I visited Almora in June 2007 for the first time. It is located about 2 hours away from Kausani. Almora is an ideal location both for random tourists seeking quiet and beauty of the mountains or those who are seeking spiritual places. There is much sightseeing to do near Almora starting with centuries old temples at Jageshwar. There is another famous temple of "Golu Dev" where people write letters to the God. Another famous shrine is called Dronagiri (Doonagiri Mata) where one has to climb about 300 stairs (1000+ normal sized stairs) to get on top of the hill (about a 20 minute climb) where the temple is located.
Dronagiri is famous mainly for the following 3 facts:
1.) Per Ramayana, the Hindu religious text, It is said that when Lord Hanuman was carrying the mountain with the Sanjeevini Herb for Lakshmana, a part of the mountain fell around Dronagiri and hence it is said that "adepts" can still find Sanjeevini Herb around Dronagiri Area.
2.) Another reason, which is obvious from the name is its affiliation to the Teacher of Pandavas from Mahabharata, Dronacharya. It is said that Dronacharya did "Tapa" here.
3.) Most famously, Dronagiri is known for the eternal presence of the ageless sage of Himalayas, Mahavtar Babaji, who it is said, still roams those parts of Himalayas. It was here in late 1800s when Lahiri Mahasaya met Babaji.
Further up, there is "Pandukholi", where Pandavas spent part of their "Agyaatvaas". There is also the cave of Mahavatar Babaji (now under YSS) where he gave initiated Lahiri Mahasaya in 1800s.
Apart from its Spiritual siginificance, Almora boasts of its majestic Himalayan splendor, which is a must visit for everyone.