Founded by King Kalyan Chand in 1563 and better known as
Cultural Capital of
town is situated on a
horse back shaped ridge between
Kausiki (Kosi) and Salmali (Suyal) rivers
and protected by three
Goddesses namely Bindra (Banadi),
Shyama (Shyahi) and Kasardevi from
three hill tops was the capital of
Chand Dynasty, Gorkhas and
British for Kumaon Division
Swami Vevekananda, renowed dancer Udai Shankar
(elder brother of Pt Ravi Shankar), Pt
Nehru, Tagore, famous writer D H Lawrence, father of the Hippy movement Timothy Leary, singer Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens,
German Philosopher and Buddhist Govind Lama and his
painter wife Lee Gautami, scientist Bosi Sen, film actor Guru Datt and
Zohra Sehgal had been very found of Almora. Several
leaders including Nehru (twice), Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Acharya Narendra
Dev were imprisoned in local jail during freedom struggle.
Sir Ronal Ross who was awarded the Noble Prize for Medicines in 1902 was born at Almora in 1857 to a Army General.
Almora is a delight
for trekkers. Unlike other hill stations, Almora is seldom covered with fog. Hence the dry and cool climate is considered excellent for many chronic diseases.