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12 Best Places to Visit in and around Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Related to the legends of the Himalayas, Ranikhet is situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1,830 metres. It is believed that, in ancient times, Queen Padmini fell in love with the beauty of the place and to fulfil her wishes King Sudhardev built a palace and named it ‘Ranikhet’ which literally means the ‘Queen’s Land.’ Rediscovered by the British after a long time, they constructed a cantonment town in Ranikhet in 1869. According to legend, Lord Mayo, the then-Viceroy of India, was so awestruck by Ranikhet’s beauty that he thought about moving the army’s headquarters there from Shimla. It is worth noting that Ranikhet briefly fell under Nepalese control before joining the British empire in 1816. And, that’s how this quaint hill station became a popular place to spend a blissful vacation to escape the hustle of the cities.

While there are some well-known temple locations, the majority of exploration scenes in the area focus on the region’s natural beauty. A few hamlets, such Tarikhet and Majkhali, are located outside of Ranikhet and provide lovely memories with their peaceful meadows, rice fields, and small streams where you can plunge your feet and take in the tranquil surroundings. Other than these, temples and religious sites are among the tourist attractions you’ll see while on vacation in Ranikhet. Read the blog to know about the best places in Ranikhet which you can add to your sightseeing plan.

Quick Info About Ranikhet

State Uttarakhand
District Almora, Kumaon
Altitude 1,869 metres
Nearest Railway Station Kathgodam, 75 kilometres
Nearest Airport Pantnagar, 115 kilometres
Best Time to Visit Ranikhet March to June and September to November
Nearest Hill Stations to Ranikhet Almora, Nainital, Kausani, Bhimtal, Bageshwar, Champawat
Ranikhet Distance from Nainital 56 kilometres

12 Best Places to See in and around Ranikhet

  • Chaubatia Orchards
  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Upat Golf Course
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Dwarahat
  • Majkhali
  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Bhalu Dam
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Tarikhet Village
  • Ashiyana Park

Popular Ranikhet Sightseeing Tour Packages

Chaubatia Orchards

Chaubatia Orchards Ranikhet

The Chaubatia Orchards or Gardens, known for its apple orchards covered with lush greenery are the top visiting places in Ranikhet. Sprawling over an area of 600 acres, Chaubatia Garden is situated 10 km from Ranikhet’s main town. The orchard is brimming with delectable apples, peaches, apricots, and plums and is home to more than 200 varieties of different fruits and flowers. Apart from being a charming place for being with nature, the orchard offers its visitors panoramic views of the spectacular Himalayan ranges and the snow-capped peaks of Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Trishul, and Nandaghunti. The orchard is a lovely picnic location in the lap of nature and is blessed with wonderful natural bounty and picturesque surroundings. Undeniably one of the top tourist attractions in Ranikhet, Chaubatia Garden also houses Horticultural Research Institute of India, where visitors can buy several native products and learn about the agricultural side of Ranikhet.

Activities to Do

  • Nature Walks
  • Visiting the institute
  • Get mesmerised by the views of snow-clad mountain
  • Learning about the native products of Ranikhet
  • Buying freshly grown organic products

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Jhula Devi Temple

Jhula Devi Temple Ranikhet

Jhula Devi Temple, one of Ranikhet’s popular points of tourist interest, honours the goddess Durga and is renowned for its collection of elegantly crafted bells. According to legend, this shrine was constructed in the eighth century. The deity at the Jhula Devi Temple is seated on a jhula (the Hindi word for cradle), therefore the name. It is situated on the Kumaon Hill, amidst the serene and calming settings of nature. According to folklore, a shepherd was led to the goddess’ idol by the Goddess herself in his dream. The goddess Durga is revered by the locals as the valley’s protector. Another commonly held belief is that anyone who hangs a bell on a temple wall will be blessed with their wishes in a course of time.

Activities to Do

  • Sightseeing
  • Seeking blessings
  • Hanging bells

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Haidakhan Babaji Temple

Haidakhan Babaji Temple Ranikhet

The Haidakhan Temple is located in the Haidakhan Baba Ashram at Chiliyanaula, which is 4.5 kilometres from Ranikhet Bus Stand. One of the best Ranikhet tourist places to visit is this temple, which was built by Haidakhan, who is thought to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva to whom the temple is dedicated. A large statue of Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva are found in this temple. From 1970 to 1984, Haidakhan Babaji, also known as Babaji or Bhole Baba, was a teacher who appeared close to the village of Haidakhan in the Nainital area. According to his devotees, Haidakhan Babaji is a Mahavatar, a manifestation of God in human form. With great enthusiasm, Haidakhan celebrates Navratri, one of the biggest festivals, with a 9-day MahaYajna. Evening rituals like chanting Aarti, Satsang, and Bhajans allow devotees to have delight, get lost, and temporarily forget their troubles here. This temple receives a large number of pilgrims from throughout the world who come here to have their weddings in the Indian tradition of marriage.

Activities to Do

  • Sightseeing
  • Seek Blessings
  • Meditating
  • Attending Aartis
  • Attending Navratri Festivals

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Upat Golf Course

Upat Golf Course Ranikhet

Located at a distance of around five to six kilometres from the main city of Ranikhet, there is one of the best places to explore for Golf enthusiasts and nature lovers, which is Upat Golf Course. The nine-hole golf course, well-maintained by the Indian Army, is considered one of the highest golf courses in Asia. The green-covered golf course is nestled in a village called Upat and it provides captivating views of the nearby Himalayan peaks. Situated away from the chaos of the city, Upat Golf Course is famous among the weekenders and locals to have short trips, picnics and relaxing in nature. Moreover, there are several resorts near it, where you can stay overnight and have a Ranikhet sightseeing tour to another village called Kalika. Kalika is famous for a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and it is also a quaint location to have nature walks. There are also some striking orchards near the golf course and a forest nursery from where you can buy saplings as souvenirs to take back home.

Activities to Do

  • Trying hands in playing golf (charges applied)
  • Nature Walks
  • Sightseeing to Kalika
  • Pay respect to Goddess Kali
  • Buying plants

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Katarmal Sun Temple

Katarmal Sun Temple Almora

Undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Ranikhet, in the Almora District is Katarmal Sun Temple, built in the 9th century by the Katyuri king Katarmalla. Located at a distance of around 19 kilometres from Almora and 30 kilometres from Ranikhet, Katarmal Sun Temple is a hidden gem that showcases spectacular architecture along with the finest artworks on the stone-built walls, pillars and intricate figures. However, the carved wooden doors and other rare relics were shifted to the National Museum in Delhi, as there was an incident of stealing of the idol built in the 10th century. The main Surya temple, dedicated to God Burhadita or Vraddhaditya, is encircled by 44 other temples. The temple is renowned for its distinctive design. It has been developing into one of the top tourism places by the government for followers from all throughout the nation. Currently, the Archaeological Survey of India is keeping the temple intact.

Activities to Do

  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing
  • Learning about the architecture
  • Learning about the history of the temple
  • Seek blessings

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Dwarahat

Dwarahat - Maniyan Group of Temples

A historical town, also known as ‘The town of temples,’ Dwarahat is the best offbeat destination to spend some relaxing days amidst nature and hills. Seated at a height of 1,510 metres, around 34 kilometres away from Ranikhet, Dwarahat was an important seat for Katyuri and Chand dynasties in the ancient time. The word ‘Dwarahat’ means ‘way to heaven’ and when you come close to the nature in Dwarahat, you will feel what the name of the place literally means. Ancient temples in Dwarahat, many of which were built by Katyuri monarchs, are famous. ASI now takes care of these. There are 55 magnificently constructed antique temples in the town. There are eight groups created from these. These temples were built using Maru-Pratihara, Nagara, or Indo-Aryan architectural styles. Precambrian granite blocks that are locally accessible were used as the principal building material for the temples’ construction. Iron clamps and dowels have been used to attach adjacent blocks in place of mortar. These temples today have a high archaeological importance as a result. One of the top things to do in Ranikhet is to visit the temples in Dwarahat, such as Dunagiri Temple, Lakhanpur Temple, Pandukholi, Badrinath Temple, Mahavatar Babaji Cave etc.

Activities to Do

  • Temple Visits
  • Seek Blessings
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Walks

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Majhkhali

Majkhali Ranikhet

One of the top visiting places in Ranikhet, a well-known picnic destination among locals called Majhkhali, which is around 13 kilometres away from Ranikhet. This location, which is on the Ranikhet-Almora Road, has stunning views of the Sonya Peaks. The region is renowned for its valleys, pleasant climate, and hilly landscapes. Additionally, visitors may soak in the breath-taking vistas of the impressive Himalayan Ranges and Trishul Peak, which is situated at an altitude of 26,500 feet above sea level. Here is also where the government has agricultural property. Spending weekends and evenings in a peaceful and quiet environment in Majkhali is one of the best things to do in Ranikhet.

Activities to Do

  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Walks
  • Camping
  • Picnic

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Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum

KRC Museum Ranikhet

A renowned museum that was created in the 1970s to highlight the rich history of the Kumaon Region is known as the Kumaon Regimental Centre, an important sightseeing spot in Ranikhet. The Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army founded the museum, which is home to historic combat artefacts that showcase the brilliance and accomplishments of the Garhwal and Kumaon regiments. The museum has exhibits of flags, stone tablets, other interesting artefacts, weapons used by the military, medals, and images of actual battles. Additionally, it has priceless items like the silver sceptres of Rani Jhansi, records and images related to the Kargil War, and a wireless field phone used in World War II by Japanese and Chinese guns acquired in the 1962 conflict.

Activities to Do

  • Museum visit
  • Exploring the relics
  • Learning about history
  • Sightseeing

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Bhalu Dam

Bhalu Dam Ranikhet Uttarakhand

The Bhalu Dam is a small artificial lake ornamented in the conserved woodland region close to Chaubatia Orchard, located 3 km from Chaubatia and 11 km from Ranikhet. A British Viceroy built the semicircular Bhalu Dam in 1903 as a supply of drinking water for the soldiers. There is a tiny reservoir that is 70 m long, 6.6 m broad, and 9 m deep. This natural lake’s surroundings provide stunning views of the Himalayas. The dam’s surrounding little but lovely garden is a stunning sight. Tourists that enjoy the outdoors will find the dam region to be one of the ideal travel destinations because of the cool breeze and snow-capped valleys. It’s a well-liked location for picnics and camping as well.

Activities to Do

  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Photography
  • Hiking
  • Picnic
  • Camping

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Mankameshwar Temple

Mankameshwar Temple Ranikhet

One of the best places to visit near Ranikhet, a Hindu shrine, Mankameshwar Temple is located opposite to Narsingh Maidan, 500 metres from Ranikhet Bus Stand. The Kumaon Regimental Center of the Indian Army constructed the Mankameshwar Temple in 1978. The trio of Radha-Krishna, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Kalika are the principal gods honoured in this temple. Mankameshwar Temple is one of the most gorgeous locations in Ranikhet since it is surrounded by unending beauty. The Mankameshwar temple is well-liked by the people and is constantly crowded with devotees from all over the nation. People usually come here to worship, especially the family members of Kumaon regiment soldiers. Unmarried girls keep fasts and pray for a happy marriage during the Sawan months, when the temple is most crowded. In close proximity to the temple, visitors can also see a woollen garment industry and the Gurudwara.

Activities to Do

  • Seek blessings
  • Temple Visit
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Nature Walks

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Tarikhet Village

Tarikhet Village Ranikhet

Located around eight kilometres from the town of Ranikhet, one of the popular places to visit in Ranikhet for nature lovers and history enthusiasts is a quaint village or hill station called Tarikhet. The village is renowned for its historical significance. Mahatma Gandhi spent a significant amount of time in Tarikhet’s “Gandhi Kutiya” during the Indian independence movement, making it an important location. It is also famous for another major attraction located nearby – sanctuary of Golu Devta. Tarikhet is a wonderful place to visit in Ranikhet as the place brings people closer to nature and is peaceful and rejuvenating.

Activities to Do

  • Sightseeing
  • Temple Visits
  • Nature Walks
  • Spending a relaxing holiday
  • Photography

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Ashiyana Park

Ashiyana Park Ranikhet

One of the top tourist places in Ranikhet nowadays is Ashiyana Park, located around 300 metres from the main town. The Cantonment Aashiyana Park, also known as the Devdar Udhyan, was the first and only park in all of Ranikhet to be constructed specifically for children. It offers a variety of attractions for kids, including well-kept lawns, vibrant fountains, herbal gardens, and viewpoints to take in the majestic Himalayan ranges. The park’s entire layout is based on steep slopes and has a jungle theme.

Activities to Do

  • Adventure Sports
  • Hiking
  • Nature Walks
  • Picnic
  • Garden Visits

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Apart from these above-mentioned 12 places, there are so many attractions in Ranikhet. But, we made this list according to the priorities of what a traveller wants to know about this beautiful mountain getaway, Ranikhet in Uttarakhand. If you want to plan a trip to Ranikhet you should add these places to your Ranikhet sightseeing tour for an amazing blissful vacation. In addition to this, for a better experience to spend holidays in Uttarakhand or any hill stations in Uttarakhand like Ranikhet, you can contact us. Tell us in the comments which place you want to visit first in Ranikhet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best time to plan holidays to Ranikhet?

Weather wise, March to June, the summertime and post-monsoon, i.e., September to November - are the two best seasons to plan holidays to Ranikhet.

How to reach Ranikhet?

Ranikhet is well connected with other big cities in Uttarakhand, as well as North India by all means of transportation.

  • By Road: Travellers can avail the bus service runs between Delhi to Ranikhet. They can also reach Ranikhet by taking a cab or bus from Almora, Nainital or other cities of Uttarakhand.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead to Ranikhet is Kathgodam Railway Station, located at a distance of 75 kilometres. You can hire a private cab or bus from there.
  • By Air: The closest airport to Ranikhet is Pantnagar Airport, located at a distance of 115 kilometres from where you have to take a private cab to reach the hill station.

When does snowfall in Ranikhet?

Ranikhet usually receives snowfall in December and January. This time, the temperature remains between 10 degree to (-3) degree celsius in Ranikhet.

How are the accommodation facilities for tourists in Ranikhet?

There is no lack of accommodation facilities for tourists in Ranikhet. From budget hotel and homestay to luxury resort, every option is available in abundance.’

Some recommended budget stay options are:

  • Om Mountains Resort
  • Queen’s Meadow Hotel
  • Katyuri Kings Village Homestay
  • Himkosi Farm
  • KMVN Guest House

Some recommended luxury resort options are:

  • Echor - Yak and Yeti Ranikhet
  • ITC Holiday Home Welcome Heritage Windsor Ranikhet
  • The Frostwood
  • Stonewood Villa
  • StayVista at Chinar Villa

What are the top activities to do for tourists in Ranikhet?

Some of the top activities to do for tourists in Ranikhet are:

  • Temple Visits
  • Adventure Sports in Ashiyana Park
  • Nature Walks in Chaubatia Gardens or Orchards
  • Relaxing at Bhalu Dam
  • Hiking at Majkhali
  • Learning the historical significance of Dwarahat and Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Having a family fun-day at Naukuchiatal
  • Eating Singaudi, Ball Mithai and many more sweets
  • Buying shawls and other winter dresses

How many days are needed to explore the best of Ranikhet Tourism?

A minimum of three to four days are needed to explore the best of Ranikhet Tourism Spots.

What are the must visit places in Ranikhet?

Some of the recommended must-visit places in Ranikhet are:

  • Chaubatia Orchards
  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Dwarahat
  • Upat Golf Course
  • Majhkhali
  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Bhalu Dam
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Tarikhet Village
  • Ashiyana Park

Published: 22 Nov, 2022

About the author

Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.