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'''Ranikhet''' is a hill station in [[Uttarakhand]], [[India]].
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'''Ranikhet''' is a hill station in [[Uttarakhand]], [[India]] (1830m).
  
 
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By road===
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Well connected by road with all major towns of Kumaon hills and nearby districts.
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The main road into Ranikhet is NH87 climbing up from Kathgodam, 85km in the South. Instead of the main highway passing near [[Nainital]], you may consider the more scenic route through [[Bhimtal]] (slightly shorter, not as well maintained in patches).  The last stretch through the pine forests after Khairna Bridge is spectacular.
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Almora - 44 km  to the East, via the temple town of Jageshwar
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Nainital - 61 km
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Kathgodam - 85 km
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Taxis are available from Kathgodam railway station. They charge around 1200-1500 Rupees. Government Buses of UK Road transport are availble from Bus stand, 3 kms down the Railway station. The bus journey takes around 4 hours.
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Pithoragarh (in Chamoli district, East Uttarakhand) - 161 km
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Delhi - 350km (about 8 hours) by car.  12-14 hours by bus.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
Nearest airport is Pant Nagar. 112 km
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Nearest airport is Pant Nagar, 112 km. rather meager service.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
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Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 85 km and Ramnagar 96 km
 
Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 85 km and Ramnagar 96 km
  
===By road===
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==Get around==
  
Well connected by road with all major towns of Kumaon hills and nearby districts.  
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Ranikhet is on several levels.  Walking is the preferred mode for exploring the shortcuts between one motorable road to the next one.  There are SUVs that run between villages, and also buses.
  
Almora - 44 km
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The main market and mall area is on the middle reaches, going on to Gingarikhal from which one road goes sharply down to Gagas en route to the major temple at [[Dwarahat]].  Further East on the Almora road is the army golf course, with pines all around. 
  
Nainital - 61 km
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The cantonment area occupies the upper reaches going to Chaubatia top to the South.  To the west is the junction at Ganiatoli, from where one can go to [[Ramgarh]] via Tarikhet and the small scenic village of Sauni. 
  
Kathgodam - 85 km
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In clear weather from Nov to April (or after it has rained) you can see the majestic Nanda Devi range from most places in Ranikhet.  
Taxis are available from Kathgodam railway station. They charge around 1200 Rupees. Government Busses of UK Road transport are availble from Bus stand, 3 kms down the Railway station. The bus journey takes around 4 hours.
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Pithoragarh - 161 km
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==Get around==
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For maps, and other tips (oriented towards bicycle touring) see http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/~amit/bicycling/ranikhet/. 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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[[Dwarahat]]: 38 km from Ranikhet, once been the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. Dwarahat is full of ancient sculptures.   
 
[[Dwarahat]]: 38 km from Ranikhet, once been the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. Dwarahat is full of ancient sculptures.   
  
Sitalakhet: 36 km (via Kathpuriya). Tarikhet 8 km. Khairna 22 km.
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Sitalakhet: 36 km (via Kathpuriya) is a sleepy hamlet with fantastic snow views (on clear days). Tarikhet 8 km. Sauni 13km. Khairna 22 km. The Binsar Mahadev temple just past Sauni is worth a visit. 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
1. Go to the golf course. Take your photo. The people around there will tell many Bolywood movies(including the famous Raja Hindustani) have been shot there.
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1. Spend a few hours in the mall. Explore the sharp paths going up and down, the public gardens just above the bus stand, the small stalls selling chow mein, samosa, ram-miThai and endless cups of chAy.
  
2. Go to the Jhula devi Temple. Drink fresh malta juice there
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2. Go to the golf course. Take your photo. The people around will tell how Bollywood movies such as Raja Hindustani have been shot here.
  
3. Have a walk around the small town in the evening.  
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3. Walking up towards Chaubatiya from Somnath Dwar (the eastern end of the mall), stop at the handloom tweed factory set up by the army in the back of an old church. You can usually hear the looms from the road.  Continuing up (by car?), you reach the Jhula devi Temple at the gate to the cantt. Near the top you can drink fresh malta juice.  Return via the highway and Ganiatoli.  
  
 
4. See the Ganga Maya lake.
 
4. See the Ganga Maya lake.
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Try the local sweetdish called ''bAl miThAi'' - it's a milk-kheer concoction a barfi with fluffy white dots stuck on it.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Buransh juice - made from a mountain berry. 
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
Chevron Rosement is 100 year old British summer house & best place to stay.
 
  
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The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has two guest houses, one at Chaubatiya with magnificient views and the other at Chiliyanaula.
  
Dunagiri Retreat (www.dunagiri.com) is located 53km from Ranikhet, and a short distance from the village of Dwarahat. Nestled in the hills at 7400’ Dunagiri Retreat overlooks dramatic deep rural valleys and the Himalayas' cloud covered peaks. Accommodations at Dunagiri Retreat are comprised of two lovingly restored guesthouses located within expansive gardens. Dunagiri is intended for nature lovers who not only value peace, calmness and appreciate the natural grandeur of their surroundings, but who also hold great respect for the environment and local culture. Dunagiri offers reasonable rates, stylish accommodations, delicious local cuisine and the utmost in hospitality.
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Chevron Rosement is 100 year old British summer house in Chaubatiya, somewhat decaying.
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There are a number of upscale resorts on the road to the golf course and beyond, all the way up to majhkhali.
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There are other resorts near Dwarahat including Dunagiri Retreat (www.dunagiri.com).  
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
 
  
 
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Revision as of 18:11, 23 November 2012

Ranikhet is a hill station in Uttarakhand, India (1830m).

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Get in

By road

Well connected by road with all major towns of Kumaon hills and nearby districts.

The main road into Ranikhet is NH87 climbing up from Kathgodam, 85km in the South. Instead of the main highway passing near Nainital, you may consider the more scenic route through Bhimtal (slightly shorter, not as well maintained in patches). The last stretch through the pine forests after Khairna Bridge is spectacular.

Almora - 44 km to the East, via the temple town of Jageshwar

Nainital - 61 km

Kathgodam - 85 km Taxis are available from Kathgodam railway station. They charge around 1200-1500 Rupees. Government Buses of UK Road transport are availble from Bus stand, 3 kms down the Railway station. The bus journey takes around 4 hours.

Pithoragarh (in Chamoli district, East Uttarakhand) - 161 km

Delhi - 350km (about 8 hours) by car. 12-14 hours by bus.

By plane

Nearest airport is Pant Nagar, 112 km. rather meager service.

By train

Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 85 km and Ramnagar 96 km

Get around

Ranikhet is on several levels. Walking is the preferred mode for exploring the shortcuts between one motorable road to the next one. There are SUVs that run between villages, and also buses.

The main market and mall area is on the middle reaches, going on to Gingarikhal from which one road goes sharply down to Gagas en route to the major temple at Dwarahat. Further East on the Almora road is the army golf course, with pines all around.

The cantonment area occupies the upper reaches going to Chaubatia top to the South. To the west is the junction at Ganiatoli, from where one can go to Ramgarh via Tarikhet and the small scenic village of Sauni.

In clear weather from Nov to April (or after it has rained) you can see the majestic Nanda Devi range from most places in Ranikhet.

For maps, and other tips (oriented towards bicycle touring) see http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/~amit/bicycling/ranikhet/.

See

Chaubatia Garden: Laden with fruit orchards especially apples are the perfect natural interlude. 10 km from Ranikhet town famous for fruit belt and the Fruit Research Centre.

Bhalu dam: a small artificial lake 3 km from the Chaubatia Garden.

Kalika golf links: 6 km on the road to Almora via Ghingharikhal. Famous mountain golf links maintained by the army. Also a Kali temple nearby.

Dwarahat: 38 km from Ranikhet, once been the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. Dwarahat is full of ancient sculptures.

Sitalakhet: 36 km (via Kathpuriya) is a sleepy hamlet with fantastic snow views (on clear days). Tarikhet 8 km. Sauni 13km. Khairna 22 km. The Binsar Mahadev temple just past Sauni is worth a visit.

Do

1. Spend a few hours in the mall. Explore the sharp paths going up and down, the public gardens just above the bus stand, the small stalls selling chow mein, samosa, ram-miThai and endless cups of chAy.

2. Go to the golf course. Take your photo. The people around will tell how Bollywood movies such as Raja Hindustani have been shot here.

3. Walking up towards Chaubatiya from Somnath Dwar (the eastern end of the mall), stop at the handloom tweed factory set up by the army in the back of an old church. You can usually hear the looms from the road. Continuing up (by car?), you reach the Jhula devi Temple at the gate to the cantt. Near the top you can drink fresh malta juice. Return via the highway and Ganiatoli.

4. See the Ganga Maya lake.

Buy

Check out the handloom/tweed setup in the old church nave, just off Somenath Dwar. You can see the weavers working rapidly (and noisily), and buy their stuff at the store in front.

Eat

Try the local sweetdish called bAl miThAi - it's a milk-kheer concoction a barfi with fluffy white dots stuck on it.

Drink

Buransh juice - made from a mountain berry.

Sleep

The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has two guest houses, one at Chaubatiya with magnificient views and the other at Chiliyanaula.

Chevron Rosement is 100 year old British summer house in Chaubatiya, somewhat decaying.

There are a number of upscale resorts on the road to the golf course and beyond, all the way up to majhkhali. There are other resorts near Dwarahat including Dunagiri Retreat (www.dunagiri.com).

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