Summer hoilday at Lansdowne

Lansdowne is primarily a cantonment town. It houses the command office of the Garhwal Rifles. Originally known as Kaludanda, after kalun (black) and danda (hill) from the Garhwali language, Lansdowne was founded and named after the then viceroy, Lord Lansdowne, in a supreme act of vanity in 1887 – the viceroy presided over the fate of India from 1888 to 1894. The town was developed by the British to cater to new recruits of the Garhwal Rifles. More than half of the hill station is still made up of the cantonment area with British- era Army quarters and offices dotting the streets and corners. The cantonment’s presence has saved Lansdowne from being spoilt by unbridled development.

Landsdown (Photo courtesy

Sunset in Landsdown

Sunset in Landsdown (Photo courtesy

Lansdowne is about six hours and a half by car from Delhi (it is 245km away). Plan your journey in such a way that you complete it before sunset, so that you can catch glimpses of some of the most beautiful locations on your way to the quaint little town. The quality of the road is pretty good too – the entire stretch from Delhi to Lansdowne is covered by national highway (NH- 58 and NH- 119), but don’t expect a smooth flow and room for manoeuverability (it becomes a two- lane highway from Meerut) as on the Jaipur and Agra highways.



Ranikhet is a small hill station located in the Kumaon hills. It offers the tourists a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan peaks. The environs of Ranikhet are calm, peaceful and attractive. Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is known for its natural beauty It experiences southwestern monsoon rains in July-September and experiences snowfall in winters. April to June is the time when most people tour Ranikhet to escape from the heat and dust of the plains.
Ranikhet has derived its name from Rani Padmini, who was so enamoured by the place that she decided to stay there. The place is then come to known as Ranikhet, which means fields of Rani. Later British developed Ranikhet as army cantonment

Ranikhet- Location

Ranikhet is situated in the northern part of the state of Uttaranchal, in the northern region of India. It is situated in the Kumaon hills and is located on an altitude of 1824 m above sea level. Ranikhet is 59 km from Nainital and 50 km from Almora. The weather in Ranikhet is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild and winters are cold

Ranikhet- Sites to Visit

A nature lover’s paradise, Ranikhet offers wonderful views of the Western Himalayas. A stunning view of the Nanda Devi is also glance form Ranikhet. Visitors can take a walk around the town and its sylvan surroundings
There are a number of tourist attractions in Ranikhet that tourists can visit. Chaubatia Gardens is large orchard that is spread over an area of 265 acres Jhoola Devi Mandir is a famous temple of Raniket, Which was constructed near about 400 years ago in honor of the local Goddess, who protected the people from man-eating tigers. One more devoted temple is Kali Devi Mandir, which has a large number of bells. The site of the temple is believed to be 5000 years old. Both the temple are within walking distance, south of the main Mall Road
The other places that one can visit include Bhaludham, which is an artificial lake. Upat Kalika some four kilometres from Ranikhet on the main road to Almora is an ideal spot to admire snow capped Himalayan peaks. A nine-hole golf course is situated there.

Places Around Ranikhet

There are a number of places to visit near Ranikhet. The famous tourist center of Nainital is 59 km from Ranikhet. Nainital is famous for its Naini Lake and a number of picnic spots in and around it.

Almora is 50 km from Ranikhet, is famous for its health resorts and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

Dwarahat, 38 km away, was once the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. It is full of ancient sculptures.

Sitalakhet (35 km), Tarikhet (8 km) and Khairna (22 km) are some of the places that one can visit from Ranikhet. Ranikhet offers some wonderful treks for trekking enthusiasts. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking to Kausani, Dunagiri and Sitalakhet.

How  to reach Ranikhet

BY AIR – The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). Regular flights operate during the summer. It takes

BY RAIL – The nearest railhead for Ranikhet is Kathgodam.

BY ROAD – Ranikhet is well connected with all important cities by road. The main bus station is located near the main tourist office adjacent to the Sadar Bazaar area. The bus service available from Ranikhet to Nainital (3 hours), Almora (3 hours), Kathgodam (4 hours), and Kausani (4 hours) . provides complete information about tourism in Ranikhet offers various tour packages to make you visit comfortable. You can pick the one that suits you most.
Where to Stay
Ranikhet offers a number of hotels that range from budget hotels to good quality hotels. Hotels in Ranikhet are well equipped with all the facilities and offer warm hospitality Old British houses converted into hotels are also wonderful to spend your vacations in Ranikhet

Facts and Figure

Best time to visit: Around the Year
STD Code : 05966

Area : 21.75 sq km
Altitude : 1,800 m above sea level
Languages : Hindi, English, Kumaoni
Population : 16,875
Annual Mean :  Rainfall 1294.5 mm
Temperature : 18°C – 7.6 °C