Literally translating into ‘Queen’s Meadow’, Ranikhet is a charming hill station nestled in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas. From lush meadows, bountiful fruit orchards to soaring coniferous forests and incredible Himalayan views, Ranikhet is paradise on Earth.

A visit to the numerous temples in Ranikhet is a must: Jhula Devi Temple, for the  thousands of bells tied at the temple by the devotees for fulfilment of their wishes; Haidakhan Babji Temple for its towering Hanuman statue and the gorgeous vistas of the snow-clad Himalayas; Katarmal Sun Temple for its architectural splendour and the temples of Dwarahat for their ancient shrines.

Ranikhet’s first jungle-themed Ashiyana Park is perfect for some fun time with family. There’s a children’s park, herbal gardens, colourful fountains, and lush green forested area that appeals to people of all age groups.

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Arguably the best thing to do in Ranikhet is to go for a refreshing walk through the lush Chaubatia Gardens, known particularly for their cedar and pine trees, blooming rhododendrons and lilies as well as fruit laden orchards of apples, plums and peaches.

Close to Chaubatia, Bhalu Dam is an artificial reservoir that doubles up as a haven of tranquillity. It’s ideal place for a picnic or camping with family and friends.

If playing a game of golf high in the hills excites you, head to the stunning Upat Golf Course, one of the highest 9-hole golf courses in Asia, perfectly maintained by the Indian Army.

For majestic views of snow-clad Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi and Mount Trishul, Majkhali, a small hamlet near Ranikhet is worth a visit too.

For the adventure enthusiasts, a visit to the scenic Naukuchiatal Lake is highly recommended. You can indulge in a number of adventure activities here such as paragliding, zorbing, boating and kayaking at the lake.