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Sightseeing in Almora

There are many sightseeing options in Almora. This hill station still retains elements of its past as a popular summer getaway for British expats working in India during the glory days of the British Raj. It developed into an important cantonment for the British troops stationed in the plains of north India. Post independence, many British families with strong emotional ties to the place stayed back and Almora became their home away from home.

The Mall of Almora is the hub of administrative activity. Parallel to the Mall is the market area, which is only open to pedestrian traffic. It has a distinctive hill station character with traditional carved wooden facades on buildings and shops at ground level.

Above the Mall is the main temple complex with shrines dedicated to Nanda Devi and Lord Shiva. The temple of Nanda Devi, presiding deity of Almora and named after the region’s highest peak, is built in the typical Kumaoni style of stone temple architecture. The stone amalaka or crown is encircled by a wooden roof, and the stone walls have intricately carved images. The temple complex throbs with music and dance during the Nanda Devi festival in August.

The Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum near the bus stand is a repository of Kumaoni art, culture and history. There are displays of archaeological finds from the Katyur and Chand periods. In addition, the museum exhibits a collection of apen or folk paintings. The museum is open to the public from 10:30 am till 04:30 pm. on all days except Monday.

Bright End Corner, a hilltop site 2.5 kms from Almora, has a magnificent view of the valleys and soaring peaks of Kumaon. It is also a good place to catch the sunrise and sunset that transform the surrounding landscape into a myriad hued spectacle of gold, green and red. There is a Circuit House for staying overnight at this secluded spot.

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