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Ranikhet is a place of legends. Once upon a time, Queen Padmini of Kumaun was in love with this tiny hill paradise. King Sudhardev had to oblige her by building a palace here and naming thie place 'Ranikhet', the queen's field.
No trace of the palace can be found, but the place remains the same, bewithching, full of flowers, trees and green meadows a midst heavenly himalayan surroundings. lost into oblivion for long, the pictureque hill station was rediscovered by British. They build it into a summer resort and established an army recruitment centre. It is still the head quarters of the Kumaun Regiment.
At a height of 1,829 mtrs. Ranikhet has everything to soothe the nerves of an avid city dweller, the salubrious atmosphere, tall conifer trees, green meadows, serene surroundings, absolute peace and the hospitable people. Also, it has one of the best hill golf greens (9 holes) in the entire country.
How to reach
The nerest Airport is Pantnagar, at a distance of 119 kms. Kathgodam (86 kms.) is nearest railhead.
Ranikhet is well connected by roads. All season roads run through Haldwani, Bhowali and Khairna.
Ranikhet has direct bus links with Nainital (60 kms.). Kathgodam (86 kms.), Ramnagar (96 kms.) and Delhi (336 kms.) .
What to see
Chaubatia Gardens, Kumaun regiment Centre Museum, Upat and Kalika Temple, Mankameshwar, Hariakhan Baba Temple