Ranikhet Tourism
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Ranikhet Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill

Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station and a cantonment town in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Ranikhet is a popular hill resort well known for the views of the mighty Himalayas. Surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges Ranikhet is situated in the upper Kumaon Hills at an altitude of about 1869 m (6 131 ft) above sea level. Ranikhet is located at a distance of about 59 km from Nainital and 50 km from Almora.

Enveloped by lush green forests and meadows, the hill station of Ranikhet is known for its clean and calm environs. The entire town of Ranikhet is divided in to two ridges - Ranikhet ridge and Chaubattia ridge. Ranikhet ridge is situated at an altitude of 5983 ft above sea level whereas Chaubattia ridge is about 6942 ft above sea level.  Views of the surrounding mountains with the backdrop of the Western Himalayas make Ranikhet a popular tourist destination in North India. 

History of Ranikhet

The word ‘Ranikhet’ stands for ‘Queen's Meadow’. As per the folklore, Queen Padmini of Kumaon was so enamored by the natural beauty of this tiny hill paradise that her husband, King Sukherdev, built a palace for her at this place and named it ‘Ranikhet’. Even though there are no archeological or historical evidences available to prove that a palace was erected here, the name as well as the story lives on. 

Ranikhet was rediscovered by the British in the year 1869. The town of Ranikhet became the headquarters of the British Kumaon Regiment. This town was also a summer retreat for the British officers. Today, besides being a serene travel destination, Ranikhet is home to the Indian Army's Kumaon Regiment, Military Hospital & Naga Regiment.

Things to do in Ranikhet

The topography of Ranikhet is varied since it has uneven terrain that includes valleys, rocky climbs, chasms and meadows.  At Ranikhet, there are forests lying on inclines with diverse species of flora like pine, oak and deodar trees, streams and orchards along with numerous hidden mountain viewpoints. 

Bhalu Dam, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Chaubatia Orchards, Hairakhan Temple, Jhula-Devi Temple, KRC Museum, Army Golf Course, etc. are some of the places of tourist attractions in Ranikhet. Visitors can also go for trekking to nearby places like Tarikhet (8 km away) and Sitlakhet (18km away), while on their visit to Ranikhet. To explore more, tourists can opt for Ranikhet holiday packages. 

Travelling to Ranikhet

Ranikhet does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Kathgodam, at a distance of 47 kms from Ranikhet. To reach Ranikhet and explore the place, the best time is during the summer season.

Accommodation options in Ranikhet

There are a number of popular hotels in Ranikhet including heritage hotels, resorts, cottages as well as budget hotels to choose from. 

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Raunak Sibal

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  • Raunak Sibal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"A must visit place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Ranikhet is full of nature beauty. All the mountains are full of greenery and rain (in July) make awesome weather any who is looking go away from day to traffic pollution, tention, it is the best pace for him he can relax and enjoy the whether. Ranikhet main tourist attraction spot is Golf garden. Mall road is not worth visiting but I recommend all of you to visit the place once in your life.
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Hasan jawaid Khan

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  • Hasan jawaid Khan
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"A destination to relax" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
There is not much to do in Ranikhet. There are no mall roads where you can go for a stroll. There is just a local market for local stuff for Ranikhet residents. But Ranikhet is a clean and cool place to relax, read and talk.

One can spend some time in Chaubatia where you find an apple orchard. It is a good place to take pictures in the midst of trees and flowers. You can also buy squashes and juices.

Of course, there are a number of temples to visit too.

Do visit the golf course or the military ground in the evening. Relax, take a walk and enjoy sitting on the grass. If you have children this is a wonderful place for them to run around and play badminton. But beware of monkeys. Take lots of pictures.

We stayed at Valley View Homestay near Majkhali. Every morning we would walk down to the Majkhali which is a small village and enjoy a cup of tea at the local shop. The walks were exciting and reinvigorating. But exercise caution because you can hurt or over-stress your knees.
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Satyajit Dhar

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  • Satyajit Dhar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 16 Reviews
  •  153 helpful votes
  •  18157 readers

"A hygienic city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is for relaxation. Otherwise travellers stay for one night or complete the place through day tour. I recommend stay if you have time. Places to see are so so. Views are not that superb. But cleanliness of cantonment area is commendable. It is Swachha Bharat much before the campaign. It is a myth that hotels are costly. A few cheap hotels are available and those are really more than value for money.
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Sameer

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Perfect destination to refresh your mind"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lovely landscape with good roads, food is readily available. Petrol pumps are there but it is advised to keep your car full. Ranikhet is located in a serene atmosphere and the pristine beauty of the area enchants everyone. It is clean as it is mainly a cantonment area with well maintained old British type structures. Good food and courteous & helpful people are the plus points. Its a great place to relax your mind and body. Worth staying and making it a centre point to visit Almora, Kausani etc.
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Bhasker  Gupta

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"perfect for an out of the box- tension free holiday"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Before reaching cottage, sightseeing en-route. After crossing Kathgodam, which is also the last railway station in this sector, your hill journey begins and you will find a number of spots to halt, take in the view, take pictures, or just simply admire nature's beauty. Ideally take a short break at Bhimtal(a river resort town, 25 kms, ideal for boating and sightseeing ).

Next major junction is Bhowali(20km), from which four roads diverge and is good for a tea break, shopping for fruit etc. Next comes the temple town of Kainchi Dham -known for the ashram of Neeb Karauli Baba's 20th century saint-but more popular as a halting point for the refreshing tea and pakoras- indeed the taste and warmth is truly rejuvenating.

Khairna (15 km) comes next and is the bifurcation point for roads leading to Almora and Ranikhet. It also has options of angling and swimming, while for most who have missed Kainchi, it's a halting point for light refreshments.

After a 30 km winding drive along hills Ranikhet Cantonment welcomes you, along with a majestic entrance and a small memorial to the braves. A toll tax of Rs 20 is to be paid here. Then you climb the winding Cantt road, till Mall Road, cross the Military Hospital and pass- by the Kumaon Regimental Centre and its various edifices-the museum, the stadium, the War Memorial, Drill Ground, Canteen Complex etc, etc till you cross Upat, along the Ranikhet- Almora road and reach the Golf Course (6km)-a nine hole marvel at 6000 feet, through which the main highway passes. Kalika Village comes next(2 km)- famous for its `Kali Mata Temple and a forest nursery. Now you will get the first view of the Vimoksha Valley Complex the pink roofs of the cottages are seen -just across from the main road.
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Sumeet Bakshi

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"A great trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Ranikhet has lots to offer if you are going for a short trip of up to 3 nights. It has a lot of scenic beauty. The mountain sides are rich with forests and we managed to spot Barking Deer and Fox while roaming around. During our drive to Chaubatia, we came across a whole pack of Pheasants trooping along the road.

The destination is beautiful thanks to the Kumaon Regiment who maintains the entire Cantt area. The state government should undertake widening - 4 laning of the NH87 at least till Bhimtal. The drive from Rampur till Bhimtal spoils the fun out of driving since one has to negotiate local traffic at every town one passes through.

The hotel we stayed at provided very good Indian non-veg food. Rajatgiri Restaurant and Mayur Restaurant on the Sadar Bazar are good places to visit for good food.
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Amit Lawania

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  • Amit Lawania
  • Lives in Adyar
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"Neat and clean hill station"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
Ranikhet being a cantonment area is among the most well maintained hill stations in Kumaon. This is a place for nature lovers and is ideal for a relaxed outing.

If you are looking for adventure, do not travel to Ranikhet. But if you wish to spend sometime with yourselves and family, there are not many better places than this.

Probably Ranikhet is where you would like to settle down after retirement.
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Karuna Kamboj

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"Heaven on Earth, will make you forget every thing"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 30, 2014
It was the most amazing experience being in lap of hills. Fresh air and the waterfalls on the way to ranikhet. Exotic greenery, beautiful scenery, awesome weather and lastly peaceful environment. Forgot all of my work stress. Also, visiting country club was a sheer delight, because of their yummy snacks and mouth watering hot gulab jamun in that cold weather.
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Nitish Goel

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"A place close to nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 10, 2014
It is a great place to visit. You will feel really close to nature. One more thing to love about Ranikhet is that it is an area mostly covered with military training and cantonment. So you will see military training all over Ranikhet which is really pleasing. If you are lucky, you may meet some of the nature's best creatures as there are jungles all around Ranikhet.
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"Just relax and enjoy nature"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 1, 2014
Ranikhet is a really beautiful place, all through the year. Because it is an army cantonment area it is amazingly clean and well kept. You will feel like walking the whole day, don't miss the catholic church. It's one of the most idyllic locations you can imagine. Also the views of the Himalayan range is mind blowing. There is no such thing as a mall road, which most of us are used to in a hill station, so not much to buy. But do buy a box of bal mithai, which is a local delicacy. Overall a must visit if you plan not to do much, but just relax and enjoy nature.
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