Situated at an altitude of 1869 meters above sea level in the Almorah district of Uttarakhand is the picturesque town of Ranikhet. The beautiful hill town means 'Queen Meadows' and is just about 59 kms from Nainital and 50kms from Almorah. It is surrounded by the mesmerizing snowcapped Himalayas in the Kumaon region and is also a popular Army cantonment destination. Surrounded by lush green forests and having a serene environment the place is
Ranikhet is about 279kms from Delhi and is well connected by all the major towns of Uttarakhand. There is no railhead in this destination. The nearest rail head is in Kathgodam and one needs to take a bus or a cab to reach this destination.
Being a hill resort Ranikhet is best to visit during the summer season. So, the apt time to take a trip is between March and October. Winters in Ranikhet are extremely cold so people who love snow can surely take a trip at that time.
The tranquil town of Ranikhet has much to offer for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers. The forests offer a varied variety of flora and fauna. The mix of wildlife includes leopards, mountain cats and goats, barking deer, sambar, red fox, porcupine, red faced monkey, etc. The terrain is uneven and has many streams, valleys, meadows, climbs and chasms offerimg ample options to explore the nature. The trees of Oak, Pine and Deodar along with fruit orchards alomg the mountains offer some breath-taking viewpoints. One can trek to the nearby places like Tarikhet which is about 8kms away or Sitlakhet which is about 18kms away discovering the natural beauty of the place.
There are many temples that one can visit in Ranikhet like Jhula Devi temple, Binsar Mahadev temple, Hairakhan temple, Rama Temple. Other attractions include the famous Army Museum, Chaubatia Orchards, Bhalu Dam and the Army Golf Course.