Ranikhet: The Queen’s Meadow

Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: Home of the Naga Regiment and the Military Hospital of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army, Ranikhet is a cantonment town in the Almora District of Uttarakhand.

Ranikhet derives its name from a legend involving a local ruler by the name of Raja Sudhardev and his Queen, Rani Padmini. As per the legend, the Raja won over the queen in this region, and they eventually settled here due to the beauty of the place.

The British established the area as a cantonment town and were also considering to make this their summer capital, before deciding on Shimla.

Places to Visit:

Chaubatia Gardens:

Located at an altitude of nearly 1,800 meters, these gardens are spread over an area of 600 acres. Famous for orchards that harbor fruits such as peaches, apricots, apples and plums, visitors can also delight themselves with amazing views of Neelkanth, Nanda Devi and Trishul.

Haidakhan Temple:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is rumored to have been built by Haidakhan, who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Tall statues of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman attract devotees from across the region. The temple also offers stunning views of the Panchachuli peaks.

Jhula Devi Temple:

An ancient temple which was built in the 8th century, it is believed that whoever visits this temple with a pure mind always get her/his wish fulfilled. Upon fulfillment of the wish, the person is expected to come and tie a bell in the temple.

Majkhali:

Located near Ranikhet, this pristine village offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. There is also a golf course near the village. The charming and refreshing atmosphere provided by the village makes this place a must visit the location.

Best Time to Visit:

Since Ranikhet is located at a height of nearly 1800 meters, it remains pleasant during summers. However, it can become quite cold during the winters and receives snowfall occasionally.

Hence, the months of April-October are the best time to visit Ranikhet.

How to Reach:

The nearest railway station to Ranikhet is in Kathgodam, which is located 70 kilometers away. Pantnagar is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 110 kilometers.

Dehradun, the state capital, is located at a distance of 320 kilometers, while the district headquarters, Almora, is located at a distance of 46 kilometers.

The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at a distance of 528 kilometers and 344 kilometers, respectively.

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