“These mountains are associated with the best memories of our race: Here, therefore, must be one of centers, not merely of activity, but more of calmness of meditation, and of peace and I hope some one to realize it.”
Swami Vivekananda (replying to the address given to him by the people of Almora.)
The common thread that runs across mystics and spiritual seekers like Swami Vivekananda, Walter Evans, translator of the “Tibetan Book of the Dead”, Danish mystic Alfred Sorensen or Sunyata Baba, Ernest Hoffman, who became a Tibetan Buddhist monk and many more , is that all came to the Kasar Devi temple.
Kasar Devi temple near Almora is dedicated to Kasar Devi. The temple dates back to the 2nd century surrounded by deodar and pine forests, with a majestic view of the Himalayas, is a haven for spiritual seekers. Many known and unknown series of spiritual seekers from world over are attracted to this place.
Just a little ahead of Kesar hill lies Crank’s hill, colloquially known as the “Hippie Hill” became a popular in the peak of Hippie movement. It was home to many bohemian artists, thinkers, monks, mystics and painters.
Situated in the midst of the great Himalayas Almora got its name from a small plant named “Kilmora” which was used to wash utensils of the nearby Katarmal Temple. The people who used to bring the plant were called Kilmori and later the place came to be known as Almora.
If you stroll through just three kilometers from Almora is a Deer Park. In this park you can see animals like leopards, black beer deer in their natural habitat. Wildlife lovers will go wild with happiness and others will be converted into wildlife enthusiasts by the grandeur of the place.
Leisurely picnics can be had with family and friends in Martola and Simtola. These places have the best views of the mountains and lush forests
Bright End Corner is a popular site for tourists site to view the spectacular sunrise and sunset in this town.
If you want to know about the history of the place and insights into the culture of the place Govind Vallabh Pant Public Museum is a great place to go. If you are looking for a spiritual knowledge Vivekananda library has a large number of spiritual books.
The Lal Bagh Market is a vibrant market offering a large assortment of attractive items, rabbit wool clothes, handicrafts of bronze, brassware, sweets etc. It offers attractions for all age groups of people. There’s a lot you can take home from here. Another place patronized for local handicrafts and very popular with vacationers is the Chok Bazaar. You have to be there to feel the wonderful atmosphere.
Almora enthralls everyone who comes here whether he is a tourist, spiritual seeker or even a businessman. The absolute beauty of the scenic hill station pulls your heart. The abundant temples with tinkling bells surrounded by breathtaking view of the serene mountains and scented lush forests leaves you mesmerized.