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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top activities that can be done in Ranikhet?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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Answer: Every destination, vast or small, has its own unique character, history and a vibrant culture. Ranikhet is no different in this aspect, with so much on offer for its visitors. But other than history and culture, the potential for some serious fun and activities defines what a destination really is. Check out these activities in Ranikhet and you're sure to go back with a happy heart:

  • Golfing

    Love to tee off while clouds engulf you in their arms? The Upat Golf Course, 6 km from Ranikhet, is one of the world's most challenging golfing venues and one of India's best-maintained. A legacy of the British rule in India, this 9-hole golf course now comes under the governance of the Kumaon Regimental Centre. It was previously not open to outsiders, but now, by paying a small fee, even tourists can ‘putt' together with regulars there. Enjoy the trek up to this lush, green place and refresh your senses.

  • Shopping

    Famous for its Kumaoni shawls, tweed fabric and the delicious baal mithai, Ranikhet is easily a shopper's paradise. Hop on towards Sadar Bazaar and experience the hustle-bustle of small and large shops, tea-stalls and roadside vendors and take home a slice of the true Ranikhet culture with you. And what's more, buy some fresh fruits and local produce of apples, plums, peaches and you'll find yourself coming back for more.

  • Trekking

    The lofty hills, beautiful snow-capped mountains and the lushness of nature to keep you company - what better way than trekking to enjoy all this? Get those walking shoes out of hiding and get prepared to test your stamina. As Ranikhet is spread across many different levels, you'll find yourself trekking short distances more often than not. Short treks can also be taken to Chaubatia Gardens (10 km), Bhalu Dam (13 km), Dwarahat (35 km) and Katarmal (25 km).
    Hardcore trekkers also like to embark on longer treks till
    Kausani (60 km) and Nainital (55 km). Make sure you're well prepared for these ones and preferably hire a trek operator for the journey.

With a whole host of things to do, you're going to want to extend your holiday and perhaps, never even go back. Be prepared to be charmed by this queen'smeadow!

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