Binsar, Uttarakhand

The summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas (7th – 18th century), Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet and is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. Pitched at the impressive altitude of 2420 m, 95 kms from Nainital, it offers a majestic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks, the mesmerizing range – Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli. From here, on a sunny day, you can have a glimpse of the holiest shrines in the Himalayas – Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri.

It is a fascinating spot, encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary, a home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise. Trek in the salubrious air, amidst the misty mountain trials, towering Oaks and Rhododendrons. A formation of sleepy hamlets amidst orchards, silver streams and green meadows. The mantle of green hangs all around – rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns, flowers and shrubs – foliage sprouting out of every conceivable nook and corner of the hillside. The entire area is now a sanctuary.

Time just stands still at Binsar. You will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. This intimate little hill retreat makes you feel that nothing can come in between you and nature.

Fast Facts

Height: 2420 m

Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Binsar

Road: Distance from the nearest major town Almora is 30 kms. Nainital is 96 kms away and Delhi is 410 kms.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, 120 kms away.

Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar at a distance of 157 kms.

Tourist Attractions in Binsar

Binsar Hill: Locally known as Jhandi Dhar, it offers panoramic view of the Kumaon Hills and the Greater Himalayas, from an altitude of 2420 m. In the night, the lights of the Almora town look fascinating.

Khali Estate: The erstwhile royal palace. Once occupied by Sir Henry Ramsay and later on by Smt. Vijaylakshmi Pandit, it now houses a heritage hotel.

Gananath Temple: The holiest shrine in the region, at the height of 2116 m. During Kartik Purnima, a fair is held in the area, when the whole place turns into a magic land pulsating with folk songs and dances, running through the nights.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: Known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Accommodation facilities are available at Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) Jungle Resort.

Jalna: At a distance of 59 kms, situated at a lofty height of 1677 m, this place provides fascinating views of the Himalayan peaks. This place is full of orchards producing apples, apricots, peaches, pears and other alpine fruits.

Shiva Temple: A cave temple, 31 kms from Binsar is highly revered by the local people. Set amidst dense forests of Oak and Deodar, it is of much archaeological importance.

Nainital: 96 kms from Binsar, dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of “Lake District’ of India. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini Lake surrounded by hills. Read More>>>

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