Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district of Uttarakhand, India. It is surrounded by majestic Himalayan Ranges and lush green forests. Ranikhet means Queens Meadow. This name was given by Raja Sudhardev to express his love towards his wife Rani Padmini. Palace does not exist here. Britishers used this place as summer retreat. They have established Kumaon Regiment here in 1869.
What to see in Ranikhet:
Nanda Devi Mela: It is one of the major attractions of Ranikhet. Every year in the month of September this is held at Nanda Devi Temple. In the honour of Goddesses Sunanda Devi and Nanda Devi this is held. This was started by Raja Kalyan Chand in 16th century. To bring prosperity this is held every year.
Mankameshwar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Pair of Radha Krishna, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kalika. It was built by Kumaon Regimental Centre of Indian army in 1978. Near this temple Woollen Garden factory and Guruwara can be seen here.
Rani Jheel: It is an artificial lake built between Kendriya Vidyalaya and Canossa Convent School bridges. For the purpose of rain water harvesting this was built by Cantonment board.
Flora and Fauna: This place is famous for flora and fauna. Major attritions of deodar, oak and Pine forests are Porcupine, Red Fox, Langur, Jackal, Red Faced Monkey, Indian Hare, Sambar etc.
Army Museum: Contribution by Regiment during kargil war, Indo China wars can be known here. Weapons used in the wars are placed here.
What to see around Ranikhet:
Upat and Kalika: Best view of snow peaked Himalayan is possible from here. Army golf course can be learned here. It is situated 5kms away from Ranikhet.
Tarikhet: It is 8kms away from Ranikhet. Major attraction of this place is Gandhi Kutiya. In this place Gandhi stayed for long time during freedom struggle.
Chaubatia: It is situated 10kms away from Ranikhet. More than 200 varieties of fruits and flowers can be seen in this orchard. Research laboratory is also located here.
Majkhali: It is located 13kms away from Ranikhet. This place is famous for towering view of the Himalayas.
Binsar Mahadev: Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Place is situated 15kms away from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by Cedar Forests and Water springs.
Sun Temple: It is 800 years old temple of Almora. It is located 25kms away from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by 44 smaller shrines. Trekking route is preferred to reach this place.
Dwarahat: This ancient village is situated 38kms away from Ranikhet. Major attractions are Kachri Devtas temple, Dhwaj, Mrityunjaya, Maniyan and Badnirath temples. Other attraction is Syalde Bikhauti Fair held in April.
Getting to Ranikhet: Ranikhet is well connected with road ways. From Bareily, Almora, Nainital buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 80kms away from Ranikhet. From all the main cities of India, trains come to this place. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi which is 350kms away from Ranikhet and Domestic airport is located at Pantnagar which is 119kms away from Ranikhet.
Getting around Ranikhet: Buses, Jeeps, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ranikhet.
Best time to visit Ranikhet: Best time to visit this place is between March to October.
Where to stay in Ranikhet: Plenty of accommodation is available in Ranikhet. Cost of budget rooms are ranging between Rs.700 to Rs.1500. Cost of Deluxe suites ranges from Rs.7000 to Rs.10, 000.
Where to eat in Ranikhet: Several restaurants available to eat in Ranikhet. Ram Mithai, local sweetmeat, has to taste by the visitors. This taste will remember forever.