If you are looking to get away from the humdrum of city life to a quiet haven, head to Binsar in the Kumaon Himalayas. Once the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand rulers (7th – 18th century) of Kumaon, Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet at an altitude of 2,420 meters above sea level.
Binsar is about 95 km from Nainital and offers a majestic view of the snow laden mountains:
- Nanda Devi
Binsar is popular for Binsar wildlife sanctuary, which is home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. It is considered a great place for bird watchers and travellers in love with shooting the birds, albeit with a camera. Binsar is a great place for nature lovers especially for trekkers. One can go on long treks or take long leisurely walks in the clean air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering Oaks and Rhododendrons. It is a cluster of sleepy hamlets amidst orchards, breathtaking streams and green meadows. If you are a nature lover, you’ll appreciate the green cover that hangs all around and love the rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns.
Pic Credit: Allan Hopkins/Flickr
Little further from Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar (34 km from Almora) nestled in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage centre is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Since Binsar is a quiet place, time just stands still here. You will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset.
Attractions: Places to visit in Binsar
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Accommodation facility is available at Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Jungle Resort.
Locally known as Jhandi Dhar, it offers panoramic view of the Kumaon Hills and the Greater Himalayas, from an altitude of 2,420 m. In the night, the lights of the Almora town present a fascinating picture.
The erstwhile royal palace. Once occupied by Sir Henry Ramsay and later on by Smt. Vijaylakshmi Pandit, it now houses a heritage hotel.
Gananath is known for natural caves and an ancient Shiva temple. This place is 36 km from Almora. During Kartik Purnima every year a fair is hosted here.
What’s more – Beyond Binsar
A cave temple, 31 km from Binsar is highly revered by the people in the hills. Set amidst dense forests of Oak and Deodar, it’s an important archaeological spot.
At a distance of 59 km situated at a lofty height of 1677 meters, Jalna presents fascinating views of the Himalayan peaks. The area is full of orchards producing apples, apricots, peaches, pears and other alpine fruits.
Hotels in Binsar
There are plenty of hotels in Binsar right from Club Mahindra Binsar to KMVN Tourist Rest House Binsar.
KMVN Tourist Rest house at Binsar is situated admist the beautiful jungle from where one can enjoy the view of the Himalayan Range.
KMVN Tourist Rest House Contact Details and Address
Tourist Rest House
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
Binsar, Dist. Almora
Mob. No.: +91- 9412996535
How to reach Binsar
By Flight: The nearest Airport is Pant Nagar (127 km)
By Train: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam (120 km).
By Road: From Delhi it is 410 km. Distance from the nearest major town Almora is 30 km, Nainital is 96 km away.