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Ranikhet is a hill station in Uttarakhand State, northern India. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas. Hundreds of bells adorn Jhula Devi Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga.

Fruit trees grow on the terraced orchards of Chaubatia Gardens, with views of peaks including Nanda Devi. Mahatma Gandhi stayed in a hut, Gandhi Kuti, in nearby Tarikhet village during the independence struggle.Ranikhet is at an altitude of 1,869 metres (6,132 ft) above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas.


Ranikhet, which means Queen's meadow in Hindi, gets its name from a local legend, which states that it was here, that Raja Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet, though no palace exists in the area.In 1869, the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. At one time during British Raj, it was also proposed as the summer headquarters of Government of India, in lieu of Shimla. In 1900, it had a summer population of 7,705, and its corresponding winter population was measured in 1901 as 3,153.

Ranikhet had been under Nepalese rule, and the Kumaonese (people of Kumaon Region) won it under the leadership of their able General Kashi Nath Adhikari – after whom the small town of Kashipur was named (which at one point of time was the gateway to the hills and is now an educational and institutional hub) – with the help of Britishers at around 1816 and is a part of India now.

state Uttrakhand,India
Country India
Area 1,869 m (6,132 ft)
Languages Kumaoni,Hindi,English
Currency Ruppee

Jhula Devi Temple

Jhula Devi temple is a place of attraction at Ranikhet hill Station. It is situated at a distance of 7 km from the town of Ranikhet near Chaubatia Gardens in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Present Temple complex was constructed in 1935.

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Haidakhan Babaji Temple

Haidakhan Babaji, simply called "Babaji" or Bhole Baba by his students and devotees, was a teacher who appeared near the village of Haidakhan in northern India (Uttarakhand) and taught publicly from 1970 to 1984.

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Golf Ground

Ranikhet’s ‘Golf Course’ or ‘Upat Golf Ground’ is one of the prime attractions of Kumaon tourism in Almora district. It is a nine hole golf course and highest in the Asia located at 6132 ft. Golf course comes under Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army but outsiders can also join the club.

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Tarikhet village

Tarikhet is a scenic hamlet in Almora situated 8 km away from Ranikhet. Besides its natural ambiance and eye-catching beauty, it is also known for its role in the Independence Movement of India. Tarikhet houses the famous Gandhi Kuti, where Mahatma Gandhi once visited during the freedom struggle

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Bhalu Dam

An artificial lake surrounded by idyllic forests, the Bhalu dam is the perfect spot for a picnic complete with birds, breeze and snow-capped valleys. However, the water is typically low or negligible except during monsoon season. Also, one needs to trek for 3 km to reach this reservoir.

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Binsar Mahadev Temple

Bindeshwar Mahadev, popularly known as Binsar Mahadev or simply Binsar, is an ancient rock temple situated in Chauthan region of Thalisain Block in Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand.

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Chaubatia Orchards

Chaubattia is a settlement in Almora district, in the state of Uttarakhand, northern India. It is located roughly 10 kilometres (6 mi) south of the cantonment town of Ranikhet. Chabatia is 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) above sea level, within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas.

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Mankameshwar Temple

Mankameshwar Mandir (Temple) in Agra is one of the ancient temples devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated at Rawatpara, near Agra Fort Railway Station.

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Dwarahat is a town and a nagar panchayat in Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

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Sisunak Saag

For those who have been to Uttarakhand, you very well know Sisun AKA Bichhu Ghas. Yes, the same BADASS plant that once touched can give you itch and rashes for couple of hours.

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And people from Uttarakhand associate this plant with childhood whipping (yes, we all had our moments!). But, what will fascinate you is the fact that Sisun is edible (I would like to call it vengeance.LOL)

Bhang Ki Chutney

Now this one is a real scene stealer when it comes to enhancing the taste of the cuisine of Uttarakhand. The fresh aroma and the tangy tamarind taste can stay on your tongue for quite a long time.

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Made from Hemp Seeds that has an irresistible aroma; cumin seeds, garlic leaves; tamarind and salt, this simple chutney compliments any dish made in Uttarakhand.


It is a dish that almost all Pahadis swear by in Uttarakhand. Well, if you ask me, I can have this every single day without complaining…it is that exotic!

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Made from spinach and fenugreek leafs and cooked in an iron kadhai, kafuli is complimented by hot steaming rice. The gravy for this dish is prepared by adding rice or wheat flour paste along with water. The taste is further enhanced by slow fire cooking. I am sure Popeye too would have loved this recipe!


This one is a complex dish as it requires more efforts than other dishes in Uttarakhand. Phanoo is basically a preparation made by mixing different lentils (including the special Gahat) that are soaked in water overnight.

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It is basically a soupy dish that goes best with steaming white rice. Phaanu is an excellent lunch option especially in winter in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.


High protein coming your way! Chainsoo, a popular dish from Garhwal is made of Urad or Kali Dal (whole), which is reckoned to consist of a lot of protein in it.

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Although, sometimes it is said that Chainsoo is hard to digest (due to high protein) but it certainly is worth trying. Offering a very earthy flavour, this dish is prepared by first roasting the lentil and then making a fine paste of it. The dal is kept for cooking in an iron kadhai over slow fire and Voila! You have some mouth watering food to eat!

Aalu Gutook

This particular dish can be spotted at every festival, birthday, restaurant and house (with invited guests) in Kumaon region.

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Infact it will not be an exaggeration if it can be declared the regional food! Coupled with Pooris, Bhang ki Chutney and Kumaoni Raita, Aaloo Gutuk is a food for soul. Let me tell you this, each household in Kumaon has its own recipe for making Aaloo Gutuk and I have to confess that none of them fail.