Binsar is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Perched at an elevation of 2,400 mts above sea level, Binsar is situated amidst Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Binsar is an ideal destination for writers, nature lovers and adventure lovers. The dense Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of 200 bird species, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.
Snuggled at an altitude of 2400m above sea level, Binsar is extremely blissful and idyllic retreat for tourist. Once the summer capital of the Chand Rajas, it extends holiday makers one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. Talking about the climatic conditions, Binsar promises tourists a relaxing and rejuvenating weather all throughout the year. Temperatures in summer rarely rise above 30°C. The minimum recorded temperature during summers is 15°C. While the daytime is characterized as warm and sunny, the early mornings and late evenings are cool and pleasant.
Coming to winters, Binsar experiences a cold and chilly winters, a condition which is distinct in the hill state of Uttarakhand. While mercury rises to a maximum of 24°C during the day, nights are early mornings are especially cold with minimum temperature reaching the 0°C mark. Summer season starts from the mid of March and lasts till June. Thereafter, the region experiences downpour during the next three months, after which the conditions again become favorable. Winters starts from November and continues till February. The best time to visit this beautiful hill city is during the months of April to June and again from October to November.
Places to see in Binsar
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled amidst the Himalayan range overlooking the Almora valley, Binsar is a beautiful, quiet and wild destination to explore in the Uttarakhand state of India. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1988, mainly for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region. An epitome of serenity and tranquility, the place extends tourists an unexploited and unruffled beauty.
Historically, Binsar has been a great archeological site, thanks to the relics which date back to the Megalithic Age. Pariyadeva Pashan is one such relic, having long stone with cup-marks at the place. Situated on the Almora-Binsar road near Dinapani, it is a must see for tourists. So, if you were of the opinion that Binsar is nothing more other than mountain range and varied flora and fauna, this would surely come as a surprise.
There are limited number of hotels in Binsar so do make prior bookings before visiting. Budget hotels line the lower part of the Binsar hills and are quite comfortable with a good view of the surrounding nature. These hotels are available for less than Rs.300 per night. Deluxe hotels are also available in the heart of the town. Tourists prefer these hotels as they are affordable and offer good service. Sometimes the place gets too cold for comfort and a nice warm fire might be required, which is readily provided by most hotels here. Air conditioning is not necessary here.
Luxury hotels here are mostly resorts with breath taking view of the surrounding landscape. Some of the resorts have well maintained gardens with rare alpine flowers and ferns. The view from the rooms in these resorts give you total worth for your money. The hospitality service in these resorts is not bad either. These hotels provide a doctor on the house in addition to good wireless internet and communication facilities
How to reach Binsar
By Air : Pantnagar Airport, located at a distance of 127kms, is the nearest aerodrome that connects Binsar to the other parts of the country. A domestic airport, it is positioned in the in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Jagson Airlines is the only airline that plies to and from the airport, connecting the state of Uttarakhand to the capital, New Delhi. After de-boarding from the air carrier, tourists can either go for roadways or railways.
By Rail : The nearest railway station to Binsar is located at Kathgodam. Located at a distance of about 121 km from Binsar, Kathgodam railway station is well-connected to the important cities of New Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Jammu and Kanpur. There are several trains that ply on this route, connecting this beautiful hill region to the plains of country.
By Road : Binsar is located at a distance of 380 km from Delhi. It takes nearly 10 hours from Delhi to reach Binsar, via NH24 to Rampur, NH87 to Kathgodam, then the state highway 37 via Bhowali, Khairna, Almora, Kaparkhan and Ayarpani to Binsar.