Ranikhet, literally meaning 'the queen's fields' is just like a heaven on earth. It is situated at an altitude of 6000 feet above the sea level in Uttarakhand. Thick forests, deodar and pine trees in the foreground and an unending range of Himalayas in the background. The cool mountain breeze, the singing of birds, the enchanting view of the Himalayas - the sights, sounds and smells leave unforgettable experience on visitors. In Ranikhet a British military base followed, a museum and a memorial today are the only reminders of the British regiment.
It is also the center of Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army. The Kumaun Regimental museum and amicably maintained grassy and green golf course are memorable experiences. The military air hangs here giving it a sort of old world charm. Near Ranikhet, Chaubatiya gardens famous for its sprawling orchards of delicious apples, plums, peaches and apricots. It is the result of the pioneering efforts of a Briton who settled here some 150 years ago. During rainy season, flowers bloomed up every where in rainbow colours, branches of trees stoop with ripened fruits and sunlight peeping through the mist and clouds, provides a magnificent effect all across Ranikhet.
It is located at a distance of 19 Kms. from from Ranikhet, on the way to Ramnagar amidst dense Pine and Deodar forests. The Shiva Temples of Binsar Mahadev are a unique place for yoga, meditation Located at an altitude of 2480 mtrs, Binsar Mahadev is an important temple of the region. It is also important for its architectural significance as well. The temple consists idols of Ganesh, Har Gauri and Maheshmardini. The idol of Maheshmardini is engraved with texts in 'Nagirilipi' which indicates the link of temple back to ninth century. The temple was built by King Pithu in memory of his father Bindu is also called Bindeshwar temple. An important fair is held here every year on the occasion of Baikunth chaturdashi in the month of June.
St. Bridget Church:
It is an old church in Ranikhet town.
Ashiyana Park is situated in the midst of Ranikhet town. The Park is specially designed & developed for children on jungle theme by Ranikhet Cantt.
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.
Tarikhet is located at a distance of 8 Kms. from Ranikhet is well known for its Gandhi Kuti, and the temple of Golu Devta is venerated in the Kumaon region. It is famous for the Gandhi Kuti and the temple of Golu Devta.
Upat - Kalika & other Golf Courses:
5kms. from Ranikhet, on the main road to Almora is one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the area and is surrounded by lush pine forests. It is a heaven for golfers. Upat has one of the best nine hole golf course links in the country. Golfing at such high altitudes is such a fun, a high powered shot could even land in the valley below. Visitors can have a game at the Army golf course here. Other attractions here are the private orchards which are worth taking a look, you can also take a leisurely walk in dense oak forests or catch a view of the Himalyan range. Just a kilometre away from Upat is a temple of Goddess Kali and a forest nursery nearby are worth visiting.
It is located at a distance of 34 kms. from Ranikhet on the Nanital route. Number of People comes here it is famous for fishing.
Located at a distance of 12 kms. from Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy heights. It is a picnic spot on the Ranikhet - Almora road in Almora District, Uttaranchal. It provides an amazing view of snow clad mountains of the Himalayas. It is place where one can attain peace of mind.
Situated between Ranikhet and Almora this picturesque place not only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also full of fruit orchards. Scouting camps are frequently held here and there is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around 3 KMs away on a lovely mountainous trail. The birth place of the first chief minister of the province of Uttar Pradesh, Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant is a place called Khunt situated nearby. Some years back a centenary memorial has been built at this place to commemorate the memory of this great son of the soil.
Jhoola Devi Ram Mandir:
Located at a distance of 7 Kms. from Ranikhet on the way to Chaubatia, known for its temples devoted to the Godess Durga and Lord Rama. This secluded temple dedicated to Goddess Durga located on road to Chaubatia. The interesting feature of the temple is its cluster of bells, echo of which can be heard at distance. Another temple devoted to Lord Rama is nearby.
Hairakhan Temple (Chilianaula):
Located at a distance of 4 kilometres from Ranikhet is the famous temple of Hairakhan Baba. Baba Haira khan has many followers here and stories of his miracles do rounds here. Baba died in 1984 but his ashram in Ranikhet is well maintained. It offers a magnificent view of the snow capped peaks of mighty Himalayas.