Ranikhet is a place related with the legends of Himalayas. Historical accounts tell us the Queen Padmini of Kumaon was enchanted by this tiny hill paradise. King Sudhardev obliged her, by building a palace here for the queen and named the place Ranikhet (the queen’s fields).
No trace of the palace can be found today, but the place remained the same: captivating, abounding with 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 British. They bought the land from the native villagers and build it into a summer resort apart from establishing an army recruitment centre. Ranikhet still remains the head quarters of the gallant Kumaon Regiment. Situated at a height of 1,829 meters, with an area of 21.76 sq. km Ranikhet has too much to present to the visitors – a healthy climate, tall coniferous trees, vast green meadows, tranquil surroundings, perfect peace and warm, open-hearted people. Every season has its own irresistible charm. This is what makes Ranikhet an all-season destination. Ranikhet also boasts of one of the best hill golf greens (9 holes) in the country.
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni, Garhwali
Best Season: Mar – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: Summer 15-30°C. Winter 0-24°C
Altitude: 1869 m
STD code: 05966
Delhi to Ranikhet 365 km
Indore to Ranikhet 1031 km
Nagpur to Ranikhet 1180 km
Pune to Ranikhet 1659 km
Bangalore to Ranikhet 2243 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
Ranikhet has a cool climate all through the year and can be visited anytime of the year. But the best time would be from February to November avoiding the heavy snow months.
Winters (October to February) are chilly cold and have a temperature range of 3°C to 7°C. Snowfalls are common during winters especially in December, January and February months. Snow lovers can enjoy snow during these months. Besides, honeymoon in Ranikhet is also enjoyable during this season.
Summers (March to May) are very pleasant with a temperature range of 8°C to 22°C. Excellent time for exploring in and around Ranikhet city.
Monsoons (June to August) have an average rainfall. The scenic beauty of the place is worth seeing. Post monsoons in Ranikhet are spectacular with cultural and sports activities.
Summer months are perfect for Ranikhet tourism. Tourists can enjoy sightseeing and outdoor activities. Winter season is ideal for snow enthusiast and honeymooners. Monsoon period offers scenic charm of the place.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Ranikhet
10 km south of Ranikhet are the famous fruit-laden orchards of Chaubatia. These orchards are known for delicious apples of several exclusive varieties, apricots, peaches and various other alpine fruits. These can be directly procured from the growers themselves. There is also a state-run Fruit Research Centre. Situated nearby is Bhalu Dam in the background of a beautiful lake created by this dam, which attracts tourists round the year.
One of the highest golf courses famous in India is situated close to the Upat Kalika temple, about 6 km from the Ranikhet town. It is an army golf course, but civilians can also access it paying a nominal fee. It remains open round the year.
An ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, Lord Shiva and Radha-Krishna. This beautiful temple adjacent to Nar Singh Ground has been rebuilt by the soldiers of Kumaon Regiment.
8 km from Ranikhet. Gandhiji stayed here in the 1920s. His cottage is a major tourist attraction. The famous temple of the local deity, Golu can also be visited at Tarikhet.
Jhoola Devi And Ram Mandir
37 km from Ranikhet on the road to Karnaprayag. Once the centre of Katyuri rulers, Dwarhat is of great historical and archaeological importance. Later it became associated with the Chand rulers. This place is famous for the cluster of ancient temples. Every year a grand fair is held here from 13th to 16th April known as Syalde – Bikhauti Mela.
35 km from Ranikhet, Sitlakhet is a very scenic spot, with unparalleled views of the Himalayas, amid luxuriant forests and apple orchards. The famous temple of Syahi Devi is located nearby.
How to Reach Here
By air: Nearest Airport is Pant Nagar, at a distance of 119 km.
By road: Ranikhet is well connected via roads. Roads run through Haldwani, Bhowali and Khairna during all seasons. Ranikhet has direct bus links with Nainital (60 km), Kathgodam (86 kms), Ramnagar (96 kms) and Delhi (366kms).
By rail: Kathgodam (86 km.) is the nearest railhead.
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