Ranikhet Travel Guide
Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days
Base Station: Ranikhet
Nearest City to Ranikhet: Dehradun (325 Kms), Delhi City (350 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Ranikhet: April to June & September to November
Peak Season: April to May & September to October
State: Uttarakhand | District: Almora
Ranikhet Weather: Summer: Maximum - 32°C and Minimum - 15°C
Winter: Maximum - 20°C and Minimum - 2°C
At a distance of 50 km from Almora, 56 km from Nainital, 82 km from Haldwani, 325 km from Dehradun, and 350 km from Delhi, Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station and a cantonment town in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges, Ranikhet is situated in the upper Kumaon Hills at an altitude of about 1869 m. It is one of the famous Tourist places in Uttarakhand and also among popular hill resorts near Delhi to visit as weekend getaway.
The word Ranikhet stands for Queen's Meadow. As per the folklore, Queen Padmini of Kumaon was so impressed with the natural beauty of this tiny hill paradise and decided to stay here. Later King Sukherdev built a palace for her at this place and named it Ranikhet.
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. The town of Ranikhet became the headquarters of the British Kumaon Regiment and was also a summer retreat for the British officers. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center.
Ranikhet is a popular hill resort well known for the views of the mighty Himalayas. Bhalu Dam, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Chaubatia Orchards, Hairakhan Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jhula-Devi Temple, KRC Museum and Army Golf Course are the popular tourist attractions in Ranikhet. Visitors can also go for trekking to nearby places like Tarikhet and Sitlakhet.
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 109 km from Ranikhet. It has direct flights from Delhi. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, approximately 75 km from Ranikhet. It is connected by train with Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Kolkata and Mumbai. Ranikhet is well connected by road with Nainital, Almora, Kathgodam and Haldwani.
There are a number of accommodation options in Ranikhet including heritage hotels, resorts, cottages as well as budget hotels to choose from. Ranikhet has a cool climate throughout the year. The best time to visit Ranikhet is from April to June and September to November.