If Roman holiday were set in India, then the 8th century town of Almora would be its perfect match; a play on nostalgia, let our Vespa rides manifest your inner Audrey or Gregory. Hollywood glamour in the Kumaon at the Mary Budden Estate! Explorations abound in this busy mountain town which has secrets for those keen to know its stories.
Chitai Bells and Organic Farm: An hour’s drive on winding roads through forests of pine and chir one arrives at a rather unique “bell” temple dedicated to the local god “Golu” who insists on signing affidavits with its devotees to keep up both sides of the bargain! In this curious village of Chitai also resides an Indo-German couple running a high-quality organic farm where one can buy cosmetics, spices and grains of the Himalayas.
Panchachuli and Cricket Evenings: Panchachuli Weavers is an entirely women-run handloom enterprise with the most beautiful cashmere and merino goods. Whilst there, one can also play cricket with the local team on a beautiful flat field with the snow-capped mountains casting a most unusual and dramatic backdrop.
Khazanchi Mohalla & Paltan Bazar: The oldest marketplaces in Almora are home to the oldest traditional architecture of stone roofs, limewashed walls, and intricately carved wooden windows. These are also the last bastions of copper work and ironsmiths who still prefer their hand tools in place of the technological advancements of the modern world.