means 'Queen's Field' and is said to be named after the wife of the
12th-century raja, Sudhar Deve. Spread along a ridge at 1,830 metres
(6,004 feet), Ranikhet is covered with pine and oak forests. On its
northern side it offers fine
views. Ranikhet is still a cantonment. The town is now the home of the
Kumaon Regiment, one of the Indian army's best.
located in the northern state of Uttaranchal in the Kumaon hills.
Ranikhet is about 59 kilometres from Nainital and 50 kilometres from
Almora. Ranikhet has derived its name from Rani Padmini, who was so
enamoured by the place that she decided to stay there. The place is then
come to known as Ranikhet, which means fields of Rani. Later British
developed Ranikhet as army cantonment. Ranikhet is still a cantonment
town and one can see soldiers in the area.Sightseeing
How to reach
- Hera Khan Temple
Hera Khan Temple and Ashram, near
Chilianaula village, is four kms from Sadar Bazaar. The Hindu saint,
Hera Khan, died in 1984 and the modern marble-faced temple with a
grarden was constructed according to his wishes. The baba had many
European followers and the ashram is inhabited mainly by them.
Uphat is 6 kms from Sadar Bazaar on Almora
Road. It is the site of one of the highest golf courses with views
of the Great Himalayas. The course was originally laid out by a
British cavalry officer as a cross-country race track, and the track
now forms the perimeter of the nine-hole course. The golf course is
run by the army, but anyone with a set of clubs is welcome to a game
for a nominal charge. The course is, however, closed during the
monsoon, from July to September. There is a refreshment kiosk in the
centre of the golf course. Just beyond the golf course is a small
temple to Kalika and a government forest nursery. Further along the
same road, 13 kms, from Sadar Bazaar, is Majkhali, recommended for
its views of the snows.
It is ten kms from Sadar Bazaar. It was
originally a sanatorium for British troops. It now houses the
Government Fruit Garden and Research Station which grows 200
varieties of fruit. After wandering through the extensive woods and
orchards of the garden one can also buy the produce at knockdown
prices. The peak of the apple season is August-September. A three
kms walk from Chaubatia leads to the artificial lake of Bhaludam.
- Jhula Devi Temple
Jhula Devi Temple is 7 km away. It
is believed that once a month, a leopard comes to the temple, but
only the priest sees it. Above Jhula Devi is a temple of Lord Ram
and Binsar Mahadev, 19 kms away.
Pantnagar is the nearest airport to Ranikhet,
which is about 114 kilometres.
The nearest railhead to Ranikhet is Kathgodam,
which is at a distance of about 82 kilometres from Ranikhet.
Ranikhet is well connected by road to other