Nestled among the Himalayas is the small hill station called Ranikhet. ‘Ranikhet’ literally translates to ‘Queen’s meadow’ in Hindi and its picturesque setting is sure to captivate any tourist at any time of the year. The majestic beauty of the pine trees, the lush green woods, interesting mix of flora and fauna and the vast expanse of the Himalayas together make the perfect recipe of a stress buster. Add to these, the fresh and pure Himalayan breeze, the cool and comfortable weather and the panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas that will offer you the perfect destination to relax and share a special bond with Mother Nature. The pine, oak and deodar forest host an array of wildlife such as leopard, barking deer, Sambar, Indian hare, red-faced monkey, red fox, jackal and porcupine. Ranikhet offers a number of places to visit like the Golf Course, Ashsiyana Park, Mankameshwar Temple, Bhalu dam and a sun temple called Katarmal.
Encompassing the oldest national park in India, the Jim Corbett National Park, and several other beautiful valleys, the region of Corbett in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is reminiscent of the vivid world conjured by Rudyard Kipling in his book, ‘The Jungle Book.' Hilly ridges interspersed with flat valleys and green grasslands complementing marshy wetlands, Corbett has a wide variety of flora and fauna. A soul with wanderlust is drawn to this region, with its spectacular panoramas and adventurous vibe. Located a hop, skip and jump away from the hill station of Nainital, Corbett is home to over 500 species of birds and 50 species of mammals like tigers, leopards, spotted deer, elephants, wild boars and sloth bears. This sanctuary for wild beasts brings out the daredevil in you, as you go on jeep safaris, elephant safaris and trek through the dense forests.
Surrounded by the steep forested hills of Kumaon on the outer Himalayas, Nainital is a city that grew up around its namesake, Lake Naini. A favorite destination for honeymooners, this hill station, with its mythological past, is a part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. With a landscape dotted with a plethora of lakes like Tallital, Mallital, Sattal, and Bhimtal, it is no wonder that the region is known as the Lake District of India. A spider’s web of scenic trekking trails covers the hillsides surrounding Nainital. The breathtaking panorama of the tangled rides and distant peaks of the mighty Himalayas will hold you spellbound. Spend some time promenading along Mall Road and explore the exotic cuisines of Nainital and grab some unique souvenirs. Aside from gorgeous surroundings, the city also offers other attractions like Nainital Zoo, a cable-car ride to Snow View, an amusement park called Mountain Magic, the impressive Governor’s residence, Raj Bhavan with its extensive grounds and many beautiful churches.