Ranikhet is a hill station and a cantonment town that is located in the Almora district, in Uttarakhand. It is located at an altitude of 1,829 metres above sea level and the Himalayan ranges surround this beautiful hill station. Ranikhet, in literal terms means 'Queen's meadow' in English. According to a legend, an Indian queen visited the site and built her palace at this place, though surprisingly there is no palace in the whole town.
In the year 1869, the British established their headquarters of the Kumaon regiment in Ranikhet and used this place as a retreat from the summer season. It is here that the Kumaon and the Naga regiment is located and is maintained by the Indian Army. Because of its pleasant weather, Ranikhet has become a favorite hotspot among the tourists. It is very cold in winters while the summers are very pleasant. Ranikhet receives snowfall during the months of December, January and February.
This beautiful, quiet hill station is surrounded by lush green forests, huge mountain peaks, some attractive plant life and wild life as well. If you want to see nature at its best, then Ranikhet must be high on your list of must visit places. The cool mountain breeze, the chirping of the birds and the panoramic view of the Himalayas; everything comes together to provide a breathtaking and beautiful atmosphere. This is what makes Ranikhet a destination which a traveler can visit during anytime of the year.