For someone who’s looking to travel beyond nainital for a spectacular experience of the hills with scenic views and less hustle and bustle from the crowd, this would be the place to visit. Travellers can reach Ranikhet after a 2 hour drive from Nainital to completely get lost in beautiful natural surroundings and feel a deep connection with nature. The town’s beauty has been appraised since many years by visitors.
Situated at the Almora district of Kumaon region the town is perched at an altitude of 1,829 mts above the sea level. The tourist hill station of Ranikhet has got almost everything that pacifies nerves of avid city dwellers. The hill station’s name literally means – Land of Queen. This is an all seasons spot for enthusiasts of nature’s delights. The majestic and captivating views of the alpine forests, delicate vegetation, diverse wild life, fresh cool breezes and the panoramic Himalayan views all add up to form the heavenly town of Ranikhet. The destination is idyllic picnic spot for families and friends and has a number of nearby attractions like Jhula Devi temple, Tarikhet Village, Upat Golf Course, Chaubatia Gardens, Haidakhan temple and Majkhali town.
Being lost in obliviousness, the enchanting hill town was explored in the colonial era by Britishers during 1869. This town was made as the Kumaun region headquarters and was also used as retreat for the summer heat. The cantonment town of also home for Naga Regiment and Kumaon Regimental Centre and its cleanliness is currently being maintained by Indian Army. Tourists may feel the main area to be crowded but the Ranikhet’s cantonment provides a completely fresh and serene atmosphere.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to the enchanting hill station of Ranikhet is the Pantnagar Airport which is at a distance of 109kms. The small airport at the town of Pantnagar connects the towns of Kumaon region to major Indian cities.
By Rail: To reach Ranikhet you need to book your train to the railway station of Kathgodam which is 74kms away from the beautiful hill station. Major cities are connected to the railway station through daily trains.
By Road: Travellers can board buses from Anand Vihar ISBT in Delhi directly to Ranikhet. Buses and taxis are also available through other major towns of Uttarkhand like Haldwani, Kathgodam, Dehradun, Nainital, etc.