Have you ever visited a hill station which does not have a mall road, a market place, a horde of hotels, restaurants and is not crowded by tourists? If your answer is “No” but would be interested to visit such place, then think no twice and pack your bags to visit Binsar.
The summer capital of the erstwhile Chand kings of Kumaon. Binsar is one of the best offbeat and scenic places in Kumaon Himalayas (Uttarakhand State). It is a sheer paradise for nature lovers.
Binsar is situated at an impressive altitude of 2400 meters above sea level (most of the popular hill stations like Manali, Shimla, Nainital, Mussoorie are at 2000 meters above sea level) and is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary known as “Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary”. The forests have pine, oak, deodar and rhododendron trees and is a home to many animals, birds, beautiful flowers. On my recent tour, I spotted a leopard on the roadside and boy it was a thrilling experience. Due to its altitude and location, the weather in Binsar is pleasant with chilly mornings/evenings even in summer months.
Unlike other hill stations, all you have at Binsar is the tourist rest house belonging to KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam), a forest rest house, couple of private estates and a sheer bliss. The location of KMVN tourist rest house is fantabulous. A huge terrace in the rest house offers a majestic view of snow laden Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Trishul and many more. The sunrise and sunset at Binsar is a sight to behold. All the Himalayan peaks bathe in the golden and orange color and takes your breath away.
An evening walk to forest rest house and a morning walk to “Zero Point” are a must on everyone’s to do list. Binsar is a mesmerizing place and it instantly establishes a super fast 5G connection between you and the mother nature. A visit to Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is also a recommended. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated between KMVN rets house and forest entry gate.
To sum it up, Binsar is an amazing destination for the solitude seekers and nature lovers. It is one of the best in Kumaon and I would highly recommend it. You can also read my blog on Triund and Tungnath which are also very scenic destinations.
Binsar is situated at approx. 25 km from Almora, 85 km from Nainital.
Nearest Railway Station – Kathgodam (105 km). There are 3 daily trains from Delhi to Kathgodam.
Nearest Airport – Pantnagar (140 km) is nearest airport but the convenient airport is New Delhi
By Bus – There is no bus service to Binsar as it is situated in a sanctuary. However, taxis are available from Kathgodam and Almora.
KMVN Tourist Rest House – Electricity is not available as it is inside sanctuary. But, a generator is operated in the evening and light is normally available till 9 pm. Post dinner, you can enjoy the interesting candle light conversations. A good breakfast and dinner is provided at rest house. Most of the rooms have nice views. Choose Executive Rooms for your stay as they have wooden interiors to keep you warm and cozy. For more details – www.kmvn.gov.in