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Ranikhet- Uttaranchal

Fast Facts

Area 21.75 sq km
Altitude 1,800 m above sea level
Languages Hindi, English, Kumaoni
Population 16,875
Annual Mean Rainfall 1294.5 mm
Temperature 18C - 7.6 C
STD Code 05966


Ranikhet is a year-round destination that attracts tourists from all over the country and outside. An idyllic hill station in Kumaon, Ranikhet has been a summer retreat for many city-jaded souls from the sun-scorched plains. Hill Resorts in India takes you away from the noise and pollution of crowded cities to pine scented environs of Ranikhet. Come and recharge your batteries in the pleasant climate of Ranikhet with Hill Resorts in India.

Ranikhet- Location

Ranikhet is located in the northern state of Uttaranchal in the Kumaon hills. Ranikhet is about 59 kilometres from Nainital and 50 kilometres from Almora.

Ranikhet- History

Ranikhet has derived its name from Rani Padmini, who was so enamoured by the place that she decided to stay there. The place is then come to known as Ranikhet, which means fields of Rani. Later British developed Ranikhet as army cantonment. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and one can see soldiers in the area.

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Ranikhet- Sites to Visit

A nature lover's paradise, Ranikhet offers wonderful views of the Western Himalayas. Ranikhet also presents stunning view of the Nanda Devi. There are a number of tourist attractions in Ranikhet that tourists can visit. Chaubatia Gardens is large orchard that is spread over an area of 265 acres. Ranikhet is popular for two of its temples. Jhoola Devi Ka Mandir was constructed some 400 years ago in honor of the local Goddess, who protected the people from man-eating tigers. The other important temple is Kali Devi ka Mandir, which has a large number of bells. The site of the temple is believed to be 5000 years old.

The other places that one can visit include Bhaludham, which is an artificial lake. Upat Kalika some four kilometres from Ranikhet on the main road to Almora is an ideal spot to admire snow capped Himalayan peaks.

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Ranikhet- Sites Nearby

Nainital and Almora are the beautiful places that one can head to from Ranikhet. Nainital is about 59 kilometres from Ranikhet and is an ideal place to spend your holidays. Almora some 50 kilometres is another wonderful town that you can visit. Just 38 kilometres from Ranikhet is Dwarahat, which is known for its ancient sculptures.

Ranikhet- Adventure Sports

Ranikhet offers some wonderful treks for trekking enthusiasts. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking to Kausani, Dunagiri and Sitalakhet.

Ranikhet- How to Reach

Pantnagar is the nearest airport to Ranikhet, which is about 114 kilometres. The nearest railhead to Ranikhet is Kathgodam, which is at a distance of about 82 kilometres from Ranikhet. Ranikhet is well connected by road to other major towns.

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Ranikhet- Best Time to Visit

Though Ranikhet can be visited through out the year, April to June is the time when most people tour Ranikhet to escape from the heat and dust of the plains.

Ranikhet- Where to Stay

Hotels in Ranikhet are well equipped with all the facilities and offer warm hospitality. Ranikhet offers a number of hotels that range from budget hotels to good quality hotels. Old British houses converted into hotels are also wonderful to spend your vacations in Ranikhet. Hill Resorts in India offers online booking for various hotels in Ranikhet.

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