Discover Almora's Charm: Top Tourist Attractions in the Kumaon Hills

Beauty of Kumaon: 4 must-visit places in Almora

Nestled in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand, Almora offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, making it a paradise for nature lovers.

During my recent trip to Uttarakhand, I had a well-planned itinerary that included all the must-visit tourist attractions in the region. However, as I roamed through its charming towns and scenic landscape, a sudden impulse for adventure seized me. On being advised by some locals, I decided to venture into the heart of Almora, a lesser-known gem nestled in the Kumaon hills.

This spontaneous decision led me to a place of incredible beauty and serenity. Known as the cultural capital of Kumaon, Almora is connected by rail and road and is pleasant throughout the year. My journey through this enchanting town turned out to be a delightful surprise, filled with unforgettable experiences and breathtaking sights.

Join us as we explore a few must-visit tourist attractions in Almora.

Bright End Corner

Bright End Corner is a picturesque spot that lives up to its name. Located just 2 kilometres from Almora’s main market, this viewpoint offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas during sunrise and sunset. As I stood there, the golden hues of the sun setting behind the snow-capped peaks left me awestruck and in a contemplative mood.

This spot is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and photographers, so do not  forget your camera when visiting this unforgettable sight.

Kasar Devi Temple

Perched atop a hill, the Kasar Devi Temple is not just a place of worship, it’s a beautiful place where seekers can find peace and spirituality. As I trekked the hill, the calmness and positive energy that is often hard to find in my urban life, enveloped me in no time.

The temple, known for its serene atmosphere and stunning views has attracted many, even spiritual leaders and thinkers like Swami Vivekananda and Bob Dylan. It’s an ideal spot for meditation or if you simply want to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas.

Binsar wildlife sanctuary

My visit to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was a nature lover’s dream come true. Truly, this sanctuary is perfection personified for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers. The dense forests are home to a variety of flora and fauna, including leopards, barking deer and numerous bird species. And as I discovered, a trek through the sanctuary provides an opportunity to connect with nature in a unique manner.

Like many places of Almora, Zero Point, a viewing spot within the sanctuary, also offers panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.

Chitai Golu Devta Temple

The Chitai Golu Devta Temple is a unique spiritual destination in Almora known for its quirky tradition of offering written petitions to Lord Golu. Devotees write their wishes on paper and tie them at the temple premise. The temple’s intricate wooden architecture adds to its charm. As I entered the temple, I was greeted by a sea of bells hanging all around, creating a melodious symphony with the gentle mountain breeze.

It is said that the Golu Devta temple is not just a place of worship; it’s a testament to the faith and traditions of the Kumaon region. I agree wholeheartedly.

My spontaneous decision to explore Almora turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip to Uttarakhand. Each of these attractions offered a unique experience and left an indelible mark on my mind.

Almora is a travel destination where nature, spirituality and tradition come together in perfect harmony, making it a must-visit.


What are some of the must-visit Almora tourist places?

Almora has several tourist attractions, including Bright End Corner for panoramic Himalayan views, Kasar Devi Temple for spiritual seekers, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and Chitai Golu Devta Temple for devotees.

How far is Almora from the nearest major city and what's the best way to reach it?

Almora is approximately 365 kilometres from Delhi, the nearest major city. The best way to reach Almora is by road. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station, while Pantnagar Airport is the closest airport.

What's the ideal time to visit Almora to enjoy its many attractions to the fullest?

The best time to visit Almora is during the spring and summer months, from March to June.

Are there any trekking opportunities around Almora and do these attractions require any entry fees?

Yes, Almora offers trekking opportunities, especially inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. As for entry fees, some attractions like Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary have nominal fees for entry and camera permits, while others like Chitai Golu Devta Temple may have donation boxes where you can contribute voluntarily.




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