Geography of Ramgarh
Ramgarh is located 35 kilometres from Nainital town along the road to Mukteshwar (the Bhowali-Ramgarh-Mukteshwar road), situated at an average elevation of 1,518 metres (4,980 feet) above mean sea level. The range of altitude varies from 1,400 meters in the Talla (Lower) Ramgarh valley located downhill to 1,900 meters in Malla (Upper) Ramgarh on elevation. The East-West ridge above the Malla Ramgarh is at an altitude of 2000-2350 metres.
Tourism Relevance of Ramgarh
The main facet of tourism in the Ramgarh hill station lies in its nature’s tranquillity and resplendence. Ramgarh is known as the "fruit bowl of Kumaon", owing to the verdantly growing orchards that the place houses. A variety of Himalayan fruits such as Apples, Apricots, Peaches and Pears grow in these orchards.
The place offers some of the most spectacular unobstructed views of the snow capped Himalaya Mountains. Once the cantonment of the British army, this hill station carries the legacy of some ancestral buildings that were used as inspection bungalows and temporary stay palaces for officers during the British colonial period.
Globally renowned poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and social worker Narain Swami had set up their ashrams at Ramgarh. Tagore had composed some of his compositions there. There is also a library dedicated to the famous Hindi poet and writer Mahadevi Varma, who got the inspiration of penning down ‘Lachma’, the famous story, in Ramgarh. The pristineness of nature and quietude of Ramgarh makes the place a paradisiacal attraction for many poets and writers, to imbibe inspiration and enhance their creative brilliance.
Other attractions in Ramgarh are its shops which comprise beauty saloons, heavy metal jewellery and real estate. Jungle walks, trekking and bird watching are the activities that can be well enjoyed at Ramgarh, in its peaceful and calm atmosphere with pleasant weather conditions, making the place ideal for leisurely vacations.
Visiting Information to Ramgarh
The natural and tranquil Ramgarh can be visited by convenient means.
By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Ramgarh, at a distance of about 76 kilometres. Cabs can be easily hired at the airport to access Ramgarh well connected with metalled road. The airport is connected to Delhi by daily flights.
By Rail: Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Ramgarh at a distance of 45 kilometres. It is well connected with the major cities of India like Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi, etc. There are two trains running daily between Delhi and Kathgodam. Trains are frequent at Kathgodam as it is the gateway to the Kumaon region. Taxis and buses are available from Kathgodam to Ramgarh.
By Road: Though a remote destination, Ramgarh is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of the Kumaon region and the cities of North India. Buses are available from ISBT Anand Vihar, New Delhi, plying towards Haldwani, Nainital and Almora. Taxis are also available from major cities of the Kumaon and Garhwal regions to Ramgarh. Many private bus service providers operate luxury buses from Delhi to Kathgodam and Nainital, from where taxis can be availed to Ramgarh.
There are resorts and accommodations for stay purposes for tourists, one of which is the KMVN Tourist Rest House with proper and reasonably priced room services, developed and maintained by the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam.
Best Season to visit Ramgarh
The pleasant climate prevalent in Ramgarh makes the place ideal for visiting in all seasons. The summers are pleasant with a maximum temperature of 30 degree C and a minimum of 20 degree C in the months of May and June. The winters from November to February are harsh and snow bound, with temperatures ranging between 2 degree C and 10 degree C. The monsoons from June to September bring medium rainfall. The festivals of Holi, Dussehra and Diwali are celebrated here with much enthusiasm. The ideal time to visit Ramgarh would be all throughout the year, except winters.