Who doesn’t like to head out to the places that are offbeat, enchanting, serene, and pleasant at the same time! Adulthood is all about escaping to some of the clutter less places and spend some quality time with our loved ones and with ourselves. Oh, wait! It is not just adulthood but it is more about escaping the monotonous life and heading out to the places that are extremely different from your regular life.
The city people prefer going to the hill stations and enjoy some time in the pollution less hilly area. One of the most popular places in Uttarakhand is Almora hill station which is in the Kumaon district. The Almora hill station is surrounded with breathtaking sceneries and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. Almora hill station is known for a lot of heritage sites all around along with some exquisite wild life, handicrafts, and heartwarming cuisines.
Almora is a quite famous weekend destination from Delhi and the distance of Almora from Delhi is around 400 km and would take about 8 hours to reach. Almora is filled with beautiful spots around the city to make the trip all worth it.
The weather in Almora is pleasant throughout the year and this is obvious because it is a hill station. The best time to visit the Almora town is during the summers and the onset of winters. The months between April to June and from September to November are the best time to visit Almora and have some great experiences in the place. The weather in Almora during these months is the best and offer the best holiday experience to the travellers.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Almora and have the best time in the Kumaon hills.
#1 Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
The first place to visit in the Almora hill station is the epic and beautiful Binsar wildlife sanctuary. It is situated on the top of the Jhandi Dahr hills and is 33 km away from Almora. This sanctuary is very scenic because it is surrounded by dense forests on all sides. Binsar was a place that was a summer resort earlier of the Chand kings from the 11th to the 17th century.
The main intent to construct this sanctuary was to prevent and protect the flora and fauna of the Central Himalayan ranges. Today, this sanctuary has a variety of flora and fauna who have found their natural habitat there. It is a delight to watch these animals and the vegetation. This makes this place the best place to visit in Almora. Also, it is a quite big sanctuary spread in an area of 45 km.
Start your trip to Almora with this place and you will fall in love with the place. A lot of animals and Himalayan animals can be seen here. It is always a delight to watch the animals in their natural habitat living their natural life without any restrictions.
#2 Zero Point Almora
Another gorgeous place to visit in Almora is the Zero point. The Zero Point Almora is located within the premises of the Binsar village and Binsar wildlife sanctuary. Almora sight-seeing is almost incomplete without visiting this gorgeous point. This destination has never ending terrains of greenery and is a super soothing and calming destination.
People visit this spot to enjoy the vibe of the nature and let your nerves get calmed down. Trust me when we say that you will not think of any other worries of your life when you are at this point. Your eyes would be seeing the most gorgeous scenes in front of you. A lot of locals visit the place to enjoy some full day picnics as well.
Being at this point, you would be getting the views of the majestic KedarNath peak, Himalayan ranges, and Nanda Devi peak. This is not just it. If you think you have seen all the beautiful scenes while you are at Zero Point then you gotta wait to view the mesmerizing sunset as well. This is the spot to view the most gorgeous sunset of Almora. Do not miss this and stay till the time of sunset.
#3 Kasar Devi Temple
Talking about some of the most exciting places to visit in Almora, here is the time to mention the Kesar Devi temple. It is also known as one of the hippie trails of the city. This is one of the topmost temples of the city and its history dates back to the 2nd century. The temple is dedicated to the Kasar Devi of Almora.
This is a popular and a busy place of worship in Almora but the most crowded in the temple can be seen during the annual festival of the temple. This festival is organised by the villagers and the temple authorities. A feast is also organised during this festival and everything is taken care of by the villagers and the temple authorities. It is also called as the Kasar Devi fair. A lot of people from all over the world visit this temple during this fair .
On the Kaashey hills on the edge of the ridge of the Almora Bageshwar highway is the place where this temple is located. Swami Vivekananda has also visited this place and it was him who made this temple a little more popular. Crank’s ridge is located just outside the temple which became popular during the hippie movement.
Almora is a small town and there aren’t a lot of places to visit but whatever places are there are gorgeous. These places to visit in Almora are worth spending some serene days in the town. The nature lovers, the backpackers, the adventure enthusiasts, the couples, the budgeted travellers, the road trippers, and basically every kind of travellers visit this small town to be in touch with nature in a better way.
During the weekends, a lot of people from Delhi hover over to Almora to have a fun and relaxed weekend. This makes Almora one of the top weekend getaway destinations of Uttarakhand. How eager are you to have a holiday here and what type of holiday would you want to enjoy there?