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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Bhasker  Gupta
  • Bhasker Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews

"perfect for an out of the box- tension free holiday" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  • Sumeet Bakshi
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 7 Reviews

"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
  • Amit Lawania
  • Lives in Adyar
  • 6 Reviews

"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
  • Karuna Kamboj
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews

"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
  • Nitish Goel
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"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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Mr Chaudhuri
  • Mr Chaudhuri
  • 3 Reviews

"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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Sabyasachi Rayc
  • Sabyasachi Rayc
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"So much about legends"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2014
A kumaoni legend talks of a Rani Padmini who fell in love with soft green meadows amidst snow covered peaks. Her king, Raja Sekherdev obliged his queen by building a palace for her here. But legends are legends. There is no proof of the palace today. Not much to offer otherwise in the favourite tourist destination which is also a Cantonment town being the Garrison HQ of Kumaon Regiment. But it surprisingly lacks in good hotels and restaurants. Its routine, is as best that I can say. So for me, its only an en-route destination. In fact some of them I will consider to be outright rip-offs.
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Ankith kumar
  • Ankith kumar
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing Ranikhet"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 24, 2013
Ranikhet is small town. Mainly army area. Kumaon regiment's base. It clean, calm and rejuvenating. U must visit haidakhan baba temple, kali temple and golf grounds. If visiting during the March to June season then Chaubatia apple garden is also a must visit. The view is breathtaking.
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Vivek
  • Vivek
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  • 4 Reviews

"Very impressed with Nainital."

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2013
My journey is actually starting from Delhi to Kathgogam 0n 16.08.13 when i reach Kathgodam station i was very happy to see the background of the station full of clouds & mountains then i went to Nainital by car and stayed on mall road for the period 16.08.13 to 18.08.13 and enjoy my vacation, climate is good & location is beautiful, i was very much impressed with Nainital.
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Amit Kumar
  • Amit Kumar
  • 2 Reviews

"Dream Destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2013
It is just like roaming in a world of dreams or an heaven with clouds , mountains and the best of all- the romantic weather. Raniket is all about a dream family holiday!! The Great Chims and Apple gardens with fulll shopping bazaars and Nepalian market out there with stuff is the awesome place. It is not too far-just 90 km from Haldwani and easy to reach. Also it has awesoem rich food service.
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