Total Area: 21.76 sq.kms
Altitude: 1829 metres
Taxi Stand: Uttaranchal Taxi Union, Gandhi Chowk, Ranikhet
Clubs in Ranikhet: Ranikhet Club and KRC Golf Club
Shopping area in Ranikhet are: Sadar Bazar, Zaroori Bazar and Khari Bazar
The charming hill station of Ranikhet is located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1,829mts above sea level. Ranikhet has everything to pacify the nerves of an avid city dweller.
The hill station is Ranikhet, literally meaning - Queens Land, is an all season tourist-spot for the admirers of the natural beauty. Ranikhet is a place that reflects the best of the great Himalayas. The charming and majestic views of the pine trees, lush green forests, delicate plant life and attractive wild life, the scented mountain breeze, the fresh and pure, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas sight, all adds to the heavenly and pure feeling of Ranikhet.
The salubrious atmosphere, tall conifer trees, green meadows and placid surroundings makes Ranikhet a unique hill station. The magnetism of each season in Ranikhet is always capable of luring tourists, making it an all season destination. The majestic Himalayas, lush green forests, sounds and smell of the flora and fauna leaves an unforgettable impact on the visitors.
Ranikhet draws thousands of tourists each year for its unforgettable natural beauty, worth watching excursions, ancient temples, fascinating picnic spots and exciting treks. Ranikhet also headquarters one of the glorious regiment of Indian Army - Kumaon Regiment
Ranikhet literally means 'Queen's Meadow'. It is believed that Queen Padmini of Kumaon was in love with this tiny hill paradise. Kind Sudhardev had to oblige her by building a palace here and named this place Ranikhet, the queen's field. Though no trace of the palace can be found here today, but the place remained the same: bewitching, full of flowers, trees and green meadows in the midst of heavenly Himalayan surroundings.
Lost into oblivion for long, the picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the Britishers. In 1869, the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is the home for the Kumaon Regimental Centre & Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army. The main city of Ranikhet is fairly crowded but the military area offers serene environment.
Ranikhet Weather and Climate
Summers: Max. 35.0 C, Min. 10.0 C
Winters: Max. 8.0 C, Min 2.0 C
Following is the list tourist places in Ranikhet. These are some of the popular tourist spots in Ranikhet.
Chaubatia Gardens: It is situated 10 kms from Ranikhet and is renowned for apple orchards. Ranikhet is popular for its luscious apples, apricots, peaches and various alpine fruits. Apart from fruits one can buy fresh juices and honey from Chaubatia Gardens. Picturesque views of the snow capped peaks of the mighty Himalayan range can be seen from Chaubatia Gardens.
Golf Course: Ranikhet Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia, located 5 kms from main Ranikhet City. Ranikhet Golf Course is a 9-hole course making it one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet. The green meadow of the golf course at such high altitude is awe-inspiring. The golf club provides membership plans for outsiders as well.
Ashsiyana Park: Ashiyana Park is situated in the midst of Ranikhet town. The Park is specially designed & developed for children on jungle theme by Ranikhet Cantt.
St. Bridget Church: It is an old church in Ranikhet town.
Tarikhet: is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Ranikhet is well known for its Gandhi Kuti, and the temple of Golu Devta is venerated in the Kumaon region. It is famous for the Gandhi Kuti and the temple of Golu Devta.
Mankameshwar Temple: This temple is attached to the Nar Singh Maidan (Ground), constructed by the Kumaon regiment. Opposite the temple is a Gurudwara and a Shawl factory.
Majkhali: Located at a distance of 12 kms. from Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy Himalayas with peaceful surroundings. It is a picnic spot on the Ranikhet-Almora road.
Haidakhan Temple: Situated 4 kms from Ranikhet, Haidakhan Temple (Hairakhan Temple or Chilianaula) is dedicated to Lord Shiva made by Shri Haidakhan Maharaj who is said to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The splendid views of the gigantic Himalayan peaks are clearly visible from Haidakhan Temple.
Jhula Devi Temple: Built in the 8th century, Jhula Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga located 7 kms from Ranikhet. The people of Uttaranchal have strong belief in the Jhula Devi Temple and numerous bells are hung in the temple. Ram Mandir is situated very close to Jhula Devi Mandir.
Syalikhet: It is a scenic spot with unparallel beauty situated at a distance of 25kms from Ranikhet. Syalikhet is located in the amidst green forest and apple orchards. The famous temple of Syahi Devi is situated in Syalikhet.
Binsar Mahadev: The artistic structure of the Binsar Mahadev Temple and its deity Lord Shiva both adds positive vibes to our mind and soul. A beautiful stream flowing close to the Binsar Mahadev Temple adds amazement to the natural beauteousness of this sacred place. Binsar Mahadev Temple is situated amidst beautiful pine and deodar trees. Apart from the temple an ashram, Binsar Mahadev also has lovely cedar forest surroundings.
Katarmal (Sun Temple): It is the second most important temple to Sun God, the first one being Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Katarmal is more than 800years old. Situated 25kms from Ranikhet this historical temple is an example of intricate sculpturing.
Bhalu Dam or Baludham: It is an artificial small lake blessed with natural bounteousness, panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and placid surroundings. The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is marvelous. The dam site is open for all the tourists throughout the year. The views of the massive Himalayan peaks are enchanting and ravishing from Bhalu Dam. It is an ideal spot for camping and picnicking.
KRC (Kumaon Regimental Centre) Museum: KRC Museum was established in the 1970s, this Regiment Museum showcases the history of Kumaon and Garhwal regiments. It also displays valuable treasures like Rani Jhasi's silver scepter, Chinese rifles from the 1962 war, a World War-II Japanese wireless field telephone and documents related to the Kargil War.
You can visit these tourist places while staying in Ranikhet. The following tourist places are near Ranikhet.
Khairna Bridge: is located at a distance of 34 kms. from Ranikhet on the Nanital route. Number of People comes here it is famous for fishing.
SitlaKhet (Shitlakhet): located 30 kms from Ranikhet, between Ranikhet and Almora this picturesque place not only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also full of fruit orchards. There is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around 3 KMs away on a lovely mountainous trail.
Bageshwar: Bageshwar is situated 107kms from Ranikhet. It derives its name from Bagnath, a famous temple located at the confluence of the river Gomti and Saryu. Every year, Bagnath attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over as it is believed that Lord Shiva wandered here as a tiger. Bageshwar is situated on the confluence of Saryu and Gomti rivers. The popular Uttarayani fair is held every year in January in Bageshwar. Bageshwar is also used as the base camp by trekkers for Pindari.
Dronagiri: 52 kms from Ranikhet lies the 1100 century old Dronagiri Temple. It is said that during Ram Rawan battle when Laxman got injured by Meghnath's arrow Hanuman was send to got Sanjiwani Buti from Himalayas on his way back a part of it fell at this place were the present Dronagiri stands.
Pandavkholi: 5 kms ahead of Dronagiri is the famous cave of Pandavkholi which finds its description in the famous book Autobiography of a Yogi of Lahiri Mahashay fame it is also said that pandavas stayed here during exile, a beautiful meadow stands atop of the hill were pandavas meditated which can be reached by a good mild trek of 4 kms were Path Bhraman Sangh of Ranikhet has setup an ashram for meditation lovers one can go and stay at the ashram. From here one can get a commendable and close view of the Himalayas.
Baijnath: Baijnath is 90km from Ranikhet, a famous temple town on the banks of the Gomti in the Garuda Valley. In Baijnath temple complex the main attraction is the black stone idol of Parvati at the main entrance. Though fishing is strictly prohibited within the campus, you can feed them with a large packet of channa. A Kali temple is located 8km from Baijnath known as Kot-ki-mai.
Jageshwar: Jageshwar 80 kms from Ranikhet is the famous cluster of 128 temples the prominent of them being one of the jyotirling Jageshwar and the Mahamrityunjay temple which is the only temple of this incarnation of Lord Shiva in the world.
Dwarahat: It is situated 37kms from Ranikhet on NH87 which connects with Karnaprayag. Dwarahat is of great historical and archaeological importance in Uttarakhand. Dwarahat was once the centre of Katyuri rulers, which later got associated with Chand rulers. Syaldeh-Bikhoti Fair is held from 13-16 April every year at Dwarahat. Dwarahat is also famous for its Kumaoni Holi.
Binsar: It is situated at a distance of 104km from Ranikhet. A famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bineswar is the major crown puller of Binsar. Perched at an elevation of 2,412mts above sea level, this temple was constructed by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty. Binsar is situated amidst dense jungle offering placid environment and exquisite surroundings. The views of major peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath and other peaks are stimulating from here.
Mukteshwar: It is situated at a distance of 85kms from the town of Ranikhet set at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is great Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Dham is stood offers stupendous views of Himalayan range. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. You can also visit Ramgarh, which close to Mukteshwar.
Nainital: It is situated at a distance of 59 kms from Ranikhet at an elevation of 1,938mts above sea level. Nainital is given the epithet of 'Lake District' because it dotted with five lakes Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal.
Almora: Almora is a picturesque place located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and is famous for its magnificent beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas, rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife, unique handicrafts and delicious cuisine. Almora is situated 46kms from Ranikhet.
Kausani: It is one of the most popular hill stations of Kumaon perched at an elevation of 1,890mts above sea level. Situated 76kms from Ranikhet this charming hill resort set amidst several snow-capped peaks is endowed with extraordinary natural beauteousness. Mahatma Gandhi and was absolutely fascinated by the scenic grandeur of Kausani while a visit in year 1929. Sumitra Nandan Pant, a renowned Hindi poet was born in Kausani.
By Air : The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is 71 kms away. A coach takes tourists to Ranikhet. Taxis and buses are also available.
By Rail : The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam, which is 35 kms away.
By Road: The city is well connected by a road network.
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