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Binsar

Nestled amidst the beautiful Himalayas, the sleepy region of Binsar is one of the scenic places dotted with Alpine flora, ferns and varieties of wild flowers. Perched on top of the JhandiDhar hills, Binsar offers unparelled panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and majestic Nanda Devi.
The possibility of exploring this beautiful region would be hard to resist. Half-day hike to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary offers great wildlife and birdlife spotting opportunities. Take a gentle walk through the forest below Kasar. The idyllic villages you pass through give you glimpse of a life less ordinary. Spend a whole day getting glimpses into the very soul of this quaint town of Ranikhet. Stroll through the gardens, the temples, the golf course and the orchards. Chauli ki Jaali is a paradise for all adventurous souls. Get exceptional experience of rock climbing, rappelling and paragliding activities.

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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.

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  • Uttarakhand's finest enigma, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is unique. While wildlife here is not the biggest attraction with the close proximity between man and animal, it does give you the idea of an ideal world. Quaint villages at the fringes and some inside the sanctuary have their own stories to tell. In a world as exclusive as Binsar, walking through tall ancient trees with a background score of numerous birds, spotting a leopard is not unexpected.

    5 Days | INR 15,700 per person
  • Uttarakhand's finest enigma, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is unique. While wildlife here is not the biggest attraction with the close proximity between man and animal, it does give you the idea of an ideal world. Quaint villages at the fringes and some inside the sanctuary have their own stories to tell. In a world as exclusive as Binsar, walking through tall ancient trees with a background score of numerous birds, spotting a leopard is not unexpected.

    4 Days | INR 13,700 per person
  • Winding roads lead you to the top of a forested hill and here lies one of Uttarakhand's most sceneic locales – Binsar. From the agile leopard to the beautiful avian species, Binsar delights with its abundant wildlife. The sunrise here is worth waking up to and the stillness in its forests is worth listening to.

    3 Days | INR 6,580 per person
  • All you need to do is to take a walk through the leaf-littered paths of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary to experience the bliss. The calm of the wilderness here makes you want to move slower while the warm sunrises adds to your cup of happiness.

    2 Days | INR 2,837 per person
  • The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a hotspot for adventure. Long hikes, jungle trek, mountain biking and rock climbing are the prominent adventure activities that you can enjoy around Binsar.

    2 Days | INR 2,716 per person

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

Air

  • 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.

Rail

  • 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.

Road

  • 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.

Blogs

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    Uttarakhand - Of Yogis, Hills and Spirituality

    Uttarakhand. Dev Bhoomi. The Land of Gods. This little corner of the enigma that is India exudes an enticing sense of spirituality and placidity from its every crevice. A spectacularly idyllic terr...

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    5 places near Nainital worth a visit

    Splendid lakes surrounded by Himalayan peaks, with an incredible view of pine and oak forests, dotted by colonial bungalows and artistic churches. That's Nainital - also known as the 'Lake District...

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    Almora - The Lakes,Hills and the forest

    A gateway to the best of Uttarakhand, Almora offers so much more than meets the eye. A step out of Almora gives you stunning snow views, dense jungles, idyllic villages, rare temples and clear rive...

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