Known as the ‘Fruit Bowl of Kumaon’; Ramgarh in Uttarakhand is a serene and picturesque hill station, located at a height of 1789 m above sea level. Known for its lush green orchards of peaches, apricots, pears and apples, the hill station is emerging as a popular summer tourist destination in Uttarakhand.
The hill station was founded by the Britishers and once served as a cantonment for the British army. Vestiges of the colonial past can be found in the form of inspection bunglows and quarters for officers. Several hotels in Ramgarh have also been built in colonial architecture.
Besides Britishers, the hill station was also a favourite with several renowned Indian personalities. Mesmerised by its beauty, the world famous nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and social activist Narain Swami established ashrams. The ashrams are among the important places for sightseeing in Ramgarh. It is said that Rabindranath Tagore had composed some of his compositions during his stay at the hill station.
There is also a library dedicated to famous writer Mahadevi Varma, who got the idea of writing the famous story ‘Lachma’ in Ramgarh. Other than this, one should not forget to visit the Girija Devi temple.
Apart from the temples and ashrams, Ramgarh is also admirable for its pristine environment and majestic views of the Himalayas.
Although Ramgarh is an all weather destination, the summer season is the best time to visit Ramgarh.Weather in Ramgarh during summer remains pleasant.
Ramgarh is also a paradise for adventure lovers. Most Ramgarh travel guides list several adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and mountain biking. Other outdoor activities like mahseer fishing, river crossing and camping can also be enjoyed. Forest department permission is required for fishing.
There are several festivals that are celebrated with huge fervour in Ramgarh. Harela is a Kumaon festival celebrated to mark the beginning of the monsoon. Other festivals are Makar Sankranti and Basant Panchmi.
If time permits, one should also visit Mukteshwar, which is known for its 350-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In addition, travellers can also visit Nathuakhan, which is noted for its calm and serene atmosphere.
Where to stay
There are many accommodation options in Ramgarh. One can find many budget and mid-range hotels, which provided good facilities. One can also opt to stay at the KMVN Rest House.
Where to eat
There are hardly any restaurants in the town. Restaurants attached with hotels are the best options to eat.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Ramgarh is during March to May.