Overview of Binsar

Binsar is a phenomenal hill station situated 33 km north of the Almora town of Uttarakhand. Binsar is encircled by Binsar wildlife sanctuary which is endowed with rich fauna & flora. Binsar has a richly diverse ecosystem extended over a wide range to different altitudes which boost varied wildlife species and varieties of rare species of wildflowers, birds, and animals in the region. Binsar is a delight for bird watcher & wildlife lovers. Here more than 200 varieties of birds that are found here and among the more common ones are the Cheer pheasant, Kaleej pheasant, Black eagle, Jungle owlet, Lammergeier (bearded vulture), Koklass pheasant, Western Horned Tragopan, and the Red-Billed Blue Magpie. The animals seen here include leopards, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, serow, wild boar, yellow-throated marten, red fox, jungle cats, and the langurs.

Binsar tourism is framed of its majestic natural grandeur, Binsar wildlife diversity, enriched flora & scanty of Bineshwar Mahadev. Binsar is an ideal tourist place for wildlife lovers, bird watchers, nature enthusiasts. We have an assorted Binsar tour package that suits every guest's requirements.

Tourist places of interest at Binsar

  • Zero-point is the main attraction that offers a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Kedarnath peak, Shivling & Trisul.
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: Binsar is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna with majestic meadows adorned with towering Oak & Rhododendrons. The sanctuary houses leopard, Himalayan bear, deer along with 200 bird species
  • The Bineshwar Mahadev, the temple of Lord Shiva which is highly revered by the people in the hills.
  • Kasar Devi is a famous temple on the hills of Binsar Almora, surrounded by pine & deodars trees. The temple is at the top of the mountain offers an enchanting view of nature & its surrounding. It is believed to be the place of enlightenment of Swami Vivekanand in a small cave.
  • Binsar Sanctuary Museum is an encyclopedia for the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which is located inside the sanctuary. At this museum, you will find valuable historic information related to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary, and also get knowledge related to flora & fauna. This museum is also quite popular among botanical enthusiasts.

Binsar Hill Station
Binsar Hill Station
Binsar Hill Station
Binsar Hill Station
Binsar Hill Station

Activities at Binsar

  • Bird watching & wildlife sighting: The major wildlife attraction here are leopards, Indian Red Fox, Jackals, Ghorals, Porcupines & pine Martens. Sanctuary is an avian paradise & hosts around 200 species of birds like forktail, nuthatches, Blackbirds, parakeets, laughing thrush, magpies, kalij peasant, monval, Koklas & woodpeckers. Binsar wildlife sanctuary is a paradise for bird watcher & animal enthusiast.
  • Photography: Binsar blessed with the salubrious forest of Oak & Rhododendron with the lucid view of gigantic famous Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Kot & various other. The place not only have rich fauna but also ranked high on a variety of flora with 24 types of trees, 24 types of bushes & several other kinds of grass. You can capture all these natural grandeur into your camera.
  • Meditation & Relaxation: Those who want to cut off from city life and want to experience peace, relaxation & meditation, then Binsar is a paradise for them. Nature lovers, writers, novelists, love to visit this place to get ultimate rejuvenation. It is believed that Swami Vivekanand meditates here & reach to the enlightenment.

How to reach Binsar

By Train, The nearest Railway Station to Binsar is Kathgodam which is at a distance of 120 Kms.

By Flight, The nearest airport is Pantnagar which is 150 km from Binsar.

Location Distance by Road:

Delhi Binsar 375 km (approx)
Bareilly Binsar 225 km (approx)
Lucknow Binsar 445 km (approx)
Chandigarh Binsar 475 km (approx)

Best time to visit Binsar:

Jan - Dec

Round the year Binsar enjoys pleasing weather. October, November, December, January, and February are the winter months in Binsar, hence suggested to carry lots of woolen clothes during these months.

Binsar – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are the best places to visit in Binsar?

Zero Point, Binsar Wildlife sanctuary, Kasar Devi Temple, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Binsar Sanctuary Museum, Vivekananda Meditation cave are some of the best places to visit in Binsar.

2. How to reach Binsar?

By Air - To reach Binsar the nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport which is well linked with regular flights from Delhi. From Pantnagar you can take a private taxi or public transport to Binsa.
By Rail - Nearest railhead from Binsar is Kathgodam Railway Station which is 110 km from Kathgodam. Kathgodam is well connected with major cities like Luckhnow, Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, etc. Local taxis and transports are available from Kathgodam to Binsar.
By Road - You can also reach Binsar by road which is well connected with state highways & national Highway. You can also take the help of busses to reach Binsar. Nearest ISBT is in Haldwani which is 120km from Binsar. To reach Binsar you can take KMOU interstate buses or hire any taxi to Binsar.

3. Where to stay in Binsar?

Mountain Resort, Binsar Retreat, Binsar Forest Retreat, Kasaar Jungle Retreat, Club Mahindra Valley Resort are some decent staying options in Binsar. For more staying options you follow this link - Hotels & Resorts in Binsar

4. What are the things that can be done in Binsar Valley?

Binsar is famous for stunning views of Himalayas, tranquillity environment, rich wildlife and for different species of birds. Here you can do trekking, go for Village walk, wildlife sighting, birds watching, etc.

5. What is the best time for wildlife & birds sightseeing in Binsar?

It’s open all year around but Feb, Mar, Apr and Oct- Nov is the best time for wildlife sightseeing in Binsar.

6. How to reach Zero Point?

Zero point is the highest point in the Binsar, which is popular for the panoramic view of the Kumaon Himalayas. After 20 Km from Amora-Bageshwar routes there is a Binsar wildlife Sanctuary entry gate where you have to pay the entry charges. After driving 10 km inside the sanctuary there is a rest house from where you can continue the trek for Zero point, which is around 2 km.

7. Where is Binsar located?

Binsar is a small town located at the distance of 33 km from Almora district, in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This town is in between the thick forest and is known for its rich wildlife, serenity environment, and scenic view of the Himalayas.

8. Which peaks are visible from the Zero Point?

Chaukhamba, Trishual, Nada Devi, Nanda Kot, Neelkantha, Kedarnath, Panchaculi, Shivling, etc are some peaks which are visible from Zero Point on a clear day.

9. How does the weather remain in Binsar?

Binsar offers pleasant climate throughout the year. In Summers, the weather is not very humid, whereas the winters are very cold & also receives snowfall. In Monsoon, the area becomes the lush green, hills cover with mist & clouds, which is perfect for the couples.

10. How rich is the Binsar Wildlife sanctuary?

Binsar Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary is the home of many rare species of birds, animals and plants. Here you can see animals like barking deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, chital, red fox, wild boar, jungle cat, giant flying squirrel etc. Despite the animals, this Binsar Sanctuary is also popular for bird watching. In this sanctuary there are more than 200 species of birds including monal, forktail, nuthatches, blackbirds, parakeets, laughingthrush, magpies, kalij pheasant, monal, koklass pheasant, eagles, woodpeckers, and Eurasian jays etc. So if you are a wildlife lover then you should visit this place.

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