Binsar is a beautiful, sleepy travel destination, situated in Uttarakhand. It brings you much closer to the nature.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Himalayas on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills. It is about 33 km north of the Almora town in Uttarakhand, India. Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled over Kumaon from the 11th to 18th centuries AD. Binsar was established in 1988 for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak forests of the Central Himalayan region, and it has over 200 bird species.
Located at an elevation of 2,412 metres, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a hot spot for nature lovers, writers, adventure lovers and bird watchers. Also the attraction of Binsar is the 300 kilometres of panoramic view of Himalayas. Binsar offers views of Mighty peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath. The hills of Binsar are known as Jhandi Dhar and offer great views. One can take peaceful and serene walks within Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy beauty of nature. The slopes are dramatic the terrain has been shaped by the action of running water.
Zero Point: From a place called Zero Point in Binsar one can see the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi.
Flora & Fauna: The sanctuary has been declared an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International as there are more than 200 species of birds in the sanctuary, including Fork tail, Black birds, Laughing Thrush, Pheasants, Parakeets and Monals. Among the animals one can find Leopards, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, Fox, Musk deer, Langur, flying squirrel, Chital and Jungle cat.
Electricity: There is no electrification in the forest areas as per government rules. Electricity is provided for only for 3 hours from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Food: No non-veg food is permitted. The KMVN Tourist Rest House Binsar has restaurant which provides Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as Buffet meals (tea coffee and snacks are exceptions).
Stay: GMVN Tourist Rest House, Binsar. TRH Binsar has 25 accommodations in various categories and prices. Forest department prohibits any form of accommodation except the KMVN TRH and The forest department FRH.
Rooms: The rooms have wooden flooring and walls. The walls are fitted with candle stands to provides unique experience with candle light.
Facilities: There is arrangement of Hot water, but in buckets and that too on demand. The rooms are appropriately located and have attached bathrooms.
The breakfast is included in your stay at KMVN. They don’t have much options though, don’t have high expectations. But overall if I rate the stay at the Forest Bungalow, ill give rating of 10/10. Very much in middle of nowhere! You are isolated in this natural paradise. Do bird watching and click most beautiful landscape photos of your lifetime.
Binsar is definitely a treat for every photographer.