Cultural Tours

Kumaon is a land of rich culture and tradition which has been well preserved and passed on from one generation to another. It is a land of fairs and festivals. Not a month passes without any fair or festival and people of Almora hold close to their hearts their religious values.
Kumaon also known as "Dev Bhumi" means "The land of the God".

Nanda Devi Festival is the most famous of all celebrated in the month of September. Celebrated with great joy here near Nanda Devi temple, a fair is also held during the same time. The magnitude of the festival can be realized by the fact that 25,000 people come to attend the festival.

Another important festival celebrated around the place is Uttraini festival celebrated in January and a weeklong fair accompanies it. This is the most popular fair in the entire region. People from mountains and plains come here in this festival and fair organised in Bageshwar, 90 kms from Almora.

Jageshwar monsoon festival is celebrated in the month of July and August. The festival is very significant from religious and historical point of view. Each day during the festival, approximately 1000 tourists pay visit to Jageshwar temple. Dushhera, the famous Hindu festival is another important festival here and is celebrated in a unique manner drawing large crowds from far and wide. Almora being so culturally active and rich has many many other fairs and festivals round the year.

Culture tour to Almora will comprise sightseeing to various temples, lakes, gardens, history and heritage buildings. Snow clad peaks , Loads of flowers , fruit orchards , picturesque grass fields ,breathtaking panoramic view of wild life , Dancing rivers ,clueless water sources and hard working women they all indicates to one region that is also termed as "Abode of Gods" (Dev-Bhumi) and better known as Kumaon.

Nanda Devi Temple Amlora
The exact date when this temple was made is not known but it is believed to be hundreds of years old. People of this region and around have deep faith in this temple and it shows. Its the most famous temple around with thousands of pilgrims paying it a visit every year. Naina Devi was the patron goddess of Chandravanshi kings. This is the most famous place in Almora, it is as if old Almora lies preserved here. The temple stands in the antechamber of Shiva temple. Walls of the temple have been intricately carved attractively with true to life images. Nanda Devi Fair held here in the month of September draws large crowds.

Chitai Temple
This is the sacred temple of Golu Devta, 6 Kilometres from Almora perched on a hilltop. Golu Devta was deified general of Chand dynasty that once ruled Almora. The temple has his shrine. Devotees, as thanksgiving offer bells here which are decorated on the canopy of these bells. Surrounded by fur and pine tree forest, a visit to this temple will prove beneficial for nature lovers. The temple bears strong faith among the locals here and goats are sacrificed here in front of the deity.

Kalimath
To take a good view of Almora town, Kalimath is ideal, just 4.5 kilometres from Almora. There is also a temple of Kasar Devi here. Amazingly true, the temple dates back to second century.

Jageshwar Temple Almora
Thirty four kilometres from Almora is this famous temple of Jageshwar. This temple is counted among the 12 jyotirlings of the country. There are more than 100 large and small’s shrines in the complex, of them three shrines of Jageshwar, Mrityunjaya and Pushtidevi are notable for their sculptures. Jageshwar lies in a narrow valley surrounded by large deodars.

Nainital
A popular hill station among North Indians, Nainital is a lake city. Naini lake in the centre of the town is the main attraction here. Other attractions of the place are Snow View point, Ropeway, Naina Peak, Hanuman Garhi, Lands End and many more. Nainital is 71 kilometres from Almora and regular buses ply between Nainital and Almora.

Handicrafts
Pashmina shawls, woolen products like shawls, chutka, carpets and thulma are very popular here. One can also easily get products of ringal like musta and dalia. Apart from that in local art, you will get Kumaon Folk art, decorative candles, drift wood products like ekebanas, statues etc. Copper ware is also very famous here, the city's connection with coppersmiths dates centuries back. Kalmatia sangam almora is one such place where you can buy these products.

Itinerary (Itmenaan Estate) 3 Nights/4Days

Day 1: Arrive Kathgodam and drive to Itmenaan Estate (3 hrs) rest of the day at leisure. Take part in birding / photography / nature walks led by Manager there.

Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, go for a walk to the nearby village and explore the area and enjoy a picnic lunch there. Roam the beautiful oak and rhododendron forests .Rest of the day at leisure. Laze around, enjoy reading a book and in the evening enjoy the camp fire.

Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, go for day excursions as mentioned below:

  • Jageshwar: A 45-minutes beautiful drive from the estate takes you to Jageshwar temple complex. This mesmersing complex, set amidst a cedar forest, comprises of a group of about 124 stone temples dating between the 9th and 13th century AD and is a prominent pilgrimage site in Hindu religion.
  • Chitai Temple: An hour’s drive from the estate is another famous temple of the region, the Chitai Temple dedicated to Golu Devta, the God of Justice. As one approaches the temple, one is struck by the sight of hundreds of bells hanging at the entrance. Devotees put their wishes on a stamp paper, attach it to a bell and then hang the bell in the temple.
  • Almora & Kasar Devi: Located at a distance of about one-and-a-half hour from the estate, this hill town is famous for its cobbled stone streets and its old bazaars. The traditional architecture is very much in evidence here as one spots carved doors and windows.
  • Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Kathgodam to board your train to Delhi.

    Itinerary (Fredy’s Bungalow) 3 Nights/4 Days

    Day 1: Arrive Kathgodam and drive to Fredy’s Bungalow (1.5 hrs) rest of the day at leisure. Take part in birding / photography / nature walks led by Manager there.

    Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Nainital and visit the famous Naini Devi Temple. Later enjoy boating at the Naini lake. Other attractions of the place are Snow View point, Ropeway, Naina Peak, Hanuman Garhi, Lands End and many more.

    Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, walk to the road head and go for day excursions as mentioned below:

  • Jageshwar: A 45-minutes beautiful drive from the estate takes you to Jageshwar temple complex. This mesmersing complex, set amidst a cedar forest, comprises of a group of about 124 stone temples dating between the 9th and 13th century AD and is a prominent pilgrimage site in Hindu religion.
  • Chitai Temple: An hour’s drive from the estate is another famous temple of the region, the Chitai Temple dedicated to Golu Devta, the God of Justice. As one approaches the temple, one is struck by the sight of hundreds of bells hanging at the entrance. Devotees put their wishes on a stamp paper, attach it to a bell and then hang the bell in the temple.
  • Almora & Kasar Devi: Located at a distance of about one-and-a-half hour from the estate, this hill town is famous for its cobbled stone streets and its old bazaars. The traditional architecture is very much in evidence here as one spots carved doors and windows.
  • Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Kathgodam to board your train to Delhi.

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