The summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas (7th – 18th Century), Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas.
Pitched a the impressive altitude of 2420 m, 35 kms from Almora it offers a majestic view of the snow covered Himalayan peas the mesmerizing range of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchachuli. From here, one a sunny day, you can have a glimpse of the holiest shrines in the Himalayas, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri.
It’s a fascinating spot, encircled by a a vast wildlife sanctuary, a home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers.
Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise. Trekking the salubrious air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering Oaks. A formation of sleepy hamlets amidst orchards, silver streams and green meadows. The mantle of green hangs all around- rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns, flowers and shrubs – foliage sprouting out of every conceivable nook and corner of the hillside. The entire area is now a sanctuary.
Outside Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar, 34 kms from Almora nestles in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage centre is considered to be the one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Time just stands still at Binsar. You will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. This intimate little hill retreat makes you feel that noting can ever come between you and nature.
Binsar can be visited round the year. But its better to plan your tour between October to November, as this is the most ideal time for all visitors.
How to Reach
Air - Binsar is 380 km from Delhi. The closest airport is at Pantnagar, 127 km
Rail - Train Last station is Kathgodam 120 km from Binsar.
Road - You can take a tourist bus, taxi or drive up via Almora, 30 km from Binsar.