Ranikhet is a place related with the legends of Himalayas. Historical accounts tell us the Queen Padmini of Kumaon was enchanted by this tiny hill paradise. King Sudhardev obliged her, by building a palace here for the queen and named the place Ranikhet (the queen’s fields).

No trace of the palace can be found today, but the place remained the same: captivating, abounding with flowers, trees and green meadows in the midst of heavenly Himalayan surroundings. Lost into oblivion for long, the picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the British. They bought the land from the native villagers and build it into a summer resort apart from establishing an army recruitment centre. Ranikhet still remains the head quarters of the gallant Kumaon Regiment. Situated at a height of 1,829 meters, with an area of 21.76 sq. km Ranikhet has too much to present to the visitors – a healthy climate, tall coniferous trees, vast green meadows, tranquil surroundings, perfect peace and warm, open-hearted people. Every season has its own irresistible charm. This is what makes Ranikhet an all-season destination. Ranikhet also boasts of one of the best hill golf greens (9 holes) in the country.

City Facts

State: Uttarakhand
District: Almora
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni, Garhwali
Best Season: Mar – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: Summer 15-30°C. Winter 0-24°C
Altitude: 1869 m
Pincode: 263645
STD code: 05966


  • Delhi to Ranikhet 365 km
  • Indore to Ranikhet 1031 km
  • Nagpur to Ranikhet 1180 km
  • Pune to Ranikhet 1659 km
  • Bangalore to Ranikhet 2243 km

Best Season / Best time to visit

Ranikhet has a cool climate all through the year and can be visited anytime of the year. But the best time would be from February to November avoiding the heavy snow months.

Winters (October to February) are chilly cold and have a temperature range of 3°C to 7°C. Snowfalls are common during winters especially in December, January and February months. Snow lovers can enjoy snow during these months. Besides, honeymoon in Ranikhet is also enjoyable during this season.

Summers (March to May) are very pleasant with a temperature range of 8°C to 22°C. Excellent time for exploring in and around Ranikhet city.

Monsoons (June to August) have an average rainfall. The scenic beauty of the place is worth seeing. Post monsoons in Ranikhet are spectacular with cultural and sports activities.

Summer months are perfect for Ranikhet tourism. Tourists can enjoy sightseeing and outdoor activities. Winter season is ideal for snow enthusiast and honeymooners. Monsoon period offers scenic charm of the place.