Ranikhet Travel Guide

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get there and around

Ranikhet is a hill station in Uttarakhand, India.
Get in
By plane

Nearest airport is Pant Nagar. l99 km

By train

Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 85 km and Ramnagar 96 km

By road

Well connected by road with all major towns of Kumaon hills and nearby districts.

Almora - 44 km

Nainital - 61 km

Kathgodam - 56 km Taxis are available from Kathgodam railway station. They charge around 1200 Rupees. Government Busses of Himachal Road transport are availble from Bus stand, 3 kms down the Railway station. The bus journey takes around 4 hours. Pithoragarh - 161 km


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places to visit



Chaubatia Garden: Laden with fruit orchards especially apples are the perfect natural interlude. 10 km from Ranikhet town famous for fruit belt and the Fruit Research Centre.

Bhaludam: 3 km from the Chaubatia Garden, this small artificial label attract a number of tourist round the year.

Upat Kalika: 6 km from the town on the main road to Almora. The place has one of the best mountain golf links (Oholes) in the country surrounded by dense Oak forest.

Dwarahat: 38 km from Ranikhet, once been the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. Dwarahat is full of ancient sculptures.

Sitalakhet: 55 km. Tarikhet 8 km. Khairna 22 km.

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Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the home for the Kumaon Regiment (KRC) & Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army.

Ranikhet is at an altitude of 1869 metres above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas.


History

Ranikhet, which means Queen's meadow in Hindi, gets its name from a local legend, which states that it was here, that Raja Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet [1], though no palace exists in the area.

In 1869 [2], the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. At one time during British Raj, it was also proposed as the summer headquarters of Government of India.