Binsar is surrounded by dense forests where oak, rhododendron, pine and deodar grow in large numbers. Binsar is famous for the excellent view that it offers of the Kumaon hills and the greater Himalayas. The main attraction is the 3000km stretch of the majestic Himalayas and its lofty snow-capped peaks like Kedarnath, Trishul, Nanda Kot, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, and Panchachuli. Binsar is particularly famous for its wildlife sanctuary which is spread over an area of 45.59 square km and is home to over 200 bird species.
Location of Binsar
Binsar is nestled on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills, 33km north of Almora in Uttarakhand in northern India.
Places to see in Binsar
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 45.59 square kms and is rich in flora and fauna. It has an abundance of wildlife which includes animals like leopards, deer and wild boar and over 200 bird species like Parakeets, Laughingthrush, Magpies and eagles.
Bineswar temple: The famous temple of Lord Shiva is located about 8km from Binsar and is known as Bineswar Mahadev temple. It was built by King Kalyan Chand of the Chand dynasty.
Binsar Sanctuary Museum: Binsar also houses a museum which gives valuable information about the flora and fauna of the sanctuary.
Excursions from Binsar
Almora: Almora is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, about 5,400 ft above sea level. This beautiful hill district of Kumaon is spread across a 5-km ridge atop Kashaya Hill. It is famous for its temples like Chitai and Nanda Devi, magnificent snowy peaks of the Himalayas, quaint cottages, and the abundance flora and fauna. More about Almora
Jageshwar: Jageshwar is located about 36 km from Almora in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Jageshwar is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses more than 124 temples. Hundreds of tourists visit Jageshwar each year especially during Shivratri as it is believed to represent one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India. Jageshwar is famous as a center of worship of Lord Shiva and is believed to possess tantric powers. More about Jageshwar
Katarmal: Katarmal houses the famous Sun temple built by the Katyuri Rajas some 800 and 900 years ago.
Accomodations Hotels in Binsar
Kassar Jungle Resort situated near Almora-Binsar Road is an excellent resort in Binsar offering all modern amenities. Mountain Resort in Khali is another place where you can put up while at Binsar. Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) Tourist Rest House is run by the government and is a decent option in Binsar.
Best time to visit Binsar
Though you can visit Binsar any time of the year, October-November is the best time to visit Binsar. It is best to avoid the monsoons.
How to reach Binsar
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar about 127kms from Binsar.
By Rail: The nearest rail head is Kathgodam about 85km from Binsar.
By Road: Binsar is about 30km from Almora via Dinapani.