Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is spread across a wide area of 45.59 km2, was established long back in 1988. Situated at an average height of 2412 kilometers, it has breathtaking scenic beauty. This sanctuary is enveloped by the forest of Cheer Pine, Oak and Rhododendron. Initially, this sanctuary was established to conserver the broad leaf oak, which is on the brink of extinction. This sanctuary is named after the Binsar Mahadev temple of 9th century. Binsar is not only famous for its breathtaking views of nature; it is also famous for its historical and mythological significance. It served as the capital for the rulers of Chand dynasty.
Your short walk in this sanctuary can fill you memories of lifetime. The chirping sound of birds, rich reserves of fauna can gain the complete attention of the visitors. If you are interested in photography, you can’t resist yourself from capturing the beauty of this place. It is also the perfect destination for anyone who is in love with nature. You might be wondering to know that more than 180 species of birds migrate to Binsar every year. After walking one and half kilometers through these woods up the hill, you’ll reach the highest point of Binsar, the Zero point. One you reach this point, the view of the long stretch of Himalayan ranges makes you go, “wow”. There is also a museum in Binsar which presents its diversity in flora and fauna to the tourists.
When to visit…?
There is heavy flow of tourists to Binsar throughout the year. However, the winters are too chilly in Uttarakahand. The temperatures can drop down significantly and there are good chances of heavy rainfall. However, it’s the best time to for bird watching here. We suggest you to visit Binsar in the hot months to enjoy your trip. The temperature ranges from 100 to 200 C in summer and provides the perfect climate for trekking, nature walks and hiking. Carry light woolen clothes when you visit in summer months. It is to be noted that this sanctuary remains open from sunrise to sunset. Accordingly adjust your timings for the visit.
How to reach…?
Binsar is located at a distance of 57.7 kilometers from Ranikhet. An ideal travel plan would be to look out for hotels at Ranikhet for accommodation and travel early morning from Ranikhet to Binsar. Pant Nagar airport is the nearest airport to Binsar and is at a distance of 157 kilometers. If you wish to take the rail route, board a train to Kathgodam and pick a taxi from there to Binsar. The nearest town to this sanctuary Almora is at a distance of 33.5 kilometers.
Binsar has numerous tourists’ attraction places consisting majorly of ancient temples like Katarmal (Sun Temple), Jageshwar, Mukteshwar and Chitai temple. It is surrounded by the famous hill stations like Nainital, Ranikhet and Almora. To make your trip comfortable, we suggest you to prefer resorts in Ranikhet for your accommodation. They offer you the best services and also provide you necessary guidance to make your trip successful.
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