Ranikhet - Meadows of the Queen

The charming hill station of Ranikhet is located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1,829mts above sea level. Ranikhet has everything to pacify the nerves of an avid city dweller. 

The hill station is Ranikhet, literally meaning - Queens Land, is an all season tourist-spot for the admirers of the natural beauty. Ranikhet is a place that reflects the best of the great Himalayas. The charming and majestic views of the pine trees, lush green forests, delicate plant life and attractive wild life, the scented mountain breeze, the fresh and pure, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas sight, all adds to the heavenly and pure feeling of Ranikhet.

Ranikhet History

Lost into oblivion for long, the picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the Britishers. In 1869, the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is the home for the Kumaon Regimental Centre & Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army. The main city of Ranikhet is fairly crowded but the military area offers serene environment.

Ranikhet General Travel Information

  • Total Area: 21.76 sq.kms
  • Altitude: 1829 metres
  • Taxi Stand: Uttaranchal Taxi Union, Gandhi Chowk, Ranikhet
  • Clubs in Ranikhet: Ranikhet Club and KRC Golf Club
  • Shopping area in Ranikhet are: Sadar Bazar, Zaroori Bazar and Khari Bazar

Ranikhet Weather and Climate

  • Summers: Max. 35.0 °C, Min. 10.0 °C
  • Winters: Max. 8.0 °C, Min 2.0 °C

Mythology of Ranikhet

A popular folklore that goes in the region states that when Rani Padmini, wife of Raja Sukherdev visited here, she was bewitched by its heavenly beauty and was delighted by the thought of having their abode here. Raja Sukherdev then fulfilled the wish of her beloved queen and lured her by making their residence at this place. Hence, the place was named as Ranikhet meaning the 'Queen’s Meadow'. 

Ranikhet is famous for?

Ranikhet is famous among tourist as Hill Station and Peaceful Location.

Ranikhet is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups.

Ranikhet is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Business Hub, Cantonment Area, Christmas and New Year, Hill Station, Leisure, Shopping, Weekend Getaway.

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