Places To Visit in Almora | Almora Sightseeing | Almora Tourist Places

Almora is a beautiful place located in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. The place is famous for its rich heritage and culture. There are many best places to visit in Almora including famous religious destinations, wildlife sanctuary, Kumaon regiment memorial and more.

Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Almora

Kasar Devi Temple

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Kasar Devi temple is a very old temple built in 2nd century CE. The temple is situated approximately 10 kms from Almora and offers some of the most majestic views of the region. Kasar Devi gained popularity as a spiritual centre when Swami Vivekananda meditated here in the 1890s.

The area around Kasar Devi temple has a very strong geo-magnetic field as the temple comes under the Van Allen Belt (according to NASA), making it an ideal place for meditative and transcendental experiences. It is one of the best places to visit in Almora for spiritual and creative inspirations.

Did You Know: Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, George Harrison, Timothy Leary, DH Lawrence have all visited the Kasar Devi temple.

Ideal Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Location: On the ridge of Almora-Bageshwar highway

Katarmal Sun Temple

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There are only two sun temples in India, the most famous one is at Konark in Odisha and the second one is in Almora. It is located at an altitude of 2116 meters above sea level, approximately 19 kms from Almora. Sun Temples highlights the engineering and architectural expertise of Ancient India. The architecture of Sun Temple is such that the first rays of the sun at sunrise falls on the Sun God’s statue present inside the temple. The interiors are beautiful and have various carvings on walls and ceilings.

It is an ancient temple built in the 9th century by the Katyuri kings. The temple compound has one main shrine and 45 smaller shrines surrounding it. Katarmal Sun Temple is a hidden gem and one of the best places to visit in Almora.

Address: Almora-Ranikhat-Kosi Rd, Paltan Bazar, Dharanaula, Almora
Entry Fee: None
Ideal Visit Duration: 3 hours

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Binsar wildlife sanctuary is located 33 kms from Almora. The area is covered with thick forests and you would be able to spot many species of wild flora and fauna here. You can go by car till halfway of the sanctuary (entry fee is Rs.150/person & Rs.250/car), after that you will have to cover the trek on foot. I would highly recommend hiring a guide so that he can take you to the best spots in the forest and assist you in identifying various species of fauna and flora.

It is one of the best places to visit in Almora for nature lovers as you can walk through the pristine forests and admire the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Best Time To Visit: April To June and September To November

Did You Know: BirdLife International has declared the sanctuary as an Important Bird Area.

Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum

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The memorial was built in Ranikhet in the year 1974 to honour the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers of the region. Apart from the memorial, the compound also has a museum, which was constructed in 1978 to preserve and showcase the traditions and heritage of the Kumaon region. The museum is well maintained and walls are adorned with photographs of some of our brave soldiers and officers. The museum also has many rifles, guns and grenades used by the soldiers of the Kumaon regiment during various wars.

The museum and memorial has to be on your list of places to visit in Almora to learn more about the achievements of the soldiers of the Kumaon Regiment.

Did You Know: Weapons used during the Kargil war are on display in the museum.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: Rs.20/person (At the time of writing this article)
Ideal Visit Duration: 1 hour

Martola, Almora

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Martola is located at a distance of 10 kms from Almora. The place is famous for its scenic beauty and is one of the best places to visit in Almora for a family picnic. To reach this place, you can board a bus or hire a taxi that will drop you at Panuwanaula from where you will have to walk till the Martola picnic spot.

It is a must visit place for all nature lovers. You can enjoy some of the most picturesque views of the area from this place.

Entry Fee: None
Ideal Visit Duration: 2-3 hours

Binsar Zero Point

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It is the highest vantage point inside the Binsar Wildlife sanctuary. You can follow a serene trek though the forests to reach the zero point. The zero point has a double storey structure from where you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges, Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul & Nanda Devi.

I would recommend carrying a good pair of binoculars to admire the uninhibited views of the mountain ranges. It is one of the best places to visit for photography lovers and nature enthusiasts.

Location: Very close to KMVN resort, Binsar
Entry Fee: Rs.150/Person & Rs.250 extra/vehicle

Gobind Ballabh Pant Museum

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The museum is located on the mall road in Almora. It houses ancient paintings, artifacts and relics of the Katyuri and Chand Dynasty. It should be in your bucket list of places to visit in Almora. You can learn a lot about the rich heritage and culture of the region.

Some of the items that are on display inside the museum include Kumauni style paintings called Aipan, Boshi Sena’s personal collection, terracotta sculptures, coins, manuscripts and more.

Timings: 10:30 am To 4:30 pm
Ideal Visit Duration: 2 hours

Jageshwar Dham

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Jageshwar Dham is located approximately 36 kms from Almora and holds great religious significance. The temples at Jageshwar are believed to include the Nagesh Jyotirlinga. The region has a cluster of 100 Hindu temples dated between 7th and 12th century. The temples are more than 1000 years old and still stand in good shape and form.

The temples have been built in different architectural styles showing evidence of multiple dynasties ruling the region. There is also a small river at the back side, which can be reached via a set of stairs. It is one of the best places to visit in Almora if you want to experience tranquillity and peacefulness. The majority of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva but there are also few temples dedicated to Goddess Durga/Parvati and Hanuman ji.

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