A good smooth road lined with pine & oak trees, reasonably decent light & mist filling all over, car stereo crooning Dev Anand songs. Well, this is a dream drive & this really happens if you go to Binsar hills, near Almora in Uttrakhand. There is a typical pleasant smell from the trees that makes it more fascinating. Binsar in the early 7th century was ruled by Chand dynasty and used to be the summer capital of Chand kings from the 7th century to 18th century. Like most of the unexploited North India hill stations, the town is compact and lacks the hustle bustle of famous tourist spots. Binsar is actually a wildlife sanctuary, perched on the top of “Jhandi Hills”, 33 kilometers north of Almora, Uttrakhand. It is a quiet, beautiful destination in Kumaon Himalayas in dense forest with rich natural surroundings. The sleepy hamlet is located at an altitude of 2,420 meters and 95 km from Nainital on the Jhandi hills of Kumaon. The weather is pleasant round the year but the best time to visit Binsar is in April to June or September-November timeframe.
Binsar is famous for its vast wildlife sanctuary, home to Leopards, Jungle cats, Black bear, Langurs, porcupine, Cheetal, Barking deer, Ghoral (Type of goat) & many varieties of birds amongst others.
A paradise for Bird Watchers – Binsar wildlife sanctuary is home to wide varieties of butterflies & reptiles. More than 200 aviary species have been located here both migratory and permanent ones, a delight to the senses and lenses.
Situated at an altitude of 2200 to 2500 meters, Binsar has wildflowers, oak, deodar, ferns, hanging mosses, blue Pine & Rhododendron forests. For trekkers, Binsar is paradise as it has a combination of long treks in the misty mountain surrounded by natural Oaks and Rhododendrons, foggy pathways, silver streams, and green meadows.
Nature enthusiasts love Binsar because of its untouched beauty of green foliage engulfing the town, moss, and ferns springing up in all possible corner, flowers, and shrubs peeking out, saying hello. This is what makes Binsar all the more attractive for adventurous hiking, camping and nature walk. For photography enthusiasts, Binsar is heaven.
It has a very old “Binsar Mahadev Temple” at about 2400 meters & 8 kilometers inside the sanctuary gate. The most exciting part of Binsar is the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul I & II, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot & Panchuli ranges. These are best viewed from the top point of Binsar on a clear sky day. There is Binsar Zero Point, one of the must places to visit in Binsar from where you can get a 300-degree view of the high and mighty Himalayan ranges during sunrise and sunset. If you want to capture the sunrise and sunset on the peaks of Himalayas then the best days are during December and February when the view is crystal clear. Heritage Museum offers a peek into the cultural history of the region, in case you have an interest. Around 50kms further from Binsar, is a temple complex of Jageshwar where one of the twelve jyotirlingas can be located. Do not miss the Nanda Devi festival if you are planning the trip in October.
Kumaon Vikas Mandal(binsar kmvn) has a tourist rest house at the top which is basic but decent & comfortable. Apart from majestic Himalayan views, listening to bird music & Jungle walks, one can explore many beautiful places & temples in the area. Binsar is serene, tranquil, quiet & a beautiful place to have a break.
Binsar from Delhi is not far off and with approaching vacations, why not take a trip, enjoy the greenery, get far away from the maddening noise of Delhi! There are enough reasons to make a trip Binsar this summers!
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