Activities in Almora
Almora offers vast array of activities for the tourists and backpackers alike. If one is travelling between October and March, the mesmerizing panorama of the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas is complementary.
Adventure activities: The rugged terrain and undulating hills of Almora makes it a perfect spot to try some adventure activities to test your strength and endurance. Rock climbing, Burma Bridge and Spider Web are some of the activities that one can partake in.
Cycling: Cycling is a fun and healthy way to explore the nearby surroundings at Almora. One can cycle through the dense forest area of Binsar Wildlife with family and friends.
Shopping: Being a commercial hub, Almora has one of the largest markets in Kumaon region and a perfect spot for shopalcoholic. Apparels made from Angora wool are quite popular in Almora.
Nature Walks: The natural beauty that encompasses the vicinity of Almora is quite breathtaking. The possibility of exploring this beautiful region would be hard to resist. Nature walk to the nearby villages and hiking are quite popular at Almora.
Staying in Almora
Accommodation is the last thing one needs to worry about when visiting the cultural and commercial hub of Kumaon region – the multihued town of Almora. As one of the busiest town in Kumaon, Almora has accommodation options in abundance. One can easily find a luxurious 3-star hotel or a resort as well as a budget guest house in Almora. Half a dozen government guesthouses (KMVN) have also mushroomed in and around Almora.
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Almora Food Guide
Kumaoni cuisine is scrumptious beyond words and one would agree with the first savory bite of it. There are plenty of restaurants pepper all over Almora that would offer delicious North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and continental food, however finding a restaurant serving an authentic Kumaoni dishes like Gahat Dal, Sisunak Saag, Kappa, Chainsoo would be hard to find. Maybe you’d get lucky and a humble local would invite you for lunch, or maybe not.
Still, nothing can stop one from trying the delectable Kumaoni sweets that local confectioneries would have at display after every nook and corner. The iconic Bal Mithai (a milk sweet), Choklate (no, not your regular ‘Chocolate’ but a fudge like sweet) and Singauri (a kind of milk sweet draped in a green Malu leaf) is all yours to devour and take home!
History of Almora
In 9th century AD, prior to its establishment, the ancient town of Almora was under the possession of Katyur Dynasty and the region around Almora ruled by a Katyuri King called Baichaldeo. The king donated a large part of his land to a Gujrati Brahmin called Sri Chand Tiwari. Later, during Chand dynasty's rule, Almora was founded by Kalyan Chand around 1560 at the place which he referred to as ‘Alam Nagar’. Under Chand dynasty’s rule, the place came to be known as Rajapur.
Interestingly, the historians have found many copper plates having ‘Rajpur’ name engraved on it. Almora remained under Chand dynasty’s rule until the 18thcentury and was annexed by the Gorkhas in 1790, who ruled it for the next 24 years. After the Gurkha war that took place between 1814-1816, the British conquered Almora and developed it.