Unbound at Binsar

Kumaon, Uttarakhand

Other than being one of the most scenic places in all of Kumaon or for that matter even Uttarakhand, the sleepy region of Binsar, Almora is a perfect place to break away from the urban chaos. Urban chaos of metropolitans and of other popular tourist hubs such as Nainital and Manali alike. Located 25 km from the Almora city, and perched at an altitude of 2420 metres, Binsar is known for its majestic views of Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Trishul and Chaukhamba along with being home to a wide variety of flora and fauna at the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

History

The erstwhile summer hilltop capital of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon from the 11th to 18th century AD, Binsar came to prominence owing to two reasons.

The first being the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1988 for the conservation of the then fast-depleting broad leaf oak forests of the Central Himalayas and the second being the proximity to the Hindu-revered Jageshwar Dham.

 

Places of Interest & Things To Do

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Located around the Jhandi Dhar Hills of the Himalayas, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known to host rare species of birds, animals, butterflies and also, exotic mountain floras. Popular among nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike, the sanctuary in itself surrounds the township of Binsar and also has a number of smaller trails all around it.

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple

6 km from Binsar, en-route the Wildlife Sanctuary at Ayarpani, the Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. The 16th Century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and along with the famous Jageshwar Temples, is a celebration of ancient Indian architecture and mythology.

Gananath Cave Temple

Set amidst natural caves around 25 km from Binsar, lies this ancient Shiva temple, better known amongst the locals as the Gananath Mandir. The temple also hosts a local fair every year during Kartik Purnima in the month of November.

Jageshwar Dham

A group of over 120 ancient Hindu temples build over the 7th to the 12 century, the temples of Jageshwar represent the Shaivism Tradition or sect of the Hindu practice. Located about 50 km from Binsar, the pilgrimage town is also known for a rare Shivling located within one of its temples.

Birding

The region of Kumaon is escially popular amongst nature lovers and birding enthusiasts in particular. Along with the Wildlife Sanctuary, the towns and villages around Binsar are also known to provide ample sightings of rare bird species.

Trails, Treks & Adventures

No getaway in the hills is complete without long walks along narrow trails or indulging in more serious trekking. The region Binsar and Almora, while being ideal for such expeditions also hosts a number of adventure activities, ranging from valley crossing, rappeling to mountain climbing.

 

Travel Tips

Accessibility & How To Get There

Recommended Mode of Transport:

Self-Drive. Distance from Delhi – 350 km

The town also has good bus connectivity and can be accessed by rail and air with a cab connection.

- Nearest Railway Station – Kadgodam – 105 km

- Nearest Airport - Pantnagar – 135 km

Best Time to Visit

To complement its gorgeous views, the weather in Binsar too is largely pleasant throughout the year. While the temperature ranges between 0 °C - 30 °C. The summers can be moderately hot but pleasant while the winters can get quite cold. The summers along with the early winters are therefore considered to be the best time to visit the town.

 

Spring & Autumn are particularly beautiful in the valley with the roads peppered with cherry blossoms during from March – April and warm autumn hues from September to October.

Weather

Summers: April to June

With temperatures ranging between 15°C - 30°C., summers are regarded as the best time to visit the town and bust the inevitable heat wave that engulfs North India during these months.

 

Monsoons: July to September

While monsoons come a need to exercise more caution, the offseason can often mean better tariffs and non-existence of large groups of tourists flocking the land, a dream scenario for the discerning traveller.

 

Winters: October to March

The Winters can get quite cold with the average temperature ranging from 5 to 10 degrees while the peak winter sees the temperatures even drop to a sub-zero.

 

Where to Stay

Unbound at Boro's

Binsar

Off the beaten track but as accessible as a parent's advice, I'm a boutique 15 room resort located near Binsar in the Almora district of Kumaon.

Theme Resort

 

Location

The town is located 25 km north of the town (and district capital) of Almora along the National Highway 309A, and barely 50 km from the religiously significant town of Jageshwar, holding a cluster of over 100 ancient Hindu temples. Surrounded along its periphery by the Wildlife Sanctuary, the town, part of the Almora District itself, is perched at an altitude of 2420 meters above sea level.

DISTANCE FROM KEY STATIONS:

- Nearest Railway Station – Kadgodam – 105 km

- Nearest Airport - Pantnagar – 135 km

- Distance from Delhi - 345 km

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