The etymological meaning of the word >Ranikhet is Queens garden. The queen of the Chand family \vas so much in love with the Himalayas that she built a shelter. Todays Ranikhet Club has been developed on this particular spot which was originally the Queens shelter. It would not be a misnomer to refer to Ranikhet as the Queen of hills. From Ranikhet, the view of the majestic snow-clad Himalayas is breath-taking. The wide expanse of the 300 km stretches of the splendid Himalayas extending from Nepal in the East to Tehri Garhwal in the West is clearly visible from here. On a bright sunny day the highest peaks of the Himalayan range like Neelkanta, Kamet, Gouriparvat, Haathiparvat, Nandaghunti, Trishul,Ranikhet, located at an altitude of 1829 m, is not at all a very old town. The creation of this town was the handiwork of the British.
The weather in Ranikhet is alpine. Summers (April?June) are mild and winters are cold (November?February). It experiences southwestern monsoon rains in July?September and experiences snowfall in winters.
There are a number of places to visit near Ranikhet. The famous tourist center of Nainital is 59 km from Ranikhet. Nainital is famous for its Naini Lake and a number of picnic spots in and around it.
Almora is 50 km from Ranikhet, is famous for its health resorts and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.
Dwarahat, 38 km away, was once the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. It is full of ancient sculptures.
Sitalakhet (35 km), Tarikhet (8 km) and Khairna (22 km) are some of the places that one can visit from Ranikhet.
Ranikhet The Unspoilt Hill Station
Attractions and Places to Visit in Ranikhet
Ranikhet offers an excellent view of the great Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi (7816 m). Travelers can take a walk around the town and its sylvan surroundings. The Jhula Devi temple and the Chaubatia orchards are within walking distance, south of the main Mall Road. Bhaludham, 3 km away, is an artificial lake. Upat Kalika, 4 km north of Ranikhet and on the main road to Almora, offers panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and has a nine-hole golf course.
How to Reach Ranikhet
Even though the hill resort of Ranikhet does not have an airport or a railway station of its own, it is easily accessible. The nearest airport happens to be at Pant Nagar (Nainital), at a distance of 1119 km. During the summer regular flights link other important places with Nainital and in turn Ranikhet. The nearest railhead for Ranikhet is Kathgodam, at a distance of 84 km. The excellent road network connects Ranikhet with other important cities. The main bus station is located near the main tourist office adjacent to the Sadar Bazaar area. The bus service from Ranikhet to Nainital, Almora, Kathgodam, and Kausani is frequent.