Do you want to a visit a place which has ancient monuments, sacred temples, tall deodar trees, breathtaking surroundings, pine forests, scenic vistas and an unimaginable calm and peace?
If yes, then you should visit Ranikhet which will keep you out of the hustle and bustle of city lights while promising much relaxed and rejuvenated feel. The unmatched tranquility and beauty is what could be a unique selling proposition of this place.
The small hill station also houses some newly built orchards and beautiful parks. Now let’s explore five pristine places which should never be avoided when you are in this city:
1. The Jhoola Devi Temple
This temple dates back to 8th century when it was built and is situated at 7-km stretch from the city. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga and the devotees believe that all their wishes are being fulfilled in this temple one they make prayers. You could see a cluster of holy bells being tied to the walls in the temple premises and there is a belief that if these bells are rung by devotees, their wishes are fulfilled by Goddess.The echoes and clangs of these bells could be heard at a long distance from the temple as well.
The idol of Goddess Durga was excavated by a shepherd. He once had a dream when Goddess Durga asked him to excavate the particular location from where he did find this idol. And thereafter the temple was constructed at the same location with an aim to prevent the villagers from mounting number of animal attacks. The temple is also dedicated to Lord Rama whose temple is on top of Jhoola Temple on Kumaon Hill.
2. Sadar Bazaar
This market carries the local tradition of Ranikhet and is situated near the bus stop. This is a place where you will enjoy trekking as well as shopping as you need to walk all the way through its shopping lane. The variety of things are available at a very low cost in the bazaar. You can park your vehicle nearby and start exploring the shops here.
Your Ranikhet tour is incomplete without doing shopping at Sadar Bazar.
3. Chaubatia Orchard
Imagine more than 200 varieties of fruits and flowers being grown up in the same orchard! Surprised! But yes, Ranikhet has this magnanimous orchard which is situated at 10-km stretch from Ranikhet. A research laboratory situated within the orchard premises make it all the more scientifically developed place. You can also see the ultimate panoramic views of Himalayan mountain peaks and many religious spots such as Trishul, Nanda Devi Temple, Nandaghunti, and Nilkanth.
If you want to see the Mini Kashmir in Ranikhet, you should visit Majkhali which is surrounded by Deodhar trees and is encapsulated by most picturesque locations. You could keep gazing at the horizon here for hours. Also you can enjoy the beautiful views of Himalayan ranges such as Trishul and Nanda Devi from here. This is known as heaven on Planet Earth after Kashmir. Even in summers, the surroundings are green and cold. If you are a nature loving person, you should visit this place which will leave you enthralled with its beauty.
5. Haida Khan Baba Temple
This is a temple which is famous across the world. Situated at a place near Chidianuala in Ranikhet, this temple helps you in viewing the pretty locations of Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Pancha Chooli etc. There are many devotees who visit here and their marriages are conducted here in accordance to Hindu traditions. Today, there is an ashram near the temple which was constructed by Sri Sri 1008 Haidakhan Wale Baba. This ashram has many rooms, temples and places for the Haidakhan University.
Hence Ranikhet is an ultimate destination which is known across the globe for its pristine beauty. the natural aura of this place is unmatchable and will leave you in awe of its beauty. The magnetic beauty of the place woos many tourists from across the globe. You too can fall in love with the enchanting views of this pretty place by making a quick trip to Ranikhet.