Ranikhet is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand, in India. It is also a cantonment town as it serves as a base for military hospitals, Naga Regiment and Kumaon Regiment. The place is maintained by the army of India. A visit to Ranikhet gives you incredible glimpses of the majestic Himalayas and lush greeneries. This has made it a popular tourist spot and must visit places in India.
Location : State/District
Ranikhet is a well-known holiday destination in the Almora district of the state Uttarakhand in India.The latitude and the longitude of the place correspond to 29.6500⁰ N and 79.4200⁰ E respectively.
Ranikhet is rightly named as the ‘Queens Land’. This is a very charming hill station offering natural beauty to its tourist. This place is a perfect destination for relaxation and gives a good break from the rustic city life.
Family holiday Destination
Ranikhet is a holiday destination with your family. The quietness of the place is suitable to refresh family ties and spend quality time with your loved ones. So make sure to bookmark the place as your next family holiday destination.
The climate of Ranikhet is enjoyable in every season. Even the summer months from March – May, the temperature is not very high and the weather remains pleasurable. The place experiences rainfall from June-August. This is the best time to enjoy the blessed beauty of Ranikhet. The winter is Ranikhet is very cold with lowest temperature recorded at 7⁰ C. Even though Ranikhet is an all-season holiday destination, the best time to visit the place remains between March to October. During this time you will only need cotton clothes to enjoy the weather.
Travelling to Ranikhet is hassle free for the people living in India. Tourists outside India require a visa from the Indian government and their passport should be updated and valid for a period of more than 6 months from the date of arrival.
Places to Visit
The green meadows, scented mountain breeze, tall pine trees and serene environment make Ranikhet a unique and charming holiday destination. There are several places worth visiting in Ranikhet to keep you busy during your stay.
The Jhula Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is extremely popular among tourists. The place holds religious significance for Hindus and pilgrims come here to pray Devi Durga and ask Her blessings to fulfil their wishes. There is a custom of hanging a bell in the temple for every wish. So make sure you visit the temple and pray to the Goddess for fulfilment of your wishes. Another well-known temple in Ranikhet is the Rama Mandir. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. This place is known for its Vedic knowledge and a must visit place for people with spiritual inclination. Some of the other known temples in Ranikhet are Mankameshwar Temple, Haidakhan Temple, Katarmal or Sun Temple and the temple of Golu Devta.
Chaubatia Gardens is very famous for the apple orchards. Ranikhet is well-known for its delicious apples, peaches, apricots and other alpine fruits. You can also buy pure honey and fresh juices from here. Chaubatia Gardens gives you the picturesque vies of snow covered Himalayan ranges.
The Ashsiyana Park located in the heart of Ranikhet is a very good place for children. The park is developed and designed on a jungle theme by the Army Cantonment.
The Golf Course in Ranikhet is the highest golf courses in whole of Asia. It has a 9-hole course and is surrounded by greenery on all sides. Ranikhet Golf Course is a prime attraction for golfers all over the world.
Being a Cantonment town you cannot miss visiting the Kumaon Regimental Centre (KRC) Museum. Built in 1970s this museum displays the history of the Garhwal and Kumaon regiments. The KRC museum also holds some of the rare treasures of the war front.
Ranikhet is located amidst the most picturesque surroundings on Earth. Not only the place itself is interesting, you can also visit beautiful locations from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by several mesmerising locations, beautiful temples and historical monuments.
Located at convenient distance from Ranikhet are the hill stations of Kausani, Sitakhet, Tarikhet and Almora. These places are extremely beautiful and offer breathtaking views of the magnificent Himalayas. They also turn out to be a good picnic spot. Each of these places is unique in its own beauty and historical importance.
There are many temples you can visit from Ranikhet. The Binsar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva offers the most enchanting surroundings with dense cedar forest and natural springs. The Sun Temple at Katarmal is one of the oldest temples and famous for its beautiful stone carvings and ancient architectural plan.
Dwarghat is a very renowned historical site located at 38 kms from the town of Ranikhet. The popularity of the place is due to the presence of ancient temples like Dhwaj, Maniyan, Mrityunjaya, Badrinath and Kachri Devtas. The famous Syalde-Bikhauti fair also takes place here every year during the month of April.
Food & Accommodation
Ranikhet is a very small town therefore the food options are quiet limited here. Tourists are mainly dependant on the hotels or resorts for their meals. Some of the places you can try out in Ranikhet are the Oak Garden, Queens Court, River View Restaurant, Royal Retreat, Mayur Restaurant and The Tea Lounge. The menu is these eateries comprises of mouth-watering and delicious cuisines.
Being a popular tourist destination, Ranikhet has a range of hotels and other accommodation options to suit every traveller’s budget. Some of the featured hotels in Ranikhet include Annabella Hotels & Resorts, Chevron Rosemount, Cosmos Open View Estate, Essence of Nature, Cottage in Hills and Hotel Moon. These accommodations provide you hospitable service with up-to-the-mark amenities. The tariff ranges from INR 2200-6500 per room/night.
Safety and Security
You do not require any safety and security measures while travelling to the beautiful town of Ranikhet.