Ranikhet in Uttarakhand

Ranikhet The City of Mountains

The town located in Almora district is an all-season travel destination, which boasts a pleasant climate and an environ that is beyond serene. It is said that the reigning Queen Padmini was so in love with Ranikhet that King Sudhardev had to build a palace here to win her heart. Such is the beauty of Ranikhet and it has stayed and stayed for good of all. Although the traces of the Padmini Palace cannot be found now, today’s Ranikhet houses headquarters of Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army, a sprawling 9-Hole Golf Course and a number of temples like Jhula Devi.

Beautiful Hindu temples blanket the town with their uncountable blessings and the stunning vistas of Nanda Devi and Mount Trishul leave one with no words at all to describe the extent of beauty that it adds to the place. The ancient Katarmal Sun Temple is another point of tourists interest which comes as an alluring addition to the package tour. The magic spell of Ranikhet has no anecdote but to be there and to submit to everything that is happening around. The colonial period edifices added further to Ranikhet’s unsurpassed charm.


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Chaubatia Garden
One of the most famous attractions of Ranikhet, the ‘Chaubatia Garden’ is known for their exquisite orchards of apples, plums, peaches and apricots. Located at a distance of 10 km. from the heart of Ranikhet, these gardens are an ideal spot for picnics and day outings. These gardens are also one of the best examples of step farming in the Himalayan region. Spread across an area of 600 acres with trees of oak, cedar, pine and rhododendrons dotting the walking trails, these gardens give you ample opportunities to capture nature’s craftsmanship in your memories for lifetime. Views of the Garhwal Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nilkanth from these gardens seem to unendingly captivate you with their magical charm.

Bhalu Dam
Located at a distance of approximately 3 km. from Chaubatia Gardens, ‘Bhalu Dam’ is a small artificial lake in Ranikhet, which was built as a source of drinking water for British soldiers around 200 years ago. Tranquil settings of the lake with overlooking Himalayan peaks, chirping birds and fresh mountain air; make it a perfect spot for picnickers, nature lovers and bird watchers.

Binsar Mahadev Temple
Located at a distance of 19 km. from Ranikhet, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that lighting a diya on the day of Vaikunth Chaturdeshi in this temple can fulfil the desire of a child. Many pilgrims and childless couples visit the temple during their vacation in Ranikhet. Situated in the heart of thick forests of pine and deodars, with fresh water springs flowing in the area, makes this temple a must visit for people seeking solitude.Mankameshwar Temple – Built by the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army in 1978, the temple is situated amidst picturesque surroundings. Housing the deities of Radha-Krishna, Ma Kalika and Lord Shiva, the temple is visited by many locals as well as tourists.

Golfing Fun at the Upat Golf Course
Golf Course Ranikhet Upat is a small town nestled in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas, at a distance of 5 km from Ranikhet. The town is known for its 9 holes Golf Course maintained by the Indian Army. This Golf Course is also considered to be one of the highest in Asia. If you are a golfing freak, you can definitely try playing a game here. Another major tourist attraction near Upat Golf Course is the ‘Kalika Temple’, dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located at a distance of 1 km. from Upat, in the town of Kalika, this temple is visited by many tourists coming to Ranikhet.

Spend Few Hours at the Chaubatia Garden
One of the most famous attractions of Ranikhet, the ‘Chaubatia Garden’ is known for their exquisite orchards of apples, plums, peaches and apricots. Located at a distance of 10 km. from the heart of Ranikhet, these gardens are an ideal spot for picnics and day outings. These gardens are also one of the best examples of step farming in the Himalayan region. Spread across an area of 600 acres with trees of oak, cedar, pine and rhododendrons dotting the walking trails, these gardens give you ample opportunities to capture nature’s craftsmanship in your memories for lifetime. Views of the Garhwal Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nilkanth from these gardens seem to unendingly captivate you with their magical charm.

Jhula Devi Temple
An ancient temple dating back to 8th century, the ‘Jhula Devi Temple’ is one of the major tourist attractions in Ranikhet that is located near the Chaubatia Gardens and at a distance of 7 km. from the city centre. Situated on the Kumaon Hill, amidst the serene and tranquil settings, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga who sits here on a wooden ‘Jhula’ and therefore, the name ‘Jhula Devi Temple’. According to local folk legends, idol of Goddess Durga was discovered by a shepherd on the guidance of Maa Durga herself in his dreams; thetemple is situated at the very spot where the idol was found. As per local beliefs, Jhula Devi guards the villagers and their livestock from wild animals in the surrounding forests. It is also believed that whosoever ties a bell on the temple wall, is granted with his/her wish; therefore many tourists come to the temple to seek blessings of the Goddess and to get their wishes fulfilled.Binsar Mahadev Temple – Located at a distance of 19 km. from Ranikhet, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that lighting a diya on the day of Vaikunth Chaturdeshi in this temple can fulfil the desire of a child. Many pilgrims and childless couples visit the temple during their vacation in Ranikhet. Situated in the heart of thick forests of pine and deodars, with fresh water springs flowing in the area, makes this temple a must visit for people seeking solitude.

Mankameshwar Temple
Built by the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army in 1978, the temple is situated amidst picturesque surroundings. Housing the deities of Radha-Krishna, Ma Kalika and Lord Shiva, the temple is visited by many locals as well as tourists.

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