Binsar wildlife sanctuary

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Binsar wildlife sanctuary

Set deep in the foothills of the Great Indian Himalayas, Binsar is a comparatively small wildlife sanctuary, covering only an area of 47.04 sq. kms. A small protected area, Binsar was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988, following a long local movement for its establishment. Today, Binsar supports a wide variety of floral species, faunal species as well as avi-fauna including some of the unique species found in the Himalayan range.

Within Binsar's boundary, there a nine villages populated by around 600 people. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary has only one entry gate for touristss at Ayarpani and only one road, climbing in a north-west direction to terminate at the Forest Rest House. The sanctuary is criss-crossed by many tails, some relatively wide and well-trodden while some barely discernible. A walk through this sanctuary is a truly fascinating as well as refreshing as most of the park area is shaded with a thick forests.

Binsar Hotels are famous for traditional architecture shown in their construction, so is the case with Binsar Eco Resort, the first of its kind- hotel in Binsar designed in colonial architecture with its Imperial rooms being constructed by carved stones and pine woods, that reminds the memories of Chand Rajas time when they ruled this place. While Green Touch rooms offers Binsar Valley majestic views from room balcony only, you can experience nature at its best. The heritage look, elegantly appointed rooms, with modern amenities as you relax and unwind yourself amidst breathtaking views that none of the hotels in Binsar - come close to Binsar Eco Resort

Binsar is a beautiful scenery and yet a wild tourist destination nestled amidst the foothills oh Himalayan ranges and rich with diverse flora and fauna. Established in 1988 atop the Jhandi Dhar hills elevated at a height of 2412mts and is a short drive of 33kms towards the northern side of Almora from the main Almora District in Uttarakhand.

Binsar attracts treekers as it is known as the ‘ Trekker’s Paradise’ nature lover and leisure tourists from across the world as it offers a scenic and peaceful vacation and at the same time also filled ith the adventurous sights like the sanctuary and the 300km stretch of the Himalayan ranges where you can see the sacred Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchchuli and Nanda kot Peaks from the highest point of the Almora District known as the ‘Zero Point’

The Binsar sanctuary museum also homes valuable information about animals and the habitation around this region and other than this, you can also visit a place near Dinapani on the Almora to Binsar road which showcases the famous ancient relics  at a point called Pariyadeva Pashan that has a long stone with cup shaped marks on it believed to have belonged to the Megalithic age.

Flora of the Wildlife Sanctuary

Within the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, 25 types of trees, 24 types of bushes and seven varieties of grasses are found. At the higher altitude, Binsar is dominated by the Oak and Rhododendron forests, while at the lower level, mostly you will find the Chir Pine forests.

Fauna of the Wildlife Sanctuary

According to recent census, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 16 Leopards, 69 Ghorals, 57 Wild Boars, 43 Kakars, 150 Monkeys and two Himalayan Black Bears. In addition to these, the sanctuary provides shelter to other wild animals like Indian Red Fox, Jackals, Pine Martens and Porcupines.

Apart from these, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary ranks high in avian species variety and visibility. Here, you can see around 200 species of birds including both resident and migratory species.

Activities To Do

Jungle Walk : Jungle walk is the only way available to explore the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also the best way to observe wilderness areas of Binsar.

Drives : Inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary the only drive possible is from the main gate to the Forest Rest House. But you can also drive outside on the eastern fringes of the sanctuary, from the main entrance towards Gairad Bend and also to Paleo Bend and backtrack to the gate.

Mountain Viewing : The close-up views of the snow-capped Great Himalayan mountain range is truly amazing and it draws a large number of people to Binsar. You can get fine views of Himalayas from the Zero Point and the TRH.

Nearby Attractions

Binsar Mahadev Temple : Built in the 16th century, this is a Shiva shrine from which Binsar derives its name. Bineshwar Temple is situated 6 kms away from Ayarpani and can be visited while driving up to the wildlife sanctuary. This temple was constructed by the Chand Rajas, who had once their summer capital at Binsar.

Golu Devta Temple : Just 4 kms away from Binsar, this temple is dedicated to the popular deity of Kumaon. Like the devotees visiting here to fulfil their wishes, you can also hand a bell to make a wish or as thanks for one that comes ture.

Kasar Devi Temple : Situated at a distance of 9 kms from Binsar, this spot was occupied by a Dutch monk in the 1970s and 80s, setting off a 'Hippie' boom in the area around. While those 'Hippies' are no more but it still remains a popular handout for foreigners. The Kasar Devi Temple attracts large number of people from far and near.

Almora : 23 kms away from Binsar, Almora is one of the important centres of Kumaon. Almora rose to prominence in the 16th century as the capital of the Chand Rajas. Later, the British made it as the district headquarters and now it is a bustling crowded town. Even today, Almora retains its traditional character, which you can observe in its quaint by-lane shops and colonial buildings.

HOW TO REACH

Binsar is not directly connected via airways, so you have to reach there either by the railways or roadways. Kathgodam (126 kms) is the nearest railhead from Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. If you want to visit Binsar from New Delhi then take the overnight Ranikhet Express from Old Delhi railway station to reach Kathgodam. From Kathgodam you have to take a taxi to reach Binsar. If you want to travel by road, then take National Highway 24 from Delhi to Rampur via Hapur and Moradabad, then National Highway 87 to Kathgodam via Rudrapur. Uttaranchal Roadways runs a morning and evening bus from Delhi to Kathgodam. If you want to stay within the sanctuary take a taxi from Almora as there is no public transport service beyond the park gate.