Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in the Indian
state of Uttarakhand. At an altitude of 1829 meters above sea
level, Ranikhet offers a spectacular & panoramic view of the
Himalayan Range round the year.
Ranikhet gets its name, which mean Queen's meadow in English,
from a legend that an Indian queen visited the site and built
herself a palace here, though no palace currently exists in the
area. In 1869, the British established the cantonment here and
used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian
summer. Ranikhet is the home to the Kumaon regiment.
One can enjoy the Himalayan view virtually from any place in
Ranikhet, and the view is particularly spectacular from October
till March. Ranikhet gets snowfall in the winter season, mainly
in the months of December, January and February. It offers a
vast diversity of flora and fauna with vast forests of Pine and
languages spoken in the town are Hindi & English apart from the
local language Kumaoni. Ranikhet is well connected by Road. The
nearest Railhead Kathgodam is connected to the major cities of
India. The nearest Airport is in PantNagar, Nainital. Most
Convenient Airport is Delhi.