BINSAR TRAVEL GUIDE
Binsar a quiet hill station situated in the state of Uttarakhand is best place for nature lovers and bird watchers.. It is located at an altitude of 2,480 meters and is a popular hill station. People from all over the country visit this hill station to spend their holidays amidst its beautiful scenic views. This small town is located on the Jhandi Dhar hills of Kumaon. The entire town is surrounded by greenery and forests. The forests have pine, oak, deodar and rhododendron trees. The wildlife sanctuary near the town is the prime attraction for tourists. This sanctuary is spread over 45.59 sq km and has a vast range of flora and fauna. You can refer to the Binsar travel guide to know more about this scenic place.
Travelers can get a panoramic view of the Himalayas from Binsar. There is rich flora and a horde of wild flowers in the town. In the 3rd and 7th centuries, this town was ruled by the Chand Raj Kings. In earlier times, people from far-flung villages came to the town for trekking. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, Binsar Sanctuary Museum, Kasar Devi Temple are the main Binsar attractions. It is a forest reserve where people can explore natural beauty. In the presence of small and large hills people can enjoy adventurous activity such as trekking. It is a lovely hill station where you can find mountains, flora, fauna and wildlife. One can also visit various Himalayan peaks which includes Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath, Trishul, Panchchuli. Snow capped peaks provides you with a spectacular views.
Events / Festivals in Binsar
This town is situated in the district of Almora, where people celebrate various festivals. In the month of October, Dussehra is celebrated every year. Nanda Devi festival is one of the most important festivals in Binsar. Festivals in Binsar reflect the tradition and culture of the city. Harvest and trading activities are also carried out during festivals and fairs.
Places to visit in Binsar
Zero Point : Zero Point, located inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the highest accessible point of the sanctuary. From this point, tourists can enjoy beautiful views of some of the most famous peaks of Himalayan Range such as Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi. This point is located at a distance of 2 kmilometre from KMVN Tourist Rest House.
Kasar Devi Temple, located at a distance of approximately 9 kmilometre from the Binsar, is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Initially, from 1970 to early 80's, the temple was the house for Dutch Monk. According to a legend, it is said that the place was athe house for the hippies, which also set off a Hippie boom in the entire area. However, this temple gained importance and recognition when Swami Vivekanand meditated in this temple in 1820.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, sprawling over an area of 47.04 sq.kmuare kilometre, is set deep in the foothills of Himalayas. It is a small a protected area, which was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988. The sanctuary was established with an aim for the protection and conservation of the broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests, mainly located in the Central Himalayan region.
This sanctuary is rich in diversified flora and fauna as the place is home to variety of species of plants and animals as well as avifauna. In addition, the sanctuary also has some of the unique species of plants and animals, which are found in the Himalayan range. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Leopards, Wild Boars, Monkeys, Ghorals, Kakars and Himalayan Black Bears. In addition, this sanctuary also offers shelter to several other wild animals like Indian Red Fox, Pine Martens, Jackals and Porcupines.
Enveloped with the dense forest all around, the Himalayan peaks stand erect in the backdrop of this sanctuary. At the higher altitude, forests of Oak and Rhododendron are found., Wwhile at the lower altitude Pine forests surrounds the entire area of this sanctuary. In addition, the sanctuary is one of the ideal destinations for bird lovers as the place is home to more than 200 species of birds. including both migratory and resident species. The sanctuary has been declared as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International.
There is only one entry gate available for tourists visiting this sanctuary, which is located at Ayarpani. In addition, only one road leads to this sanctuary that extends in a north-west direction and terminates at the Forest Rest House. The best time to visit this sanctuary is from February to April and October to November.
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Golu Devta Temple is located at a distance of approximately 4 kmilometre from the main gate of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. This temple is dedicated to the popular deity of Kumaon and it is believed that Golu Devta grantsoffer quick justice to his devotees. The puja in this temple extends either for three days or for nine days. During these prayers, Golu Devta is offered Milk, Ghee, Curd, Poori, Halwa and Pakauri along with a head of goat sacrificed goat head.
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, one of the important sightseeing attractions in Binsar is a temple, which dates back to the 16th century. This temple is believed to be constructed by one of the scions of the Chand Raja Dynasty, King Kalyan Chand. Bineshwar Mahadev temple enshrines the deity of Lord Shiva. According to the legend, it is believed that due to this temple, the entire region was named as Binsar. Besides being a religious place, the temple is also known for it’s architectural excellence. It is one of the ideal halting spots for tourists heading to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Pariyadeva Pashan, dating back to the Megalithic Age, is a popular vantage point in Binsar. Located on the Almora-Binsar road, this point is a famous archaeological site, which has a long stone with cup-marks that dates back to megalithic age. In addition, tourists visiting this point can also enjoy beautiful view of town along with the nearby areas.
Khali Estate, sprawling over an area of 26 acres, is set amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. From 1856 to 1884, this beautiful estate was home to the commissioner of Kumaon, Sir Henry Ramsay.An epitome of natural beauty, tourists visiting the Khali Estate can also enjoy the beautiful view of the Himalayan Range. At this estate, sister of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Vijay Laxmi Pandit also resided. Moreover, it is the same place where 'Shailashram' was started by Jamnalal Bajaj of Gandhi-Seva-Trust. In addition to resting at this estate, travellers visiting the place can also engage in long treks up to the top of Binsar or down to the villages.
Summer season in Binsar
Summer starts from March and lasts till May. Usually, the temperature rises above 30°C during this period. Summers are not so hot which allow the tourist to visit this town. During summers the minimum temperature recorded is about 15°C. The days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool and pleasant.
Monsoon season in Binsar
This period starts from June and lasts till September. Temperature is about 20ºC during these days. This season is brilliant for a visit and to enjoy various sightseeing trips in the city.
Winter season in Binsar
Winter starts in November and lasts till February. Winters are very cold as it is a hill station and the minimum temperature reaches 0°C.
How to Reach Binsar
Binsar by Air
Pantnagar airport is one of the nearest airports to the city which you can reach with the help of various public transports. This airport is about 152 km away from the town. Flights are frequent and connected to various other cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Mukteshwar and many more places.
Binsar by Bus
Binsar by bus is easily available as there are many buses travel to this city on the extremely attainable roads. There are many hotels for travelers to stay at here. Binsar bus stand is surrounded by hotel of various prices for the traveller’s accommodation.
Binsar by Rail
You can also travel through train as it is well linked with other cities and states. Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest to the town which is about 119 km away. Trains are frequent which facilitates the travelers to move from one place to another. You can hire Taxis and buses to reach the station easily.