Cool away in the hill resort of Ranikhet. The sylvan surroundings of
Ranikhet have attracted innumerable people. Together with the vistas of
the Himalayas, ancient temples, picturesque picnic spots, splendid
strolls and the exciting treks Ranikhet is a popular tourist destination
The hill resort of Ranikhet stands at 1824 m above sea level. Ranikhet
is located in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. In the Kumaon
Hills the hill resort of Ranikhet is 59 km from Nainital and 50 km from
Ranikhet - Past
It is believed that the hill resort of Ranikhet derives it name from the
Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler. The queen was
awe-struck by the beauty of the place. The queen was so captivated by
the place that she decided to stay there, and the place came to be known
as Ranikhet i.e. the queen's field. The region around Ranikhet was ruled
by local Kumaoni rulers and later came under British rule. The British
developed Ranikhet as a hill station for their troops and established a
cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the
Kumaon Regimental Center. Till date the hill resort of Ranikhet offers
refugee to the sun baked people of the plains.
The hill resort of Ranikhet is a nature lover's paradise. Unrivaled for
the panoramic views Ranikhet offers the best of the Western Himalayas.
While at Ranikhet you may enjoy the excellent view of the great
Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi that stands 7816 m above sea level.
There are several spectacular treks from Ranikhet that the adventure
tourists at the hill resort may take up. The treks to Kausani, Dunagiri
and Sitalakhet pass through interesting terrain.
Tourists love to stroll around the town of Ranikhet and its sylvan
surroundings. You must check out the Jhula Devi temple and the Chaubatia
orchards that are within walking distance, south of the main Mall Road
of Ranikhet. Another tourist destination in Ranikhet is the artificial
lake of Bhaludham.
Upat Kalika, 4 km north of Ranikhet and on the main road to Almora,
offers panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and has a nine-hole golf
course is another must visit.
In order to enjoy the beauty of nature at its best you may move to the
vintage points of Chubatia and Majkhali.
Tourist Places Near By
NainitalNear the hill resort of Ranikhet there are several other places
of tourists interest. At around sixty km from Ranikhet is another hill
resort of Nainital. The Naini Lake and the nature spots in the vicinity
are major attractions.
While visiting Ranikhet you may even move on the hill resort of Almora,
at a distance of 50 km. At Almora the health resorts and wondrous vistas
of the Himalayan ranges are a must visit.
For those of you with a liking for the past there are ancient sculptures
at Dwarahat. Just 38 km away from Ranikhet Dwarahat was once the
principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas.
Sitalakhet, Tarikhet and Khairna are the other interesting excursion
options from Ranikhet.
Ranikhet - How to Reach
Even though the hill resort of Ranikhet does not have an airport or a
railway station of its own, it is easily accessible. The nearest airport
happens to be at Pant Nagar (Nainital), at a distance of 1119 km. During
the summer regular flights link other important places with Nainital and
in turn Ranikhet. The nearest railhead for Ranikhet is Kathgodam, at a
distance of 84 km. The excellent road network connects Ranikhet with
other important cities. The main bus station is located near the main
tourist office adjacent to the Sadar Bazaar area. The bus service from
Ranikhet to Nainital, Almora, Kathgodam, and Kausani is frequent.
Ranikhet - Best Time to Visit
The hill resort of Ranikhet remains pleasant all through the year.
Ranikhet experiences Alpine type of climate. The summers are mild and
last from April to June. The winters are cold and carry on from November
to February. The months of December and January sees snow fall in the
hill resort. Though through July and August Ranikhet experiences heavy
rainfalls, under the influence of southwestern monsoons. Rains have been
known to cause landslides and should therefore be avoided.