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

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. Government Buses of UK Road transport are available 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

By taxi

Delhi to Ranikhet Taxi is one of the best tourist guide. It provides best offers and services of tourists.

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/.




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.


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


Buransh juice - made from a mountain berry.


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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