Attractions in Ranikhet
The main tourist attractions in Ranikhet are Chaubatia,
Upat, Bhalu Dam, Majhkhali, Cooperative Drug Factory and
Upat is situated about 6 km from Sadar Bazaar on Almora
Road. Upat is the site of one of the highest golf
course, with views of the Great Himalayas. Upat offers
golfing at high altitudes, where a high-powered shot can
land far, far below in the valley. The visitors can have
a game of golf at the Army Golf Course in Upat. An old
temple dedicated to goddess Kali lies just a kilometer
away from Upat, at Kalika.
Bhalu Dam is an artificial lake on the Kosi River, about
3.2 km away from Ranikhet. This dam supplies Ranikhet
with its water and is popular for fishing.
Cooperative Drug Factory
The Cooperative Drug Factory is known for the production
and research of Ayurvedic medicines. This factory is
situated at a distance of 3 km on the Ranikhet Ramnagar
Road. It has a nursery of medicinal herbs and shrubs.
One can buy Ayurvedic medicines, especially high quality
Chyawanprash from here.
Tarikhet is situated about 8 km from Ranikhet. This
place is famous for the Gandhi Kuti, a small hut in
which Gandhiji once stayed, and the highly venerated
temple of Golla Devta. Bhagirath Pandey and his
associates had started the non-cooperation movement in
this region by establishing the Prem Vidyalaya, which
was visited by Gandhiji in 1929.
Excursion from Ranikhet
Sitlakhet is situated about 26 km from Ranikhet.
Sitlakhet offers more spectacular views of the
Himalayas. It is full of lush orchards and also well
known for its herbal and medicinal plants. The Syahi
Devi Temple and Khoont, the ancestral village of freedom
fighter Pandit Gobind Vallabh Pant are also situated
The Dunagiri mountain is situated about 52 km from
Ranikhet and 14 km from Dwarahat. Dunagiri is known for
the famous temple of Durga. It is believed that the
bronze plate in the temple dates back to 1181 A.D. This
temple stands majestically on a hilltop and attracts a
large number of pilgrims every year.
Dwarahat is situated about 35 km from Ranikhet on the
Badrinath road. It was the seat of the Katuri Dynasty in
the 16th century. The town has a cluster of old temples
decorated with sculptures. The Syalde Bikhoti Mela is
also held here annually.
Manila which means enchanting is situated about 75 km
from Ranikhet and Ramnagar. Manila is the seat of Manila
Devi, the family Goddess of Katyuri clan. The two
temples of Manila Devi are worth visiting and nearby is
the original village of Manrals, belonging to one of the
Katyuri clans. The forests and Himalayan views from this
hill, which is spread from Sadar to Dotiyal, are worth