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Uttarakhand: Ranikhet - A Traveller's Guide
Raniket is a beautiful hill station in the Garhwal. You can view 300 kilometers of snow covered Himalayas from here, covering peaks alike Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, Kamet,Gouri parvat, Hati parvat, Nandagunti, Trishul, Nandakot etc.
When to Visit: The best months are March to June and September to November, though winter months also draw a large number of tourists. You can visit it in monsoons too, as the place doesnot receive more than 50 inches of rainfall in a year. The place is a healthy one too, for you.
Temperatures average at about 32 degrees Celsius I he day to 8 degrees Celsius in the night. The winter temperatures falls to 7 degrees to -3 degrees. It remains covered in priest line snow in the winters.
Places to visit:
Check out the KRC museum, open from 9am to 12 and again from 3pm to 5pm. Evening time do not apply on Sundays.
The market place, 3 kilometers from the Mal, share jeeps shuttle. Check out the Tweed and Shawl factory near Narsingh stadium, also check out the Gandhi Ashram for shopping.
Above all, the spell bounding beauty of the Himalayas from the Mal. Choose your hotel wisely. The Hotels in Mall generally have views of the Himalayas from the room itself.
Nearby tourist attractions:
Chaubatia: Literally means where four roads meet. It is10 kilometers from Ranikhet, where there is a research center on apples. More than 150 species of apples are cultivated here. Sunsets, view of the Himalayas and the Ranikhet hill station are all the scenic beauties that are offered by this place.
Jhula devi: En route Chaubatia is Jhuladevi, or a temple of Devi Durga. Numerous bells are hanged here. Take the stairs beside the temple to reach Ram temple, atop a hillock. Deities are Sri Rama, Radha Krishna, Laxman and Site.
Upta: 7 kilometers from Ranikhet, towards Almora, is Upta, where there is a beautiful 9 hole gof course. The Manakameshwari temple is also here.
Kalika: Travel one more kilometer from Upta and you will reach Kalika, where there is a beautiful Kali temple, riding the tiger. Set amidst mystic Himalayan forests, this should feature in your itinerary.
Tarikhet: 8 kilometers from Ranikhet towards Ramnagar is Taikhet, which is famous for its cottage industries, technical school and Gandhiji's kutir. 9 kilometers from Tarikhet is the Binsar, abode of Shiva.
Sitlakhet: it is 35.5 kilometers from Ranikhet, via Kathpuria, and Kathpuria is on the Ranikhet Almora road. Kathpuria is at a distance of 25.5 kilometers from Ranikhet. It is famous as a view point for the Himalayas and its sunrise. It is a green place, with the air filled with concert of different types of Himalayan birds. Nature lovers choose to stay atleast a night at KMVN's tourist bungalow (phone:05962-244005). While being there, take a beautiful, non-stressing trek of 3 kilometers to Shahi Devi temple, located amidst dense forests. Deities are Bhagawati, Kalika and Laxmi.
Seasoned trekkers can choose to trek for 21 kilometers to Tapovan, via Garur.
Dwarahat: 38 kilometers from Ranikhet towards Karnaprayag is Darahat, famous for its ancient temples. About 55 temples were built in the 13th century by the Katyuri kings in Gurjari architecture.
15 kilometers from Dwarahat is Dunagiri. You will need to climb up more than 500 stairs from the bus stand to reach the Vaishno devi and Pawan Maharaj ashram at Dunagiri. You can have food and stay at the ashram. The Himalayan range is also clearly visible from here. Dunagiri can also be reached from Someshwar.
How to reach: It is best to reach Kathgodam by train and then take a taxi (4 hours, 84 kilometers) from there. Buses are also available, but they take a lot more time. It is also connected by buses from Berily, Karna prayag, Pithoragarh, Delhi(12 hours, 360 kilometers) and Ramnagar. Lucknow, Haridwar and Badrinath is also connected to Ranikhet by bus.
Where to stay: You will be spoilt for hotels, but you should book in advance. Check our hotel booking links below for rates, pictures, features and online booking at best rates.