RANIKHET HILL STATION TOUR GUIDE:
Situated at 1829 mtrs this sylvan retreat offers an interesting mix of hill & military cultures. According to legends, a queen, in the course of a journey came by this spot & was so enchanted by it that she settled down here. Ranikhet has forest of oak & pine and is a fine place to enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas, from the Bhagiriti peaks in the west to the Nanda kot in the east.
It is an ideal holiday for nature lovers and its main attractions, apart from it’s natural beauty are a golf course, the orchids of Chaubatia and the Jhoola Devi temple.
Ranikhet is situated in the northern part of the state of Uttaranchal, in the northern region of India. It is situated in the Kumaon hills and is located on an altitude of 1824 m above sea level. Ranikhet is 59 km from Nainital and 50 km from Almora. The weather in Ranikhet is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild and winters are cold (November-February). It experiences southwestern monsoon rains in July-September and experiences snowfall in winters.
All the four seasons have something special to offer at Ranikhet. Therefore, it can be visited at any time of the year. Winters are cold and the entire region experiences snowfalls during the months of December and January.
HISTORY OF RANIKHET:
According to popular belief, Ranikhet got its name when Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler, saw this place and was struck by its beauty. She was so captivated by the place that she decided to stay there, and the place came to be known as Ranikhet (literally, queen’ s field). The region around Ranikhet was ruled by local Kumaoni rulers and later came under British rule. The British developed Ranikhet as a hill station for their troops and established a cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center.
PLACES TO SEE IN RANIKHET:
Nanda Devi Mela: Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. It is held at Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate the memory of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda. It is said to have started in Kumaon, during the reign of Raja Kalyan Chand in the 16th century. Nanda means prosperity and well being. Nanda Devi Mela is held as a symbol of prosperity, both material and spiritual, of the hill regions. The Nanda Devi Mela is held at Almora, Nainital, Nauti, Dandidhara, Munsyari & Ranikhet, of which the Almora and Roopkund fairs are the most famous.
Upat and Kalika: With one of the best 9 hole golf links in the country, Upat is a boon to the enthusiast. With the added attraction of private orchards, it is 5.6 km away. Just one kilometre from Upat is Kalika with its famous temple to the Goddess Kali. It also has good forest nursery. A beautiful snowcapped mountain peak is available on the other side of the golf link at Upat.
Chaubatia: As the name implies, these are four, fruit gardens, with a Government Fruit Research Centre, complete with a fruit sales depot and cafeteria. It is 10 kilometres from Ranikhet.
Majhkhali: On the Ranikhet – Almora road, 13 km, is a spot of entrancing, celestial beauty. Here is an awe-inspiring view of the majesty of the snoy peaks. The U.P. Government Agriculture Farm is situated here.
Bhalu Dam: Main Source of the town’s water supply comes from the Bhalu Dam, 3.2 kilometres from Chaubatia. It is famous for its fishing.
NEARBY EXECURTIONS IN RANIKHET:
Almora: Almora is 50 km from Ranikhet, is famous for its health resorts and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.
Dwarahat: Dwarahat, 38 km away, was once the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. It is full of ancient sculptures.
Sitalakhet: Sitalakhet (35 km), Tarikhet (8 km) and Khairna (22 km) are some of the places that one can visit from Ranikhet.
Time to Visit:
Ranikhet can be visited throughout the year. But the best season to visit Ranikhet would be in the summer months (March-June) or September-November as the climate is fairly pleasant then.
HOW TO REACH RANIKHET:
Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar 119 Km away.
Rail: The nearest railway station Kathgodam 80 km, is directly connected by rail to Lucknow, Bareilly and Agra.
Road: Ranikhet is connected by road to many places.
Road Distances (Some important distances are: Kathgodam 80 km)
Nainital 54 km
Almora 49 km
Bareilly 181 km
Delhi 340 km
Karnaprayag 136 km.
Facts & Figures Ranikhet:
Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi, and English
Best Time to Visit: Around the year