Location : Ranikhet is located in the northern state of Uttaranchal in theKumaon 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 KumaonHimalayas. An old army cantonment from British time. Charmingly unspoiltnatural beauty…. Screne and quiet. This is Ranikhet.
Discovered by Lord Mayo in 1869 and developed as a cantonment for the ImperialSoldiers, Ranikhet is perched at an altitude of 1829 meters. Even today itboasts as the home of the Kumaon regiment. Here, time stands still.
Ranikhet is the apex of a triangle which includes Nainital and Almora, drivingalong gentle slopes and pine covered hillsides, leading to picnic spots inshady glens or to sheer cliffs with breath taking views of the snow coveredHimalayas, offering various moods and colours, from the misty morning sun topink, gold and cobalt blue in all their majestic glory. The unparalled view fromBazaar, one Kilometer long, is absolutely nostalgic. Here, natural beauty isintermingled with a flavor of history…
Ranikhet is a year-round destination that attracts tourists from all over thecountry and outside. An idyllic hill station in Kumaon, Ranikhet has been asummer retreat for many city-jaded souls from the sun-scorched plains. HillResorts in India takes you away from the noise and pollution of crowded citiesto pine scented environs of Ranikhet. Come and recharge your batteries in thepleasant climate of Ranikhet with Hill Resorts in India.
Ranikhet - History
Ranikhet has derived its name from Rani Padmini, who was so enamoured by theplace that she decided to stay there. The place is then come to known asRanikhet, which means fields of Rani. Later British developed Ranikhet as armycantonment. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and one can see soldiers in thearea.
Ranikhet- Sites to Visit
A nature lover's paradise, Ranikhet offers wonderful views of the WesternHimalayas. Ranikhet also presents stunning view of the Nanda Devi. There are anumber of tourist attractions in Ranikhet that tourists can visit. ChaubatiaGardens is large orchard that is spread over an area of 265 acres. Ranikhet ispopular for two of its temples. Jhoola Devi Ka Mandir was constructed some 400years ago in honor of the local Goddess, who protected the people fromman-eating tigers. The other important temple is Kali Devi ka Mandir, which hasa large number of bells. The site of the temple is believed to be 5000 yearsold.
The other places that one can visit include Bhaludham, which is an artificiallake. Upat Kalika some four kilometres from Ranikhet on the main road to Almorais an ideal spot to admire snow capped Himalayan peaks.
Ranikhet- Sites Nearby
Nainital and Almora are the beautiful places that one can head to fromRanikhet. Nainital is about 59 kilometres from Ranikhet and is an ideal placeto spend your holidays. Almora some 50 kilometres is another wonderful townthat you can visit. Just 38 kilometres from Ranikhet is Dwarahat, which isknown for its ancient sculptures.
Ranikhet offers some wonderful treks for trekking enthusiasts. Adventure loverscan 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 timewhen 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 warmhospitality. Ranikhet offers a number of hotels that range from budget hotelsto good quality hotels. Old British houses converted into hotels are alsowonderful to spend your vacations in Ranikhet. Hill Resorts in India offersonline booking for various hotels in Ranikhet.
DISTANCE FROM MAJORCITIES
» Delhito 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