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District : Almora District
Location : 60 kms from Nainital
Altitude : 1,800 m Above Sea Level
Best Time to Visit : Can be Visited All Round the Year

Ranikhet in Uttaranchal
Small Yet Scenic Town of Ranikhet

Also Known As : Queen's Meadow.
Famous Temples : Kali Devi ka Mandir, Jhula Devi Temple, Mankamesahwar Temple.
Popular Museum : KRC Museum – Housing Memorabilia from the Wars Fought by this Regiment.
Adventure Options : Golfing in Upat Kalika (5 kms), Fishing in Bhalu dam (3.2 kms).
Walking Trail : Ranikhet – Jhula Devi Temple – Chaubatia – Bhalu Dam.
Army Holiday Home – AMU Guest House.
Trekking Excursions : Ranikhet to Kausani.
Ranikhet to Dunagiri.
Ranikhet to Sitalakhet.
Picnic Spots : Majhkhali – 13 kms, Chaubatia – 10 kms.
Must Enjoy : Picnicking in the Chaubatia Orchards, and Buying Seasonal Fruits from Here.
Shop For : Kumaoni Shawls, Woollen Fabrics, weed Shawls, Bal Mithai.
Culinary Delight : Bal Mithai – Kumaon Specialty.
Eating Options : Dining Room for Continental, Hotel Meghadoot for All Kinds of Food, Hotel Moon and Restaurant.
Staying Options : Troupe's Bungalow, Holm Farm Heritage Hotel and Resorts, Cost Plus Resorts, Ranikhet Club.
Getting Around : Tarikhet – 8 kms, Sitakhet – 28 kms, Dwarghat – 38 kms. Khoont – 30 kms.
Important Distances : Nainital – 60 kms, Pantnagar – 110 kms, Kathgodam – 90 kms. Delhi – 360 kms.
Getting There : Air – Nearest airport is at Pantnagar 110 km away.
Rail – Nearest Railhead is a Kathgodam, 90 kms Away. Taxis and Buses are Available for Ranikhet From Here.
Road – NH 24 to Rampur Via Hapur, Garhmukteshwar, Gajraula, Joya and Moradabad. NH 87 to Kathgodam via Rudrapur and Haldwani.

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Ranikhet in Uttaranchal – The Queen Among the Hill Stations

If there is any place where getting there itself is an experience, then it is Ranikhet. So much was the beauty of this hill station that Rani Padmini fell deeply and madly in love with and hence the name Ranikhet. At an altitude of 6,000 ft, this small hill station in Uttaranchal, Ranikhet is definitely a charming destination. There are thick forested slopes of pine and deodar giving way to mountain streams and further to flower carpeted valleys. As you approach Ranikhet, keep your eyes wide open to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas that will cross your way.

Attractions in Ranikhet – Spreading Far Away in the Valley

Thinking of what to see in Ranikhet? Well there are museums, temples, lively bazaars and orchards full of fruit and plenty to see and do. But all those who are looking for leisure tourism are also welcome. Ranikhet is popular for its two temple, 400 years old Jhoola Devi Ka Mandir and Kali Devi ka Mandir which has a large number of bells.
Snaking up the little path towards the Kumaon Regimental centre is the KRC museum that displays memorials from the wars that this regiment has fought. There is also a church located is close vicinity of this museum.

Jhula Devi Temple in Ranikhet
The Temples of Bells - Jhuladevi Temple in Ranikhet

The Pleasure of Picnic in Ranikhet

The scented air and the panoramic vista of Ranikhet is enough to make a person go lazy and enjoy some ideal time under the sky. Tourists can enjoy picnicking at the orchards in Chaubatia, 10 kms from Ranikhet. Here do not miss buying the seasonal fruits. Another 13 kms down the Almora road is Majhkhali, which too is an idyllic picnic spot. Awe inspiring snow peaks and mountain streams running below the pine trees are attractions that will make yourself lose to nature.

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Adventurous High in Ranikhet

To keep people engrossed, Ranikhet also assists the tourist with adventure options like golfing and fishing. Go to the Bhalu dam on Kosi river, 3,2 kms from Ranikhet to indulge in fishing. However, permission needs to be sought before fishing in this dam.
Among other adventure options tourists can enjoy is golfing at high altitudes of Upat and Kalika. Conjure up all your energy to give a high powered shot that should land far, far away. You can also take excursion from here to see a temple dedicated to goddess Kali, just a kilometer away.

Golf in Ranikhet
The Leisure Sport in Uttaranchal - Golfing in Ranikhet

Getting to the Land of Green Meadows

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 119 km. During the summer regular flights link other important places with Nainital and thus to Ranikhet. The nearest railhead for Ranikhet is Kathgodam, at a distance of 84 km. The well linked 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 regular.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Ranikhet

Sunrise in Ranikhet

The Leisure Hill Station of India
Ranikhet is all about leisure tourism. Called as the Queen's meadow, this famous hill station of Uttaranchal has been bestowed with slopes thickened with green forests, streams that run wild and valley that are laden with flowers.

The Attractions of the Queensland
The major attractions of Ranikhet comprise of temple attractions as well as museums and other small yet significant structures. Visit the Jhula Devi temple and Kali Devi ka Mandir and toll the large number of bells. There is also a museum near Ranikhet where one can see war memorials.

Fruitful Combination of Orchards and Adventure
Situated among the cool airs of Himalayas is Chaubatia orchards where tourists can indulge in picnicking and buying seasonal fruits. Near to the site is the Bhalu Dam where fishing is possible. Just 5 kms from Ranikhet are Upat and kalika that offers tourists to enjoy golfing at high altitudes. Strolling in the narrow snake winding paths is another enjoyable activity in Ranikhet.

Shopping Adds to the Holiday Attraction in Ranikhet
Shopping is an amazing experience in Ranikhet, not only because of the variety of unique things they have to offer but also the economical rates they are sold at. Famous for tweed shawls, wollen fabrics and Kumaon shawls, one cannot miss trying the Kumani specialty bal-mithai. There are many shops and bazaars located in Ranikhet.

Top Class Excursions
An excursion from Ranikhet will lead the tourist to the Tarikhet (8 kms), which has a small hut where Mahatama Gandhi once stayed. Go to Sitakhet (28 kms) to buy some special herbs or attend the Syalde Bikhoti Mela in Dwarghat in April. Excursion from Ranikhet are delightful are are sure to remain etched in the minds of the traveller.

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