Almora is also known as the “town of temples” and is considered as the cultural centre of Kumaon.
Almora is famous for its “bal mithai” (sweets), rabbit wool cloth “angora”, beaten copper pots plated with silver “tamta”, pashmina shawls, etc.
Major tourist sites in and around Almora: Chitai temple, Nanda Devi temple, Kalimat Sangam estate, Group of Temples in Jageshwar, Bright End Corner, Deer Park, Binsar, Lakhudiyar, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit March to June and October to November. June to September is monsoon season. December to February is winter season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Almora is not directly connected by railway. Haldwani train station is about 93 km away. Well connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun, Agra, Kolkata.
Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport (PGH) is about 121 km away. Domestic flights connect Pantnagar with Delhi. Connectivity is limited.
Buses: Uttarakhand Roadways buses as well as private operators connect Almora to the major cities in North India. There are daily bus services from Delhi.
By road: The distance from Haldwani to Almora is about 93 km via NH109. It takes around 3 hours.
The distance from Pantnagar to Almora is about 122 km via NH109. It takes around 4 hours.
The distance from Delhi to Almora is about 364 km via NH9. It takes around 9 hours.
The distance from Nainital to Almora is about 63 km via NH109. It takes around 2 hours.
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