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Almora is one of the most beautiful places in Kumaon region. The glamour and glitter, which is seen in Ranikhet and Nainital, is totally absent in Almora. In this point of view Almora is very virgin hill-station and is full of scenic beauty. It appears that Mother Nature has spread and blessed this place with her pure love. Nestled in the lap of nature this region has small houses built on the slopes and splendor of this place is added colorful attire of the natives. Just besides city flow the Koshi (Kaushaki) and Suyal (Salmali) rivers. In the 9th century Almora was ruled by Katyur dynasty. By 16th century rulers from Chandravansh ruled this place. King Balo Kalyan Chand established this town in 1563. This place was then Capital City of Kumaon region. The forts, monuments and palaces built by the rulers of Chandravansh and Katyur dynasty are even today evidence of the splendor this place had in the past. In 1790 Almora passed in the hands of Nepal Gorkhas. The British’s gained control of this place from Gorkhas in 1815. Almora is situated on a hillock, which is in Horseshoe shape and is surrounded by dense forests of fur and pine trees. In the backdrop are the lovely snow-capped peaks of Himalayas. Almora has been able to retain the tradition and ancient culture even when other places are being influenced by modern trends. The absence of any town planning and inclusion of tiles and stones on the pavements and houses prove that this place has not yet adopted the modern technology in a big way. Right in the middle of the town is the Nanda Devi temple and Narsingh temple are evidence of the great faith of people in their God. Culturally also this place is very rich and all round the year Almora celebrates many festivals and cultural events.

The Temples
Kasar Devi TempleDecked with temples here and here and there the temples at Almora can be conveniently divided by two groups, Shaivite temples include the temples dedicated to female form of Shiva. The former group are those constructed before 1688 like Tripur Sundari, Udyot Chandeshwer and Parbateshwer were erected in after the victory of Udyot Chand. Also, the second group constructed during the second half of 1688 like temple of Parbateshwara was again endowed by the then rulers of Almora, Dip Chand in 1760 and was renamed Dipchandeshwar. This present temple began to be called the Nanda Devi temple when the image of Nanda was removed from the fort by Mr. Trail, a famous British, the then divisional commissioner of Kumaun. Again eight temples of Bhirava, a form of Siva, were erected during the reign of Gyan Chand to allay the wrath of Bhola Nath and these temples were called Kal Bhairava, Batuk Bhairav, Shah Bhairav, Garhi Bhairava, Anand Bhairava, Gaur Bhairava, Bal Bhairava and Khutkuniya Bhairava.

Attractions in Almora

Lakhuudiyar : Almora has the most important prehistorical sites in the form of rock paintings, Lakhuudiyar being the most important of all. It shelters paintings of human beings, animals, group of dancers, lizards, etc. in the rock and said to exist since the age of Bronze. Close to Lakhuudiyar is situated Pharkanauli and Phulseema (4 km) the rock belonging to the Bronze of Age. A peculiar thing about these paintings are the red lines all over the rocks that somehow forms the dancing figures.

Almora Fort: Almora BeautyOne of the most prized possessions of Almora, the Almora Fort gives birds-eye view of the town and its environs. The Almora Fort was converted into a Collectorate and offers a 360o cycloramic vista of Almora and the surrounding countryside after independence.

Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum: Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum near Almora bus stand is one museums that deserves a great visit. It has a rich collection of items of history, archeology and cultural significance. Spend some time at the museum and you will come cross various new displayed items of the past. 'Apen' is one such item folk style of painting found in this region and can be seen here in this museum in its various aspects.

Bright & Corner: Bright and Corner is a place famous for sunrise and sunset points. It is one soul where you can listen to your soul and treat yourself in the silent environ of the valley. Very near to the place is circuit house and Vivekananda library where you can visit for some change and flipping the pages o f the past.

Almora - Festive Zingo: There is no month without festivals in Almora and, moreover, these festivals rule the hearts of people residing on these hills. Nanda Devi Festivals, Uttraini festival and Jageshwar monsoon festival are among the most popular festivals in Almora. The festival time draws tourists in hordes with a month long fair on the icy peaks. The festival of Dusshera is celebrated in a unique manner with great toppings of pomp and show, at Almora.

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