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Binsar Kumaon, Uttarakhand
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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a pristine, beautiful and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest of oak, conifers and rhododendron. Perched at an elevation of 2,412mts, atop the Jhandi Dhar hills, Binsar is 33 km north of the Almora town in the Uttarakhand state of India.


Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1988, for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region. The dense Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of 200 bird species, Barking deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.


Binsar with its salubrious weather was once the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled over Kumaon, from 11th to 18th centuries AD, now it is an ideal destination for writers, nature lovers and adventure seekers. This serene and tranquil sanctuary is a far cry from run of the mill tourist spots. It has it own claim to fame - the wondrous views of the lofty peaks of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Shivaling, Trishul and the majestic Nanda Devi.


Binsar is a home to at least 166 identified bird species, is a veritable paradise for birdwatchers. The newly inaugurated museum at the entry to Binsar is worth a visit, it houses valuable information related to the flora and fauna of the region.


Going up to Zero point is an absolute must-do. A viewing tower here proffers a beautiful, panoramic view of the Himalayan Range at an aerial distance of barely 25 km and is the prime spot to see the sunrise and sunset.


Around Binsar

Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located 36 km northeast of Almora. It is situated at an altitude of 1870 mts, on AlmoraPithoragarh highway in the Jataganga river valley, at the confluence of the Nandini and Surabhi streams.


The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, dating back to 9th to 13th century AD. Many of these temples are preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which includes the Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Nava-grah temple (a pyramidal shrine), and Surya Temple. The oldest shrine is the 'Mrityunjaya Temple' and the biggest is the Dandeshwar Temple'.

 Getting there

Location / Distance


35 km north of Almorah in Kumaon.

 Fast Facts
Name Binsar Best Time To Visit February to June; September to November
Location Kumaon   Uttarakhand   North   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   35-40C      Winter   8-12C      Rainy   28-32C
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