Things to do
Hike in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary - Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is probably one of Uttarakhand's best-kept secrets. While it's probably not the best place to spot a huge number wildlife, the amazingly close proximity at which humans and animals coexist make Binsar unique. Spot a leopard if you're lucky, but take a walk on the wild side here for unmatched solitude and distinctive flora and fauna.This 12-kilometer hike takes you through villages where you can spend some time talking to villagers and learning about their lives in the forest.
Day Tour of Almora and Jageshwar -A convenient, quick tour of everything that is anything in Almora and around. This easy walk through the fairly busy cantonment town reveals interesting lanes with fascinating traditional little shops. Head over to the Simtola Eco Park, about 3 kilometres away for panoramic views of majestic mountains covered with pine and deodars, usually a perfect picnic and camping site.
Best time to visit October to March
Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.
Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.
How to reach
The closest airport is situated at Pantnagar which is 115 kilometre from Nainital (**limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled). Pantnagar is a small town in Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand. Pantnagar airport is directly connected to Delhi via Air India Regional. You can take cab from Pantnagar for Ranikhet. It takes roughly three and half hour to reach Ranikhet.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Ranikhet. Kathgodam is situated near Nainital. It is 81 kilometre away from Nainital. Kathgodam railway station is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata. You can find frequent trains connecting kathgodam as it serves as gateway of Kumaon region. From Kathogdam you can take a cab or bus heading towards Ranikhet.
Ranikhet has a well-established road network. You can find cabs from Delhi and Kathgodam to Ranikhet. Busses are also available from ISBT Delhi for Kathgodam and Nainital. If you are looking for more adventure wanna be an un[traveller], you can opt for self-drive and take NH9 from Delhi taking you through the mesmerizing beauty of Uttarakhand state.
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