Ranikhet Tourism

Ranikhet Tourism

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Ranikhet Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Almora

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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  • Ashutosh
  • 5 Reviews
  •  43 readers

"Ranikhet Visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited to Ranikhet in apr17 when Delhi was burning hot. It was very much pleasant and soothing environment in Ranikhet. It was a much needed break. Stay was totally relaxing. Ranikhet is very quiet and less noisy place and I felt less crowded in comparison to other hill stations.
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Soumyadeb Biswas

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  • Soumyadeb Biswas
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3948 readers

"Clean environment, pure air & nature at its best"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 18, 2016
Placed high up in the mountain, it's apt for a wonderful stay far from city hustle and bustle. You get to experience nature at its best.

In October, light woollen is fine to give you comfort in early mornings and late evenings.

Wonderful place to chill and relax for 2-3 days during early winter.

You get to see:

1. Foggy mornings. Enjoy with a cup of tea/coffee with delicious parathas

2. Local sightseeing can include:

Himalayan range view (Panchachuli glacier, Trishul peak, etc).

Kumaun Army Museum.

Mankameshwar Temple.

Jhula Devi Temple.

Chaubatia Garden (no fruits in this season).

Kali Temple.

Golf course (visit only if you have time).

3. Walk on the mountain road to enjoy morning sunrise and evening sunset.

A couple of days will rejuvenate you and your family. Suggest a family trip as the place has little night time if visiting alone.
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Naveen Barthwal

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  • Naveen Barthwal
  • Lives in Kotdwara
  • 3 Reviews
  •  590 readers

"A lovely scenic destination to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 18, 2016
An awesome place located among lush green hills. The weather is cool and soothing, respite from scorching heat waves during summers. The Market is encroached and stinking badly. The far of places like chaubatia, jhoola devi, Golf ground, kumaon regimental museum, Majkhali are fabulous and worth seeing. The cantonment area is the backbone of Ranikhet. Overall a fantabulous weekend.
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Suman Gagrai

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  • Suman Gagrai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3620 readers

"Quaint little town"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jun 22, 2016
Spent 1 day. Peaceful little town. Also don't miss "golf course" on the outskirt of Ranikhet. Walked from golf course to Ranikhet. Also don't forget to check out the very thin seasonal river on the down slope of golf course. People are very helpful.
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Kausik Mandal

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  • Kausik Mandal
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  • 34 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  37031 readers

"The cleanest city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 16, 2016
We came across Ranikhet via Nan ital. The city seemed the cleanest one in this country. Not a single piece of paper can be seen on the streets. The golf court is the relaxing spot of this place. One night stay for the tourists here is sufficient enough.
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Shoury bansal

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  • Shoury bansal
  • Lives in Haldwani
  • 6 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  188371 readers

"Excellent place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2016
Ranikhet is a very beautiful place with pine trees and greenery. Climate at ranikhet is awesome. During evening cold wind runs and feels nice.

Golf course is also very good. Chaubatia garden is also situated just 7 km from city.

This is a place where you can relax and enjoy the nature.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 28 photos
  • 63 Reviews
  •  76 helpful votes
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"Sunrise at Ranikhet"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
Climbing up towards Ranikhet became necessary as car needed petrol and all petrol pumps shut down early on mountains. All confined themselves within four walls and warm up with coal -heat. Same was provided to me too. On quite cold night I fell asleep early. Morning was so beautiful. We started early to climb down through old British time road which is steep and crossing through national Corbett park. I enjoyed sunrise and wildlife on the way also. Worth seeing mountainous space of Uttarakhand.
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Udaydeep Sain

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  • Udaydeep Sain
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1304 readers

"Ranikhet is very nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
Ranikhet is situated in army area. There is golf course which also a shooting range of army this place is best for picnic. This destination is not good for shopping as there is barely a shop you will get in route because of army area. The Majkhali is place where I stayed it was very nice place. People in the nearby village were great. The view was marvellous and food was also good. The place is quiet far from city disturbance. Very good for peace loving people. One have to come and experience Ranikhet Uttrakhand.
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Anand Solanki

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  • Anand Solanki
  • Lives in Mathura
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  6756 readers

"A tranquil place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2016
It's a real tranquil place where you can enjoy the nature at peace. You can book a resort here and enjoy your stay here with coffee & tea and a book. Or you can go for a jogging in the cold morning to warm you up and feel the nature around you.
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Forum Jain

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  • Forum Jain
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
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"Superb place & there was a romantic weather"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
We have been to Ranikhet for summer vacation, it was 4 days stay and what a memorable trip it was, excellent hospitality. Exotic place it is, not much crowded, affordable accommodation. People here are simple and loving, ever ready to help. And best part is the scenery around. This place rocks. Definitely recommended for romantic holidays.
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