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Positioned in the heart of recently segregated Uttarakhand and resting in the lap of Himalayas is Almora, an important natural creation from geographical, historical and political perspective. Canopied with beautiful valleys, fruit filled trees spreading over long stretches of land, it can well be termed as a photographers' heaven. Almora is sandwiched between Kosi and Suyal rivers and offers a splendid view of the mighty Himalayas.
The destinaton of Almora is the district headquarters and has all the amenities for a tourist of generation next character. This great hill station is popular for its health rejuvenating climate and is slanting on a five Km long horseshoe shape stretch in between the river Kosi and Suyal and has been a cultural and political region of Kumaun for almost four hundred years, settled by Chand Rajas and nurtured by the British.
The temples at Almora can be easily classified into two groups, Shaivite temples include the temples sheltering to female form of Shiva. In the previous group Tripur Sundari, Udyot Chandeshwer and Parbateshwer were sculpted in 1688, after the victory of Udyot Chand, the then ruler of Almora over Doti and Garhwal, are presently on the mountain above the Lala Bazar. The temple of Parbateshwara was again renovated by the then rulers of Almora, Dip Chand in 1760 and was nomenclated 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 created during the reign of Gyan Chand to honour the wrath of Bhola Nath.
Some of the temples which are comparable to the qualities mentioned in the above few lines are:
1. Kal Bhairava
2. Batuk Bhairav
3. Shah Bhairav
4. Garhi Bhairava
5. Anand Bhairava
6. Gaur Bhairava
7. Bal Bhairava
8. Khutkuniya Bhairava
It appears as though there are eight gates of the city of Shiva and is being watched by eight Bhairavas. There are nine temples dedicated to nine forms of Durga. They are:
1.Patal Devi or Patreshwari Devi
Among the Vaishnavite temples, the most promienent is the temple of Siddha Narsimha. It was endowed by Gorkhalis. Raghunath temple was donated in 1788 by Raja Mohan Singh Chand. There are four temples dedicated to Lord Ganesh. They are Bhitla Ganesh, Gairi Ganesh, Nanda Devi Ganesh and Siddha Ganesh. The Nar Singh temple at Narsimha Bari is another Vaishnavite temple. The temples of Murli Manohar, Hanuman and Badreshwer were established after lot of delay. One of the Ganesh temples was endowed by the then ruler Kalyan Chand in 1731 A.D. This small town can surely be called a city of temples which proves the religious energy and zeal of the Hindu Rajas and their Brahman and Kshatriya followers. The orthodox rituals and rites of Hindu religion have still been protected in pure form.
The landscape of Kumaun hills is prosperous in folk art and the folk tales of Ajua-Bafaul, Narsingh and Ghana, Purukh Pant and the tales of Chivalry of Gangnath, and the mythological tales of Haru-Sem, Golu,Bin-bhat, Ganwara, Kalsem, Churmal Airi, Pari and Anchari are prominent. Many of these fables in the form of lallads are sung in different melodies and Nyoli, Bhagnaula, Chapeli, Jhorra, Chanchari, Barrey, Shakun Geet and Banara belong to this community. The folk songs of this region make a poetic presentation of the pride of the Himalayan Region, the inherented charm of Nandadevi, Panchhchuli, Trishul and Chiplakot and the beauty of various elements of nature including the luxurious vegetation and the thick forest of Deodar, Banj (Oak) and Shiling Kafal, Burans (Rhododendrone) etc. The folk songs also frequently picturise to the fields, forests, rivers, streams, rivulets, fauna and the snow covered peaks.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the place would be in the month of October, November, March and April.
Distance from Almora:
Nainital: 70 km
Kathgodam: 90 km
Haldwani: 95 km
Pithoragarh: 120 km
Bareilly: 205 km
Haridwar: 357 km
Delhi: 380 km
Dehradun: 410 km
Lucknow: 465 km
How to get there?
Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar at Nainital which is only 71 km from Almora.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (90km) which runs trains to major towns and cities like Lucknow, Delhi, Howrah etc.
Road: Almora is well connected by road. Although there is no direct rail or air link, there are enough private buses and cabs plying between Almora and some of the other major towns and cities.
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