Queen's field as it literally means, Ranikhet is named
according to legend, after Rani Padmini wife of Raja Sukhardev who like this
place so much that she thought of settling down here. It's a place
where one can find nature and it's elements in full harmony.
General Info : Ranikhet
Altitude : 1830 m
Climate : Cold in winters, pleasant in
Area : 22 sq. km
How to get there
Distance : 360
km from Delhi, 55 km Nainital
For Ranikhet follow the same route as for Nainital
till Bhowali. From Bhowali follow the road to Khairna and on to Ranikhet. For
Delhi-Nainital route click here.
Nearest railhead from Ranikhet is 80 km away at Kathgodam. Get a taxi or a bus from there.
Nearest airport is at Pantnagar 110 km
What to see/What to do
Take in the panoramic views of the
Himalayas and breathe in the fresh pine scented air even before you reach the
main hill station. Ranikhet is a cantonment area and somewhat similar to Kasauli
of Himachal as it is clean and reminds you of the gone by British raj with it's
colonial buildings et al. Being under the army no major constructions have been
allowed in Ranikhet allowing it to retain it's old world charm. One can go for
long walks in the jungle or admire the lovely view of the Himalayas from
Bhagirthi in the west to Nandakot in the east, all day long. For some this may
suffice but if want more you won't have to struggle much as there are
lot of attractions nearby.
Jhula Devi temple in
Ranikhet is very popular with the local and is famous for innumerable bells it
has, tied by devotees to get their wishes fulfilled.
km from Ranikhet away houses the botanical gardens and a Govt. fruit research
institute where one see different varieties of exotic flowers and orchids. It
also serves as a vantage point to view snow clad Himalayan mountain peaks
including NandaDevi, Trishul, Nandaghunti and Nilkanth.
km away hoses a very beautiful 9 hole golf course among fruit orchards. One can
have a game here on payment of charges, clubs can also be hired.
near Uppat is know for it's Kali temple and affords excellent views.
Bhalu dam, 3km from Chaubatia has a man made
lake serving as a reservoir for a dam on Kosi river. It supplies water to the
region including Ranikhet.
Where to stay
A heritage property maintained by the
Chevron group provides comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings at Ranikhet
courteous and helpful staff. The rooms are available in the old building and also
the newly constructed cottages. The whole place is very green with
plants and huge trees. One can relax in the lawns and on a clear day have snow
clad mountains for company while sipping your chai. The hotel is on the quieter
side of the Mall in absolute tranquil surroundings.