Located at an elevation of 1829 mtrs above sea level, Ranikhet in the Almora district in the state of Uttrakhand is endowed with breathtaking natural beauty. An all season tourist destination, Ranikhet, which literally means Queen's meadow, is a secluded hill station set amidst lush green forests and the lofty peaks of the Himalayas.
Legend has it that the place had captivated Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sudhardev, so much that she decided to choose this beautiful spot to be her adobe. Afterwards the place came to be known as Ranikhet, which is also a cantonment town, home to the Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army.
The scented mountain breeze, fresh and pure, the singing birds, the awe-inspiring view of Himalayas, mist and clouds, cool mountain breeze and the sights and sounds will leave you” spellbound.
Best time to visit Ranikhet is from April to June and Mid September to Mid November.
Popularly known as orchard country, Chaubatia is famous for apple gardens, Fruit Research Center. A scenic place Chaubatia commands a picturesque view of the snow capped Himalayan Mountain.
Located on the Ram Mandir route to Chaubatia, the 8th century Jhoola Devi Ram Mandir is seven km from Ranikhet. The shrines of this temple complex are dedicated to Lord Rama and the Goddess Durga.
This temple is located adjacent to the Narsingh Maidan. Constructed by the Indian Army Regiment of Kumaon., the temple is located at Pithoragarh, near the Ranikhet town.
3 kms away from Chaubatia garden, Bhaludam, is a small lake made artificially. A favoiurite haunt of the picnickers, the place endowed with stunning beauty which is reflected in the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Synonymous with tranquility, Bhaludam is an important attraction around Ranikhet.
Maintained by the Indian army, the 9-hole Kalika golf course is appealing to the discerning golfers who come here to play golf in one of the highest golf courses in Asia.
Located between Ranikhet and Almora, Sitlakhet is blessed with breathtaking scenic beauty. Commanding a beautiful view of the majestic Himalayas, Sitlakhet is a picnic spot abounding in fruit orchards and herbal plants used in medicines. 10 kms away from Sitlakhet is the famous shrine of Syahi Devi. Two kilometers below Sitlakhet is located the ancestral village of the Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister who actively participated in India’s struggle for freedom from the colonial rule.
54 Km from Ranikhet, Nainital is located at an altitude of 1938 mts above the sea level and a famous hill station of India. Known for its lakes, pine forests and beautiful mountain vistas, Nainital is visited by tourists in large numbers.
113 km from Ranikhet, Jim Corbett National Park is one of the largest and most famous national parks in India. One of the most famous tiger reserves in India, the park is an entrancing preserve for tigers and makes a great natural habitat for a diversified fauna and flora. The best period to visit the Jim Corbett National Park is during the months of November to June.
Ranikhet has one of the most wonderful treks to offer along with the mesmerizing beauty of the mountains. From Ranikhet, The trek to Gagas and Dwarahat will enable you to explore the sublime Himalayan interiors amidst the forests of oaks and pines.
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport which is 119 km away Delhi, 366 km from Ranikhet is the convenient international airport which is connected with major cities in India and abroad.
By Rail: The nearest railhead, Kathgodam (86 km from Ranikhet) is connected with major railway stations of India.
By Road: Motorable roads connect Ranikhet with Nainital (54 km), Almora (44 km), Nainital (60 km), Binsar (63 km), Kausani (68 km), Bareily (181 km) and Delhi (366 km). State run and tourist bus services are available from Delhi to Ranikhet.
Ranikhet has lots of accommodation options to choose from to suit different budgets. Chevron Rosemount Hotel, Welcom Heritage Windsor Lodge, Hotel Meghdoot and Woods Villa Residency are some of the well-known hotels in Ranilkhet.