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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.

Activities in Ranikhet

Golfing: Ranikhet is famous for having one of the best hill golf courses (9-hole) in the country and is located 5 kms from the town of Ranikhet. It is an army golf course, but civilians can also access it paying a nominal fee. Tourists and amateur golfers try to perfect their golf swing and putt.  

Fishing: Bhalu Dam, which is situated few kilometers from Chaubatia, is an ideal place for anglers to catch some fishes. However, one has to take permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden.

Trekking/Hiking: There are few popular trekking trails in Ranikhet that one can explore with family and friends. Trek from Chaubatia Orchards to Holm Farm is quite popular among tourists. Others include trails from Chaubatia to Bhalu Dam, Ranikhet Club to Chevron Rosemount, Meghdoot to Jhula Devi Temple, and Chaubatia to Bhalu Dam.

There are plenty of accommodations options available for tourists in Ranikhet. One can find luxurious hotels and resorts with best facilities as well as budget guesthouses with limited amenities at Ranikhet. Tent accommodations and government guesthouses (KMVN) are also available.

Apart from the roadside food stalls, there are few good restaurants in Ranikhet that serve wide range of delectable cuisines ranging from North Indian, Chinese and Tibetan to local Kumaoni dishes. For alcohol, high-end hotels are best bet as there are no good bars outside the hotels.

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 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 Photo Gallery

Somnath Ground, Ranikhet
Golf Course at Ranikhet
Cattles grazing at Ranikhet Golf Ground, Almora
Sunset at Naini Village, Majkhali, Ranikhet
The famous Binsar Mahadev temple in tranquility of nature.
Golf Course, Ranikhet, Almora, Uttarakhand.
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