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History of Ranikhet

According to popular belief, Ranikhet got its name from Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler. The queen when visited the place, was enthralled by its beauty and decided to stay here. The place, hence, came to be known as Ranikhet or the Queen’s Field. The region around Ranikhet was ruled by local Kumaoni rulers and later came under British rule. The British developed Ranikhet as a hill station for their troops and established a cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center.


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