Ranikhet, which means Queen's meadow in Hindi, gets its name from a local legend, that King Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, who subsequently chose the area for her residence, giving it the name, Ranikhet.
In late 1860s the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. Today it's hill station and cantonment town in Almora district. It is home for the Kumaon Regiment (KRC) & Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army.
If you are a Golf enthusiast, The Upat Golf course is situated 6 Km from Ranikhet. The 9 hole Golf course is said to be the best managed Golf course in India. Upat Golf course is generally used by army-men, but is also open for general public, on payment of a small amount. It is one of the most challenging courses in the world where one can enjoy the ethereal beauty of the course with the changing seasons.