Ranikhet is a beautiful hill station town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Ranikhet has lush green forests, majestic mountains and beautiful exotic surrounding making it undoubtedly a nature's paradise.
Ranikhet is also known as the Queen's fields which means Queen's meadow in Hindi.
It is a legendary belief that in Ranikhet, King Sudhardev won the heart of queen Padmini, who also chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet.
Ranikhet was once the summer capital of the Britishers.
It is a legendary belief that here, King Sudhardev won the heart of queen Padmini, who also chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet.
Ranikhet was once under the Nepalese Rule, which was recaptured by the Kumaon General Kashi Nath Adhikari after whom the small town of Kashipur is name after.
Army Museum This museum is maintained by the Kumaon and the Naga Regiment of the Indian Army, The Museum has a wide collection of captured weapons , enemy flags also the LTTE boat captured during Operation Pawan. The First and the Second Param Vir Chakra belong to the Kumaon Regiment. You also get to see the medals and uniform of the brave soldiers of the Kumaon and the Naga Regiment of the Indian Army. This museum in Ranikhet is flocked with tourist all year round.
Jhula Devi Temple ( 7 kms ) near Chaubatia. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Nearby is the Rama Mandir, dedicated to lord Rama. Rama Mandir has a monastery where students are taught ancient vedas along with vedic and modern mathematics.
Bhaludham ( 3 km ) from Chaubatia Gardens is an artificial lake and a very fine picnic spot for the tourists.
Tarikhet ( 8 km ) from the town is well known for the Gandhi Kuti. It also has the the temple of Golu Devta or the God of Justice. Tarikhet also offers a beautiful view of the nearby surroundings.
Upat & Kalika ( 9 km ) the Almora Road is famous for its 9 hole Golf Course. There is also a temple dedicted to Goddess Kali.
Chaubatia Gardens ( 10 km ) from the town is the Chaubatia gardens, this beautiful place is famous for its apricots, peaches, chestnuts, almonds plantation and apple orchards. This place also offers a superb views of snowcapped Himalayas. It is also known as Orchard Country. It also offers a mesmerising view of the Himalayas.
Binsar Mahadev ( 19 kms ) from Ranikhet on the way to Ramnagar is the Binsar Mahadev Temple. The Shiva temple is surrounded by thick dense Pine and Deodar Forests.
Majkhali ( 13 km ) from Ranikhet is a beautiful hill station and offers a fantastic view of the Himalayan Mountains.
Chaukhutia ( 54 km ) on the Badrinath road is a beautiful hill station rich in natural beauty
Manila ( 87 km ) from Ranikhet is well known for the temple of goddess Manila Devi. Manilla is a beautiful hill station surrounded by snow covered peaks and lush green forests.
Ranikhet in Uttarakhand is a part of Kumaon tourism, and the local languages spoken are Kumaoni, Gadhwali and Hindi. The best time to visit Ranikhet would be from October - May.
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