Ranikhet is one of the new districts which have been carved out of the Almora district. It is at an altitude of 1900m (6233Ft) within the sight of the snow clad of Western Himalayans, which is a quaint hill town. There is the belief that king Raja Sudhardev was successful in winning the heart of the queen named Rani Padmini, due to which she decided her destination for staying which she mentioned it as Queen’s Meadow. It is just 63 Km from Nainital and its beauty lies in the simplicity of pine trees which is creating the nostalgic feelings. It is the home for the Kumaon regiment and regiment of Naga which is maintained by Indian Army.
How to reach Ranikhet?
The weather at Ranikhet is moderate and quite pleasant during the summers but it does seem quite cold in winter. The array of the wild life which are included in Ranikhet area are-Mountain Goats, Leopards, Sambar, Barking deer, Indian hare, red foxes and so on. Ranikhet was previously under the rule of Nepal, and the Kumaonese won it under the leadership of the General Kashi Nath Adhikari.
- Via Air
The closest Airport for Ranikhet is Pantnagar which is situated 115Km from Ranikhet. Taxis are easily available for Haldwani, Ranikhet, Almora and Nainital. It is connected with Delhi as it is having 4 flights on regular basis.
- Via Train
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station for Kausani which is situated at the distance of 88Kms. It is well connected with the Railway networks with popular locations like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata. Trains are quite frequent to Kathgodam for the Kumaon region. Taxis and buses are quite easily available to Ranikhet from Kathgodam. Ramnagar railway station is just 96Km from Ranikhet.
- Via Bus/Car
It is well suited with respect to motorable roads with major destinations of the Northern India. Buses to Almora and Kathgodam can be taken via Anand Vihar and taxis are also available quite easily. The distance from Ranikhet to Delhi is just 360 Kms if you are travelling via Moradabad and Babugarh. The distance could be covered in just 10 hours drive.
Top 10 places to visit in Ranikhet
- Bhalu Dam
- Chaubatia Ridge
- Dunagiri Temple
- Dwarahat Temple
- Haidakhan Temple
- Jageshwar Temples
- Jhula Devi Temple
- Ranikhet Golf course
- Mankameshwar Temple
- Katarmal Sun Temple
Where to stay and eat?
Eating out in Ranikhet is restricted of having your food at restaurants or hotels as there are limited hotels in Ranikhet. Either you could choose hotels or restaurants. Some of the well known locations where you could enjoy your food are as under-West View Hotel, Chevron Rosemount, Hotel Parvati Inn etc. You could also relish some of the sweetest dishes of traditional outlook like Bal Mithai, Toffee, Ram Mithai and much more. With respect to Alcohol you need to reach out to hotels or restaurants with high end atmosphere as they are equipped with good bars.
All the hotels are quite well equipped with the overall facilities and do offer the warm hospitality. It is also offering numerous hotels which are going to be on the range of budget to high end hotels. There are few old British houses which have got converted into high end hotels with marvellous atmosphere. All the cereals and fruits vegetables are grown organically and nutritional value is quite high. Some of the hotels are as under- Hotel Meghdoot, West View hotel, Holm Farm Heritage, Queen’s Meadow, Merigold cottage, woods Villa resort, Datt Homestay, Bishan Homestay, Vimoksha Resort, Sahaj, Rajdeep, Moon Hotel, Parijat Retreat etc.