(Last Updated on : 24-05-2010)
Almora District has a lot to offer when it comes to leisure tourism. Several near by places like Ranikhet
, Kausani, Dwarahat
, Binsar, Katarmal, Jalana and Bageshwar
are worth visiting. The Township of Almora is the district headquarters and has all the facilities for a tourist of twenty first century. The beautiful places in and around Almora district attracts tourist from all over India.
Around fifty kilometers from Almora district, is the quiet and beautiful cantonment township of Ranikhet. It is famous for its healthy climate, balmy breeze captivating and panoramic Himalayan View and soothing and pollution free greenery of pines and oaks. It is also famous as the regimental center of the Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army- one of the most prestigious and the most decorated of all. The Kumaon Regimental museum and amicably maintained grassy and green golf course are memorable experiences even for the most experienced tourists. Four kilometers from Ranikhet there is the Chaubatiya gardens famous for its sprawling orchards of delicious apples, plums, peaches and apricots. In and around Ranikhet there are some famous temples of the Hindus for religious minded like Jhoola Devi Mandir, Ram Mandir, Herakhan Mandir, Kalika Temple and Binsar Mahadeva.
Kausani, situated around fifty two kilometres from Almora is famous for its breathtakingly close view of the Himalayan Peaks and its solitudes and greenery. The wide expanse of the famous Katyur Valley lies in front as one wake up to experience the Kausani sunrise. Kausani's beauty arrested the feet of even Mahatma Gandhi
, who stayed for some time at that place. Another great man of India the famous Hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant
was born here. There is small museum to earmark that sacred spot. The famous folk singer Gopidas was also inspired by the beauty of Kausani. Pinnath, Bura Pinnath and Bhakot are the highest points near Kausani. Situated only thirty kilometers away from the township of Almora lies Binsar nestled amongst thick forests of Oak and Rhodendron and yet offering surprisingly close views of the Himalayan peaks. The entire region is now a wildlife sanctuary and has a host of wildlife like Panther and Barking Deer. The temple of Binsar lies nearby.
Situated around ninety kilometers from Almora, Bageshwar is now a new district head quarter and the centre of administration for the entire region called Danpur. The place is significant from both religious and tourist point of view. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Saryu and Gomti, Bageshwar is the seat of the famous Uttaraini fair which is held every year in January. The famous and ancient temple of Bagnath from which the township gets it's name has been attracting thousands of devout Hindus year after year since the birth of history. Even for the adventurous tourist Bageshwar is a necessary destination since in order to reach the glaciers of Sunderdunga, Kafni and Pindari one has to necessarily cross Bageshwar
. Situated between Ranikhet and Almora the picturesque place of Shitla Khet not only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also full of fruit orchards. Scouting camps are frequently held here and there is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around three kilometres away on a lovely mountainous trail.
Situated thirty kilometres away from Almora is the picturesque surroundings of Jalna which offers a wide panoramic view of Himalayas. There are a number of orchards which produce a variety of fruits such as apricots, peaches, peers, plums and apples. Lying in the Katyuri valley, nineteen kilometres away from Kausani is the small but ancient town of Baijnath. It was once upon a time the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and the place was then called Kartikyapura. The remnants of those glorious days lie at the bank of the Gomti River
in the form of a group of temples. The temple is famous for its ancient and magnificent stone idol of the Hindu goddess Parvati. Situated in a wide valley of the river Ramganga, Dwarahat lies around thirty two kilometres from Ranikhet. It is a very important town from both historical and archaeological point of view and may also have been the capital of some branches of Katyuri kings.
Manila literally means enchanting. The surrounding forests and the Himalayan views from this hill ridge are worth remembering. Situated around seventeen kilometers Northwest of Almora, Katarmal is famous for eight hundred years old temple dedicated to the Sun God. Situated around thirty five kilometers from Almora, Jageshwer is one of the most important religious places of Hindus in Kumaon and is believed to be the abode of the one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas'. It is even mentioned in the great epic of 'Mahabharata'
. The great temple complex is situated in a narrow and beautiful valley covered with Cedar trees. Two streams Nandini and Surabhi flow down the hills and meet near the sacred spot. Dense grove of Cedar trees, perpetual verdure, and sweet murmur of the river give a peculiar charm and sanctity to this place. During the monsoons a huge fair is held every year at Jageshwar.
Thus Almora district offers a lot to the leisure tourists.