Never been to… Ranikhet

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SIT­U­ATED IN THE KUMAON HILLS of Ut­tarak­hand in North In­dia, Ranikhet is an idyl­lic hill sta­tion with views of the Hi­malayan peaks. It is be­lieved that when leg­endary queen, Rani Pad­mini from the 14th cen­tury was cap­ti­vated by the town’s beauty and de­cided to live here, the denizens named it Ranikhet. It lit­er­ally trans­lates to “queen’s meadow”.

e near­est air­port and rail­way sta­tion are in Dehradun (315km) and Ram­na­gar (97km) re­spec­tively. It is well-con­nected by road though to the rest of the coun­try.

An ideal time to visit Ranikhet is dur­ing the mon­soons – June to Septem­ber. is is when the hill­side is cov­ered with a plush car­pet of green­ery. Apart from sim­ply en­joy­ing the tran­quil­lity of na­ture here, vis­i­tors sign up for a sa­fari at the Ranikhet Re­serve For­est or go for a boat ride on the Rani Jheel lake.

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