- Upat Kalika
Imagine a peaceful vacation in a quaint little hill station tucked away in the Kumaon (Uttaranchal India) Himalayas. A perfect getaway from the hotchpotch chaotic life, book your Ranikhet India Tour right away. Charmingly un-spoilt natural beauty and refreshing environment – A perfect place for a perfect vacation! Discovered by Lord Mayo in 1869 and developed as a cantonment for the Imperial Soldiers, Ranikhet is perched at an altitude of 1829 meters. As you take your Ranikhet India Tour you will realize that even today the beautiful city boasts as the home of the Kumaon regiment.
You may also visit the one of the most famous temples of the Kumaon hill, Ram Mandir. This temple is situated atop the Jhoola Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.
With your Ranikhet India Tour you can visit a land that beautifully reflects the best of the heavenly Himalayas. Enjoy the lush green forest, majestic mountains, delicate plant life and attractive plant life. This is a perfect abode for all nature lovers. History has it that this beautiful place won the heart of Rani Padmini, the queen of Raja Sudhardev. She decided to make it her adobe and since than it has come to be known as Ranikhet, literally Queen’s Field. Take a break to this magical land and marvel at the scented mountain breeze, fresh and pure, the singing birds, the panoramic view of Himalayas the sight sound and smell of everything that describes beauty.
Major Attractions of Ranikhet India Tours:
Jhula Devi Temple and Ram Mandir: These temples are a must visit while on your Ranikhet India Tour. Jhula Devi temple is one of the most ancient temples of Uttarakhand. It is situated approximately 7 km away from the main town. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Hindu Goddess of Power. Hindus believe that if one ties holy bells to the walls of the temple, while wishing for something, the wish will be granted. However, according to mythological belief the temple was built to seek Durga's protection from the wild animals residing in the nearby forest.
Nanda Devi Mela: Another must visit on your Ranikhet India Tour is the Nanda Devi Mela, held at Nanda Devi Temple. A visit during this mela will let you know about the culture of the place. This Mela is held in the month of September, to honor the Goddesses - Nanda Devi and Sunanda Devi.
Upat and Kalika: Upat is situated just 5 km away from Ranikhet. A visit to this place will let you have a fascinating panoramic view of surrounding snow capped Himalayan peaks. You can also indulge in a game of golf at the Army Golf Course. Kalika is located within the town and is about 1 Km from Upat. The place draws its name from the famous Kali Temple.
Rani Jheel: As you take a Ranikhet India Tour, you must not skip to visit this beautiful lake. This is a huge artificial lake. You will be fascinated to see that the lake is developed between two natural ridges of Ranikhet - Canossa Convent School and Kendriya Vidyalaya. The lake was built by the Cantonment board, for rain water harvesting.
Hairakhan Dham: This is the ashram of Hairakhan Baba, a saint who lived in Hairakhan between 1970 and 1984. This place is approximately 5 km away from the main township of Ranikhet. The ashram is a spiritual place where people from all religion are embraced equally.
Mankameshwar Temple: This is a very interesting place to visit. This temple was built by Indian Army’s Kumaon Regimental Centre, in 1978. The temple is dedicated to Ma Kalika, Lord Shiva and Radha-Krishna. The best part of the temple is that it enjoys a pleasant weather throughout the year. Near by the temple is a Gurdwara and factories of woolen garments.
Cantonment Aashiyana Park: This is the first park to be built in Ranikhet. The park offers a perfect environ for people of all age groups. Here you can enjoy the view of the various sections, like Children's Park, Herbal Garden, Lawn, Colorful Fountain, View Points for Himalayan Ranges and much more. If you want to let your stress loose, you must definitely visit this place while on your Ranikhet India Tour.
Sunset Points: As you book your Ranikhet India Tours you will come across various viewpoints for its amazingly beautiful sunsets. The most prominent amongst them are Machkhali (near woodvilla), a site between Transit Camp & Ganiadeoli, and the one located on the road leading from Jhoola Devi Temple to Bhargaon.
Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum and Memorial: Kumaon Regimental Museum and Memorial is also a very important place to visit on your Ranikhet India Tour. The memorial towers over the famous Somnath Ground. It was built in 1974, as a symbol of bravery and ultimate sacrifice of army soldiers. You should visit during the colorful parade held here every year.
Also visit the museum which was built in the complex in 1978. the main aim of building a museum is to preserve and exhibit the rich and magnificent legacy and customs of Kumaon Regiment.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar 119 km away.
By Rail: The nearest railway station Kathgodam 80 km. is directly connected by rail to Lucknow, Bareilly and Agra.
By Road: Ranikhet is connected by road to all the major cities.
- Nainital 54 km
- Almora 49 km
- Bareilly 181 km
- Delhi 340 km