Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a hill station in Uttarakhand State, northern India. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas. Hundreds of bells adorn Jhula Devi Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Fruit trees grow on the terraced orchards of Chaubatia Gardens, with views of peaks including Nanda Devi. Mahatma Gandhi stayed in a hut, Gandhi Kuti, in nearby Tarikhet village during the independence struggle.Ranikhet literally means the Queen’s Farm and is a location developed around the ancient temples with bounties of natural beauty. One of the best places around Nainital, Ranikhet is the Headquarter of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army, and it’s among the most peaceful tourist spot within 100 kms of Nainital. The Kumaon Regiment Center Museum is also situated in the town with a splendid collection of weapons. Nanda Devi Peak is another popular location in Ranikhet. The place is also known for trekking, mountain climbing, exquisite golf courses, and various temples. The vibe of this place makes one of the best places to visit near Nainital.

Places to visit in Ranikhet: Chaubatia Orchards, Kalika, Bhalu Dam, and Majkhali are some famous places to visit in Ranikhet.

Distance of Ranikhet from Nainital: 55.9 kilometers

Time taken: 1 hour 45 minutes

1.Haidakhan Baba ji Temple

At a distance of 4.5 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, The Haidakhan Temple is situated in Haidakhan Baba Ashram at Chiliyanuala near Ranikhet. This temple is made by Haidakhan who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva to whom this temple is dedicated and is one of the best places in Ranikhet to visit. This temple proudly displays a tall statue of Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva.

Haidakhan Babaji, simply called Babaji or Bhole Baba, was a teacher who appeared near the village of Haidakhan in Nainital district and taught publicly from 1970 to 1984. His followers maintain that Haidakhan Babaji is a Mahavatar, a human manifestation of God. He left his mortal remains in 1984, at an early age.

Sri Haidakhan Wale Baba established this beautiful Ashram between 1970 and 1984 and many new buildings were erected in recent years. There are also 5 guest houses, the main temple, the Italian temple and Sri Babaji’s Kutir and the Sri Baba Research Hospital.

Navaratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm here with yagnas on all the 9 days. Satsang of bhajans happen every evening during the Aarti and people start dancing on their own. Many devotees from abroad visit this temple to have their marriage in Indian tradition. One can meditate in the peaceful surroundings.

Haidakhan Babaji, simply called Babaji or Bhole Baba, was a teacher who appeared near the village of Haidakhan in Nainital district and taught publicly from 1970 to 1984. His followers maintain that Haidakhan Babaji is a Mahavatar, a human manifestation of God. He left his mortal remains in 1984, at an early age.

Sri Haidakhan Wale Baba established this beautiful Ashram between 1970 and 1984 and many new buildings were erected in recent years. There are also 5 guest houses, the main temple, the Italian temple and Sri Babaji’s Kutir and the Sri Baba Research Hospital.

Navaratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm here with yagnas on all the 9 days. Satsang of bhajans happen every evening during the Aarti and people start dancing on their own. Many devotees from abroad visit this temple to have their marriage in Indian tradition. One can meditate in the peaceful surroundings.

2.Jhula Devi Temple

One of the main attractions of Ranikhet, Jhula Devi temple is an 8th-century temple, located in Chaubatia Gardens and at a distance of 7 km. from the city centre. Situated in Kumaon Himalayan range of Uttrakhand, Jhula Devi temple is highly esteemed for devotees from around the world. 

The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Durga, sits on a wooden swing (Jhula), thus, it was called as ‘Jhula Devi Temple’. According to the locals, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, protects them from the wild animals. People even say that after many years of its formation, the goddess continues to shower its blessings. Despite being a forest area filled with animals like leopards and tigers, the area remains accessible for the locals. The present temple complex, built in 1935, covers a vast territory and is known in the country for the countless number of the bells, which are the testimony to the divine and the healing powers of “Maa Jhula Devi”. Amidst serenity and tranquillity, the Jhula Devi temple invites many pilgrims and adventurers to have a different experience altogether.

3.Binsar Mahadev

At a distance of 18 km from Ranikhet, Binsar Mahadev Mandir is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Bisaona near Ranikhet in Uttarakhand. The temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests and lies at an altitude of 2480 m. This is among the most visited temples in Uttarakhand.

The Binsar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva worshipped here as Bindeshwar. The temple was built in 10th century by King Pithu in memory of his father Bindu, hence this temple is also known as Bindeshwar temple. The temple also houses the idols of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Gauri and Goddess Mahisasuramardini. The idol of Mahisasuramardini is engraved with texts in Nagarilipi which dates back to as early as the 9th century.

The temple is known for its fine architecture. It is believed that Binsar Mahadev temple was built in a single day. The surroundings of the temple offer beautiful views of fresh water springs and cedar forests. It is a unique place for meditation and picnic. The temple also has an ashram nearby, dedicated to Binsar Mahadev.

A large number of devotees came here on the occasion of Baikunth Chaturdashi in the month of June. It is said that devotees, especially women, pray all night with lamps in their hands on this day for the Lord’s blessings. Binsar Mahadev is famous for its Archeological significance. 

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

4.Sunset Point

Sunset points, that provide view of the snow clad Himalayan Mountains and the sun set. The most prominent amongst these include Machkhali situated near woodvilla point between Transit Camp and Ganiadeoli. Also, on the site located on the road from Jhoola Devi Temple to Bhargaon.Ranikhet includes numerous nightfall focuses that give perspective of the snow clad Himalayan Mountains and the sun set. The most unmistakable amongst these incorporate Machkhali arranged close woodvilla point between Transit Camp and Ganiadeoli. Likewise, on the site situated out and about from Jhoola Devi Temple to Bhargaon..

5.Chaubatiya

Chaubattia is a settlement in Almora district, in the state of Uttarakhand, northern India. It is located roughly 10 kilometres (6 mi) south of the cantonment town of Ranikhet. Chabattia is 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) above sea level, within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas. Its name literally means a common meeting point of four paths (“chau” meaning four and “bat” meaning path).

It is named this way because of its location at the intersection of four places connects in front of Rawat Building: Bhargaon, Ranikhet, Dehrti and Pilkholi.

Chaubattia is best known as the location of a botanical garden and fruit orchard which are popular with tourists to the region. The gardens contain predominantly apple, peach, plum and apricot trees.It is also home to a government operated fruit and vegetable research centre, which owns and runs the fruit orchard.

6.Mankameshwar Temple

Mankameshwar Temple, is the temple dedicated to lord shiva, although it also contain deities of Krishna and Radha and goddess Kalika. The temple in the  pious surrounding of Ranikhet , whose divine m aura adds another dimension of spirituality to its premises . The places has been built bt the Kumaon Rgiment of the Idian army , which adds a hint of patriotism to the temple.  

Mankameshwar Temple is a Hindu shrine adjacent to Narsingh Maidan at Ranikhet town of Uttarakhand. This temple was built in 1978 by the Kumaon Regimental Centre and is located near Rani Jheel in army cantonment area. 

7.Bhalu Dam

At a distance of 11 km from Ranikhet and 3 km from Chaubatia, the Bhalu Dam is a small artificial lake adorned in the preserved forest area near Chaubatia Orchard.

Bhalu Dam is a semicircular masonry dam and constructed in 1903 by a British Viceroy as a source of drinking water for the soldiers. There is a small 70 m long, 6.6 m wide and 9 m deep reservoir.

The surrounding areas of this pristine lake offer mesmerizing views of the Himalayan peaks. The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is a wonderful site. The cool breeze and snowcapped valleys makes the dam area a perfect holidaying spot for the nature loving tourists. It is also a popular spot for camping and picnicking.

The dam is about 3 km trek from Chaubatia Orchard. The road to Bhulu Dam is in pretty bad shape and the directions are poor. The dam site is open to tourists throughout the year.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

8.Dwarahat

Dwarahat is an ancient town full of beautiful temples and breathtaking sceneries, that also serves as a wonderful retreat in the Kumaon Mountains. Situated in the wondrous Almora district of Uttarakhand, Dwarahat is a place of special inheritance and of religious importance. Home to some 55 odd ancient temples built in the medieval ages by the Katyuri Kings, Dwarahat is the representative of the region’s great past and its architectural prowess.

Besides being historically significant, these temples house some of the most revered deities in Hindu Mythology and hence are frequented by devotees from all over the country and outside as well. Perched at an altitude of 2000 meters, Dwarahat provides scenic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks such Kailash Mansoravar, Dunagiri and others. Dwarahat is a place where one can rejuvenate themselves, away from the tourist rush at most of the other hill stations.

9.Kumaon Regimental Center Museum

The Kumaon Regimental Centre is a famous museum that was built in the 1970s to showcase the rich legacy of the Kumaon Region. Established by Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army, the museum houses war artefacts of historical importance that exhibit the glory and achievements of the Garhwal and Kumaon regiments. The museum displays of photographs of wars, weapons used by the armed forces, medals and uniforms as well as flags, stone tablets and other objects of interest.

It also houses valuable such as silver sceptres of Rani Jhansi and documents and pictures associated with Kargil War, a wireless field telephone used in World War II by Japanese and Chinese rifles captured in1962 war. The KRC golf course is another major attraction.

10.Kalika Temple

Ancient famous Kalika temple is only 6 km away from popular hill station Ranikhet. To seek the blessing of mother Goddess Kali and to the fulfilment of wishes, devotees gather here from far away. There is a big golf course which is highest in Asia is also located beside the Kalika temple in Ranikhet. A few stairs ahead, Kalika temple can be seen which is completely maintained by a conventional priest and their family. 

It is very difficult to say about oldness with proof regarding Kalika temple, but in the folk memory of its antiquity has all narratives. Currently, Kalika temple comprises among one of the top tourist attractions in Ranikhet and particularly for pilgrimage tourist, it is quite famous in all over the Uttrakhand.The temple premises is surrounded by green dense trees. Millions of travellers come here every year for devotional activity along with the desire of happiness in life. You will have to cover some distance by stair but due to stunning & devotion full surrounding environment; this is not a tough task. There is the main sculpture dedicated to Goddess Mother Kali placed in a temple but another huge statute which is dedicated to Goddess Durga is also placed at the upper part.

There is also a tiny cave temple located at outer side of the main premises. Pilgrimage traveller likes to come here at Kalika temple very frequently because of the incredible charming atmosphere. Generally, people come here to get blessed from mother Kali throughout the year but on the occasion of Navratra, there is the huge crowd of devotees. This place is devotionally filled by Himalaya. You can clearly view the peaks of the Himalayas from Kalika temple. Although the temple lies in cantonment area so the cleanliness of the whole area is so good and well maintained.

11.Ram Mandir

One of the major tourist attractions in Ranikhet that is located near the Chaubatia Gardens and at a distance of 7 km from the city centre. A small flight of stairs goes to the hilltop where the temple is situated. Rama Mandir has a monastery where students are taught ancient vedas along with Vedic and modern mathematics in direction of Sant Sri Mouni Maharaj. People who have a keen interest in vedas should not miss a chance to visit this temple.

Timings: Opened daily from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

The sacred Ram Mandir seated atop a verdant hill is dedicated to the Hindu God Rama. This holy temple site is located in the vicinity of jhula devi templeand can be easily approached from Ranikhet To reach this temple, you need to take the swift flight of stairs that will guide you to the hilltop, where the celestial temple sits.

12.Majkhali

Ranikhet is known all over India for its bountiful views and natural land. In fact, Majkhali is the best place to see the scenic vistas found from the top of a mountain. Other than its natural beauty, the tiny village is also known for its Goddess Kali Temple and numerous picnic spots nearby the location. Tourists with a green thumb can visit the forest nursery, where they can see a different variety of flora and fauna. Since Majkhali is around 12 km away from Ranikhet, here one can reach either by car or bus