Cool away in the hill resort of Ranikhet. The sylvan surroundings of Ranikhet have attracted innumerable people. Together with the vistas of the Himalayas, ancient temples, picturesque picnic spots, splendid strolls and the exciting treks Ranikhet is a popular tourist destination in India.
Ranikhet - Location
The hill resort of Ranikhet stands at 1824 m above sea level. Ranikhet is located in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. In the Kumaon Hills the hill resort of Ranikhet is 59 km from Nainital and 50 km from Almora.
Ranikhet - Past
It is believed that the hill resort of Ranikhet derives it name from the Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler. The queen was awe-struck by the beauty of the place. The queen was so captivated by the place that she decided to stay there, and the place came to be known as Ranikhet i.e. the queen's field. The region around Ranikhet was ruled by local Kumaoni rulers and later came under British rule. The British developed Ranikhet as a hill station for their troops and established a cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center. Till date the hill resort of Ranikhet offers refugee to the sun baked people of the plains.