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.
unusual name, a quaint legend and the sheer beauty of its
envions make this Kumaon hill station a wonderful holiday
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.
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.
- TOURIST SPOTS
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.
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.
Main Source of the town's water supply comes from the Bhalu
Dam, 3.2 kilometres from Chaubatia. It is famous for its
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.
-(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
- HOW TO REACH
Air:The nearest airport
is Pantnagar 119 Km away.
nearest railway station Kathgodam 80 km, is directly connected
by rail to Lucknow, Bareilly and Agra.
is connected by road to many places.
Distances (Some important distances are: Kathgodam 80 km)
Nainital 54 km
Almora 49 km
Bareilly 181 km
Delhi 340 km
Karnaprayag 136 km.
Languages : Kumaoni, Hindi, and English
Best Time to Visit : Around the year
STD : 05966
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
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
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.
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 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