“THE QUEEN'S FARM"
RANIKHET TOURISM AT A GLANCE -
RANIKHET with its cool climate and simple natural beauty can freshen up your senses to the very core. It is also popular as the Headquarters of the KUMAON Regiment of the Indian Army and has the KUMAON Regimental Centre Museum. The museum has a splendid display of weapons, photo etc. to introduce you the grandness and significance of military and its various historical instances. RANIKHET is popular for its views of the Nanda Devi Peak, trekking ranges, mountainous climbs, golf courses, orchards and temples. RANIKHET meaning Queen's farm, is a hill station developed by the BRITISH around ancient temples, undulating Himalayan hills and forests.
Historical accounts tell us the Queen PADMINI of KUMAON was enchanted by this tiny hill paradise. King SUDHARDEV obliged her, by building a palace here for the queen and named the place RANIKHET (the queen's fields).
No trace of the palace can be found today, but the place remained the same: captivating, abounding with flowers, trees and green meadows in the midst of heavenly Himalayan surroundings. Lost into oblivion for long, the picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the British.
They bought the land from the native villagers and build it into a summer resort apart from establishing an army recruitment centre. RANIKHET is a place related with the legends of Himalayas. RANIKHET still remains the headquarters of the gallant KUMAON Regiment.
1. CHAUBATIA GARDENS -
These orchards are known for delicious apples of several exclusive varieties, apricots, peaches and various other alpine fruits. These can be directly procured from the growers themselves. There is also a state-run Fruit Research Centre. Situated nearby is BHALU Dam in the background of a beautiful lake created by this dam, which attracts tourists round the year.10 km south of RANIKHET are the famous fruit-laden orchards of CHAUBATIA.
2. UPAT KALIKA -
It is an army golf course, but civilians can also access it paying a nominal fee. It remains open round the year.
One of the highest golf courses famous in India is situated close to the UPAT KALIKA temple, about 6 km from the RANIKHET town.
3. MANKAMESHWAR -
An ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, Lord Shiva and RADHA-Krishna. This beautiful temple adjacent to Nar Singh Ground has been rebuilt by the soldiers of KUMAON Regiment.
4. TARIKHET -
His cottage is a major tourist attraction. The famous temple of the local deity, GOLU can also be visited at TARIKHET. A famous pair of temples dedicated to Goddess DURGA and Lord Rama.
BEYOND RANIKHET -
8 km from RANIKHET, GANDHI JI stayed here in the 1920s. 5. JHOOLA DEVI AND RAM MANDIR -
7kms from RANIKHET.
By Air: Nearest Airport is Pant Nagar, at a distance of 119 km.
By Rail: KATHGODAM (86 km.) is the nearest railhead.
By Road: Roads run through HALDWANI, BHOWALI and KHAIRNA during all seasons. RANIKHET has direct bus links with NAINITAL (60 km), KATHGODAM (86kms), RAMNAGAR (96kms) and Delhi (366kms). RANIKHET is well connected via roads.