Almora district, 1829 meters above from the sea level, holds the “Meadows of the Queen.” When you translate it into Hindi, the word becomes “Ranikhet”. This is what people call this beautiful gift of mother-nature.
A hill station of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is famous for its Himalayan views and amazing pine forests. One can rediscover his or her soul among the delicate plants, unique wildlife, and the aroma mountain’s fresh air. The singing sound of birds in the morning melts in your ears and takes you to a meditating zone.
However, this place is also famous as the heritage military cantonment. In fact, this hill station is the most luxurious cantonment in the country. One can find beautiful and luxurious cottages in Ranikhet. It is not to mention that all of these cottages are famous for their magnificent views of the beautiful valleys, meadows, and Himalayan Mountain.
History of the Queen’s Land
This beautiful place was away from the picture for a very long time. It was in 1869 when British established their headquarters in this area. Since then, the place stayed the central working area of Kumaon Regiment. Even today, the place serves as the center for Kumaon Regiment, and Naga regiment. Today, these regiments work under Indian Army. It is these military areas that provide the tourists some the most incredible views of the city.
Story of Ranikhet
The story revolves around the king called Raja Sukherdev and his wife Rani Padmini. Locals say that both of them visited the area and Rani Padmini fell in love with the beauty of this heaven like sceneries. The king saw his wife’s affection and love for this place and made his residence here. This is why the region is called Ranikhet a.k.a.Queen’s Meadow.
Places you shouldn’t miss when you are in Ranikhet
Located at 12 km away from Ranikhet, Majkhali offers some eye-pleasing views of the natural beauty. One can also visit the Kali temple here. Many worshipers come here every year.
Constructed by the British government in 1903, Bhalu Dham can provide you the peace of mind with the Himalayan views and green picnic spots. The lake stays open for visitors the whole year.
It is 600 acres of land 10 km away from Ranikhet, offering orchards laden with many fresh fruits. The scenic view of the area is famous for many honeymooners, who like to walk hand in hand in the grassy fields.
Known as the one of the highest golf course in India, this one is a must-visit for tourists. The greenery of the field combined with the view of Himalayan ranges stays in the mind for life.
Apart from all these places, one can also visit some famous temples of the region such as Haidakhan Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple.
Finally, you can find luxurious stays along with the amazing views at the 3 star hotels in Ranikhet. So pack your bags and get ready to go!