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RANIKHET, as hill station, is idyllic in its charm, and draws holiday-makers almost all the year round with its salubrious climate and balmy breeze. Against the backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, Ranikhet means "Queen's Field".
Ranikhet hills offers the tourists a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan peaks. The environs of Ranikhet are sylvan, peaceful and attractive. Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is known for its ancient temples.

An unusual name, a quaint legend and the sheer beauty of its envions make this Kumaon hill station a wonderful holiday resort

RANIKHET -(Location)
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.

Ranikhet (Climate)
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.

RANIKHET - (History)
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.

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.

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.

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.

RANIKHET -(Excursion)
Almora is 50 km from Ranikhet, is famous for its health resorts and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

Dwarahat, 38 km away, was once the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. It is full of ancient sculptures.

Sitalakhet (35 km), Tarikhet (8 km) and Khairna (22 km) are some of the places that one can visit from Ranikhet.

RANIKHET -(When 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.

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
Languages : Kumaoni, Hindi, and English
Best Time to Visit : Around the year
STD : 05966

Hotels in Ranikhet

Chevron Rosemount, Ranikhet
Lying in the heart of pristine valleys carpeted with flowers and dainty streams of water is the Rosemount Resort. Enveloped in the grandeur of Ranikhet, this heritage hotel originally built by the British extends the charms of a glorious era. It offers palatial rooms and dinning halls, and boasts of expanses of green of nature safaris, fishing zones, tennis and croquette courts, a gloff course and much more.

West View Hotel, Ranikhet
Amidst all the natural beauty situated on a plateau overlooking the west valley,surrounded by pine and fir forests, covering an area of 5.25 acres stands 'The West View'. A family run business since 1957, with heritage buildings dating back to 1918

Cost Plus Resort, Ranikhet
"The Boutique Resort" is situated on main Ranikhet Almora road, in Majkhali, around 4 Km away from Ranikhet Golf Course and 8 Krn from Ranikhet Market. This is one of its own kind, the finest and a different property of Ranikhet in the heart of Kumaon hills.
Cost Plus Resort is a luxurious mountain Resort, kept with all amenities of modern day living with the nature also around. It is an ideal destination for mixing relaxation with pleasure or it is a relaxed home away from home without any disturbance.

Trishul Lodge, Ranikhet
One can sit in the verandah or the garden of the lodge and enjoy the Himalayan snowclad peaks or watch birds. The lodge itself provides one with excellent birding opportunities. There are also numerous extremely rewarding walks through the terraced fields into thickly wooded pine & oak forest.
Golfers could play in one of the best golf courses in the Himalayas. One can also visit the war museum in Ranikhet.The Trishul Lodge is a good base for travellers who wish to visit nearby places such as Sheetlakhet, Chaubatia gardens, Jageshwar, Almora etc.

Holm Farm Heritage, Ranikhet
Facing the magnificence of the sacred Himalayas and encompassing an enchanting sprawl of a 13-acre virgin orchard, the Holm Farm Heritage is an incredible combination of the traditional and the modern. This Majestic Bungalow has six comfortable suite and a museum like lobby with pinewood floor, ceiling, century old Hand painted wall paper, an antique piano , old colonial furniture and much more which itself tells the remaining story of the bungalow. At Holm Farm Heritage we don't believe in treating you as a customer.

Ranikhet Inn, Ranikhet
Ranikhet Inn welcome you to luxury, comfort and hospitality. We provide our esteemed customers the best of everything. Situated at the heart of the picturesque Ranikhet town, Ranikhet Inn offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan range. The ambience inside the hotel provides you the most sought after privacy. The hotel is equipped with a multi-cuisine restaurant and all the other facilities that you might ask for.


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