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  • 360 KM From Delhi
  • 46 KM From Almora
  • 76 KM From Kuasan


  • By Air : The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). Regular flights operate during the summer.
  • By Rail : The nearest railhead for Ranikhet is Kathgodam.
  • By Road : Ranikhet is well connected with all important cities by road. The bus service from Ranikhet to Nainital (3 hours), Almora (3 hours), Kathgodam (4 hours), and Kausani (4 hours) is frequent.



Ranikhet is set along a 1,800 m high ridge and covered with pine and oak forests, giving very little indication of where its centre is. This is one of its attractions in that there are many enjoyable walks. The views from the ridge are magnificent and the twin peaks of Nanda Devi. There are plenty of museums, temples, lively bazaars and orchards full of fruit in Ranikhet. Ranikhet is also a great place where one can relax and gaze leisurely at the majestic snow-clad Himalayas.

Ages ago, a Kumaoni queen, Rani Padmini fell so deeply in love with the green glades and meadows of a tiny hill paradise that her king, Raja Sukherdev, built her a grand palace there and named the place as Ranikhet or queen’s meadow. There is no trace of a palace to lend credence to this legend, but few who have visited Ranikhet have any doubts about its charm. In 1869, the land was bought from local villagers and the British established a summer resort and recreation settlement for their troops, and a cantonment town governed by the military authorities. They also developed a hill station here. At one time, Lord Mayo, Viceroy of India, was so enchanted with the place that he wanted to move the summer Headquarters of the army away from Shimla. That did not happen but Ranikhet became and still is the Regimental Centre or the Kumaon Regiment.


  • Ashiyana : Ashiyana Park Ranikhet has developed a multifarious environmental zone named as Aashiyana As there was not a single park where tourists can visit and take a short break from their usual hectic schedule, it is a complete park in all respect. The park is a complete world for all age group. It contains a complete children park, herbal garden for those persons who are interested in herbal and medicinal plants, lawn, sitting arrangement, colorful fountains, view points for Himalayan peaks, evening lighting etc.
  • Rani Jheel : As Ranikhet is located at a higher altitude (between 5500 ft to 7500 ft.), no river is crossing through the vicinity of this naturally beautiful small town. Even there is no such lake/dam, which can preserve rain water/spring water. A huge lake named as Rani Jheel. has been developed located between two natural ridges of Ranikhet i.e. between Canossa Convent School and Kendriya Vidyalaya.After complete development of the said Jheel the same will preserve rain water as well as spring water of 3 perennial springs joining the lake.
  • Bhalu Dam : Main Source of the town's water supply comes from the Bhalu Dam, 3.2 kilometres from Chaubatia. It is famous for its fishing.
  • Golf Ground : Counted amoung the best Golf Ground courses of Asia, at a height of 6000 ft. It is a very fascinating Golf course of nine holes surrounded by dense pine forests. It gives different colors during the year and hence it is one of the most popular spot. Documentaries , short films and even movies are very often filmed at this location.
  • Apple Garden Chaubattia : It is an exclusive apple garden mixed with trees of plum, apricot, peach, pear, chestnut etc spread over an area of 600 acres. It is said that it is the first apple garden in India, grounded and cultivated by the Britishers. Now it is the famous apple garden for delicious varieties of apples. Stair type cultivation of apple, facing the great Himalayan Peaks gives the message of peace and harmony of cultivation culture.
  • Ranikhet Club : Ranikhet club is a very suitable place for the visitors to enjoy evening with the facilities available with the club such as:- Billiards, Table Tennis, lawn tennis, skating, playcards etc.Prior to 1920 the club was known as Gymkhana Club established by the britishers long back. It is one of the oldest clubs in India. Even after complete devastation of the club by severe fire incident in the year 1987, it is erected in original shape and look.
  • Kumaoun Museum : It is a huge war museum afforded by KRC. It is full of so many monuments, item, articles, weapons, clothes related to so many battle won by the Indian Army and participated by the troops of different battalions of Kumaon Regimental Center.
  • War memorial : War memorial at Som Nath ground symbolizes the bravery and dedication of war heroes of Kumaon Regiment. This war memorial is dedicated to the valiant soldiers of Kumaon Regiment for their velour and bravery.


  • Mankameshwar Temple : Mankameshwar Temple was built by Indian Army’s Kumaon Regimental Centre, in 1978. The presiding deities of this temple are Ma Kalika, Lord Shiva and Radha-Krishna. The location of the place is magnificent and enjoys a pleasant weather throughout the year. Near by the temple is a Gurudwara and factories of woolen garments.
  • Bensar Mahadev : Ranikhet (19 km) Se' amidst dense pine forests Binsai Mahadeva has an old temple of Lord Shiva.
  • Jhoola Devi Temple : Ranikhet (7kms from Ranikhet) This temple dedicated to Durga has beautiful bells, Near by is a temple of Lord Rama.
  • Hairakhan Temple : It is nicely designed, well developed and well maintained temple at Chilianaula just about 4 kms from Ranikhet. The temple is dedicated to Baba Hairakhan, the famous saint of this region and he is believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva.You may also view all peaks of great Himalayas.



Best time to visit Ranikhet is between March to June and September to November. Snowfall is during December to February.



Summer season in Ranikhet starts, somewhere, around late March and lasts till the month of June. The township enjoys a mild summer, with the maximum temperature hovering around 30 °C and the minimum temperature being around 8 °C. In the winter season brings across chilly conditions. The maximum temperature seldom goes beyond 8°C - 9 °C, while the minimum temperature is usually found to be hovering around 3 °C to 7 °C. You can also expect snowfall in the months of December, January and February. In the monsoon season Ranikhet stretches over from mid-June to August. During this time, the township receives average rainfall, which sums up to around 127 cm in the whole year.



Nanda Devi Mela : Nanda Devi Mela, held at Nanda Devi Temple, is of great cultural importance to the localities. It is held in the month of September, to honor the Goddesses - Nanda Devi and Sunanda Devi. The fair was started in the 16th century, under the reign of Raja Kalyan Chand. It is considered as the symbol of prosperity and well being for the region.

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