Binsar

Things to do - general

Binsar, known for wildlife sanctuary, is situated close to Almora on the top of Jhandi Dara hills. Binsar, which served as the capital of the Chand Kings between 11th and 18th century, is a perfect place to observe the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its wide variety of flora ranging from 25 types of trees and 24 types of bushes to seven varieties of grasses. Sanctuary has animals like leopard, Himalayan goral, musk deer, jungle cat, wild boar, and red giant flying squirrel. It has over 200 species of birds including tits, forktail, nuthatches, blackbirds, parakeets, laughingthrush, magpies, kalij pheasant (Lophura leucomelana), monal, koklas, eagles, woodpeckers, and Eurasian jays. Binsar is also home to many reptiles and a wide range of butterflies.

Country India
Languages spoken

People in Binsar speak the local dialect Kumaoni. However, Hindi is also widely spoken and understood. English is understood and spoken by a small section of people involved with hospitality sector. Garhwali is also spoken by some people who have settled here from Garhwal region. Nepalese population working in the area usually speak Nepalese.

Currency usedIndian Rupees
Area (km2)45.59 km²

Best Time to Visit info

Throughout the year. Monsoon is accompanied with heavy rains and can lead to landslides at times. Tourists usually visit Binsar and surrounding areas during summers when temperature soars in the plains. But the best season for Binsar is from October to March. During these months skies are clear on most days and Himalayan snow clad ranges are clearly visible.

What to do info

Enjoying the beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks is something everyone has to do in Binsar. Himalayan peaks are visible from various places in and around Binsar. However, Zero Point, located inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and the highest accessible point of the sanctuary, is probably the best place for these views. The Sanctuary itself is a place worth visiting. Tourists can take treks through the Sanctuary to reach some villages located inside the Sanctuary.

Visit Kasar Devi, supposed to be one of the rare places on earth with high magnetic properties. This is the place where Swami Vivekananda did meditation for quite a while. Kasar Devi gives excellent views of Almora on one side and views of Himalayan peaks on the other side.

Golu Devta temple and Bineshwar Mahadev temple are also quite famous in Binsar. There is a famous archaeological site from Megalithic period called Pariyadeva Pashan. Khali Estate, home to the erstwhile commissioner of Kumaon Sir Henry Ramsay, set amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a nice refreshing place to visit for tourists.

CHR0004 Cherry Hotel Binsar

CHR0004 Cherry Hotel Binsar

Almora-Bageshwar Road, Binsar
Price from
3300
Name of the Hotel : CHERRY HOTEL BINSAR Hotel location: 16Km from Binsar Sanctuary Gate & 10Km f More info

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