Almora a beautiful and a great place to be…..
Almora, is situated in the pristine state of Uttarakhand. Unlike the neighboring hill stations like Nanital, Shimla, Mussoorie, which were developed by Britishers, Almora was developed, much before by Chand kings. Almora was rules by Chand from 953 A.D. to the late 18th century. The hill station is situated at a height of 1642 mt.
Here you will enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of snowcapped high Himalayan peaks which includes the likes of Trishul, Panchchuli and Chaukhamb. It is considered as an important pilgrimage in Uttrakhand because of its rich heritage and ancient temples, Kasar Devi and Jageshwar to name the few. If you want to enjoy snowfall without encountering harsh winters then Almora is the best place to be in.
Flora and fauna
Flora: The region has a variety of herbs and shrubs, and variety of trees that includes pine, oak and deodar, blue pines and sub-alpine birch, and some 4,000 other species of vegetation.
Fauna: Almora and its outskirts act as a natural habitat for Leopard, Langur, Himalayan Black Bear, Kakar and Goral. Whereas the high altitude zones abound Musk Deer, popularly called as “Kastura Mrig”, Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep etc. This region also has a variety of birds that includes Grey Quail, Kala Titar, Whistling Thrush, Chakor, Monal, Cheer Pheasant, Koklas Pheasant etc.
Baal Mithai: Almora is known as home of Baal Mithai, a sweet made by cooking khoya (evaporated milk cream) with cane sugar, until it becomes dark brown in color. Then the cube shape pieces of the sweet is garnished with small white sugar balls.
Temples: Almora has many noted temples, some of them date back to post Gupta and pre-medieval era and said to be 2500 years old. Kasar Devi, Jageshwar, Chitai, Nanda Devi, Binsar Mahadev, Baijnath, Doli Daana, Shyayi Devi, Khakmara, Asht Bhairav, Jakhandevi, Katarmal (Sun Temple), Pataal Devi, Raghunath Mandir, Badreshwar, Banari Devi and Garhnath to name a few.
Almora has a pleasant temperate climate and evenly distributed precipitation.The average temperature for the year in Almora is 23.5 °C with June being the warmest month, with temperature rising up-to 36 degrees and January is the coolest month of all with temperature falling down to -2 degree.The average annual rainfall in Almora is 1,152 mm.
Best time to visit Almora:
Weather conditions don’t allow us to visit this place in monsoons. Other than that you can visit this beautiful hill station any time of the year.
How to reach Almora
You can reach Almora by any mode you prefer i.e by air, by rail, by road. It is well connected by road , railway station and airport are not far either.
By Air: The fastest way to reach Almora is by air, the nearest airport is in Pant Nagar which is 116 km away. The airport receive flights from Delhi and Dehradun on regular basis, and from these airports one can hire a taxi to reach Almora which will take around 4 hrs to reach there.
By Train: You can also reach Almora by train, the nearest railway station is Kathgodam (Haldwani). The station receives trains from all major cities. The railway station is 90 km away and from there you can get a taxi to reach Almora. This is the cheapest and easiest way to reach the hill station.
By Road: You can avail a bus to reach Almora from any major city near it. The prominent cities being Dehradun (346 km away) and New Delhi (363 km away).