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Almora, the charming hill resort set on a 6 kms. long horse saddle shaped ridge is famous for its natural beauty,rich cultural heritage, exquisite handicrafts, delectable cuisine and exotic wildlife. For years it remained the headquarters of the Chand dynasty, the Gorkha invaders and the British colonialists. The region was earlier under the reign of the Katyuri King Baichaldeo, who donated this area to a Gujarati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. Later on, the Chand dynasty was founded in Baramandal and Almora was made its capital in 1560, by Kalyan Chand. The beautiful town affords breathtaking views of the snowy summits of Himalayas and is an excellent place for peaceful holiday.
| REACHING THERE
Airport : Pantnagar (127 kms.)
Railhead : Kathgodam (90kms.).
Road : Well connected by road. Dehradum (412), Nanital (71), Delhi (382).
Binsar (30 kms.)
An idyllic health resort set at an altitude of 2,412 metres affords breathtaking views of snow covered Himalayan peaks.
Jageshwar (38 kms.)
The famous temple complex amidst lush surroundings has 124 shrines and hundreds of splendid statues. It is believed to possess one of the twelve Jyotirlinga’s of the country and enshrines a Swayambhu Linga named Nagesh. Colourful fairs are held here during Shivaratri and in the month of ‘Shravan’ (July / August). Jageshwar is frequented by pilgrims as well as by nature lovers.
Kosi Temple (10 kms.)
It was built during the 12th century by the Katyuri dynasty and is one of the earliest Sun temple in India.
Kausani (52 kms.)
This charming hill resort set amidst several snow – capped peaks is endowed with exceptional natural beauty. Mahatma Gandhi came here in 1929 and was fascinated by the scenic grandeur of Kausani. His commentary on the Gita-Ana-Shakti Yoga was written here at the Anashakti Ashram.
Ranikhet (49 kms.)
Ranikhet or the “Queen’s Field” perched at an altitude of 1829 metres, represents the very best of Himalayan beauty. It is believed that Rani Padmini, the queen of Raja Sukhdev was completely captivated by the scenic splendor and decided to settle over here and thus the town came to be known as Ranikhet.