Ranikhet, popular among people living in Uttarakhand, is an offbeat and beautiful hill station, located in Kumaon’s Almora district. If legend is to be believed, the queen of Kumaon, Padmini, passed through the town and was impressed by the beauty of the place. Along the same lines, the Queen’s better half, namely King Sukherdev constructed a royal house here and named it Ranikhet. Even though there is no proper confirmation of this story, all the locals love to talk about it with the tourists. Let us explore this hill town a little further.
With a population of about 18,000, the hill town is spread along the two edges; the Chaubatia Edge and the Ranikhet Edge. Lined with several rural huts and dilapidated old houses in the middle of oak, deodar and pine timberlands, the small territory offers total comfort to the urban soul. So, if you are looking forward to spending a day or two over here, you can hire a cab from Delhi and look for the hotels in Ranikhet with tariff that suits your budget best.
You may enroll yourself in mountaineering, trekking and other adventure sports here. Apart from this, one may also go to see spots such as Army Golf Course, Hairakhan Temple, Bhalu Dam, Chaubatia Orchards, KRC Museum, Jhula-Devi Temple, and the Binsar Mahadev Temple.
The Jhula Devi Temple and the Binsar Mahadev Temple are probably the two holiest places in Ranikhet. The temple of Jhula Devi was constructed in the eighth century and dedicated to the Hindu’s most powerful Goddess, Ma Durga. Various pilgrims come here to say the petitions to the Goddess. Binsar Mahadev, situated at a distance of 15 km from Ranikhet, is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Another well known travel spot is Majhkhali, located on the Ranikhet-Almora Road. Travelers may appreciate the spectacular views of the mighty Sonya Peaks from here. Near to this lies Upat, a heaven on earth for the golfers, easily accessible from resorts in Ranikhet. This spot gives hypnotizing views of the captivating peaks of the mighty Himalayas.If you want to explore Ranikhet a little more, you must pay a visit to the Rani Jheel, a counterfeit lake, which was produced with end goal of tons of water reaping by Ranikhet Cantonment Board. Located at an elevation of 8000 ft above the sea level, one can enjoy time boating in the lake.
The total distance from the capital to the hill town is about 350 kilometers. Since there is no direct transport from the capital to Ranikhet, one needs to take the bus from New Delhi and go to Haldwani, from where you can avail the state transport to reach Ranikhet. Also, you can also take a train to Kathgodam from New Delhi, and take a taxi from there to Ranikhet, which is about a drive of 43 kilometers.
The best part about Ranikhet is that it is unspoiled, and you can romance with nature at its best. Do plan a trip to this serene hill station at least once in your lifetime.