The ancient town of
Almora, before it's establishment was under the possession of Katyuri king Baichaldeo. He
donated major part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari.
Later on when Chand kingdom was founded in Baramandal, the town of Almora
was founded at this centrally located place in 1560 by Kalyan Chand.
In the days of the Chand Kings it was called
Rajapur. The name 'Rajpur' is also mentioned over a number of ancient
copper plates. The town of Almora is situated over a horse saddle shaped
ridge of a mountain. The eastern portion of the ridge is known as Talifat
and the western one is known as Selifat. The market is at the top of the
ridge where these two, Talifat and Selifat jointly terminate.
The main Mohalla (wards) of Almora are as
Joshikhola, Shelakhola, Dyodhipokhar, Thapalia, Kholta, Champanaula,
Gururanikhola, Chaunsar, Galli, Karadiyakhola, Kapina, Paniudiyar,
Ranidhara, Chaudharikhola, Pokharkhal, Jhijad and Kasoon.
Chinakhan, Makedi, Dharanaula,
Chandani Chowk, Vishtakuda, Tyunara, danya, Bansbida, Upretikhola,
Khasiya-khola, Badekhola, Dubkiya, Nayalkhola, Tiruvakhola, Dugalkhola and
Mostly the wards have been named after the
communities that inhabited them.
Market :- Lala
Bazar, Karkhana Bazar, Khajanchi Mohalla, Jauhari Mohalla, Malli Bazar and Thana
The market is 1.25 miles long and is covered
with stone slabs. The place of the present cantonment was formerly known
as Lalmandi. Presently where the collectorate exists, the 'Malla Mahal'
(Upper Court) of Chanda kings was located. The site of present District
Hospital used to be 'Talla Mahal' (Lower Court) of Chand