Ranikhet is an extremely beautiful cantonment town, which houses both the Kumaon and Naga regiment that are maintained by the Indian Army. Nestled at an average height of 1860 meters above sea level in Uttarakhand, it means the Queens Meadow. Ranikhet is considered to be Queen Padmini’s residence and thus the name. During summers, the climate is pleasant, and during winters, you can expect heavy snowfall. Apart from the serenity of the place, here are the top places in Ranikhet, which attract the tourists from all over India.
Jhula Devi Temple
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Situated at a close distance of only 6kms from Ranikhet, this ancient temple is said to be over 600 years old. At present, the complex of the temple which you will see was built in 1935 and dedicated to Goddess Durga. You will see livestock roaming freely in this area even though the area belongs to a large number of leopards and tigers. They say that it is due to the Goddess’ influence that the livestock is not attacked.
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This Vantage point found between the gardens offer some of the best views of the surrounding landscapes and hills. The Chaubatia Orchards is home to the Indian Government Fruit Research Center, which is known for its many types of apples. These orchards contain nearly more than 100 varieties of flowers and fruits and are a common attraction during the season.
Nanda Devi Mela
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As a part of Garhwal state, the Nanda Devi, which is the ancestral deity of the Garhwal here, is one of the most important deities in this region. This Fair is annually organized in the month of September and is dedicated to Nanda Devi. It is characterized by the various rallies, merrymaking and dances by the people.
Upat and Kalika
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The Upat and Kalika are situated at a distance of 5 kilometers from central Ranikhet and nestle at an altitude of 1729 meters above the sea level. Upat is home to one of the highest altitude golf courses, the Army Golf Course. This spot is also popular among the tourists for being the best viewing spot, which offers few of the most breathtaking Himalayan views. There is a famous temple at Kalika, which is dedicated to the Goddess Kali, and hence, the name too is Kalika.
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The Mankameshwar Temple was built and maintained by the Indian Army, and it is located at the town of Pithoragarh. This temple is located amidst a rich expanse of flora and its lush and serene green surroundings attract a large number of tourists. You can also find few shawl factories, near to the temple that make a few of the best shawls.
Haidakhan Babaji Temple
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Built in memory of Haidakhan Babaji, who was the spiritual leader preached here in the Kumaon mount region the temple is one of the 8 temples built by the leader. This Temple is also an Ashram and called Anand Puri. This ashram is situated in a well maintained location, which provides some great views of the mountains.
Hotels in Ranikhet are many and the reasons to visit it are plenty but make sure you book one of the best resorts in Ranikhet to enjoy your vacations to the fullest and make them worth remembering.