Binsar: A sleepy village and a wildlife sanctuary

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Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: A small, sleepy hamlet nestled in the Kumaon Himalayas, Binsar in Uttarakhand is a nature lover’s delight. Home to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, this place should definitely make it to your bucket list if you are an avid bird watcher and love wildlife. Boasting of panoramic views of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, this serene village is an ideal place to for a digital detox.

Located at a height of 2,412 metres, Binsar was the summer seat of the erstwhile Chand rulers, who ruled over much of Kumoan. The region is also said to be the site of a mythological battle between the King of Binsar and Golu Devta.

Binsar offers some stunning views of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas
Binsar offers some stunning views of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas

Places to Visit:

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary:

Set up in 1988, it is spread over an area of nearly 46 square kilometres. Varying between 900 to 2500 metres in height, the sanctuary has been declared ‘An Important Bird Area’ by Bird Life International. The sanctuary hosts nearly 200 species of birds, including, but not limited to, forktails, blackbird, laughing thrush, paradise flycatcher, kalij pheasant and monal. It also has porcupines, flying squirrels, deer and leopards.

Binsar Hill:

Also known as the Jhandi Dhar, it offers magnificent views of the Kumaon hills and snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. At night, the lights of Almora town look fascinating from here.

Garhnath Temple:

The Garhnath temple is an extremely important temple in district Almora of Uttarakhand. Situated at the border of Bageshwar and Almora districts, it attracts people from all corners of the state. Legend has it that the temple was built nearly 1500 years ago by Shri Vallabh Upadhyay, and the temple is held in great esteem in Hindu texts.

Best Time to Visit:

The ideal season to visit Binsar is in the summers. Temperatures hover around 18-24 degrees, hence full sleeve clothes are recommended. In the winters, however, the sun usually remains hidden behind clouds, and since it gets dark early, one cannot go for the long walks that one can go for during the summers. Hence, the months of May and June are the best months to visit.

However, for those looking for a relatively quieter time to visit, the monsoon months of July and September are also ideal, since during the rainy season, a layer of mist perpetually covers the entire region and is a delight to the eyes.

How to Reach:

The nearest airport is in Pant Nagar, which is 127 kilometres away, while the nearest railway station is in Kathgodam, which is 120 kilometres away.

Almora, which is the district headquarters, is located at a distance of 30 kilometres. The state capital, Dehradun, is located at a distance of 380 kilometres.

Chandigarh and Delhi are located at a distance of 558 and 410 kilometres, respectively.

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