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Quiet, peaceful Almora. Covered in fragrant pine forest and pink rhododendrons. With plenty of hills to climb and views across the snow capped Annapurnas this little town is ensconced by the majesty of nature. A tranquil stop along your travels through Uttrakhand and a mountaineering mecca. Our pick of the best places to stay in Almora provide a restful and peaceful stop.
This is mountain country. Wander through the moss covered walkways between slate clad village houses with their immaculately kept gardens and vegetable patches. You will lose track of how many cups of chai you are invited in for.
The Kasar Devi temple is a particularly picturesque walk through the fragrant pine forest.
A great place to escape to during the punishing Indian summer, it is beautiful (although very chilly) under a layer of snow.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Almora are all homely and comforting stays.
For total relaxation
- Just outside of the main town, in the quaint village of Kasar Devi, is Mohan’s Binsar Retreat. With wooden floors, log burners an?d views across the Kuma?uni region it provides a welcome comfort stop.
For a wellness retreat
- With a serene setting and personalised menus and treatment programmes AyurVAID Kalmatia is an idyllic wellness retreat.
For a homestay experience
- With just two, beautifully decorated rooms Dalar Village Homestay is the perfect place for an authentic homestay experience with all your creature comforts.
For a romantic break
- Cosy cottages, roaring fire-places and almost total isolation Mary Budden Estate is an ideal destination for you and a loved one to escape to.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Almora to start to plan your trip. Alternatively you can check out all our recommended hotels in Uttarakhand, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Almora
Innisfree Hawalbagh 3 rooms from $35Almora (District Almora, Uttarakhand.)
Small but perfectly formed this three bed guesthouse is a home away from home. Providing 360° views of Hawalbagh and the surrounding valley and forests. Food is fresh, home-cooked and delicious. Whilst rooms are simple the relaxing atmosphere and charming hosts make Innisfree a delightful stay.Back to Nature - Your host is a self taught horticulturalist and a fountain of knowledge of the local wildlife. Great for enthusiasts.Hideaway - With minimal internet connectivity and no TVs this is a great property for those who want to get away from it all.Value chic - Clean rooms and delicious food at a great price.Great walks - Walk to the Katarmal Surya Mandir, a 13th century temple complex boasting great views.
Mohan's Binsar Retreat 15 rooms from $60Almora (Kasar Devi)
Idyllic, intimate getaway location in the Himalayas. Warm, friendly, personalised service. Wood-panelled, inviting rooms with awe-inspiring views onto the stunning mountains. Authentic dining in the restaurant which looks out onto the carefully landscaped garden patio. Balconies and outdoor terrace.Views - Stunning views of the snow-topped Himalayan mountains.Birdwatching - Located in the Kasar Devi - Binsar Bird SanctuaryGreat walks - Staff at the hotel will be happy to advise on great hiking paths in the vicinity.Sights nearby - Located near the historic Kasaar Devi temple.
AyurVAID Kalmatia 10 rooms from $128Almora (Uttarakhand,)
Wellness retreat hidden away in the Kumaoni Hills. Ten unique cottages allow ultimate privacy and mountain views. The emphasis is on wellbeing with a personalised vegetarian menu and wellness programme courtesy of the in house Ayurvedic specialist. Yoga and meditation also available. Unwind..Total relaxation - Yoga mats, a meditation park, plenty of hammocks, a well stocked library plus massage services - ideal for relaxationBack to Nature - A walker's paradise you are ensconced by the sights and sounds of natureHideaway - Hidden away in the Kumaoni Hills this is a true country escapeGreat walks - Through the rice terraces, Kumaoni villages and cedar forests. Utterly picturesque.
Dalar Village Homestay 2 rooms from $247Almora (Uttarakhand)
Two bedroom village house with charming vintage interiors. Plenty of exposed brick, thick rugs, colourful cushions, roaring fires and luxurious bathrooms make this an inviting stay. Meals are cooked with vegetables cooked from the kitchen garden and staff are effortlessly friendly and helpful.Hideaway - An authentic homestay hideaway - those after total escapism will love it hereRomantic Break - Large rooms and almost total seclusion make it a great break for couplesCooking classes - Cooking classes with the head chef are a treatGreat walks - Guided nature trails or to sunset point
Mary Budden Estate 7 rooms from $300Almora (Uttarakhand)
Utterly charming 19th century homestay. This family run affair offers you as warm a welcome as the crackling fire does in your room. Cosy cottages provide guests with mountain views, sitting rooms, antique furnishings and total seclusion. Delicious meals and cooking classes are available.Hideaway - Hidden away in the Kumaoni hills with nothing surrounding you but forest and wildlifeRomantic Break - In room fire places and private cottages make this a perfect escape for couplesGreat walks - Guided walks through the Kumaoni hillsCooking classes - Cooking lessons with the head chef