Binsar is a small Kumaoni hill town located in the Almora district of the state of Uttarakhand. Perched at an elevation of 2412 m above sea level, Binsar is situated amidst the dense forests of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Binsar is located on the Jhandi Dhar hills, one of the highest hills in the Kumaon region.
Known for the beautiful and un-obstructive views of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchachuli, Shivling, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath, Binsar is the ideal place for a quiet and relaxed holiday. The main attraction of Binsar is this majestic view of the Himalayan peaks situated about 300 km away.
Even from the times of the Chand Kings of the Chandela dynasty who ruled over Kumaon from 11th to 18th centuries, Binsar was considered as a summer retreat. Unlike most of the other hill stations in the Kumaoni and Garhwal regions which were developed by the British, Binsar is a true Indian hill station.
A Binsar package would ideally include a visit to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1988 for the conservation and protection of the Quercus species, shrinking broad leaf oak. Spread over an area of 47.79 sq km, this sanctuary is also home to animals like barking deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat and birds like the monal pheasant, forktail, nut hatches, black birds, parakeets, laughing thrush and magpies.
Other than the oak trees, pine, rhododendron, ferns and a variety of wild flowers are found in abundance at the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Binsar Sanctuary Museum showcases the flora and fauna of the region and provides information about the sanctuary.
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, a 13th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a must visit. Built by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty, this temple organises a ‘yagna’ every year in June which attracts thousands of devotees from far and wide.
All around the Binsar hills you can find ancient stone relics belonging to the megalithic age.
Binsar is also considered to be a trekkers’ paradise. There are numerous trekking trails around Binsar that will take you through the beautiful Kumaoni villages. The trek to zero point is worth a try.
You can also conduct day trips to places like Almora, Jageshwar, Nainital, Ranikhet, and Sitalakhet, from Binsar.
Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport to Binsar, located around 152 km away. Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railway station to Binsar situated at a distance of 119 km. Binsar can be reached by car and bus as it is well connected by motorable roads.
The best time to visit Binsar is from the months of April to June and September to November.