Activities in Binsar
Hiking: Situated at an elevation of 2,400 meters, Binsar offers myriad nature walks and walking trails that lead to even more secluded places in the vicinity. Hike to Zero Point, which offer 300-degree view of the snow clad Himalayas is definitely worth your time. Enjoy walking a lot the oak forests with your friends and family.
Bird Watching: With over 200 aviary species, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is nothing but a paradise for the bird enthusiasts. There are innumerable varieties of birds, both resident and migratory, that are a delight to watch, observe and capture with a camera.
Heritage Tourism: Apart from the various revered shrines in the region, Binsar is also known for some amazing archeological sites. The Binsar Sanctuary Museum educates the tourists about the cultural history of the region. Also, there are some stone sculptures from Megalithic Age.
Staying in Binsar
Compared to other hill stations, Binsar is lesser known tourist destination among the tourists. Nevertheless, the pristine natural beauty that one witnesses at Binsar and the 300-degree Himalayan panorama is unparallel.
Due to its secluded location, there are only a handful (but some of the best in Uttarakhand) of accommodations available at Binsar. However, one can easily find a place to stay at Almora which is 33 kms from Binsar or on the Binsar-Amora highway.
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Binsar Food Guide
Due to its inaccessibility, there are no restaurants in Binsar. However you can get meals in various hotels and resorts in Binsar or around Binsar.
History of Binsar
Binsa rwas the summer capital of the Chand Dynasty who ruled over the Kumaon region from 11th to 17th century A.D. The place proudly exhibits the ancient Shiva temple called Bineshwar Mahadev which was built in 16th century A.D. by Raja Kalyan Chand of Chand dynasty.
Mythology of Binsar
The name Binsar has been derived from the words 'bin-sar' which literally suggests without a head. There is a famous local legend which states that once a fierce battle held between the King of Binsar and Golu Devta, the local deity. But due to some scepticism, Golu Devta was beheaded and his trunk fell at Gairad Dana Golu near Binsar National Park and his head at Kaparkahan near Binsar. Both these places have the ancient temples of Golu Devta.