Things to do
Katarmal Sun Temple and Riverside picnic - Approximately 16 kilometres away from Almora town, the Katarmal Sun Temple dates back to the 9th century (and is one of just two Sun temples in all India). With a single main temple, the compound houses 45 smaller shrines all with fine intricate carving. Although somewhat in ruin, it's not called The Sun Temple for nothing - architecture here is unique in that the first rays of the sun hit the temple directly.
Visit Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary - About 30 kilometres from Almora town lies the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. A 10-kilometre uphill drive from the sanctuary check-gate, narrow tarmac takes you through wooded hills into dense forest. Birds play hide and seek among tall trees with perfect picture-postcard opportunities of filtered sunrays through branches. Vehicles are parked near the KMVN Guest House, from which there is a good 4-kilometre hike to Zero Point. You could very well spot some wildlife on your way if you are lucky enough.
Kasar Waterfall trek - Hike to the waterfall at Kasar and a walk through the forest below. Spending time at the village in the forest gives you a glimpse into the average day of folks here. Our naturalist will help you identify different species of wildlife and birds and tell you about ancient customs and traditions of residents here. Further down the path you will encounter pristine waterfalls, hidden from the well-walked trail.
Best time to visit October to March
Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.
Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.
How to reach
The closest airport is situated at Pantnagar(**limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled). Pantnagar is a small town in Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand. Pantnagar airport is directly connected to Delhi via Air India Regional. You can take cab/bus from Pantnagar for Binsar. It takes roughly five hour to reach Binsar.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Binsar. Kathgodam is situated near Nainital. It is 119 kilometre away from Binsar. Kathgodam railway station is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata. You can find frequent trains connecting kathgodam as it serves as gateway of Kumaon region. There are two trains which runs daily connecting Delhi and Kathgodam.
Binsar has a well-established road network. You can find cabs from Delhi and Kathgodam to Binsar. Busses are also available from ISBT Anand Vihar Delhi for Kathgodam and Binsar. If you are looking for more adventure wanna be an un[traveller], you can opt for self-drive and take NH109 or you can take NH9 From Delhi. The roads are very mettled and smooth.
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