Almora

Almora is also known as the 'Switzerland of India' adorned with natural beauty and famous for its diverse wildlife, cultural heritage and exquisite handicrafts and delicious cuisine.

Almora is famous amongst devotees as an ancient Pilgrim centre decked across charming and scenic beauty. The Chitai Temple devoted to Gaur Bhairav an incarnation of Lord Shiva also named Golu Devta is famous for a unique ritual where worshippers drop in letters and stamped papers with their wishes penned on it and after their wish is fulfilled they show appreciation by hanging bells of different shapes and sizes and offering sacrificial animals at the Temple. The 12th Century Kosi Temple built by Katyuri Kings is situated 10 km away and is also considered as one of the first Sun Temples in India. Gananath Temple of Lord Shiva situated 47 km away is also very famous and surrounded by intriguing natural caves and enchanting landscapes that attract people from all parts of the region. The Someshwar Temple located 35 km north of the district is also another famous Lord Shiva Temple built by King Som Chand of the Chand Dynasty.

Kausani is a charming hill resort amidst scenic environs and undulating landscapes where Mahatma Gandhi Ji has visited in 1929 and was captivated by its beauty. This place also offers ample opportunity for trekkers to explore the entire region through various trekking routes and trails filled with thick dense forests and small streams.

Jageshwar, a town in the Almora district is another ideal tourist destination and a beautiful Hill Resort that was once ruled by the Katyuri King named Baichal Deo who donated this place to a Guajarati Brahmin named Sri Chand Tiwari. It then became the capital of the Chand Dynasty in 1560 AD and sits on a 6 km long horse saddle-shaped ridge that offers a breathtaking view of the ice capped summits of the Himalayan Ranges that makes it an ideal and peaceful holiday destination. The Jageshwar Temple is a prime pilgrim centre situated 38 km from Almora and also believed to be one of the 12 Jyoti-Lingas in India. The complex of this Temple homes 124 Holy Shrines and numerous statues carved exquisitely and depicts excellent ancient craftsmanship. The Mritola Ashram situated 10 km away is also an ideal centre of spiritual and scenic beauty attracting many spirituality seekers from across all world.

Ranikhet is the tourist paradise of the Kumaon region which means 'Queen's Field' set at a height of 1829 mts filled with lush green forests, meadows, High Peaks and outlandish flora and fauna. It was named after Queen Padmini of King Sukhdev who was so captivated by its picturesque sceneries and landscapes that she made this place her home.

Chaubatia on the other hand is popularly known as the 'Orchard Paradise' as it is packed with orchards of a variety of fruits like Apple being the largest fruit grown along with Apricots, Peaches and Strawberries etc. The artificial Bhalu Dam and Lake is a short walk of 3 km from Ranikhet and ideal as a picnic spot. Gandhi Kuti and another Temple of Golu Devta are seen in Tarikhet just 8 km away.

Upat is a small town just 6 km from Ranikhet is known to have one of the best 9-hole Golf Courses in India originally made by a British Cavalry Officer who was an avid Golf Player. This Place is gives a different delight for Golf enthusiast to experience playing Golf at a height of 6000 ft above sea level. Accommodation is available at Bungalows made around this Golf area. Many movies have also been filmed in this course. Just 1 km from Upat is Kalika Village famous for Goddess Kali Temple and a Forest Nursery nestled around the majestic Himalayas which can also be seen closer from Majkhali which is just 13 km from Ranikhet as it lies on the base of the Himalayan Range.

Jhoola Devi Temple [7 km away] dedicated to Goddess Durga and Lord Rama Temple, Baba Haira Khan Temple in Chilianaula [4 km] and Binsar Mahadev [19 km] are famous Temples set amidst Deodar and Pine Forest and scenic enclosures ideal for meditation and picnic spots.

Manila which means 'enchanting' is 87 km from Ranikhet famous for the Manila Devi Temple who was the family Goddess of the Katyuri dynasty. It is a well deserved name as this place is spread with such beauty of forest and mountains from Sadar to Dotiyal both captivating and worth visiting. A short trek of 25 km leads you to Khumar which homes the memorial ground of the 'Quit India Movement Martyrs'.

Dwarahat is a valley beside the crystal clear RamGanga River that lies 32 km from Ranikhet famous as a tourist spot that homes a group of 55 Temples made during the Katyuri reign. 8 Temples date back to the 11th Century that has excellent carvings of stone. Doonagiri situated 47 km away is a legendary and historical place where a piece of the Sanjawani Bootti is believed to have fallen here and hence the name originated. The Vaishno Devi Temple is also very famous here and 10 km further is Pandukholi famous for the Pandavas Cave and 'Tarag Tal', a seasonal Lake, which is just a 5 km walk from here, are all definitely worth visiting.

Chaukhutia is another picturesque place that lies on the banks of RamGanga River. It derives its name from 'Chakuta', a Kumaoni word which means 'four feet' as it has a four way lane forming a junction from where the entire region is easily reachable. It is also an ancient place famous for the Vaishno Devi Temple, Kali Temple and ruins of a Fort, Lakhanpur Temple [6 km], Jaurasi [16 km and 6000 ft high], Masi [24 km] famous for Naithna Devi Temple, Bhumia Temple and the Rudeshwar Mahadev Temple in Sanana [50 km from Ranikhet] believed to be where Lord Ram had offered his prayers; all these were built during the Katyuri reign making it an explorer's delight. It is also famous for anglers and is a Fishing Centre.

Almora

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