Ranikhet

The Queen's farm

Wander away into the unknown depths of this world and
let your soul be your guide.

– Rumi

Ranikhet, home to the Kumaon Regiment and bristling with good old-fashioned military atmosphere, spreads over rolling green hills with some lovely views over the distant Himalayas. The focus of the town is a busy bazaar area, but you don’t have to walk far along the winding Mall Road to be immersed in forest and tall English trees. Apart from a military museum, some peaceful walks and views of snowcapped peaks, there’s not much to do in in Ranikhet. 

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 the 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. Previously, Ranikhet was under Nepalese Rule, and Kumaon won it back under the leadership of their able General Kashi Nath Adhikari in 1816. 

The town of Ranikhet is at an average elevation of about 1,900 m (6,100 ft.). It can become very cold in the winter, but 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 year the weather of Ranikhet remains pleasant. 

Places to visit include the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, the Jhula Devi Temple, and the Rama Mandir.


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