About Binsar Forest Retreat in Binsar
The Binsar Forest Retreat is newly renovated homestay in wilderness of Binsar and known for its ecological tourism and stunning Himalayan and forest views. It is situated at a height of 7600 feet 30 kms NE of Almora in Kumaon. The Binsar forest retreat homestay is in the core area of Binsar wildlife sanctuary.
The philosophy of the Binsar Forest Retreat is to care for and conserve nature and to provide the guests with an experience in the forest which emphasizes on the importance of conserving the delicate balance between man and nature.
Location of Hotel Binsar Forest Retreat
The homestay is located 8 kms inside the Binsar sanctuary and guests have to reach atleast 1 hour before the closing of check posts i.e 07:00 pm in Summers & 05:00 in Winters.
Binsar Forest Retreat has 8 rooms and 3 Swiss cottage tents.
Trishul rooms : These are 2 independent and adjacent rooms named after the Trishul peaks (23,360 feet) visible from anywhere in the rooms. They have a covered deck and a large shared veranda overlooking the forest and the Himalayan peaks.
Chestnut rooms : This room is named after the Chestnut tree that grows in its veranda. This is a large room with windows / glass doors on 2 sides. When the glass doors are completely open the room merges with the forest around. There is a rock that has been left uncut in the room which will be a joy for children.
Nandaghunti rooms : These are 2 independent and adjacent rooms named after the Nanda Ghunti peak (20,699 ft) that is visible from the rooms. The rooms are cozy, with a balcony towards the Himalayas that merges into the forest.
Rhododendron rooms : These are 2 independent and adjacent rooms named after the Rhododendron tree that paints a vivid red in front of the rooms. These are our most traditional rooms – stone floor, mud walls, bamboo mat ceiling. They share a large veranda, with magnificent views of the sunset over the hills.
Walnut cottage : This is an independent cottage named after the Walnut tree that stands next to it. It is a stone and wood construction with a traditional style roof – made of what are locally called Pataal (long, thin and rough stone tiles). It has a beautiful wooden deck in front.
Swiss cottage tents : These tents have a tin roof with Swiss cottage tents fitted underneath. Each of the tents have an attached tiled bathroom and 2.5 feet high walls along the sides of the room. They have windows, 2 in the bathroom and 4 in the room, that can be closed from inside. The floor is wooden, and each tent has its own private covered veranda. Every tent is in a different part of our property with plenty of private space.
Dining in Binsar Forest Retreat, Binsar
At homestay, all meals are served in the dining room (except for morning coffee / tea in the room). The meals are served as a buffet and don't have an a la carte menu. It serve only vegetarian food, in accordance with the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary rules. They do serve eggs and egg preparations though. Guests can have Kumaoni, North Indian and Continental food as part of their buffet meals.
The facilities offered in the resort include open bonfires during non-summer months (in accordance with the open-fire prohibition during summer months); indoor wood-stoves (bukharis) in all rooms and cottages (not in tents); electricity and running hot water in all rooms, cottages and tents; guide services and taxi services.
Activities at Binsar Forest Retreat
There are many trek routes for jungle walks and trekking depending on the interest of the guests, bird watching with expert guides, village walks to see typical village life (village stay also available on prior request). The homestay best offers Ghoralkot Walk (3 kms), Forest Rest House Walk (6kms) & Mayolikhan Walk (9 kms). One can also play indoor/ outdoor games, table tennis and badminton.
Binsar Forest Retreat Tariff Rate Card
|Accommodation Type||Tariff (on Double sharing)|
|Trishul Rooms||Rs. 12,000 / room / night|
|Chestnut Room||Rs. 9,000 / room / night (From 1st Apr 2016 - Rs 9,500/-)|
|Nanda Ghunti Rooms||Rs. 9,000 / room / night (From 1st Apr 2016 - Rs 9,500/-)|
|Rhododendron Rooms||Rs. 9,000 / room / night (From 1st Apr 2016 - Rs 9,500/-)|
|Walnut Cottage||Rs. 9,000 / cottage / night (From 1st Apr 2016 - Rs 9,500/-)|
|Swiss Cottage Tents||Rs. 7,000 / tent / night|
Extra Bed Charges : - Rs 2,000 / night for extra adult or children above 12 years - Rs 1,000 / night for children between 5 and 12 years
Tariff Validity : 31 Mar 2016 (Please contact the hotel for latest prices)
Cost Excludes :
- Room service
- Non-vegetarian food
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Forest entry fees – This should be paid at the forest gate before entering the Sanctuary)
- Naturalist guide – We can arrange a naturalist guide, if necessary
- Driver accommodation – We don’t have driver accommodation in the Retreat. There are plenty of accommodation options for drivers outside the Sanctuary gate, towards Basauli
Cars are not allowed at homestay. The Binsar Forest Retreat provides parking facility, 600 metres away from the resort. Guests will be picked up from there by their own 4 wheel drive vehicle.
How to Reach Hotel Binsar Forest Retreat in Binsar
The homestay is situated inside the Binsar Sanctuary. Guest have to enter the check post before the closing time in evening. The last lap of steep uphill road of 600 mtrs distance to be covered in homestays own 4 wheel pickup.