Almora District

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Shashi Bhatt

Almora is famous for its cultural heritage, handicrafts, cuisine and wildlife. The headquarters is at Almora. Almora is a hill district in the central Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

It is a beautiful scenic place situated at an altitude of 5900 ft. There is a cave where Swami Vivekanand meditated and was enlightened. Almora was captured by British from Gorkhas, who have left their mark on this town.

Nanda Devi festival is celebrated here, during which devotees from all over India visit this place.


The ancient town of Almora, before its establishment was under the possession of Katyuri king Baichaldeo. He donated major part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. Later on when Chand kingdom was founded in Baramandal, the town of Almora was founded at this centrally located place in 1568 by Kalyan Chand.In the days of the Chand Kings it was called Rajapur. The name 'Rajpur' is also mentioned over a number of ancient copper plates.

It was founded by Raja Kalyan of Chand Dynasty in 1560 AD. Almora is a town in the shape of a horse shoe perched on a 5 km long mountain range in between the river Kosi and Suyal. In the 1960s Bageshwar district and Champawat district had not yet been formed and were part of Almora district.

General Information

Almora District Map

District HeadquartersAlmora
Area3,090 sq.kms
Elevation1829 mts
Coordinates29.62°N, 79.67°E
Language SpokenKumaoni, Hindi and English.
ClothingSummer: Cottons/ light woolens
Winter: Heavy Woolens

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