What to See
Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum: Located near the bus stand, this museum displays a rich collection of archeologically significant art and artifacts. Particularly noteworthy are the folk style paintings of the region, locally known as Aspen and Kumaoni.
Bright End Corner: This is one of the best places to catch spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. An absolutely quiet locale, this is an apt place to simply sit and relax. Closeby is the Vivekananda Library in Ramakrishna Kutir, where you can find books depicting the life and times of Swami Vivekananda.
Nanda Devi Temple: Believed to be over 200 years old, this temple is dedicated to the patron goddess of Chand Rajahs. The internal and external walls of the temple are carved beautifully with images of gods and goddesses and the temple is especially busy during the annual Nanda Devi Fair,held in September.
Chitai Temple: This sacred temple is dedicated to Gollu Devta, one of the most prominent Kumaoni gods. Thousands of bells are hung here, which toll whenever a goat is sacrificed before the deity.
Kalimath: Another scenic spot to view the town, the temple of Kasar Devi draws huge crowds. This is also believed to be the spot where Swami Vivekananda meditated.
Katarmal: Dedicated to the Sun God, this temple is similar to the Konark Sun Temple is Konark. Though much is in ruins, you can still view some interesting architecture and intricate carvings on the walls.
Simtola: Catch scenic views of Almora from Simtola, located 5 kms away. The setting presents a picture-postcard look with the continuous range of hills covered in pine and fir trees. Simtola is a popular picnic spot and you can also visit Hiradungi, an old diamond mine and the Granite Hill.
Khajanchi Mohalla: Literally the treasurer's area, this place is best for watching the old architecture and buildings as devised by the erstwhile rulers of the region.
Tamta Mohalla: Belonging to the coppersmiths, Tamta Mohalla is one of the most active regions, where you can watch copper being worked on and molded into different shapes and articles.
Collectorate: The erstwhile Fort of Almora, it is located on the highest point of Almora Bazaar. Climb up to it to catch 360-degree views of the town and neighbouring areas.
Martola: Another picnic spot, Martola is located 10 kms from Almora and boasts of gardens and forests and ample scenic beauty.
Phulseema & Pharkanauli: These are a set of rock paintings, believed to belong to the Bronze-Age. A curious element of these is the red lines that a drawn on the rocks, which seem to make up the dancing figures.
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