Almora itself occupies a horseshoe-shaped ridge and is an important market town and administrative centre. It is also considered to be the cultural capital of the area, also known for Jim Corbett's tiger escapades. Its stone paved roads and wooden houses reflect its rich heritage.
Almora is tucked away in a little known corner of Uttaranchal. To the east is Nepal and China and north is the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was founded by the Chand Dynasty in 1560. In 1798 the area was overrun by the Gurkhas and was heavily bombed by the British as they tried to expel them in the Gurkha Wars of 1814-15.
Almora - cultural capital
Almora itself occupies a horseshoe-shaped ridge and is an important market town and administrative centre and is also considered the cultural capital of the area, also known for Jim Corbett's tiger escapades. Its stone paved roads, wooden houses with beautifully carved façades and homes decorated with traditional murals reflect its heritage.
Rural village life
Almora is the gateway to the wonderful foothills enabling a select few to experience real rural life in the Kumaon region from a village perspective.
Also in this area is the luxury retreat of 360° Leti overlooking the Ramganga River and ancient terraced lands, with snow capped mountains behind.
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Accommodation in Almora
Located around a five hour drive from the nearest town of Almora, this is an exclusive Himalayan retreat with stunning mountain views and crisp clean air.
Local Village House
The village houses you will stay in are lovely colourful little properties you see in this region but have been adapted to suit western needs.
Kalmatia Sangam Himalayan Resort
The Kalmatia Sangam Resort lies just 15km form the town of Almora. With 16 carefully designed cottages, the resort has been built with the local environment in mind.