The hill station of Ranikhet, literally meaning ‘Queen’s Meadow’, is an all season tourist spot for admirers of natural beauty. Ranikhet is a place that reflects the best of the great Himalayas. The charming and majestic views of the pine trees, lush green forests, delicate plant life and attractive wild life and panoramic view of the Himalayas, all add to the heavenly and pure feeling of Ranikhet.
Height: 1869 m
Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Ranikhet
Road: Ranikhet is situated at a distance of 60 kms from Nainital and 350 kms from Delhi.
Rail: The nearest rail station is at Kathgodam at a distance of 68 kms.
Air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport at a distance of 110 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Ranikhet
Chaubatia Gardens: It is situated 10 kms from Ranikhet and is renowned for apple orchards. Ranikhet is popular for its luscious apples, apricots, peaches and various alpine fruits. Apart for fruits, one can buy fresh juices and honey from Chaubatia Gardens. Picturesque views of the snow capped mountains of the mighty Himalayan range can be seen from this place.
Golf Course: Ranikhet Golf Couse is one of the highest golf courses in Asia. Ranikhet Golf course is a 9-hole course, making it one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet. The green meadow of the golf course at such high altitude is awe-inspiring. The golf club provides membership plans for outsiders as well.
Tarikhet: It is located at a distance of 8 kms from Ranikhet and is well known for its Gandhi Kuti and the temple of Golu Devta which is venerated in the Kumaon region.
Mankameshwar: This temple is attached to the Nar Singh Maidan and was constructed by the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army. Opposite to the temple is a Gurudwara and a Shawl factory.
Majkhali: Located at a distance of 12 kms on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy Himalayas with peaceful surroundings. It is a picnic spot on the Ranikhet-Almora road.
Syalikhet: It is a scenic spot of unparallel beauty situated at a distance of 25 kms from Ranikhet. Syalikhet is located amidst green forests and apple orchards. The famous temple of Syahi Devi is situated here.
Haidakhan Temple: Situated 4 kms from Ranikhet, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was made by Shri Haidakhan Maharaj, who is said to the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The splendid views of the gigantic Himalayan peaks are clearly visible from this spot.
Jhula Devi Temple: Built in the 8th century, Jhula Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. This temple is located 8 kms from Ranikhet and is highly revered by the local people. Ram Mandir is situated very close to Jhula Devi Temple.
Bhalu Dam: It is an artificial small lake blessed with natural beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains and placid surroundings. The small but peaceful garden near the dam is marvelous. The dam site is open for all the tourists throughout the year. The view of the massive Himalayan peaks is enchanting and ravishing from Bhalu Dam. It is an ideal spot for camping and picnic.
Kumaon Regimental Centre (KRC) Museum: KRC Museum was established in 1970s. This Regimental Museum showcases the history of Kumaon and Garhwal Regiments of the Indian Army. It also displays historic items like silver scepter of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, Chinese Rifles from the 1962 war, a World War II Japanese wireless field telephone and documents related to Kargil War.