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The great Himalayas of the Kumaon region have some of the most scenic mountain bike tracks in India. Apart from pilgrimage places, there are many beautiful places across the lush mountains that are a must see if you are travelling to Uttarakhand and can be best explored through mountain biking.
Bird Watching - Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous wildlife area to explore in Almora. It is approximately 33 kilometres away from Almora and is situated on top of Jhandi Dhar Hills. The sanctuary is surrounded by dense forests and is an absolute thrill to watch animals here from a distance. The sanctuary has a variety of flora and fauna that are also of major attraction to the tourists If you trace the history of this place, you can find that Binsar was once a summer resort of Chand Kings during 11th to 17th century.
Located about seven kilometers away from the city of Almora, Kartarmal is considered to be one of the hidden gems of Almora district. The village is popular for the per-historic sun temple located amidst the beautiful trails of the Almora.
This temple is dated back to 800 years and is believed to be built by the Katyuri kings. It is the second most famous temple in Almora and also backs the sun temple in Odisha. Adding to the list of places to visit in Almora, Katarmal Sun Temple is a blissful visit. The temple complex consists of a main temple for sun God which otherwise called as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya. It is then surrounded by almost 44 shrines dedicating to sun God. The temple architecture and sculptures are major attraction of the place and engages its tourists well.
The magnificent view of the city from the temple is an add on experience to the tourists that plan to visit this temple.
Gobing Vallabh Pant Museum
Gobing Vallabh Pant Museum is named after one of India’s freedom fighters, Gobind Vallabh Pant. It is an easy place to find in the small city as it is located on Mall Road in Almora. The museum has exquisite collection of artefacts and ancient items from the times of Chand and Katyuri dynasties that ruled this region.
The museum has a collection of paintings, historic things and is a mirror that represents the culture, diversity and rich heritage of Uttarakhand. It is one stop destination and one among the desirable places to visit in Almora.
One can learn about the state the state of Uttrakhand, its culture and traditions. The best part about this destination is that there is no entry fee for tourist; one can walk in any time, free of cost and trace the history of the wonderful hill station in Uttrakhand.
Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum belongs to the Kumaon Regiment, which is known to be the most decorated infantry that traces its history back to the 18th century. It is also popular for being a part of every campaign of the British Indian Army and the Indian Army.
The museum is located in the city premises and is a reflection of the glory of Kumaon regiment. The museum showcases several military memorabilia, medals and weapons conquered during the wars that were fought pre and post-independence of India.
The museum is also a face for the majesty of the regiment and its importance to the Indian Army. Built in the year 1974, the museum is also a face for several soldiers and officers that are a part of this regiment. The museum also consists of the coffin of General T N Raina which is exhibited respecting his commitment and service to the nation. The entry to the museum is paid and it is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on week days, weekends and on national holidays.
Just 13km away from Almora, lies the beautiful Kasar with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Almora to Kasar Devi Temple is a wonderful day hike and suitable for all. Famous for its temple, Kasar Devi also offers a spectacular view of the Almora District, especially at sunset. Having the same magnetic force as Machu Picchu and Stonehenge, Kasar is also known for its meditative qualities. In addition, you will find cosy cafes here to sit and enjoy the peace of the small village. It is truly one of the most charismatic places in the Almora region.
Almora District and Surrounding Areas
Almora District and the surrounding areas are certainly one of the most beautiful areas of North India. Lush green mountains with stunning waterfalls, rivers and lakes, including dense deodar forests, and a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas, Almora is home to nature lovers. Visits to surrounding towns and villages such as Jageshwar, Mukteshwar and Kausani can be arranged by the homestay. Day trips can be organised as well as nature walks, hikes and treks.
Nestled in the mountains of Almora, lies Deodar Homestay, a home away from home.