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Ranikhet

RanikhetRanikhet is a rather idyllic hill station and cantonment town in Almora of Uttaranchal. Ranikhet is at an altitude of 1829 metres above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas.Ranikhet gets its name, which mean Queen's meadow in English, from a legend that an Indian queen visited the site and built herself a palace here, though no palace exists in the area. In 1869, the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon regiment here and usedthe station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is the home for the Kumaon Regimental Centre (KRC) and is maintained by the Indian Army.Ranikhet becomes very cold in the winters and is moderate in summers. One can enjoy the Himalayan view from October to March. Ranikhet gets snowfall in the winter season, maily in the months of December, January and February. It offers a vast diversity of flora and fauna with vast forests of Pine and Deodar. One can see leopards in Ranikhet as well.

 

Places to visit in and around Ranikhet
 
 
Golf course Ranikhet's golf course is a nine hole course.and is one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet.
   
Kalika Temple is situated close to the golf course.
   
Jhula-Devi Temple is a temple of goddess Durga. It is 8th century old temple and it is believed that if a person asks for something he gets it and on fulfillment of his desire ties a bell in the temple. Very close to jhula devi is the Ram Mandir temple of Lord Rama.
   
Chaubattia Garden It is a famous apple orchard. Besides apples, It is also possible to buy honey and fresh fruit juice from the sales counter of the garden.
   
Hairakhan Temple is situated 4 km from Ranikhet Town at Chiliyanaula is the Hairakhan Temple which was established by Shri Hairakhan Maharaj who is said to be incarnation of Lord Shiva. One can have a good Himalayan view from this place.
   
Binsar Mahadev is 15 km from Ranikhet town is the Binsar Mahadev Temple which has a beautiful stream flowing close to it. Apart from a Shiva temple, an ashram, Binsar Mahadev also has a lovely cedar forest surrounding it.
   
Dronagiri is 52 km from Ranikhet lies the 1100 century old Dronagiri Temple. It is said that during battle between Rama and Ravana, when Laxman got hurt with the Arrow of Meghnadh, Hanuman went to obtain Sanjiwani Buti from Himalayas. On his way back, a part of Sanjiwani Buti fell at the place called Dronagiri. Five kilometres away from Dronagiri is the famous cave of Pandavkholi where it is believed that Pandavas stayed during their exile.
   
Baijnath Temple has a black stone Idol of Goddess Parvati which is an exquisite work of art. This place is about 70 km from Ranikhet ahead of Kausani. This place is on the bank of river Gomti in the Garuda valley. At this place one can enjoy feeding large number of fishes but fishing is strictly prohibited.
   
Katarmal(Sun temple) is about 25 km from Ranikhet. A beautiful trek leads you to one of the two sun temples of the country, first one being Konark, Orissa. This temple is a 12th century creation and the ancient idol of Sun God is presently preserved at the National museum Delhi. The temple is now protected and preserved by the Archeological Survey of India.
   
Jageshwar is about 80 km from Ranikhet is the famous cluster of 124 temples, prominent of them being the jyotirling jageshwar and the Mahamrityunjay temple which is the only temple of this incarnation of Lord Shiva in the world.
   

How to reach Ranikhet

Ranikhet is well connected by buses from Delhi and Lucknow. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, which is approximately 80 km from Ranikhet.

 

Distance of Ranikhet from major places

Jim Corbett- Ranikhet 134 KM
Nainital- Ranikhet  144 KM
Almora- Ranikhet 180 KM

Delhi- Ranikhet  300 KM

 

Kausani: 53 Km North of Almora lies in the Bageshwar district, Kumaon, in the State of Uttarakhand.

Area: 5.2 s.q. km.

Altitude: 1890 mt (6075 ft) above sea level

STD Code : 059628

Best Season : March-May; September-October.

Language: Hindi, English, Kumaoni

 
 
Other Places to Visit
 
 
Haridwar-Rishikesh Mussoorie Almora
Nainital Jim Corbett Park Sri Badrinath
Sri Kedarnath Flower Valley Kausani
Ranikhet      
 
 
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