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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 center 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.

360° Leti

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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    Our expert guides to exploring Almora

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Almora, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Almora at its best.

    • Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats
      View from Leti, Almora

      Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

      Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

      Exploring India on foot, you pass through remote villages, stop for tea with local people and stumble upon hidden temples. Our India specialists suggest routes through the hills of the Western Ghats, tea plantations of Darjeeling and foothills of the western Himalaya.

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