Jhula Devi Temple, also known as the Jhoola Devi Temple, is a popular religious site situated at a distance of 7 km from the town of Ranikhet. Devoted to the Hindu Goddess Durga, this temple was built in the 8th century.
According to a Hindu mythology, this temple was constructed to seek Goddess Durga’s protection for the wild animals of the place. A shepherd was advised by Goddess Durga in his dreams to excavate Her idol. This temple was constructed on the spot where the idol was found.
The temple has beautifully carved holy bells, and the sound of these bells is clearly audible from a distance. Pilgrims believe that the Goddess Jhula Devi fulfils the wishes of the devotees who pray in this temple. This site also offers the opportunity to visit the Rama Temple, which is located in the vicinity.
Majhkhali is a noted tourist site located at a distance of 13 km from Ranikhet. Situated on the Ranikhet-Almora Road, this place offers beautiful views of the Sonya Peaks. The place is also known for its valleys, comfortable climate and hilly terrains.
Visitors can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayan Ranges along with the Trishul Peak located at an elevation of 26,500 ft above sea level. An agriculture farm of Uttar Pradesh Government is also located here. It is a pleasant and serene place to spend the weekends and evenings.
Bhalu Dam is a small lake located at a distance of 3 km below from the orchards of Chaubatia. This site offers excellent views of the snow covered mountains of the mighty Himalayan Ranges. One can relax in the beautiful gardens located in the vicinity of the dam. This dam was developed by the British Government in 1903. Open for tourists all round the year, this site is an ideal place for camping.
Dwarahat is a significant tourist attraction for its historical and archaeological relevance. Located at a distance of around 35 km from Ranikhet, this place has 55 ancient temples. The Shakti Temple, the Naithna Devi Temple, the Badrinath Temple, the Maniyan Temple, the Mrityunjaya Temple and the Dhwaj Temple are a few names to mention.
According to beliefs, Sanjivani, the rare herb grows inside the premises of the Shakti Temple.
Located in the picturesque valley of the River Ramganga, Dwarahat offers panoramic sceneries to the visitors. This place was the capital of the Katyuri Kingdom in earlier times. It also served as the power centre for the rulers of the Katyuri Kingdom in the 16th century.
The annual Syalde-Bikhauti festival organised here in the month of April adds to its charm. Other important festivals of this place are Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Olgia, Khatarua, Bat Savitri and Ganga Dusshera.
Hairakhan Dham is located at a distance of 5 km from Ranikhet. According to locals, Saint Hairakhan Baba resided at this place from 1970 to 1984. This site also offers the opportunity to visit the Haidakhan Temple located in the same campus.
The temple was constructed by the saint honouring the Hindu God, Shiva. Surrounded by a spiritual ambience, the site offers panoramic views of the Great Himalayas.
Chaubatia is a famous tourist attraction located at a distance of 10 km from Ranikhet. This place has lush green orchards with 200 various types of fruits and flowers. These orchards produce delicious apples, peaches, plums and apricots. Surrounded by silver oak, rhododendron, cypress, cedar and pine forests, this place offers panoramic views.
The Government Apple Garden and The Fruit Research Centre are located nearby. This place is also a renowned picnic spot. Besides, this site offers the breathtaking views of the snowy Himalayan Ranges including the peaks of Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, Nandaghunti and Trishul.
Tarikhet is a small village located at a distance of 8 km from Ranikhet. This place is famous for ‘Gandhi Kutiya', a small hut where Mahatma Gandhi, the great freedom fighter once lived. A prominent tourist destination, this place is a symbol of India’s freedom struggle against the British Raj.
The place also offers an opportunity to visit the Golu Devta Temple, which is located in the vicinity of this place. The temple is devoted to Golu Devta, the legendary and historical God of the Kumaon region.
The Mall is a popular shopping area in Ranikhet. Travellers can purchase beautiful tweed shawls, woollen shirts, kurtas and jackets from the market here. The market is known for quality fabrics, cottons and wools and handmade garments are available here at a reasonable price.
This is a popular meeting point for the locals as well as tourists. In comparison to the hustle and bustle of the Sadar Bazar, the Mall is a better area to enjoy shopping.
Sadar Bazar is a busy and prime shopping centre of Ranikhet. There are numerous hotels, restaurants, and shopping outlets in this market. Regarded as the busiest area of the town, this place offers exclusive shopping facilities to visitors. Ethnic embroidered clothes are the prime attraction of this market. Besides, the restaurants here serves delicious local dishes at a reasonable price.
Cantonment Aashiyana Park is a popular garden located in Ranikhet. Proud to be the first park of the region, this site has children zone, herbal garden and a colourful fountain. Offering the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayan Ranges, this is a perfect place to relax.
Rani Jheel is a huge lake, developed artificially for rainwater harvesting purpose by the Cantonment Board. Located between the two natural ridges of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Canossa Convent School, this is a popular tourist site of Ranikhet. The lake is located at an altitude of 7500 ft above sea level and is an ideal destination to enjoy boating.
Upat is a beautiful town and a popular tourist site of Ranikhet. Located at a distance of 5 km from the town, this place offers breathtaking views of the snowy peaks of the mighty Himalayan Ranges. Besides, this place also has a 9-hole golf course which attracts a large number of sport lovers. This is one of the highest golf courses in India.
Surrounded by lush green pine and oak forests, Upat is located on the road to Almora. The town of Kalika is situated just a kilometre away from this place which is popular for its Kali Temple. Apart from this temple, the place is also known for a large nursery.
Sunset Points are the popular tourist attractions located in Ranikhet. These points provide the breathtaking views of the sunsets and snow-capped ranges of the mighty Himalayas. Among these, Majhkhali, situated near the Woodvilla Point is the most popular point. It is located between Transit Camp and Ganiadeoli.