Ranikhet Hill Station

hillsSituated at an altitude of 1869 meters above the sea level, this idyllic hill station is located just 59kms away from Nainital. It was discovered and built entirely by the British in 1869. The serene hills, the blooming valleys, the pleasant climate will cast an instant spell on the visitor.

As it located in the Northern region of India in the Kumaon hills, all four seasons here have something special to offer. The hill station also experiences snowfall in the months of December and January. This is the perfect destination to unwind and rejuvenate while enjoying the magnificent views offered by the Western Himalayas. Today, Ranikhet is preserved by the Indian Army.

what a view!



According to local legends, Ranikhet gets its name from Rani Padmini. She was the queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler. When she saw the place, she was so captivated by its beauty that she decided to make it her residence. Ranikhet literally means ‘Queen’s field’. The region around Ranikhet was ruled by the local Kumaoni rulers and later came under the British rule. The British then proceeded to develop it as a hill station for their troops and established a cantonment in 1869. They used it as a retreat during the summers. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center.



There are many attractions in Ranikhet along with the scenic views offered by nature. First and foremost is the Nanda Devi Mela. It is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. It is held in September at the Nanda Devi temple to celebrate the memory of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda. Even if you’re unable to make it to the fair, a visit to the two famous temples Jhoola Devi Ka Mandir and Kali Devi Ka Mandir is a must.

nanda devi temple

monsoon season

Ranikhet also presents a wide array of sports such as tennis and golf. It has a well-equipped residential club which offers temporary membership to tourists. Moreover, there’s Chaubatia, which are the four fruit gardens. This is well worth the visit as it also houses the sales depot and a cafeteria along with a Government Fruit Research Centre. Last but not the least, is the Bhalu Dam, known for its fishing. The main source of the town’s water supply comes from here.



All this and much more ensure that Ranikhet is one hill station you cannot afford to miss. The ideal time of visit this paradise on Earth is between the months of March and September.


25 comments to Ranikhet Hill Station

  • Sarvesh Basutkar

    Would love to go there!!!

  • sawariya oza

    i want to know abot ranikhet…and some good place for visit hannimoon

  • Mohd. Ahsan

    so nice……………….

  • Mahmoud


    Can i buy a land in this aria ??


  • V Raghavan

    Excellent pictures. We have been there. A must when you visit Nainital.

  • Danilo Correa Villanueva

    Greenish view makes my eyes see better. I love your pictures as I am a lover of nature. Whatever!


    very nice ilove my uttrakhand


  • chinmoy

    you can’t experience anything better!!!!!
    feels like heaven!
    so close……….

  • Vishal Shah

    We have just went before 3 months. Its beautiful place to visit especially during summer – monsoon to see the apple garden

  • ashik

    cool pic……….

  • hoshi

    I wish someday I could almost see the blessings of God.

  • suresh

    its a god’s place

  • Sam

    Makes one wonder why we crazily plan for swiss alpine xperience when pretty much the same is on offer right here, right now !

  • P B Guha

    A piece of heavenly abode. I went to Nainital but missed Ranikhet.

  • Mokaram

    Beautiful Ranikhet.Feeling so nice

  • Ajay Singh Chandel

    ya, i would like to visit Ranikhet, as n when i get the opportunity

  • dhirendra

    How long will it remain so pristine is a milliondollar question.

  • swapnil

    i have been to ranikhet and it is most beautiful place, a must visit.

  • Ramkrishna Hardikar

    Very lovely Hill Station. worth visiting.The Photography is superb.

  • naina

    i hv been to ranikhet more than 32times,stillnt enough i lv haidakhan temple situated surrounded by himaliyanpeaks .serene peace and holy atmosphere is ranikhet.a apple gardens too.

  • Moona

    Now that we live in ranikhet i can say it is truly beautiful..the simplicity of the people is charming and so refreshing after delhi.ranikhethas great walking trails and lush woods…….the view is awesome though the best time as stated by most is the summer but the winters there are awesome.Infact i would advise all to make a trip during dec./jan for that unforgettable experience.

  • Raj Beniwal

    Where to stay at Ranikhet. As I’m planning to go there in June.

  • Dinesh Singh Sirohi

    Rajikhat is beautiful place. it is lovely location.

  • S B Koppikar

    This is a beautiful place at the base of the Himalayas. This is where the great yogi Shamacharan Lahiri (great grand guru of Shri Paramahans Yogananda) was re-initiated in the current incarnation into his previous birth’s yoga sadhana continuation by the eternal guru Shri Mahavataar Babaji. Must be a hallowed place!



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