Enjoy the symphony of mystic wind and a medley of nature indulgences amidst picturesque beauty of Almora, Uttarakhand. No matter what label you define yourself by, nature always welcomes you with a warm hug and embraces you with love and care. Almora, a bewitching hill station is a place where you will find a perfect blend of rich cultural heritage and classic aesthetics that will make you fall in love with this place. Boasting pre-British heritage and idyllic vibe, this place has its own unique charm––a non-commercialized, offbeat destination envelops you in its beatific dreamlike landscapes, a perfect getaway from drudgery.
How to Reach: You can take a direct roadways bus from Delhi to Almora at 8 PM from Anand Vihar ISBT or you can take a Volvo or AC bus from Delhi to Haldwani and then a taxi from Haldwani which will cost you not more than ₹ 300. Click here to check the bus status.
Distance from Delhi to Almora: 398 Km
Kasar Devi: Entwined with Nature
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From Nanda Devi to the five snow-capped peaks of Panchachuli which unfurls above Kasar Devi and the moment you witness it, you’ll be mesmerized! Just 8kms from Almora, this beauty is perched amidst the Kumaon hills. The majestic panoramic view of valleys, hamlets, rivers adds to the inexplicable beauty of Kasar Devi village. Various eminent writers, artists, poets visited this place to find solace and work on the classics with peace. Swami Vivekanand visited Kasar Devi in the year 1890 and meditated here for several days and many of his write-ups were based on this place. Timothy Leary to Bom Dylan found their paths to spirituality here, since then this place attracts many tourists from all around the world especially because of Crank’s Ridge, also known as Hippie Hill.
Kasar Devi is an ideal spot for meditation & Yoga as the earth’s magnetic field plunges in here and ensures rejuvenation and peace. Be prepared to indulge in the lush greenery and snow-clad peaks which perfectly combine with spiritual awakening. The rejuvenating experience will make you want to come here again and again. If you are into photography, then this place is a wonderland for you! Calm your senses while you fall in love with the stars.
There are luxurious as well as economical places to stay in Kasar Devi like Imperial Heights with a splendid view, Mohan Café, Kasar Jungle Resorts or you can also find a place to stay at government-owned KMVN guest houses. There is also various homestays option available.
Bright End Corner: Offering Pristine Views and Sense of Liberation
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Offering stunning views of Himalayas, Bright End Corner is located 2 km away from Almora market. With the plethora of tranquil views, you will also get to see the prodigious deodar trees and the spots thrumming with idyllic beauty. Being one the famous tourist attraction of the town, it offers an astonishing view of sinking sun. The lesser-known fact of this place is that there is a library and memorial dedicated to Swami Vivekananda situated a few kilometers away. Swami Vivekananda used to spend his time meditating and chanting here. This place is highly recommended for photography enthusiasts.
How to Reach Bright End Corner: As it is just 2 km away from Almora main market, you can easily take a walk while glancing at the mesmerizing charm of the place or you can also get a taxi easily.
Jageshwar: Exhibiting Classic Charm and Distinctive Appeal
Entrenched in religious splendor, Jageshwar is a quaint temple that is situated at an elevation of 1,870 above sea level and at a distance of 37 kms from Almora. Beautifully patterned walls standing high amidst the deodar forest with jata Ganga flowing through the temple adds to the glorified beauty of this highly worshipped temple. The mystical and tranquil setting makes it a highly preferred destination of travelers all around the world. With stone lingams and impressive stone images around the altar, this place also interests the culture enthusiasts and historians. Away from drudgery, Jageshwar is an ideal place for meditation and to make a bond with nature.
How to Reach Jageshwar: You can take a taxi from Almora. It will take around one and a half hour.
Distance: 37 kms from Almora
Binsar- Zero Point: Experience Sense of Proximity with Nature
If you’re looking for a place to immerse yourself into nature’s splendor, then Binsar is a place for you! Enter the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the predominance of flora and fauna. Located in the Himalayas on top of the Jhandi Dhar hill, Binsar has that charm which will make you fall in love. Erected at the heart of Binsar, Zero point is a tower that will make you go on the top and sit with peace while glancing at the majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. And that is the time you say “This is life.”
How to Reach Binsar: Take a taxi from Almora to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and after reaching KMVM rest house, you will have to trek for 2 kms. It’s an easy and beautiful trek.
Distance: 24 kms from Almora
Chitai Temple: Letter & the Bells
Considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav, Chitai Temple is dedicated to Golu devta (Goljyu) – God of Justice. Believing in the miracles, people from all over the world come with the devotion and belief in their heart to make their wishes come true. Once you enter the temple, you will see bells, bells and lots of bells. People write letters to Golu devta and attach the papers on walls. When their prayers are answered, they offer a bell in propitiation.
How to Reach Chitai Temple, Almora: Golu Devta Chitai Temple well connected with road and one can reach easily by sharing taxis.
Distance from Almora: 9 km from Almora (Jageshwar Dham Road)
The Main Market: Witness the Charm of Old Buildings
While taking a stroll in the main market of Almora, you will not only get to witness the culture but also the charm of the old buildings. People are still living in those pretty architectural buildings and have been maintaining its appeal since time immemorial. Some of the buildings in Almora will take you to the time of British rule- the church, narrow market lanes, the post office from the colonial era and the temples like Nanda Devi will give you the vibe of stepping into ancient time.