A few weeks back I was in Ranikhet. It’s got a superb climate. It’s a tourist destination during summer as it’s got a good climate. It’s not very hot even in summer as it comprises of mountains. At a higher altitude one can always find low temperature. This is the main reason why tourists around the world and in India visit Ranikhet during summer. During winter the best thing is to stay at home near the fireplace or an electric heater. There’s a problem of water scarcity in the city but in the Army cantonment life is good.
A hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine trees, is around 90kms from Kathgodam, which is the nearest railway station to Raanikhet. Ranikhet reflects the very best of the heavenly Himalayas: their lush green forests, majestic mountain peaks, exotic plant life and attractive wild life. To experience nature’s beautiful elements in full harmony of Himalayas the right place is Ranikhet. According to a popular belief at this spot King Sudhardev had won the heart of Queen Padmini. She chose this scenic place to her abode and since then it had come to be known as Ranikhet, literally “Queen’s field”.
Ranikhet has always been known as a Military center and a land of bravery since British period. In fact Ranikhet was designed and developed in a very classical way by British for their troops. At present Ranikhet is a land of Kumaon and Naga Regimental center. Sir Henry Russell established the Kumaon Regiment as Hyderabad Regiment in the year 1700, under the Nizam of Hyderabad.
The following sites can be visited during your stay in Ranikhet:
- Chaubatiya Garden: Around 10 km from Ranikhet, this place has fruit gardens with a government Fruit Research Center.
- Bhalu Dam: It’s 3km from Chaubatiya. It is famous for fishing.
- Upat, Kalika: 6kms from Ranikhet on the road to Almora the place has one of the very popular golf courses in India. It’s a 9 hole golf course. Also, surrounded by dense forest jusy one km away from Upat is a Kalika Devi temple.
- Hairakhan Dham(Haidakhan Dham): It is 5 km from Ranikhet, ashram of Haidakhan baba is located here. Many foreign disciples of baba can be found here