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Ranikhet Fast Facts
- State: Uttarakhand
- District: Almora
- Famous for/as: Hill Station , Pilgrimage
- Altitude: 1869 m
- Language: Hindi, Kumaoni, Garhwali
- Best Season: Mar - Jun, Sep - Nov
- Weather: Summer 15-30°C. Winter 0-24°C
- Clothing: Tropical
- Local Transport:
- Pincode: 263645
- STDCode: 05966
Divisional Manager Tourism /
Manager Adventure Tourism,
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
Oak Park House, Mallital, Nainital
Tel No.: (05942)- 231504, 236356
Ranikhet, India Overview
There is every possibility that you may run out of adjectives when attempting to describe the scenic beauty of the pristine hill station of Ranikhet in the state of Uttaranchal. The reasons for its popularity among tourists are obvious.
The hill station, covered with lush forests of thick pine and deodar trees and dainty streams of water with impeccable views of Nanda Devi, is the archetypal dream destination for an idyllic holiday. Tourists visiting Ranikhet are delighted to discover that apart from the scenic grandeur, this famous hill station has plenty of other attractions too including an amazing abundance of bird species flourishing in the area.
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Ranikhet, India History
Ranikhet, which means Queen's meadow in Hindi, gets its name from a local legend, which states that it was here, that Raja Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet, though no palace exists in the area.
In 1869, the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. At one time during British Raj, it was also proposed as the summer headquarters of Government of India, in lieu of Shimla. In 1900, it had a summer population of 7,705, and its corresponding winter population was measured in 1901 as 3,153
Ranikhet previously Belonged to Nepal. But the British won the land at around 1816 and India occupies it now.