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“Ranikhet”- The Queen’s Farm

Ranikhet is a small but very lovely and beautiful hill station located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 1824 meters above sea level. The atmosphere of Ranikhet is very pleasant. Path covered with beautiful views, lush green forest, colorful flowers attracts tourists. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, one can get comfortable in Ranikhet. Believe it the tourist finds themselves near nature here.

The simple natural beauty and the tranquil climate of the Ranikhet attract tourists and refresh their minds. Ranikhet is also famous for being the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and also houses the Kumaon Regimental Center Museum. The museum exhibits weapons, photographs, etc. in a spectacular way that shows the historical grandeur and importance of its army. If you are planning to visit Ranikhet tourist place then definitely read this article, in this, we have given information about Ranikhet and the nearby sights.

Ranikhet is also known as “The Queen’s Farm”. This place is named after Rani Padmini, who was mesmerized by the beauty of the valley and fell in love with the place. King Sukhdev built a palace at this place to fulfill the wishes of the queen which became his residence. At present, there is no palace at this place and there are no traces of the palace in the present records. It is also said that when the British army established their cantonment here, they destroyed the palace.

Places To Visit In Ranikhet

Rani Jheel

rani jheel

Rani Jheel or Rani Lake is a huge lake, which has been artificially developed by the Cantonment Board for the purpose of rainwater harvesting. Situated about 2 km from Ranikhet between the two natural ridges it is one of the popular tourist destinations of Ranikhet. The lake is situated at an elevation of about 2280 meters above sea level is an ideal place to enjoy boating.

Jhula Devi Temple

jhula devi temple

Jhula Devi Temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, built in the 8th century near Ranikhet, known for its elegantly designed bells. It is believed that this temple fulfills all the wishes of the devotees. The Ram temple located near this temple is also a major attraction for people visiting here.

Chaubatia Garden

chaubutia garden ranikhet

Located in the lap of the Himalayan ranges, famous for its apples, plums, peaches, and apricots, Chaubatia Garden is a famous tourist spot of the Ranikhet. It offers fascinating views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Nandaghuti, and Trishul. Apart from Chaubatia Bagh, you should also visit the Government Apple Garden and Fruit Research Center located nearby.


kalika devi temple

Kalika is a special tourist town located near Ranikhet which is about 6 km from Ranikhet Hill Station. The place is famous for its Kalika temple and golf course. Kalika Temple has dedicated to Goddess Kali hailed as “Mother of Universe”. The temple also offers fascinating views of the Himalayan peaks.


manila devi temple

The city of Manila, located near Ranikhet, is a major tourist spot known for its Manila Devi temple. Located about 77 km from Ranikhet this small town is a beautiful place that offers fascinating and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Manila is a place full of folk songs and traditions where people believe in their traditions and heritage very much. This city full of beautiful views is a major tourist destination near Ranikhet.

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Mankameshwar Temple

mankameshwar temple ranikhet

The Mankameshwara Temple was built in the year 1978 by the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army, which is located near the Narsingh Maidan in Pithoragarh. This temple is often visited by family members of the regiment. The main deities of this temple are Lord Shiva, Radha-Krishna, and Maa Kalika. The scenic natural beauty surrounding the temple is fascinating. Located less than 1 km from Ranikhet this temple is easily accessible. Tourists can also visit the Gurudwara and a woolen textile factory, which is located near the temple.


dwarahat ranikhet

Dwarahat is a major scenic spot near Ranikhet, an ancient city filled with beautiful temples and breathtaking litigants. Dwarahat, located in the wondrous Almora district of Uttarakhand, is a special heritage and religious place that is home to 55 odd ancient temples built by the Katyuri kings in medieval times.

Haidakhan Temple

baba haida khan temple

This magnificent white marble temple is situated on a beautiful hill in the picturesque plains of the Himalayas, about 5 km from Ranikhet. This temple was founded by the famous saint Baba Haidakhan of Kumaon. He meditated at this place for many years. Now after Baba’s death, the idol form of Baba is worshipped in this temple. Residents here and other devotees consider Baba as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Baba Haidakhanji Maharaj. From this temple, there is a great view of the Himalayas, if the sky is clear and there is no mist, then the snow-clad main peaks of the Himalayas like Panchachauli, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba etc. are seen hundreds of kilometres away.

Upat Golf Course

upat golf course

Upat Golf Course is a famous tourist destination located in the Ranikhet area of ​​Almora district. Also known as Ranikhet Golf Course, it is one of the highest golf courses in Asia. Surrounded by pine trees, this beautiful golf ground is located 5 km from Ranikhet. It is a 9-pits golf course, providing membership plans for outsiders. The beautiful green and velvety grass-covered golf ground attracts Indian tourists as well as foreign tourists.


majkhali ranikhet

Located about 12 km from Ranikhet, Majkhali is a small hamlet popularly know for its natural beauty and the Goddess Kali Temple located here. Majkhali offers beautiful views of the Himalayan Mountains with numerous picnic spots in the nearby area. Tourists visiting here are convinced by the beauty of the place and collect lots of memories while returning back from here.

Ashiyana Park

ashiyana park ranikhet

Ashiyana Park is a perfect place to enjoy nature’s beauty. Located in the heart of Ranikhet, Ashiyana Park is the first theme park to come to Ranikhet. Also known as ‘Deodar Udhyan’ Ashiyana Park is the children’s wonderland, It proudly displays well-organized lawns, herbal gardens, and colorful fountains.

Dunagiri Temple

dunagiri temple

Located about 48 km from Ranikhet, Dunagiri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Perched at an elevation of about 2400 meters this temple offers fascinating views of Himalayan ranges. This temple is also known as Mangalikhan among the locals. It is also believed that when the Lord Hanuman was carrying the mountain with the Sanjeevni Booti a piece of it fell here and since then this place is known as Dunagiri.

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Sun Temple

katarmal sun temple

Sun Temple is also known as Katarmal is one of the most ancient temples that can be found in the nearby area of Almora district. It is believed that this temple was built 800 years back and is surrounded by 44 small temples. The exquisite stone carvings and the ancient architecture of the temple attracts a large number of tourists every year



Tarikhet is a small village located 8 km from Ranikhet. This place is famous for ‘Gandhi Kutia’, a small hut where Mahatma Gandhi, the great freedom fighter once lived. A major tourist destination, this place is a symbol of the freedom struggle against the British Raj in India. This place provides an opportunity to visit the Golu Devta temple located in the area near here. The temple is dedicated to the legendary and historical god Golu Devta of the Kumaon region.

Places To Stay In Ranikhet

Hotels In Ranikhet

  • Xomotel Ranikhet Heights
  • Queen’s Meadow Hotel
  • Parijat Retreat Ranikhet
  • Ranikhet Inn
  • Chevron Rosemount, Ranikhet
  • Woodsvilla Resort Ranikhet
  • Junoon in the Hills
  • Holm Farm Heritage

View deals on TripadvisorHome Stay In Ranikhet

  • Himalayan Homestay
  • Cosmos Himalayan Villas
  • Roseville Cottage
  • The Vrikshalaya Himalayan Homestay
  • Yog Homestay

View deals on TripadvisorCamps Stay In Ranikhet

  • Bay Berry Camp And Resort
  • Camp Bliss
  • Storytreks & camps
  • Green Getaway Camps, Sitlakhet
  • The Camping at Frog point

View deals on TripadvisorThings To Do In Ranikhet

Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Spiritual Treks, Visiting Temples, Nature Walk, Photography, etc.

Best Time To Visit Ranikhet

The best time to visit this Ranikhet is considered between the months of March – July but before the last week of July because heavy rainfall starts by the end of the month. Ranikhet also experiences snowfall in winter, which also draws a large group of tourists to enjoy the snowfall at that time.

How To Reach Ranikhet

By Flight

The nearest airport to Ranikhet is the Pantnagar Airport. Located about 110 km from Ranikhet this airport is well connected through roads. You can hire a cab or can take a bus easily available outside the airport to reach Ranikhet.

By Train

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Ranikhet which is located at a distance of 82 km. This railway station is connected to some big cities like Dehradun, Delhi, etc. Taxis and buses are easily available from here to Ranikhet.

By Road

Ranikhet is well connected by roads to the major cities and towns in the state of Uttarakhand. Buses and other local transport from Kathgodam, Haldwani, Almora, and Nainital are easily available to reach Ranikhet. Buses to the nearby areas to Ranikhet are available from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi.

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