Ranikhet, meaning Queen’s Meadows or Queen’s Land, is a charming hill station located at an elevation of 6132 feet above sea level, in the Almora district in North Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Nestled in the midst of the great Himalayas, this British era hill station is also a cantonment town, home to the Kumaon Regimental Centre and Naga Regiment, maintained by the Indian Army.
Offering a panoramic view of the majestic snow clad Himalayas, ranging from Bhagirathi peak in the west to the Nanda Kot in the east, Ranikhet is a coveted tourist spot for the admirers of natural beauty.
The charming and majestic views of the pine trees, lush green forests, delicate plant life and attractive wild life, the scented mountain breeze, the fresh and pure, the singing of birds, the breath taking view of the Himalayas, all add to the heavenly, pure and serene environment of Ranikhet.
The pine, oak, and deodar forests host an array of wildlife including leopard, leopard cat, mountain goat, barking deer, sambar, Indian hare, red-faced monkey, jackal, langur, red fox, and porcupine.
Ranikhet becomes very cold in the winters and remains moderate in summers, and is best enjoyed from March to October. Ranikhet gets snowfall in the winter season, mainly in the months of December, January and February. But in the rest of the months the weather of Ranikhet remains pleasant.
With maximum and minimum temperatures ranging between 30°C / 10°C in Summers and 8°C / 2°C in Winters respectively, Ranikhet has emerged as an all season destination for the discerning tourist.