Uttarakhand (previously Uttaranchal) is a state in the northern part of our country. The state of Uttarakhand lies in the foothills of the Himalayas. Since there are many Hindu temples and shrines in this state, it is called ‘Devbhumi’ or ‘home of gods’. The state is famous for its natural beauty in the Himalayas. It is divided into Garhwal Kumaon and regions. Uttarakhand was created as the 27th state of the Indian republic with the Himalayas and its adjoining districts in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Tibet territory of China is to the north of Uttarakhand; Mahakali region and western region of Nepal in the east, the state of Uttar Pradesh of India is on the south and Himachal Pradesh state of India on the northwest.

In Uttarakhand, the most sacred temple of the Hindus Named – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Jamunotri. The most two sacred and famous rivers in the country originated from the state of the Ganges and Jamuna. Uttarakhand is home to the “Valley of Flowers” and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of Flowers is made up of 250 species of wild flowers, which attract your eyes. Uttarakhand is home to all the famous rock cities of North India such as Nainital, Almora, Ranikhet, Uttarkashi, Mussoorie and Chamoli. There are 12 national parks and sanctuaries in the dense jungles of Uttarakhand. 

 Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rishikesh are the main places where pilgrims come together to seek piety. But there are also two more places that one should not miss. Ranikhet and Almora

The city of Almora is at a distance of 380 km from Delhi and 63 km from Nainital. Almora district is located in the beautiful Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. The height of the district is 1638 meters above the sea level. In the east, Pithoragarh is the neighbouring district. Bageshwar district is on the north, Nainital district on the south and Garhwal region to the west. Almora is known for Its Cultural Diversity. Surrounded by pine and oak, the city has a divine acoustic aura enough to attract explorers. To make the view even more enchanted, the snow-capped Himalayas stand out to please the visitor. The city is surrounded by the river Koshi and the Sewal. Almora has many fruit gardens like peaches, apricots, apples, plums, etc. The better time to travel Almora is from March to May and September and November. Temperature stays around 15°C to 20°C. If you like winter and snow, you’ll love it here. The snowfall in Almora makes the landscape more attractive and beautiful.

Near the bus stand, in Govind Ballav museum you will see ‘Ipan’, one kind of folk painting and many historical and archaeological sites.

In Almora, there are plenty of sights to visit. And, if you are passionate about nature and wildlife, you are going to love this place. Enjoy the deer walking around in the greenery of the deer park. Apart from deer, you will also find countless other places like leopards, Himalayan black bears. A must have sightseeing destination, so where can you stay in a leisurely beautiful neighbourhood.

Another famous Almora tourist center, Nanda Devi Temple is a great tribute to locals and pilgrims. Nanda Devi, the destroyer of evil, is the incarnation of the goddess Durga. The magnificent monument of Nanda Devi is adorned with a special stone and enclosed by a wooden roof, thousands of devotees come to this 1000 year old temple to seek the blessings of Nanda Devi. It is one of the sights of Almora.

The Muna Regimental Center Museum was established in honour and remembrance of the soldiers of the Kumaon and Naga Regiments of the Indian Army. You will see Chinese rifles used in the 1962 war, abstract representations of the Kargil war, and photographs of historical events of the war.

Come to Bright & Corner in Almora, where you can enjoy the views of sunrise and sunset. Sunrise spreads so beautifully over the strange city of Alora that it looks like almost a painting.

Along with Almora, Ranikhet is another beauty of Uttarakhand.

British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here in 1869 and used the station as a retreat from the heat of summer. Ranikhet was under Nepali rule. With the help of the British and it is now a part of India.

Ranikhet, a hilly mountain town, covered with oak, pine, cedar, Cyprus, at an altitude of 1829m, 60 km away from Nainital. The main attraction of Ranikhet is the view of huge range of Himalayas. Ranikhet has a story of queen. Padmini, was fascinated by the love of the Himalayas and started living here. King Sudhardev won the heart of his queen Rani Padmini, and named it as Ranikhet. Chaubatia, 10 km from Ranikhet, is really a little different. There are apple orchards and research canters of the Government of Uttarakhand. More than 150 species of apples are found. There is a view of the Himalayas. From here, the pictures of Ranikhet at night are very beautiful. Artificial Lake Bhalu Dam 3 km from here. 

Ranikhet gets very cold in winter and goes to moderate in summer, and is enjoyed from March to October. The winter months of Ranikhet are mainly snowed in December, January and February but the weather in Ranikhet is pleasant during the remaining months.

Located 13 km from Ranikhet, this beautiful sightseeing place is a must see. The spot, which offers stunning views of the Trishul Mountains, is ideal for nature lovers. Away from the excitement of the city noise, you can enjoy the harmonious sound of the quiet surroundings and the soft shouts of the birds. For more adventure, there are plenty of walking trails around the footpath. 

The Ranikhet consists of many sunset points that provide views of the Himalayan Mountains. These points are considered as the most beautiful places to visit in Ranikhet. The best sunset spot of these is Machkhali.

Ram Mandir is one of the main tourist attractions in Ranikhet, close to Chaubatia Gardens and 7 km from the city center. It is opened daily from 06:00 to 07:00. Those who are keenly interested in the Vedas should not miss the opportunity to visit this temple. Ram temple has a ‘math’ where students are taught Vedic and modern mathematics as well as ancient Vedas under the direction of Saint Shri Mauni Maharaj.

Bhalu dam is considered as one of the best sights of Ranikhet. It is a small artificially created lake. The site of the dam is an example natural beauty, with beautiful views of the Himalayan Mountains, calm and blessed by the natural environment. The site is open to tourists throughout the year and opens from 7am to 7pm.

Upat is a small town situated in the lap of the Himalayas, about 5 km from Ranikhet. The city is popular for its 7-hole golf course. It is the highest golf course of Asia.  If you are crazy about golfing, you can definitely try playing a game here.

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