Things to do when you visit Ranikhet
Ranikhet in Uttarakhand, located close to Nainital, is an extremely popular hill station. Aside its natural beauty, here are the top things to do there.
Spend Some time at the Chaubatia Garden
One of the most popular attractions of Ranikhet, the large and lush green ‘Chaubatia Garden’ is famous for their large number of orchards of apples, peaches, apricots and plums. Situated at a distance of 15km from the heart of Ranikhet, Chaubatia gardens are a great spot for picnics and one day outings. The garden also is one of the best examples of Himalayan step farming. You can spend a few good hours here but the place does not offer any kind of accommodation. Stay at the hotels in Ranikhet and then drive to spend a few hours in peace.
Enjoy the Settings of Bhalu Dam
Situated at a location of approximately 5 km from the Chaubatia Gardens is a small artificial dam lake in Ranikhet that was built as a source of water for British soldiers nearly 300 years ago. Serene settings of the lake and the Himalayan peaks in the background, chirping birds and mountain air; together make it a great spot for picnickers, bird watchers and nature lovers.
Golfing Fun at the Upat Golf Course
Upat is a town lyingin the lap of Garhwal Himalayas at a location of 10 km only from Ranikhet. Upat is famous for its 10 holes Golf Course which is looked after by the Indian Army. It is also considered to be the highest golf course in Asia. Those who are golfing freaks, can definitely try a game here. Other major attraction near Upat Golf Course isa temple called the ‘Kalika Temple’, which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Situated at a distance of 2 km. from Upat, the town of Kalika is where this temple is and it is visited by several tourists coming to Ranikhet.
Take part in Nanda Devi Fair
One of the most important attractions of Ranikhet, the grand annual‘Nanda Devi Mela’ takes place at the ‘Nanda Devi Temple’ which is in Almora, at a distance of 60 km from Ranikhet. The fair is organized in the month of September in honour of Goddesses Nanda Devi and also Sunanda Devi, and is believed to bring prosperity in Kumaon region. The fair lasts for 3 days and also sees hordes of pilgrims from across the country.
Scenic Vistas of Majkhali
Majkhali is a small village situated at a distance of about 23 km from Ranikhet. It is known for its captivating vistas of Mount Trishul that can be best viewed from Majkhali. If you are a nature lover and it you a feel of relaxation and inner peace then Majkhali is just a good place for you. Some people come here to meditate and do yoga as well.
So, if you visit Ranikhet, do not forget to engage in the above activities. For accommodation, you can check out the resorts at Ranikhet or other hotels as per your budget.