Ranikhet, nestling in the lap of the Himalayas is an army cantonment hill station in Almora district of Uttarakhand. The British fell in love with this place as did Raja Sudhardev at one time, and made it the headquarters for their regiment besides making it a retreat for escape from the oppressive heat of the plains.
It is a wonderful hill station, located at an altitude of 1829 meters above the sea level. The entire region is filled with enviable beauty which makes it as serene and secluded holiday destination. It belongs to Almora district of Uttarkhnad and developed by British. The beautiful place is further adorned by ancient temples, salubrious climate, lush green forest, breathtaking views of majestic Himalayas, undulating terrains and much more. The literal meaning of this place is Queen’s meadow. There are many associated folk stories with the name ‘Ranikhet’. The essence of nature beauty can be experienced at its best here. It assures unforgettable picnic memories to visitors. The unique aroma of forest, variety of flora and fauna, morning chirps of birds and snow-capped peaks of majestic Himalayas are the enchanting features of Ranikhet. Natural treks are another tourist attraction. It is blessed region filled with full of nature treasures.Nanda Devi Park, Jhoola Devi temple, Orchard at Chaubattia and Golf course are nearby attractions in Ranikhet.
Places to visit
Jhula Devi Temple
It is an ancient temple, belongs to 8th century and devoted to Goddess Durga. Many visitors throng this temple throughout the year. There is an adjacent Ram temple is an added tourist attraction.
Majhkhali is the tempting celestial beauty which offers enchanting views of majestic Himalayas to visitors. It is a wonderland
Upat is a place where one can see high altitude Golf course link which is a natural 9 holes course. It is a best place for sport lovers. There is an ancient temple Kalika is nearby tourist attraction in Upat.
How to reach Ranikhet
Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport around 119 km from Ranikhet.
Kathgodam is the closest rail head, located at a distance of 80 km from Ranikhet.
It is well connected with cities like Almora, Nainital and Bareily by road. There are plenty of buses available from Delhi to reach Ranikhet.