Himalayas shone in the twilight sun. The valley below bore a clean virginal look
as numerous waterfalls gushed downwards to form gurgling brooks. The
intoxicating scent of pine filled the air. The atmosphere was invigorating.
Intoxicating. Since the time the
Britishers discovered this celestial piece of earth to the outside world, the
ambience of the place seems almost unchanged. The peace, tranquility,
cleanliness and the ethereal beauty almost slams the senses as soon as one
enters into this Himalayan resort. Standing atop a hill surrounded by coniferous
forests, with all its olde worlde charm, this sylvan retreat offers an ineresting mix of hill
and military cultures.
Welcome to the Queen's Fields - Ranikhet.
Nearest Airport, Panthnagar- 112 km.
Nearest Railway heads are Kathgodam- 80 km & Ramnagar- 96 km.
Ranikhet is well connected by roads to important centres in the region. Some of the major distances are : Almora ( 49 km. ) Delhi ( 386 km ) Nainital ( 59 km. ) Kathgodam ( 80 km.)
According to legend, a queen, in the course of a journey came here and was so enchanted by it's beauty that she settled down here. And thats why the name Rani-Khet, meaning Queens Fields. Boasting of beautiful forests of oak and pine, Ranikhet at 1829 mtrs. offers a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas - from the Bhagirathi peaks in the west to Nanda Kot in the east.
JHULA DEVI TEMPLE
This secluded temple dedicated to Durga has beautiful bells, echoes of which are heard from some distance. Nearby is a temple of Lord Rama.
13 km. A vantage point on the road to Almora. On the Ranikhet - Almora road, 13 km, is a spot of entrancing, celestial beauty. Here is an awe-inspiring view of the majesty of the snowy peaks. The U.P. Government Agriculture Farm is situated here.
35 km. Scenic spot offering a fine view of the Himalayas. It has lush orchads and is also known for its herbal and medicinal plants. It is an ideal place for a peaceful holiday.
37 km. Believed to be the seat of the ancient Katyuri Dynasty, the town has a cluster of old temples divided into 8 distinct groups.
52 km. Famous for its temple dedicated to Durga Devi. The temple bears an inscription dating back to 1181 AD
Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. It is held at Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate the memory of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda.