Almora: some info please?

#1 Apr 12th, 2005, 13:30
Join Date:
Nov 2003
Location:
India
Posts:
31
  • maddog is offline
#1
Hallo everybody,
I'm currently in Delhi, leaving tonight for Almora direction. But Cyberhippie and me cannot make up our minds where to go.
Can anybody give us some info and opinions about the places in this area, like Ranikhet, Kausani, Almora , Kasar Devi and Binsar, please?
And can anybody tell us if there is a supermarket in Delhi, for on our way back?
Thanks
#2 Apr 12th, 2005, 13:49
Join Date:
Sep 2004
Location:
IND
Posts:
141
  • soulstation is offline
#2
Basically ur headed towards Kumaon hills...u could consider Mukteshwar - its the highest point in the Kumaon Hills and u get majestic 360 views of the Snow capped Himalayas. Also facmous for Jim Corbett (Maneaters of Kumaon fame)who stayed there in the PWD guest house. Mktshwar is 3hrs from Kathgodam by car. Ranikhet are Almora are in the lower valley regions - they are pretty popular places. There's also corbett in that belt - diff route from kathgodam.

Yes there are supermarkets in Delhi....many malls in Gurgaon. Which location and what kindof stuff are u looking for... I could direct you better.
2005: Jodhpur, Pragpur, Garli, Chamba Patan, Kaleshwar Mahadev, Dada Sibba, Pong Lake, Kangra, Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj (Saw HH Dalai Lama preaching!), Kasauli, Kathmandu & Corbett
2004: Kuchesar, Brijghat, Rishikesh, Glasshouse on Ganges, Mukteshwar, Naukuchiatal, Lucknow, Ajmer, Pushkar, Jaipur, Jaisalmer & Jodhpur
2003: Mussoorie, Varanasi, Lucknow & Goa

Visit my photo gallery
#3 Apr 12th, 2005, 13:55
Join Date:
Nov 2003
Location:
India
Posts:
31
  • maddog is offline
#3
I'm looking for regular stuff like shampoo, soap, MDH packets, rosewater, all the things I miss when I'm at home. Thank you for the info, we have train tickets to Kathgodam, so have you a favourite in that area?
#4 Apr 12th, 2005, 13:55
Join Date:
Jul 2003
Location:
Nashik, INDIA
Posts:
4,096
  • SHIMLA is offline
#4
Do not miss Nainital if you're visiting Kumaon.
Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop !
#5 Apr 12th, 2005, 13:58
Join Date:
Sep 2004
Location:
IND
Posts:
141
  • soulstation is offline
#5
There is a "Super Bazaar" in Connaught Place. Just follow the outer circle, near Fire station, I guess. You should find most of the stuff there. I think its infornt of Hotel Blue ...if u know where that is.
#6 Apr 12th, 2005, 17:17
Join Date:
Dec 2004
Location:
don't live anymore
Posts:
446
  • kaushiks is offline
#6
I say choose from Kausani, Binsar sanctuary, Ranikhet. You may go towards Pithoragarh. I went to Abbott mount a week back and it was a most lovely place, with wonderful cottages amid nice forests. Again, Nainital is too crowded and I would personally stay away from Nainital, but yes the lake is charming. I found Abbott mount to have as good a view of himalayas as Kausani.
#7 Apr 12th, 2005, 21:51
Join Date:
Aug 2001
Location:
.
Posts:
1,571
  • -m2- is offline
#7
I was up that way a few weeks ago and highly recommend the Almora-Binsar area for a visit -- the weather was OK when I was there, but should be even better now.

some comments:

--getting off the Raniket express in the morning, there will be a hoard of both share taxis and regular taxis awaiting you. The share taxis are Tata Sumos which charge 80rp per person to Almora; I'm not sure what a 'full taxi' would cost (probably around 1000rp). The trip to Almora is around 3 hours of *very* twisty road and, as I can say from experience, the rear-most facing seats should be avoided at all cost if either of you are at all prone to motion sickness. The Tata's become vomitmobiles and by half way up the hill, both sides of the car will be streaked and between the diesel fumes and puke....well, you get the picture. If you can 'swing' the full taxi, perhaps with others you meet on the train -- GO FOR IT!

--although Almora is a fair-sized town (and interesting in itself) the State Bank of India branch *will only change $UD Amex travellers checks* -- not cash or any other checks!. There is no other place to change money, and some people familiar with the area told me that Nanital is the closest place for more options. Brink lots of rupees with you!

--rather than stay in Almora itself, I'd recommend continuing on up towards Kesar Devi. There are many places to stay along the way. I stayed at Khim's guest house which is on a ridge just past Paparsali and I can highly recommend it (reviewed here: http://www.indiamike.com/india/listi...ing&listid=482) The house Timothy Leary and friends stayed in (60's) as well as the pre-independence vacation home of the Nehru family is nearby, so others besides me have found the area attractive The picture is a view from the balcony -- the peaks somewhat shrouded, but you get the idea.

have a great trip,

mike
Attached Images
Kesardevi.jpg 
#8 Apr 19th, 2005, 11:55
Join Date:
Oct 2004
Location:
Delhi
Posts:
1,232
Send a message via Yahoo to phantom
  • phantom is offline
#8
Wow, mike and soulstation.. u really hav a lot of info about that place.. .. And mike the pic that u hv attached is breathtaking.. it brings back so many pleasant memories of that place.. I mean from where the pic is taken..if u stand there for some time.. that cloud will rise and then engulf u all and then it will rise over and above u .. slowly.. (ahem.. started dreaming again)
Well .. apart from sightseeing.. if u r really adventurous and in a group .. i wud suggest u to spend a day or two between the real ppl in their village.. Granted u wont get even the basic facilities.. but u surely will get an experience which u will never forget in ur life.. !!
around 5-10 km up from almora.. there is a famous "Bell temple" where there are thousands of bells tied up all around you.. its a belief that if u tie a bell over there and make a wish.. it will get fulfilled .. Earlier there used to be a lot of animal sacrifice done over there.. right now .. i dont know whats the scene.. so check it out.
#9 May 16th, 2011, 18:38
Join Date:
May 2011
Location:
london
Posts:
2
  • cuppateadee is offline
#9
I have been going since 1992 and found that too many tourists of the wrong type come and make a mess with their rubbish and arrogance and sadly destroy the place and relationship with the nice local kumaonis. Water can be a problem and one spring i had to walk 6 miles with jerry cans. om shanti

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
almora Feb 11th, 2013 23:39 3 2405 Uttarakhand
Almora Dec 7th, 2012 01:00 5 2646 Uttarakhand
Bus to Almora from Delhi Aug 24th, 2005 15:35 2 4389 Buses, Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Bicycles
Almora Less Than 6 Days? May 4th, 2005 01:01 7 1411 Uttarakhand
Binsar, near Almora May 21st, 2003 16:41 9 4544 Off the Beaten Trail in India


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2014
Page Load Success