BINSAR is a comparatively small wildlife sanctuary, covering only an area of 47.04 sq. km. A small protected area, BINSAR was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988, following a long local movement for its establishment. Locate deep in the foothills of the Great Indian Himalayas, Today, BINSAR strengthens a wide variety of floral species, faunal species as well as AVI-fauna including some of the unparalleled species found in the Himalayan range. Within BINSAR'S boundary, there are nine villages inhabited by around 600 people.
BINSAR Wildlife Sanctuary has only one entry gate for tourists at AYARPANI and only one road, climbing in a north-west direction to end at the Forest Rest House. The sanctuary is criss-crossed by many tails, some relatively are broader and well-trodden while some barely perceptible. A walk through this sanctuary is a truly enchanting as well as refreshing as most of the park area is shaded with a wide forests.
BINSAR is a small wildlife sanctuary, covering an area of 47.04 sq. km. a small protected area, BINSAR was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988 following a long local duration for its establishment. BINSAR supports a wide variety of floral species, faunal species as well as including some of the distinctive species found in the Himalayan range - AVI fauna.
Among the BINSAR wildlife sanctuary, 25 types of trees, 24 types of bushes and seven varieties of grasses are found. At the higher altitude, BINSAR is dominated by the oak and small shrubby trees having leathery leaves forests, while at the lower level, mostly you will find the CHIR pine forests.
According to recent census, BINSAR wildlife sanctuary is home to 16 leopards, 69 GHORALS, 57 wild boars, 43 KAKARS, 150 monkeys and two Himalayan black bears. In addition to these, the sanctuary offers shelter to other wild animals like Indian red fox, jackals, pine martens and porcupines. Apart from these, BINSAR wildlife sanctuary acquires high in bird species variety and visibility. Here, you can see around 200 species of birds including both resident and migratory species.
1.KHALI ESTATE –
There is an estate near BINSAR called Khali estate, it was once the home of Sir Henry Ramsay, who was the commissioner of KUMAUN from 1856 to 1884 and popularly called by British authors as "King of KUMAUN". He also built his bungalow at BINSAR. Vijay LAXMI PANDIT, the sister of JAWAHAR LAL Nehru, also lived here.
2.KASAR DEVI TEMPLE –
It is located at a distance of around 9 km from BINSAR, it is said that this temple was the house for the hippies and hippie culture got popular from here. This temple is still a major tourist attraction for the foreigners. Hippie HIL and Baba cake are the popular hangouts at KASAR Devi. It gained recognition in 1820 when Swami Vivekananda meditated here.
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.
1.BIRD WATCHING –
Over 200 bird species, BINSAR Wildlife Sanctuary is nothing but a paradise for the bird enthusiasts. There are infinite varieties of birds, both resident and migratory, that are a delight to watch, observe and capture with a camera.
2.HERITAGE TOURISM –
The BINSAR Sanctuary Museum educates the tourists about the historical culture of the region. There are some stone sculptures from Megalithic Age. BINSAR is also known for some amazing ARCHEOLOGICAL sites, apart from the various revered shrines in the region.
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.