Ranikhet, much like most of the destinations in Uttarakhand, is an extremely scenic place. So much so that even the good resorts in Ranikhet will offer you the most mesmerizing views. Nature blushes here and romance is born. Here are the best places to admire in Ranikhet – The Queen’s Meadow.
Bhalu Dam: Situated at a distance of about 20 minutes from the Chaubatia Gardens, the very famous dam of Ranikhet – ‘Bhalu Dam’ is a beautiful artificial lake nestling in central Ranikhet, which was made as a source of water for British soldiers, nearly 200 years ago. Calm setting of thislake that overlooksthe lofty Himalayan peaks, murmuring birds and the chilly mountain air; these collectively make it a an amazing destination for the picnickers, trekkers, nature lovers, bird watches, and just those with wanderlust.
Majkhali: When you drive about a distance of 15 km from central Ranikhet, you come to a small village called Majhkali. What you get to enjoy the most at this village is the mesmerizing views of Trishul Mountains along with the Nanda Devi Peak. Both of these are best seen from here. This place is very serene. A nature lover can spend hours here sitting in tranquility. Some people come here to meditate and do yoga.
Rising Sun at Sitlakhet: This is one place you cannot miss. Sitlakhet is another small town which is roughly a drive of 90 km from Ranikhet. This place is popular as heaven for nature lovers, including honeymooners. And the best part about this place is catching the sunrise, above the snow clad peaks, throwing various colors at different angles. This experience is one of a kind. The downside to the place is that it is totally isolated and does not have very comfortable accommodation. You can stay at KMVN guest house. But best is to stay at the best hotel in Ranikhet and then make a one day trip to Sitlakhet.
Chaubatia Garden: This is one of the most sought after places in Ranikhet. And once you arrive at this beautiful hill station, this is probably the first place that you will visit. The place almost feels like abroad. The gardens have a large number of fruit trees, from apples, plums, peaches and apricots. You need to travel only 5 km from central Ranikhet to visit these ultra beautiful gardens. You can spend an entire day here, especially if you are with kids. The place is spacious and great for family picnics. You can also learn much about step farming here. Spanning more than 500 acres of land area that is abundant in oak, cedar and pine trees, the place is delight for nature loves. If lucky, you can also spot some animals taking a random walk here. The garden is all about virgin nature and you are sure to love it.
So, on your next summer vacation, choose to travel to Ranikhet instead of the mainstream Nainital and Mussoorie. Uttarakhand has a lot to offer to its tourists.
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