Binsar - A Bird Watcher’s Paradise

The sleepy region of Binsar is one of the scenic places of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Perched at an elevation of 2420 metres, Binsar is known for offering spell-binding views of the majestic Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath. The main attraction of Binsar is the 300 kms of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Zero point.

This compact hill town is encircled by the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which serves as a habitat for the rare animals, birds and flower species. Since the place is wrapped up in thick foliage, it is undoubtedly the best place for experiencing adventurous hiking, camping and nature walks.

Why Binsar should be on your bucket list?

From the benedictory hills, beautiful orchards, mumbling streams to the enchanting meadows one can find everything at Binsar. It is here that you can admire the varied, playful birds cheekily noticing your whereabouts from every nook and cranny. 

The travellers can visit the complex of Jageshwar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas located about 50 km from Binsar or enjoy recreational activities such as birding and photography at the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from this, the popular tourist attractions located in the vicinity of Binsar includes the Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, Zero Point, Binsar Sanctuary Museum, and the Kasar Devi Temple.

Enlighten yourself about Binsar 

Binsar is a small town adorned on the Jhandi hills of Kumaon. Although the weather is always pleasant here but the best time to visit this place is between the months of October-November. One of the not to miss event is the Nanda Devi festival, the auspicious festivals of Binsar showcasing the close knit of people with their rich culture.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was setup in 1988, is spread over an area of 45.59 kms, is rich in its flora and 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 Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal.

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.

Binsar Sanctuary Entry Tickets

An entry ticket of Rs. 40 per person and Rs. 50 for a car has to be paid at the entry point of Binsar. Electricity is limited in Binsar region so as to prevent the exploitation and degradation of natural beauty.

  • Though Binsar is a place which can be visited anytime of the year, ideal time to visit the region is from April to June and again from September to November.
  • If one wants to witness crystal clear Himalayan views, December and February is the best time to visit the region. 
  • If possible, avoid trekking in the monsoons season. The route is slippery and the region is prone to unexpected landslides and road blocks.
  • If travelling in peak season, finding a place to stay could be little difficult in Binsar, as they have only handful of accommodations. Best bet will be to stay in Almora (33 km) and excurse to 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.

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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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.

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.

Binsar is famous for?

Binsar is famous among tourist as Hill Station.

Binsar is recommended destination for Couples, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Binsar is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Bird Watching, Camping, Emerging Destinations, Hiking, Hill Station, Leisure, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, Weekend Getaway, Wildlife Tourism.

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