Ranikhet in a glance :
Coordinates: 29.6434° N, 79.4322° E
Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is at an altitude of 1,869 meters above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas. Here are a few places to visit in Ranikhet.
How to reach Ranikhet
By air :
The nearest airport to Ranikhet is Pant Nagar airport situated 115 km from Ranikhet and is very well connected by motorable roads. Taxis are available from Ranikhet to Pant Nagar. You can also opt for buses from the airport till Ranikhet. The distance from Pant Nagar Airport to Ranikhet can be easily covered within three hours of time.
By road :
Ranikhet is well connected with motorable roads connecting major cities and towns of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Kathgodam and Nainital are easily available from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi. Buses and taxis are available from Almora, Nainital, Kathgodam to Ranikhet. You can also hire a taxi and use the same to explore the city. You will be charged on the basis of the vehicle hired, kilometers covered and the number of days.
By train :
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Ranikhet and is 88 km away. It is connected to all the major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata, The trains are frequent as it the gateway to Kumaon region. From here, you can either take a bus or a taxi up to Ranikhet.
Places to visit and things to do in Ranikhet:
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An artificial lake surrounded by idyllic forests, the bhalu dam is the perfect spot for a picnic complete with birds, breeze and snow-capped valleys. One needs to trek for 3 km to reach this reservoir.
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Famous for its apples, plums, peaches and apricots, the Chaubatia Orchards located in the laps of Himalayan ranges also offer panaromic views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, Nandaghunti and Trishul mountains.
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Dotted with ancient temples- Shakti temple at Doonagiri and Naithna Devi Temple, Dwarahat is a small archeological and historical town situated on the banks of Ram Ganga River.
Jhula Devi Temple
Built in 8th century, the temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and is known for its cluster of elegantly designed bells. It is believed that the temple fulfills the wishes of pilgrims. The Ram temple located close by also draws many people.
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Another town that boasts of undulating golf courses, Kalika in Ranikhet is famous for its highest golf course in Asia besides being home to the Kalika temple dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Kumaon Regimental Center Museum
Established by Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army in the 1970s, the museum houses war artifacts of historical importance, especially belonging to the Garhwal and Kumaon regiments.
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Giving a glimpse of the majestic Sonya peak, Majhkhali en-route to Almora is endowed with scenic beauty and lovely weather.
Mankameshwar Temple :
Built by the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army, this temple located near Narsingh Maidan at Pithoragarh is often visited by the family members of the Regiment.
What to Eat in Ranikhet :
Ranikhet houses rich and authentic local cuisines as well as North Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, European and Asian cuisines. Bhaang Ki Khatai, Mixed dal Salad, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potpotato dish), Aloo Daal Pakora, Rus ( a preparation of many dals) are the local delicacies that are popular here. Other than these, you can find typical North Indian cuisines including Tandoori Roti, Naan, various preparations of Paneer and other vegetables. Non-vegetarian dishes are available easily. One can also relish some traditional and local sweets such as Bal Mithai, Ram Mithai, Toffee and much more.