Location : Ranikhet is located in the northern state of Uttaranchal in the Kumaon hills.
Area : 21.76 sq. km.
Population : 18174 (1991 census)
Altitude : 1829 mtrs. Above sea level.
Season : April to June; September to October
Clothing : Summer - Light Woolens ; Winter - Woolens
Language : Hindi, Kumaoni and English Local Transport Taxis/Jeeps/Buses
A quaint little hill station conceived by the British tucked away in the Kumaon Himalayas. An old army cantonment from British time. Charmingly unspoilt natural beauty…. Screne and quiet. This is Ranikhet.
Discovered by Lord Mayo in 1869 and developed as a cantonment for the Imperial Soldiers, Ranikhet is perched at an altitude of 1829 meters. Even today it boasts as the home of the Kumaon regiment. Here, time stands still.
Ranikhet is the apex of a triangle which includes Nainital and Almora, driving along gentle slopes and pine covered hillsides, leading to picnic spots in shady glens or to sheer cliffs with breath taking views of the snow covered Himalayas, offering various moods and colours, from the misty morning sun to pink, gold and cobalt blue in all their majestic glory. The unparalled view from Bazaar, one Kilometer long, is absolutely nostalgic. Here, natural beauty is intermingled with a flavor of history…
Ranikhet is a year-round destination that attracts tourists from all over the country and outside. An idyllic hill station in Kumaon, Ranikhet has been a summer retreat for many city-jaded souls from the sun-scorched plains. Hill Resorts in India takes you away from the noise and pollution of crowded cities to pine scented environs of Ranikhet. Come and recharge your batteries in the pleasant climate of Ranikhet with Hill Resorts in India.
Ranikhet - History
Ranikhet has derived its name from Rani Padmini, who was so enamoured by the place that she decided to stay there. The place is then come to known as Ranikhet, which means fields of Rani. Later British developed Ranikhet as army cantonment. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and one can see soldiers in the area.
Ranikhet- Sites to Visit
A nature lover's paradise, Ranikhet offers wonderful views of the Western Himalayas. Ranikhet also presents stunning view of the Nanda Devi. There are a number of tourist attractions in Ranikhet that tourists can visit. Chaubatia Gardens is large orchard that is spread over an area of 265 acres. Ranikhet is popular for two of its temples. Jhoola Devi Ka Mandir was constructed some 400 years ago in honor of the local Goddess, who protected the people from man-eating tigers. The other important temple is Kali Devi ka Mandir, which has a large number of bells. The site of the temple is believed to be 5000 years old.
The other places that one can visit include Bhaludham, which is an artificial lake. Upat Kalika some four kilometres from Ranikhet on the main road to Almora is an ideal spot to admire snow capped Himalayan peaks.
Ranikhet- Sites Nearby
Nainital and Almora are the beautiful places that one can head to from Ranikhet. Nainital is about 59 kilometres from Ranikhet and is an ideal place to spend your holidays. Almora some 50 kilometres is another wonderful town that you can visit. Just 38 kilometres from Ranikhet is Dwarahat, which is known for its ancient sculptures.
Ranikhet- Adventure Sports
Ranikhet offers some wonderful treks for trekking enthusiasts. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking to Kausani, Dunagiri and Sitalakhet.
Ranikhet- Best Time to Visit
Though Ranikhet can be visited through out the year, April to June is the time when most people tour Ranikhet to escape from the heat and dust of the plains.
Ranikhet- Where to Stay
Hotels in Ranikhet are well equipped with all the facilities and offer warm hospitality. Ranikhet offers a number of hotels that range from budget hotels to good quality hotels. Old British houses converted into hotels are also wonderful to spend your vacations in Ranikhet. Hill Resorts in India offers online booking for various hotels in Ranikhet.
DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES
» Delhi to Nainital : 325 Kms
» Ranikhet to Nainital : 60 Kms
» Kathgodam (Nearest Railway Station) to Nainital : 35 Kms
» Corbett to Nainital : 118 Kms
» Delhi to Corbett : 295 Kms
» Almora-Nainital via Khairna : 67 Kms
» Dehradoon Nainital : 360 Kms
» Almora-Nainital via Ranikhet : 106 Kms