Activities In Binsar

A hidden jewel in the Himalayas, Binsar was once the former summer capital of the Chand Kings (between 7th-18th century). This winsome place is peacefully snuggled in the luscious vistas of Kumaon. Taking its seat at an altitude of 2,420 metres about 24 km from Almora, Binsar offers unobstructed views of the snow-shrouded Himalayan peaks. If you are planning a trip to Binsar then check out some of the activities that you can do here.

  • Bird Watching: The avid bird watchers can head to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary located here and can spot some of the rare Himalayan birds that are especially found in this region. Since Binsar has been declared as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International, you can see more than 200 species of birds including the Forktail, Nuthatches, Blackbirds, Parakeets, Laughing Thrush, Magpies, Khalij Pheasant, Monal, Koklas, Eagles, Woodpeckers etc. Not just this but several reptiles and butterfly species can also be found here. October-May is a great season for bird watching.
  • Trekking: Don’t forget to hike to Zero Point, the highest vantage point of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary from where one can savour a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks such as Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchachuli peaks. This rewarding trek is just 2 km from KMVN Tourist Rest House, you can park your vehicles here and can head for the trek. October-November is a great time for trekking at Binsar, do avoid the monsoon season.
  • Village Walks: Catch the morning mist hovering over the dense thicket of Binsar and explore the sleepy hamlet. Walk through the glittering orchards and on the soft green meadows. Hear the rustle of the leaves and admire the wildlife growing on the rocks and the shrubs making a territory over every nook and cranny of the terrain.
  • Explore the Heritage: Binsar is not only famous for its wildlife sanctuary but for its archaeological sites as well. To name a few, there is Binsar Sanctuary Museum having all the necessary details of the flora-fauna of the region. Another must visit site is the large stone having cup-like marks near Dinapani on the Almora-Binsar road. The historians believe that the cup-shaped marks belong to the Megalithic Age.
  • Shopping: Any trip is incomplete without taking back souvenirs as a little token of love for your loved ones. You can buy local handicraft items such as wooden crafted items which can be used as a decorative piece for your home. Other popular local products are the juicy rhododendron juice, woollen mufflers, sweaters, hand-knitted shawls, local honey and handmade soaps that are quite popular among the tourists.
  • Temple Hopping: To have a spiritual retreat, you can go for temple hopping to Dana Golu Devta Gairar temple located about 2 km from the main gate of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and around 15 km from Almora. This temple is highly revered by the locals and boasts a Pahadi architecture that shouldn't be missed at any cost.
  • Photography: Since the area is rich in biodiversity, it’s a great opportunity for the shutterbugs to capture some candid photographs in the eye of their camera.
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