"These mountains are associated with the best memories of our race: Here, therefore, must be one of centres, not merely of activity, but more of calmness of meditation, and of peace and I hope someone to realize it. "Swami Vivekanand (Replying to the address of welcome given to him by the people of Almora).
Almora, the cultural capital of Kumaon, is one of the most popular hill stations of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 5417 ft. above sea level, it is perched over a 5 KM long horse saddle-shaped ridge of Kashaya mountain which is also mentioned in ancient Hindu scripture Manaskhand. It is surrounded by four mighty hills, each having temple on top of its peak- temples of Banardevi, Kasardevi, Sayahidevi & Dunagiridevi. Flowing alongside the city are rivers of Kosi (Kaushiki) & Suyal (Salmale). The snow-capped Himalayan Range can be seen in the background of the city.
This charming hill resort was the flourishing capital of the Chand dynasty. It got its name from Kilmora or wild sorrel, a short plant found nearby region which was used for washing the utensils in the past. The people bringing Kilmora were called Kilmori and later Almori and the place came to be known as Almora.
A picturesque district in the Kumaun region with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, Almora summons tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility, Almora promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments. Almora is a fine combination of scenic Himalayan mountain beauty, local Kumaoni culture, customs & traditions, thickly wooded forests, scenic valleys, quaint cottages, gushing rivers and many more.
Almora is well connected by roads with all the major cities of India. The nearest railway-station Kathgodam is 90 kms & the nearest airport in Pantnagar is 127 kms from Almora.