Ranikhet is a cantonment town that houses the Kumaon Regiment and the Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army. The town is located at an average altitude of 1869 meters above sea level in the Indian state ofUttarakhand. The name Ranikhet literally means ‘Queen’s meadow’ and is considered to be the residence of Queen Padmini from a local legend.
Ranikhet is popular for its culture. Festivals like Nanda Devi Mela is celebrated in the honour of Sunanda Devi andNanda Devi. People are fond of shopping so Ranikhet also has shopping centres. In Ranikhet, Sadar Bazaar is the major shopping area. Many hotels and restaurants are situated here. Speciality of Ranikhet is “Bal Mithai“. Tourists must buy Bal mithai if they are coming here. This sweet is made from concentrated milk and is covered in sugar beads. People who go for a tour want to try some different type of food. Ranikhet provides best restaurants like River View restaurant and resort, Mayur Restaurant and Royal Retreat. One of the best restaurants that serve good quality vegetarian food is Dunagiri.
This museum is a must visit for visitors. Visiting this museum gives you a strong feeling of patriotism. It is well maintained and an army guide will help you know about the history of this museum.
Jhula Devi Temple:
This place is very peaceful, calm and beautiful. The popularity of this temple can be assumed by seeing the number of bells hanging there. The priests of this temple have to change these bells with the new ones. Dried coconut and prasad is offered to the goddess.
Rama Mandir (temple):
This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. At this place, students are taught about vedas and modern mathematics. People who have interest in vedas must visit this place.
These are a few famous places in Ranikhet. There is much more to see in Ranikhet like: Bhalu Dam, Sheetalkhet and Dwarahat.
There are many sunset points too in Ranikhet. You can watch this near Sadar Bazaar area or just below the Kumaon regimental centre roads. There are other points also where you can see sunset and sunrise, like Machkhali located near near woodvilla point between Transit Camp and Ganiadeoli and from Jhula Devi Temple too. Best time to visit Ranikhet is from September to November and from April to June.