A cantonment town cum a hill station, Ranikhet in the state of Uttarakhand, is a lush green abode in the Himalayas. Blessed with an alluring topography, the hill station has been an all season destination. Legends has it that once the queen of the Kumaon region, Padmini visited this place. the beauty of the land left such an impression on her, that her husband dedicated this region to her and named it ‘Ranikhet’, which means the queen’s meadows.
The scenic beauty of the present day hill station rightly justifies the story. For the city dwellers, who are usually deprived of the charm and beauty of nature, Ranikhet has natural treks, that lead to enchanting peaks and valleys. One of the most prominent is the Nanda Devi trek, which passes through coniferous forests, meadows and overlooks numerous snow covered peaks in the region. Others excursions from Ranikhet include that to Almora, Sitalakhet and Dwarahat. Besides being a place for adventure enthusiasts, Ranikhet is also a haven for leisure travelers. Major tourist attractions for them include Chaubatia gardens, Army museum, Jhula Devi temple, Bhalu Dam, Majhkhali and Ram Mandir.