Located just 33 km north of ALMORA, this town dotted with oaks, pines and small shrubby trees with leathery leafs is also famous as a pilgrimage spot. Besides the BINSAR wildlife sanctuary, you can also visit the KASAR Devi temple and the BINESHWAR MAHADEV temple. A small town set in the midst of lush green forests covered with oak, pine, deodar trees, BINSAR has plenty of tourist attractions including green meadows, temples and the BINSAR wildlife sanctuary. The BINSAR wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 900 meters to 2500 meters makes BINSAR town a popular tourist destination.
BINSAR is located amidst the majestic hills of Himalayan ranges and is known for the surreal beauty of the snow-laden peaks. Zero-point is located inside the premises of BINSAR wildlife sanctuary, which apart from being a home to a various variety of wildlife species, is also dotted with the lush pine and deodar trees. Zero-point is the top most point of the wildlife sanctuary and requires a short trek of 2 km that takes you to the zenith of natural beauty. Zero point provides the 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges, which includes Nanda Devi, KEDARNATH, SHIVLING, and TRISHUL. Do not miss the sunrise or sunset from Zero-point, as it is the most recommended activity to do in BINSAR owing to the beautiful landscapes.
PLACE IN BINSAR –
1. BINSAR WILDLIFE SANCTURY
Spread across 49.59 sq. km, BINSAR is home to a variety of musk deer, gorals, leopards, jungle cats, black bears, porcupines, pine martens, LANGURS, foxes, barking deer, flying squirrels, and CHITALS.
2. BINESHWAR TEMPLE –
The 16th century temple built by King KALYAN Chand of the Chand Dynasty is famous for its architectural grandeur.
3. GOLU DEVATA TEMPLE
A famous temple of Lord GOLLU, another name for Lord Shiva, the CHITAI temple was built during the Chand regime.
You will love the soft tinkle of the many bells caressed by the winds, hung by devotees as an act of offerings, wishing or thanksgiving can be heard far and wide. The temple is also called the temple of a million bells.
4. ZERO POINT –
You have to walk inside the sanctuary for a km and half to reach to the point. A guided trek up to Zero Point is the most recommended way to explore the green beauty of the Wildlife sanctuary. In the premises of the wildlife sanctuary is the zero point from which one can look across 300 km to view KEDARNATH, SHIVLING, TRISHUL and Nanda Devi.
JHANDI DHAR -it offers panoramic view of the KUMAON Hills and the Greater Himalayas, from an altitude of 2,420 m. In the night, the lights of the ALMORA town present a fascinating picture.
The erstwhile royal palace. Once occupied by Sir Henry Ramsay and later on by Smt. VIJAYLAKSHMI PANDIT, it now houses a heritage hotel.
GANANATH is known for natural caves and an ancient Shiva temple. This place is 36 km from ALMORA. During KARTIK PURNIMA every year a fair is hosted here.
BINSAR Wildlife Sanctuary
BINSAR Wildlife Sanctuary is also known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Accommodation facilities are available at KUMAON MANDAL VIKAS Nigam Jungle Resort.
JALNA At a distance of 59 km situated at a lofty height of 1677 m, JALNA presents fascinating views of the Himalayan peaks. The area is full of orchards producing apples, apricots, peaches, pears and other alpine fruits.
A cave temple, 31 km from BINSAR is highly revered by the people in the hills. Set amidst dense forests of Oak and Deodar, it's an important ARCHEOLOGICAL spot.
By Air: The nearest Airport is Pant Nagar (127 km).
By Rail: The nearest railhead is KATHGODAM (120 km).
By Road: Distance from the nearest major town ALMORA is 30 km, NAINITAL is 96 km away. From Delhi it is 410 km.