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Kathgodam - 90 km
Pantnagar – 115 km
Best Time to Visit
Mar to June
Sep to Dec
Summer - 20°C to 30°C
Winter - 5°C to 15°C
From Delhi/NCR - 360km
From Dehradun – 300km
From Lucknow – 500km
Holiday In Ranikhet - Aao Chale
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Ranikhet, which means Queen's meadow in Hindi, gets its name from a local legend, which states that it was here, that Raja Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet.
Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment maintained by the Indian Army. It is the headquarter of one of the most glorious regiment of Indian army - Kumaon Regiment along with Naga Regiment.
Ranikhet is an all season tourist-spot for the admirers of the natural beauty reflecting the best views of the great Himalayas. Situated among the pine trees and lush green forests it offers a tourist the scent of fresh and pure mountain breeze and the panoramic view of the Himalayas leaving unforgettable impact on visitors.
So aao chale! Once can reach Ranikhet by road from all directions be it from the garhwal side or from planes of UP. Driving yourself upto ranikhet will not be easy unless you are a regular long distance driver and loves driving. So better have a driver or hire a cab from haldwani/kathgodam because the drive will be another 5-6 hours on hill roads. So better sit in the back and enjoy the views outside the window of your cab. Take refreshment breaks in between and catch some nice selfies in your camera along the road. Once you enter the area of ranikhet you will be welcomed by the tall pine trees of the forest alongside the road and if its rainy season the lush greenery and pleasant smell of breeze will refresh you. And once you reach ranikhet there will be endless place which you can explore around. Look at the north any you will see the majestic Himalayan range including trishul , nanda devi peaks. The first thing you should do hear is to just walk around the market and nearby place to explore town itself for stuffs which you can take back like shawls etc.
For adventure lovers ranikhet offers ample opportunity of trekking, rock climbing and paragliding.
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Places Of Interest in Ranikhet
Chaubatiya Garden Ranikhet
Once you finish exploring the city of ranikhet , we recommend you to head toward chaubatiya garden which is famous for apple orchids and is 10km from ranikhet. Along with apples you can find apricot, peaches, chestnuts and other various alpine fruits. You can spend some good visiting this lush green garden also offering you Picturesque views of the snow capped peaks of the mighty Himalayan range. Apart from fruits, one can buy fresh juices and honey from the garden store on the way out.
Jhula Devi temple Ranikhet
On the way to before chaubatiya garden is the famous temple of Maa Durga known as Jhula devi temple. The popularity of the temple can be realized by number of bells hanging over the temple walls as pilgrims come to make a wish to Goddess Jhula Devi. And when their wish is fulfilled they come again to thank Jhula Devi Maa by offering a bell to the temple.This place has a calm environment and a sense of spiritual peace to it.
Rama Mandir (temple) Ranikhet
Located in the vicinity of Jhula Devi temple is the Rama Mandir, dedicated to lord Rama. The temple is situated on the hill top with stairs leading to it. Ram mandir has a monastery where students are taught ancient Vedas. Those who have keen interest in vedas and the knowledge in them should not miss the chance to visit this temple.
Army Museum Ranikhet
One gets a strong feeling of patriotism when visiting this museum. A must visit here is your chance to see the glorious collection ranging from stories of the heroics of the First World War till date. Maintained by the Kumaon and the Naga regiment of the Indian Army. It has stories of the First and the Second Param Vir Chakra who belonged to the Kumaon Regiment. You can also get to know the list of all the Army Generals who belonged to the Kumaon Regiment. The regiment, which has a long and successful history of heroics and tales of valor, is on full display at the museum. Contributions by the Regiment during the World Wars, during the Indo-China war and the Pakistan war, during Kargil can be known at this Museum. The Museum is very well maintained by the Army and they also provide an Army guide who will help understand the history and the heroics of the Regiment.
Ranikhet Golf Course Ranikhet
Ranikhet Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia. It 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 awesome.
Katarmal Sun Temple Ranikhet
Built in the 9th century Katarmal sun temple some 25km from ranikhet on road to almora is the second most important Sun Temple in the country, the first Sun temple being the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.
The Katarmal Sun Temple is a monument of historical importance and also is an example of intricate sculpturing. The first rays of the sun fall straight on this Sun Temple. Katarmal Sun Temple complex has one main temple, surrounded by 45 smaller shrines exquisitely carved temples surrounding it.
Other Places of interest Ranikhet
Other places of interest around ranikhet are Binsar Mahadev Temple , mankameshwar temple, majhkhali , syalikhet etc are not only religious places but also offers you the charm of being with nature. Ranikhet have the magnetic charm with its beauty that it will attract you number of times to visit it.
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