It gets its name from a local legend that Raja Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet, though no palace exists in that area.
Ranikhet is situated at a distance of 343 km from Delhi. It is well connected by road and railways. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, which is approximately 115 km from Ranikhet. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport.
Ranikhet is very rich in natural beauty. The ancient temples, fascinating picnic spots, exciting treks, salubrious atmosphere, tall conifer trees, green meadows and placid surroundings make it an all season destination. The majestic Himalayas, lush green forests, sounds and fragrance of the flora and fauna leaves an unforgettable impact on the visitors. Ranikhet also headquarters one of the glorious regiment of Indian Army - Kumaon Regiment.
Lost into oblivion for long, the picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the Britishers. In 1869, the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is the home for the Kumaon Regimental Centre & Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army.