Almora with 3rd Gurkhas
Photographer: Lawrie and Company, G.W.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Almora from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of 'Naini Tal' taken by Lawrie & Co in 1895. Almora, situated on a horseshoe shaped hill, was the capital of the independent Hindu Kingdom of Kumaon until it was attacked and incorporated into the Gurkha Empire in 1790. After the Anglo-Nepal war(1814-16) it became a part of British India and developed as a prosperous hill station. The town overlooks a fertile terraced valley and a range of hills. Almora is also known for its temples, in particular the temple of Goddess Nanda Devi. Almora is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the Kumaon area and is famous for the local crafts of copperware and woollens. This is a view of the hill station at Almora with some Gurkha soldiers in the foreground. Gurkha regiments were incorporated into both the British and Indian Armies after their defeat in the Anglo-Nepal war (1814-16) and have served with them ever since.