Binsar – Pristine Himalayan Destination

This post takes you to journey on what things you can see or do in this remote mountain hamlet – Binsar – a picturesque spot and an idyllic hilly paradise with dense forests and serenity all around. Isn’t a perfect getaway for nature lovers, photographers, and adventurers.

Zero Point  

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It offers the most awesome views – miles and miles of snow capped mountain peaks. Enjoy the panoramic view of Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Kedarnath.

Binsar Hills

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It often known as Jhandi Dhar in the local language is another view point, the Kumaon hills, Greater Himalayan Valley and Almore town are clearly visible from here.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary  with rich flora and fauna that includes more than 200 species of birds and animals like barking deer, chital, musk deer, porcupine, jungle cat and flying squirrel. Leopard and Himalayan Bear can also be spotted if luck favours.

Kasar Devi Temple

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It is one of a popular tourist attractions. It is believed that the hippie culture in Uttaranchal got popular from here. It is still a favourite among foreigners. Hippie Hill and Baba Cake are the famed hangouts here.

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple

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It is a beautiful temple dating back to the 16th century. The temple enshrines the deity of Lord Shiva and as per the legend it is due to this temple that the entire area is called Binsar.

Activities that you can do

Drive Through Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Enter the sanctuary paying a nominal fee. See the cave like formations in the rocks and great views. There are chances of spotting Red Fox, Leopard or a Himalayan Bear too. The watch tower inside the forest offers most wonderful view of the dense forest, mountain peaks and caves all around.

Enjoy Bird Watching
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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary has been declared as ‘Important Bird Area By Bird Life International’. There are a total of about 200 species of birds like  parakeets,  tits, forktail, blackbirds, nuthatches, magpies, woodpeckers and many more.

Go For Village Walks

A popular activity that offers insight to to Himalayan rural lifestyle.The walk leads through forests of pine and cedar, fields and lovely streams

Try Trekking
Binsar has a few amazing forest trekking trails. All  you need to do is just pack your bags and set out to explore.
Best time to visit: March- June and October – December (avoid the monsoon months of July – September. Months of January- February tends to get very chilly).
Places Around Binsar

Jogeshwar is a must visit palce near Binsar.  The beauty of Jogeswar, an 8th century temple complex is enhanced by the Deodar trees and the Jata Ganga which meanders through the temple complex.

Places to stay

Discover jungle resorts, cottages , budget hotels and guest houses and more

Reaching Binsar

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar, 127 km away Flights powered by skyscanner

Nearest Rail Head: Kathgodam, 120 km

Nearby Cities : Delhi – 380 kms; Nainital -95 kms.

Plan a visit to Binsar whenever you want to get away from the maddening holiday crowd and have a peaceful break amid nature with snow capped Himalayas all around.

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