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Almora Travel Guide

Almora, a picturesque hill station in the Kumaun region, east of Uttarakhand in India summons tourists to its appealing splendour of natural beauty. Spread over a horse shoe ridge at a height of 1,646 metres, Almora was once the centre of the Kumaoni culture and the capital of the Chand Dynasty.

Away from the tourist humdrum of Nainital and Ranikhet, Almora has retained much of its traditional values and old world charm. One of the few hill stations that predated the British, the town of Almora still has cobbled street and fascinating stone houses with exquisite carved wooden facades. Refreshingly unspoilt, Almora is a peaceful little hill resort where the evenings are cool, the views panoramic and the ambience perfect for a quiet break from the big city bustle.

Feast your eyes on mile upon mile of the most stupendous mountain ranges in this part of the world. Go trekking and mountain-climbing. Shop for warm shawls and rustic copper utensils- and don't forget Almora's famous baal mithai.

Ask any mithai-loving Kumaoni about the best sweet in the Uttaranchal hills, and chances are you'll hear a litany in praise of Almora's baal mithai, that deliciously chewy, chocolate-brown sweet coated with teensy-weensy globules of sugar. A must try for all those who have an incorrigible sweet tooth.

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