Within Ranikhet– Ranikhet Cantt- with its Kumaon Regimental Centre & Museum,Nehar Singh Stadium etc, Kalka Temple, Chiliyanaula, Main Town (with Bazars at three levels).
Chaubathia Gardens -Situated 10 kms from Ranikhet, this predominantly Cantonment Town has an ancient Temple, now revered as Jhula Devi (you will be amazed by the thousands of bells tied in its complex .It was the summer retreat of the British Rulers and led to the discovery and subsequent development of Ranikhet. Renowned for its apple orchards & fruit orchards, it has awide variety of trees and plants and leads to the Bhalu Dam, from where all the water for the twin towns is obtained.
Ranikhet Golf Course – The winding clear roads bring you to this beautiful Golf Course spread on both sides of the road with amazing views of the Himalayas. In the vicinity of Trishul Peak & Nanda Devi, its probably the most beautiful Golf Course in the country. Tee off at 6,000 ft, with the weather, surroundings and the greens blending so harmoniously no doubt the British chose this place as a Golfing destination.It is maintained by the Kumaon Regiment and non-members are not permitted to play with temporary registration(knowing someone from the regiment will obviously help).Tourist buses, local transport are allowed to cross the Golf Course, but thankfully the vehicles can’t stop.If the game is on,then please stay away and watch from a distance as the flying golf balls may cause an unexpected injury!
Nainital– This hill station is 50 kms from Ranikhet and is built around the Naini lake. This attractive lake with the Naina Devi Temple is said to be the eyes of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, hence the name. Seven mountains or the Sapta Shring surrounds the city. The high-rising Himalayas, the tree-covered hillsides, beautiful walks and enchanting lakes will mesmerize you.
Snow View, a popular vantage point at 2270 m offers an excellent view of the northern Himalayan ranges and is accessible by a modern ropeway or the ponies available at Mallitaal.
The Naini Peak is the highest point in Nainital. From here Nainital appears as a bowl It is a popular picnic spot and offers a panoramic view of the Nanda Devi.
Hanuman Garhi has a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, with the State Observatory located nearby on the top of a ridge.
St. John’s Church,built in 1847 is another place to be visited. A brass memorial is kept in memory of the persons who were buried in the infamous landslide
Kilburi 12 kms from the main town, this place is peaceful and quite. Located amidst green forests it gives a very good view of the Himalayas. The forest department has its guest house here. Nainital is also famous for its scented candles,driftwood artefacts and pine cone caricatures & decorations.
Almora– At 45 kms, this hill town was founded in 1568, and is the place to conveniently enjoy the spectacular snowscape of the central Himalayas. The Nanda Devi temple in the heart of the city and a museum are its other attractions. Its terraced fields and stone slated-barrack-like village houses have so far put up a valiant fight against the encroachments of urban expansion and unplanned development. Bageshwar and Sitalakhet are other places of tourist interest. Bageshwar is one of the main camping sites for the journey to Pindari Glacier, which is situated at a height of 3,820 meters.Sitlakhet is the new tourist resort on the Syahi Devi hill. On the banks of Gomti (a local river) Baijnath is an idyllic place, famous for its 13th century temples. Jageshwar, on the Almora-Pithoragarh road has Shiva temples which are a marvel to see for their artistic beauty and craftsmanship. Jageshwar is among the 12-jyotir lingas in the country.
Bhimtal- Bhimtal is 65 kms from Ranikhet and can ideally be seen enroute to Ranikhet as the road route goes through this beautiful picnic spot. In case you wish tostay longer, it has good accommodation facilities.The myth goes that the `Tal’ was built during the Mahabharata era.At Bhimtal you can enjoy boating and have food at the restaurant on the island in middle of the lake.
Naukuchiatal Lake- Four kms from Bhimtal isthis lake with nine corners, hence the name. An ideal relaxation point,the lake is full of lotus and is surrounded by forests with a backdrop of the mountains. Enjoy boating or sit on the banks and nurture the cool breeze coming from the lake.
Sat Tal ( Seven Lakes)– On the way from Nainital to Bhimtal (at 22 Km) is a group of seven lakes called the Sat Tal, with natural beauty in abundance. There is government Bunglow to spend the night.
Binsar– 65 kms from Ranikhet,Binsar,at an hour’ s drive from Almora,is a scenic spot in the Kumoun Himalayas at an elevation of 2412 mts, with excellent views of the greater Himalayas.Surrounded by Alpine flora, ferns,hanging moss & species of wild flowers, its surrounding forests of Himalayan Oak and rhobodendron are excellent for trekking and communing with nature. A three hundred kms stretch of famous peaks to include Kedranath,Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nandadevi, Nandakot & Pachachuli is accessible from here.
Bhowali- It is 1706 meters above the sea level and 55kms from Ranikhet- and a midway halting point.This is a road junction serving all the nearby hill stations from Nainital and is famous for its scenic grandeur and as a hill fruit mart–don’t forget to buy your choicest varieties on the way back for folks at home ! It also has a sanatorium established in 1912 for TB patients