Ranikhet reflects the very best of the heavenly Himalayas ; their lush green forests, majestic mountain peaks, exotic plant life and attractive wild life. To see nature and its elements in full harmony, the right place to be is Ranikhet.
Ranikhet Pilgrimage, Binsar Mahadev, DwarahatAccording to a popular belief, this spot had won the heart of Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sudhardev. She chose this scenic place to be her abode and since then, it has come to be known as Ranikhet, literally ” Queen’s Field”. At an altitude of 1829mtres, above sea level, this hill resort is undoubtedly a tourists’ paradise.
The invigorating mountain breeze, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas – the sights, sounds and smells leave the onlooker spellbound. During the rains, flowers sprout up every where in rainbow colours, branches of tress stoop with ripened fruits and sunlight peeping through the mist and clouds, endow an enchanting effect all across Ranikhet. As winter comes, the softly falling snowflakes cover the environs in sheets of pure whiteness.
The charm of every season is irresistible in its own right. And this is what makes Ranikhet an all season destination.
Jhoola Devi Ram Mandir » 7kms. from Ranikhet on the way to Chaubatia, known for its temples devoted to the Goddess Durga and Lord Rama.
Naithna Devi » 35kms., from Chaukhatia, 34kms. from Bhitiasan and 54kms. from Ranikhrt the famous temple of Durga is situated at a 4km. walk from Dola village.
Mankameshwar » This temple is attached to the Nar Singh Maidan ( Ground), constructed by the Kumaon regiment. Opposite the temple is a Gurudwara and a Shawl factory.
Binsar Mahadev » 19kms., from Ranikhet, on the way to Ramnagar and 2kms from Sonidant, amidst dense Pine and Deodar forests. The shiva Temples of Binsar Mahadev are a unique place for meditation and picnics.
Hairakhan Temple (Chilianaula) » 4kms., from Ranikhet is famous for the temple of Baba Haira Khan. It commands a panoramic view of the Himalayas.
Tarikhet » 8kms. from Ranikhet is a well known for its Gandhi Kuti, and the temple of Golu Devta is venerated in the Kumaon region.
Chaubatia » 10kms. away and popularly known as orchard country, commands a picturesque view of the Himalayas.
Majkhali » 13kms. from, Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy heights.
Chaukhutia » Chaukhutia is famous for its natural beauty and fishing centre. It is about 54kms enroute to Badrinath.
Manila » Manila ( meaning enchanting ) is 87kms. from Ranikhet & 75kms. from Ramnagar. Manila is the seat of Manila Devi – the family Goddess of the Katyuri clan. The forest and the Himalayan view from this hill is enchanting.
Jaurasi » 6000ft., above sea level, 16kms. from Chaukhutia, Jaurasi is famous for its panoramic view.
Fairs and Festivals
Dwarahat » 37kms. from Ranikhet, the once principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas is Dwarahat. A part from temples it is full of ancient sculptures. It is also known for its Syaldeh Bikhoti fair ( 13th to 15th April every year).
Bhikiasain » 55kms., from Ranikhet is famous for its Maha Savitri fair.