1829 mts above sea level this hill station is
extremely beautiful and ideal to spend a holiday. The western Himalayan peaks are visible
from here in all their snow- capped beauty. As one nears Ranikhet, one is welcomed by
a 400 kms long range of snow-capped peaks. The Bhagirathi trio to Nanda
Devi are clearly visible from here.
The people here are simple and happy in their
life. Ranikhet is full of dense forest. It is the main place of the Kumau regiment.
Since it is a cantonment area, it is extremely clean. The bazaar of
Ranikhet is also unusual. Located on the slope of a mountain, this bazaar can be
compared to the hanging gardens of Mumbai. Since it is on a steep slope it is called
"khadi bazaar", khadi meaning steep in the local lingo.
The lowest part of the bazaar is at 5000 feet
and the upper most at 8000 feet. The roads in Ranikhet have been made in such a way so
that the greenery around is not affected. The houses and bungalows are
such a way that the car can come right up to the doorway.
Places of Interest:
Kalika: 6 kms from Ranikhet Upat is a modern but
historical place. Here there is a 9 hole golf course. 6000 feet above sea level there is a
different satisfaction in playing golf. In this course there are bungalows for the players
to stay. Many films have been shot here. Further from Upat is Kalika which is famous
for the temple of Goddess Kali.
10 kms from Ranikhet Chaubatia has beautiful gardens. Many fruit orchards can be found
here. The State Government has a huge garden and fruit maintenance department here.
This is an ideal spot for picnics.
This place was a capital for the Kings of the Katyuri Dynasty. There are 55 ancient
temples here. These were built from the 11th to the 16th century. The only
engineering college of Uttarakhand is found here. Dwarhat is 38 kms from
3 kms from Chaubatia, this dam has a lake and a picnic spot.
Temple: 6 kms away, to reach here from Ranikhet one can get
regular taxis and jeeps from the bus stand. A huge modern temple of Saint Hedakhan
is found here.
35 kms from Ranikhet, Shitalakhet is on the highway. One can reach here directly from
Almora too. There are bus services from Ranikhet. Snow-capped peaks are visible from here.
Overnight stay is possible here in hotels, tourists bungalows and government guest houses.
Trekking is a treat here. 3 kms away is a temple.
Mahadev: Amidst a pine forest is this ancient Shiva temple
which is 19 kms away from Ranikhet. Also found here are temples of Durga and Ram.
This Durga temple is 52 kms away from Ranikhet.
En route from Ranikhet to Almora Majhkhali is a peaceful tourist spot 13 kms away from
22 kms away from Ranikhet is Khairna and 66 kms away is Manila.
from Cities and towns:
The closest airport is Pantnagar which is 119 kms away.
The closest railway is Kathgodan. This is 84 kms away from Ranikhet.
Ranikhet is connected by road from all the main cities of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The UP
Roadways & the Kumau Motor Operators Union run buses from Haldwani,
Almora & Kaushani. Ranikhet has two bus stands - one is in Mall Road maintained by the
Kumau Motor Operators Union and the other run by U.P roadways.
Tourist Season: The
best time is from March to June and September to November. In December, January and
February there is snowfall and the monsoon sets in from July to August.
Fresh fruits, cane and wooden
items, woollen and cotton shawls.