It is always exciting to leave the city behind and travel to a place far away from all the chaos and hustle bustle. If your wanderer soul is already looking forward to the next vacation in a peaceful and tranquil location, then Almora is the place for you.
Located 370 kms away from Delhi, the 10-hour bumpy ride will lead you to this beautiful horseshoe-shaped town. Best explored on foot, you can see the old Gothic structure of the Methodist church on Mall Road. After this, you can get busy in the lanes of the 200-year-old Lala Bazaar where you will find a shop for almost everything. Located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon hills of the Himalayan range, this untouched beauty has everything that one looks for in a holiday in the hills: snow-capped mountains, green valleys with balmy weather. These reasons are enough for some, but let’s see if you can resist these unbelievable properties in Almora!
When you see this property it seems like it has come right out of those palaces you have read about in books and novels. Designed by a renowned Italian architect, this place is made like a Tuscan farmhouse surrounded by open fields, complementing the beauty of this place. Lavishly decorated with stunning tiles, marbled floors, hallways and period furniture, this place will get your heart racing. It offers rooms with décor that focuses on giving you an out-of-the-world experience with a breathtaking view of the valley and a bed that would put all your senses to rest. There are large terraces where you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky or have a romantic candlelight dinner with that special someone. Step into those washrooms and we vouch that you would not want to leave. Every nook and corner oozes class. Finally, a place where you can actually have those beautiful “Dear Diary” moments.
Price per night – Rs. 17,800 (starting range)
Best for – A romantic getaway
Rightstay tip – Head to the herbal factory where you can buy some face packs made of peach seeds and herbal spices
This 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house is highly recommended by us. Located in a rural setting in the Kumaon, this place is your answer to “Oh, my God! I need a break” days in office. The 10-acre estate has a lot to offer along with oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables and a stunning private perennial natural spring. This place urges your inner artist to come out and do some magic. Spend hours trying to capture the beauty of this place with your colors and brushes or sing along with the trees and air or simply lay down in courtyard and mull over life.
Price per night – Rs. 6600 (starting range)
Best for – Solo travellers
Rightstay tip – Visit the famous Naithana Devi Temple situated on the hill near the village
Located in Kasar Devi, Almora, this place perfectly defines “Nestled in the arms of Mother Nature”. A classical Ayurveda healing destination, it is very famous among travellers who are looking to channel their inner peace. To sooth your health needs, this place is uniquely personalised and offers some delicious, healthy, vegetarian cuisine, that we must say every non-vegetarian would also enjoy thoroughly. With stunning and breath-taking surrounding with an elegant decor complementing the hills, it has something for everyone who makes their way to this place.
Price per night – Rs. 22000 (starting range)
Best for – Ayurvedic fanatics
Rightstay tip – Feast on the food available in the famous Mohan’s Cafe
Built in the 1800s is a beautiful bungalow which was once a home of Norman Troupe, a restless British Army officer. Overlooking the majestic Himalayas, this place is a perfect blend of traditional and modern. It is like experiencing an era that has gone by. The beautiful wooden interior along with a century-old hand-painted wallpaper, old colonial furniture and an old piano makes this place picture perfect. There are a lot of options to keep everyone entertained: pool table, badminton, table tennis, golf driving net and so much more. For that bookworm in you there is a library where you can spend hours; a telescope for those you are in a relationship with the night sky. With its Ayurvedic treatment programme, supervised by a doctor, this is an apt destination for all the people who want a little time off from their busy schedule.
Price per night – Rs. 4000 (starting range)
Best for – Nature lovers
Rightstay tip – Get up a little early in the morning to witness a stunning sunrise.
Situated in Bageshwar, a district carved out of Almora, this 70-year-old bungalow has a rustic charm and a vibe that would make you feel at home instantly. Every corner of this bungalow speaks highly of the traditional north Indian culture. Simple yet subtle interiors make a warm and pleasant environment. Sit outside and experience paradise with the extraordinary view of the mountains. What makes this place even more tempting is its proximity to historic Baijnath, Bageshwar, featuring 124 temples, sprawling tea gardens and Anashakti Ashram where Gandhiji once stayed.
Price per night – Rs. 3500 (starting range)
Best for – Peace seekers
Rightstay tip – Visit the beautiful Bagnath Temple.
With the holidays being just around the corner (yay), plan your vacation at one of these places if you haven’t already zeroed down on a destination. Throw in all the necessities in your bags and start your journey to ALMORA!