The summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas (7th-18th Century), Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet, one of the most scenic sports in the Kumaons Himalayas.
Pitched at the impressive altitude of 2,420 mtrs, 95 kms from Nanital it offers a majestic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks, the mesmerizing range Chaukhamba, Trisul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchachuli. From here, on a sunny day, you can have a glimpse of the holiest shrines in the himalaya, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri. It’s fascinating spot, encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary, a home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise. Trek in the salubrious air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering oaks and Buransh.
A formation of sleepy hamlets amidst orchards, silver streams and green meadows. The mantle of green hangs all around rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns, flowers and shrubs- foliage sprouting out if every conceivable nook and corner of the hillside. The entire area is now a sanctuary.
Outside Binsar is the Temple complex of Jageshwar (34 km’s from Almora) nestles in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage center is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlings.Time just stands still at binsar, you will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. This intimate little hill retreat makes you feel that nothing can ever come between you and nature.
How to reach
Air- The nearest airport in Pant Nagar (157 km’s)
Rail- The nearest railhead is Kathgodam (120 km’s)
Road- Distance from the nearest major town Almora is 30 kms. Nanital is 96 km. away , from Delhi it is 410 km’s.
Where to stay (Std Code-05962)
KMVN Tourist Rest House : 280176
Khali Estate Mountain Resort : 2501011
Tourist Rest House, Dinapani : 296494
Club Mahindra Valley Resort : 223028, 223062
Grand Oak Manor : 9412909518
What to see
Binsar Hills- locally known as Jhandi Dhar, It offers paranomic view of the kumaon Hills and the greater himalayas, from an altitude of 2,420 mtrs. In the night, the lights of the Almora town look fascinating.
Khali Estate- The erstwhile royal places. Once occupied by Sir HENRY RAMSAY and later on by Smt. VIJAYLAKSHMI PANDIT. It now house a heritage hotel.
Ganganath Temple- The holiest shrine in the region, at the height of 2,116 mtrs. During Kartik Purnima a fair is held in the area, when the whole place turns into a magic land pulsating with folk songs and folk dances, running through the nights.
Binsar Wildlife sanctuary- Known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Accommodation facility available at Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Jungle Resort.
Jalna- At a distance of 59 kms situated at a lofty height of 1677 mtrs. It provides fascinating view of the Himalayan peaks. Full of orchards producing apples, apricot, peaches, pears and other alpine fruits.
Shiva Temple- A cave temple, 31 kms from binsar is highly revered by the people in the hills. Set admist dense forests of Oak and deodar, it’s of much archeological importance.
Nanital- 96 kms from Binsar, dotted with lakes, Nanital has earned the epithet of lake district of India. The most prominent of the lakes is naini lake surroundede by hills.