Distance from Rishikesh to Almora: 253 Km
Total drive time: 8 hours approx by private Taxi/Cab, Around 12 hours by bus
How to reach Almora from Rishikesh, Uttaranchal.
From private taxi:
From Rishikesh take Haridwar Road (NH 58), after 25 Km take left and drive On NH 74. Cross Sahanpur, Najibabad and then take NH 87E on Haldwani Road. Cross Haldwani, take the Mall Road to Almora.
Rishikesh - Haridwar by bus (24 kms). Bus services are frequent. Haridwar - Khatgodam by train No.4320 Dehradun-Khatgodam Express, leaving Haridwar at 23.55 hrs and reaching Khatgodam at 07.15hrs next day. From Khatgodam to Almora by taxi (apprx.85 kms.) or you can also take bus as well.
Almora, a picturesque district in the Kumaon region, East of Uttarakhand in India, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, summons tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Almora is one of the top hill station and honeymoon destinations in Uttaranchal.
Almora is famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility, Almora promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments.
Temples in Almora
Almora has many famous temples, including Kasar Devi, Banari Devi, Chitai, Jageshwar, Binsar Mahadev, Garhnath and Baijnath are some of the few notable places. Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple near Sanara Ganiya, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the bank of the river Ram Ganga. A sun temple (only the second in the world) is located at Katarmal within a short distance from the town.
Places to Visit in Almora
- Bright End Corner: Almora is 2 kms away from here. A highlight of this point is the sunset and the sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks. A circuit house close by allows tourists to spend some time in this peaceful surrounding. Close by is the Vivekanand Library which has many books on literature. A little away is the Vivekanand Memorial where Swami Vivekanand had stopped for a while on his journey to the Himalayas.
- Martola: This picnic spot amidst gardens is 10 kms away from Almora. Most of the people who live here are foreigners. Buses and taxis come up to a point called Panuwanaula and from there onwards one has to walk.
- Kalimutt: 4.5 kms from Almora, this picnic spot gives a lovely view of the Himalayan Peaks.
- Deer Park: 3 kms from Almora this park is in NTD (Narayan Tiwari Dewai).
- State Museum: This museum is near the bus stand . It is closed on Mondays and other Government Holidays. It is open from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
- Simtola: 3 kms from Almora Simtola is a picnic spot from where one can view the beautiful mountains covered with pine and deodar trees.
- Chitai Temple: This is a very busy area. This temple is dedicated to Lord Golu. The people of Kumaon worship him. Once a wish is fulfilled people hang little bells in this temple. Therefore there are thousands of little bells hanging there. The view of the Himalayas is extremely beautiful from here. This temple is 8 kms away by walk through a beautiful pine forest, but one can go by cart too.
- Katarmal: This 800-year old Sun Temple is the second in importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Seven kms away from Almora this historical important temple is an example of intricate sculpturing. This temple is in need of restoration now.
- Binsar: 30 kms from Almora Binsar has a temple of Shiva who is also called Bineswar. 2412 mts above sea level this temple was constructed by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty. Visiting this temple gives one peace of mind.
- Jageshwar: 34 kms away from Almora this temple of Shiva is situated amidst a dense Deodar forest and has a lot of mythological importance. Here there are about 164 temples of this kind.
- Nanda Devi Temple: This 1000-year old temple is one of the main attraction of Almora. Its walls have carvings on them. Every year a festival is held here in which youth from various mountainous areas come here to participate in this dance festival.
- Gannath: 47 kms from Almora this is an ancient Shiva temple with natural caves. 2116 mts above sea level this place is a favourite with nature lovers.
- Kasar Devi: Near Kalimutt is the temple of Kasar Devi. This ancient temple was built on a mountain peak in the second century. The distance between Kalimatt and Kasar Devi is less than 1 km and can be easily covered by foot. The surrounding area has become the home of many foreigners. The main town is 6 km away.