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


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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, the more scenic branch through Bhimtal may be recommended.

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 Busses 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. The main market and mall area is on the middle reaches, going on to Gingarikhal from which the road goes sharply down to Gagas en route to the major temple at Dwarahat. There is an army golf course, amid the pines to the East on the Almora road. The cantonment area occupies the upper reaches going to Chaubatia to the South. To the west is the junction at Ganiatoli, from where one can go to Ramgarh via the small scenic town of Sauni.


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). Tarikhet 8 km. Sauni 13km. Khairna 22 km.


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.

2. Go to the Jhula devi Temple. Drink fresh malta juice there

3. Have a walk around the small town in the evening.

4. See the Ganga Maya lake.


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.




Chevron Rosement is 100 year old British summer house & best place to stay.

Dunagiri Retreat ( 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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