Things to do in Ranikhet for a Leisure Vacay


Top things to do in Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a quaint hill station in Uttrakhand, very close to Almora and has been developed around forests, mountains and temples. The hill town is lately gaining a lot of tourist attention owing to its utter natural beauty and calm. Boasting of a lot of attractions and amazing places to visit, there are umpteen interesting things to do in Ranikhet that attracts a large tourist influx especially during the summer season. When in town, you can picnic by the beautiful lakes, soak in nature or trek up to vantage points. Choose from the elaborate list of things to do in Ranikhet given below.

Here is the list of 19 Things to do in Ranikhet for a Leisure Vacay

1. Enjoy a Picnic at Bhalu Dam

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An artificial lake surrounded by idyllic forests, the Bhalu dam is the perfect spot for a picnic complete with birds, breeze and snow-capped valleys. However, the water is typically low or negligible except during monsoon season. Also, one needs to trek for 3 km to reach this reservoir. Be sure to include visiting here in your bucket list of things to do in Ranikhet.

2. Take a Walk at the Giant Golf Course

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This 9 hole golf course maintained by the golf club is the second largest golf course in India and offers various membership plans, including outsiders as well. If not membership, you can also just take a walk at the property and marvel at the vastness and beauty of it.

3. Seek Blessings at Jhula Devi Temple

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Built in 8th century, the temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is known for its cluster of elegantly designed bells. It is believed that the temple is wish fulfilling. The Ram temple located close by also draws many people. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Ranikhet, not just among the pilgrims but also among the tourists.

4. Stroll Down the Chaubatia Orchards

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One of the most essential things to do in Ranikhet is to take a walk down the orchards. Famous for its apples, plums, peaches and apricots, the Chaubatia Orchards located in the laps of Himalayan ranges also offer panoramic views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, Nandaghunti and Trishul. Besides you can watch fruit picking and even carry some home after asking the local owners.

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5. Enjoy Games and Boating at Rani Jheel

Originally built by the Cantonment Board for the purpose of rainwater harvesting, Rani Jheel is a vast artificial lake that is located amidst natural ridges and woods. The pristine lake is located at an altitude of 7,500 feet above sea level, and is a prime tourist attraction in Ranikhet that attracts tourists for boating, and is well known for the silence and tranquility that it exuberates. Visiting here is one of the top touristy things to do in Ranikhet.

6. Watch a Mesmerizing Sunset from the Sunset Point

Ranikhet is home to numerous Sunset Points that offer magnanimous views of the snow covered Himalayas. The best ones among them are Machkhali (located near woodvilla point between Transit Camp and Ganiadeoli) and the one on the road from Jhoola Devi Temple to Bhargaon. The place is best visited between February and November to witness these breathtaking mountains and sunsets in all their glory. Be sure to include visiting here in your top things to do in Ranikhet.

7. Marvel at the Architecture of the Sun Temple

Also known as Katarmal, the Sun Temple dates back to over 800 years, and is one of the most ancient temples that can be found in Almora. It can be reached by a small yet exciting trekking route. The temple is surrounded by a total of 44 small shrines, and other than these, the ancient architectural patterns and exquisite stone carvings continue to attract tourists to it.

8. Visit the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum

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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. If you are a history buff, you should definitely include visiting here in your top things to do in Ranikhet.

9. Find Peace at the Haidakhan Babaji Temple

Dedicated to Haidakhan, who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, the Haidakhan Bababji Temple was constructed by Haidakhan himself, and is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Ranikhet. It offers peace like no place else. Other than the main temple, the complex also has five guest houses in all, along with an Italian temple, Sri Babaji's Kutir and the Sri Baba Research Hospital. The temple is a must visit during Navratris and in the evenings on all days.

10. Visit the Ancient Binsar Mahadev Temple

Reputed for being the most visited temple in Uttarakhand, the Binsar Mahadev Mandir is an ancient temple in Bisaona. It was built by King Pithu in the 10th century, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped as Bindeshwar in the temple. Besides, one can also find the idols of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Gauri and Goddess Mahisasuramardini in the temple, along with the idol of Mahisasuramardini.

11. Shop for Local Products at the Sadar Bazar

A trip to Ranikhet is incomplete without shopping at Sadar Bazaar. Located in close proximity to the Zaroori Bazaar in Ranikhet, the Sadar Bazaar is heavily crowded by the locals as well as tourists on all days. The market boasts of being the one stop shop for food and everyday household items, and one can find everything here right from fresh fruits to packaged products. Market Browsing is one of the topmost things to do in Ranikhet.

12. Relax and Unwind at the Ashiyana Park

The first and only park in all of Ranikhet to be built exclusively for kids, the Cantonment Aashiyana Park, also known as the Devdar Udhyan, offers various attractions for children such as well manicured lawns, colourful fountains, herbal gardens as well as viewpoints to witness the mighty Himalayan ranges. The park is fully designed on high hills, and is based on a jungle theme.

13. Trek Up to Ram Mandir

Situated near the Chaubatia Gardens, the Ram Mandir is perched on the top of a hill and can be reached by using the stairs that lead up to this divine place. Dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Ram, the temple also has a monastery where students learn ancient Vedas and Vedic and modern mathematics under the tutelage of Sant Sri Mouni Maharaj.

14. Offer Prayers at the Mankameshwar Temple

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Built by the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army, this temple located near Narsingh Maidan at Pithoragarh is often visited by the family members of the Regiment. The place is popular not just among pilgrims but is also thronged by tourists on a large scale.

15. Visit the Temple Town of Dwarahat

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An ancient town full of beautiful temples and breathtaking sceneries, Dwarahat is 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 regions great past and its architectural prowess.

16. Take a Trip to the Historical Tarikhet Village

The popular hill station of Tarikhet is located at distance of 8 kilometres from the town of Ranikhet, and is well known for its historical significance. Tarikhet was a major site during India's struggle for independence, since Mahatma Gandhi himself stayed here in 'Gandhi Kutiya' for a long time during the freedom struggle. This small village is calming and refreshing, and takes visitors closer to nature.

17. Take an Offbeat Trip to Kalika

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6 km from the mesmerising hill station of Ranikhet in Uttarakhand is a small town called Kalika. The town is surrounded by thick, lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. It is famous for the Kalika Temple and the golf course. Boasting of lush greenery, it is a must visit place when in or around Ranikhet.

18. Watch the Scenic View from Majhkhali

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Giving a glimpse of the majestic Sonya peak, Majhkhali en-route to Almora is endowed with scenic beauty and lovely weather. Although the place boasts of enchanting natural beauty through and through, the place offers majestic views of the Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi, Mount Trishul etc. Visiting here is one of the top touristy things to do in Ranikhet.

19. Soak in the Serenity of Naukuchiatal

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Known For : Lake Naukuchiatal Boating, Naukuchiatal Bhimtal Lake

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Naukuchiatal, a small picturesque lake village is a destination for those who seek quietude and tranquility beneath the shade of pure nature. It is just at a distance of 40 kms from Ranikhet and is a must-visit spot near the town. As the name of the place suggests, this place is mainly known for its nine cornered lake which measures up to 1 km in length and 40 m deep. With ample opportunities to rejuvenate your body and soul, Naukuchiatal is blessed with panoramically splendid surroundings and captivating lake.

Best Time: April to June, September to November

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