The compact hill town of Binsar is one of the scenic places of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of 33 km from Almora, Binsar is a small town amidst an entire wildlife sanctuary that spreads over 45.59 km sq.
It is perched at an elevation of 2,400 m with an altitude that varies from 900 to 2500 m and offers spellbinding vistas of the Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Trishul, panchachuli, Kedarnath, Shivling, and Chaukhamba. Binsar was the erstwhile summer capital of the Chand Dynasty rulers, who ruled over Kumaon from the 7th to 18th century A.D. Localities say Binsar was named after the Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, a 16th-century temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Established in 1988 for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad-leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region, it now houses over 200 bird species including tits, forktail, nuthatches, blackbirds, parakeets, laughing thrush, and more.
The encircling sanctuary hosts varieties of trees, bushes, grasses, and mammals which include leopards, Himalayan goral, chital, musk deer, jungle cat, pine marten, red fox, gray langur, rhesus macaque, and more. Wrapped up in thick foliage Binsar serves as a habitat for a number of birds, reptiles, and butterflies. The months of March and April brim with flowers, especially the ruby-red rhododendrons. A trekker’s paradise, Binsar bestows a 300 km majestic and panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks from the Binsar Zero Point and allows one to commune with nature. The scenic mountain hamlet also provides recreational activities like adventure hiking, trekking, birdwatching, sightseeing, camping, and nature walks amidst the mystical atmosphere. One can also visit the Kasar Devi Temple and the Bineshwar Mahadev Temple beside the wildlife sanctuary.
The sleepy and picturesque hamlet offers a salubrious climate throughout the year. During monsoons, Binsar offers vivid and lush greenery and receives heavy snowfall during the winter months. The climatic conditions prevail in the Binsar sanctuary, ranging from temperate to sub-arctic. Summer weather in Binsar is generally sunny and clear with a pleasant breeze wafting through the town. The petit town adorned by the Jhandi Hills is a sweet abode for the weary and burnt-out visitors who come in seek of refuge, away from the chaos and tumult of city life.
With the quaint and replete places, the tranquil Binsar allows you to visit many fascinating places, whilst in the hamlet such as the Gananath Temple, Khali estate, Binsar Hill, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Shiva Temple, and Jalna. Fringed by
the gorgeous and palatial Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar is abundant in flora and fauna, resplendent vistas, and fun-filled adventure sports to indulge in. The picture-perfect place is the ideal spot to ease down, unwind and give your fatigued soul that much-needed repose.