Ranikhet, which means the Queens 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.
Ranikhet is a hill station in Uttarakhand State, northern India. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas. Hundreds of bells adorn Jhula Devi Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Fruit trees grow on the terraced orchards of Chaubatia Gardens, with views of peaks including Nanda Devi. Mahatma Gandhi stayed in a hut, Gandhi Kuti, in nearby Tarikhet village during the independence struggle.
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.
Ranikhet had been under Nepalese rule, and the Kumaonese (people of Kumaon Region) won it under the leadership of their able General Kashi Nath Adhikari – after whom the small town of Kashipur was named (which at one point of time was the gateway to the hills and is now an educational and institutional hub).
Winters (September - February) in Ranikhet are cold, with a maximum temperature of around 15 degrees Celcius and a minimum temperature of around -3 degrees Celcius. The weather during the early winter months of September, October and November is pleasant and this is also a good time to visit Ranikhet.
Best Buys: Wooden Articles, Toys, Kullu and Kinnauri Shawls, Caps, Tibetan Carpets and other handicraft articles.
Temperature: Between Sub Zero in winters and 30 C in summers, through-out the year.
Climate: Ranikhet has an average elevation of 1,869 m (6,132 ft).The climate of the town is very cool. The cantonment is spread across two ridges, the first, called the Ranikhet ridge, is situated at an elevation of 5,983 ft (1,824 m) and the second, the Chaubattia ridge, is at an elevation of 6,942 ft (2,116 m).
Ranikhet becomes very cold in the winters and remains moderate in summers, and is best enjoyed from March to October. Ranikhet gets snowfall in the winter season, mainly in the months of December, January and February. But in the rest of the months the weather of Ranikhet remains pleasant.
Best Activities Trekking, Paragliding, Fishing
Best season to visit April-July and September- March
Clothing Light Woollens/Heavy Woollens
Location In the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Altitude 427 to 6,401 meters above sea level
STD Code 05966
Languages Hindi, Himachali, Garhwali, English