Binsar is the most picturesque and beautiful places in the Kumaon hills, Binsar is a small town, adorned with the Himalayan flora and fauna. Binsar is famous for many things including the picture postcard view it offers of the grand Himalayan peaks like the Nandadevi, Kedarnath and the Trisul peak, the Binsar wildlife sanctuary which has the mid altitude fauna and the famous temple of Binsar Mahadev, the holy temple dedicated to lord Shiva
Binsar is a beautiful, quiet and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills. From Binsar one can see the 300 km panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and majestic Nanda Devi from a place called ‘Zero Point’. Binsar is the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas (7th – 18th Centrury), Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas.
This place is situated 30 km north of the Almora town in the Uttarakhand state of India.Pitched a the impressive altitude of 8,000 feet, 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 and Rhododendron. 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, 37 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. The charming Binsar hill-stations is situated in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is perched at an elevation of 2400 meters above the sea level, on the Jhandi Dhar hills and is one of the highest hill-station in the Kumaon region. On visiting this scenic place, tourist can feast their eyes with awe-inspiring views of the greater Himalayas, dotted with Alpine flora, ferns and varieties of wild flowers.
Like most of the hill-stations in India, Binsar also has its glorious past. As per history, the hill station was the ancient capital of the Chand Raj Kings, who ruled over the region in the 7th centuries. A revered temple dedicated to Lord Shiva witness the bygone regime of King Kalyan. Apart from this, the hill-station is best known to be the home of wild flora and faunas. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is greatly visited by wildlife lovers from different parts of the globe.
Prime Attractions of Binsar
The major attractions in Binsar are the snow-clad peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Kedarnath, which are clearly visible from the here. On driving 300 kms away from the hill-station, one can enjoy the awesome views of the great Himalayan peaks.
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple
As the name of the holy place indicates, Bineshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built by King Kalyan during 13 century and hence, presents the brilliant architectural style of erstwhile eras. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
This wild abode provides shelter to more than 200 bird species and wild animals like Braking Deer, Himalayan Bear, Leopard, Fox, Musk Deer, Langur, Porcupine, Panthers, Wild Boars, Monkeys, Flying Squirrel, Chital etc. The forest is thick and one need to be careful, while exploring on foot.
Excursions from Binsar
Almora (26Km.) Almora is the nearest hill-station to Binsar. It is encircled by Pithoragarh to the east, Garhwal to the west, Bageshwar to the north and Nainital to the south. This picturesque hill resort blessed with the majestic views of Himalayas, exquisite wildlife locations, gushing waterfalls and a number of tourist destinations. Almora is well-known for treasuring rich cultural heritage and the tradition of making antique handicraft items. The district headquarters of Amora has still maintained its old traditional character which can be felt in the tiled roofed houses and paved streets. Places of tourist interest here are Bright-end corner, Chitai Temple, Kasar Devi, Deer Park, Nanda Devi Temple & ram Krishna Mission Ashram.
Chitai Temple or Gollu Devta (44 kms)
Dedicated to Gollu Devta(an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav), Chitai temple is among the holy places in Uttarakhand. It is said that, the temple carries the magic of fulfilling wishes, asked by ardent devotees before the deity. According to mythic belief, pilgrims offer bells along with letters, treasured in different parts of the temple.
The temple is situated at a height of 2116 mts. Above sea level which is famous for its caves and Shiva temple. Jalna : 959 kms) At a height of above 5500 feet, Jalna Provides a wide panoramic view of the Himalayas. A number of orchards produce a variety of fruits such as apricots, peaches, pears, plums and apples.
Bageshwar: (60 kms)
An excursion to Bageshwar offers a chance to get around the mighty confluence of the pious Saryu and Gomti rivers. The place has derived its name from a popular temple- Bagnath. It is devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva and every year, it attract thousand of pilgrims from different parts of the world.
Katarmal is a must for history lovers. It houses the famous Sun Temple built by the Katyuri Rajas some 800 and 900 years ago, atop a steep hill.
Located at an elevation of 1, 870 meters above the sea level, Jageshwar is a remarkable tourist destination in the Kumaon region. It is a divine temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which has been constructed during medieval India. The 8th Dwadasa Jyotirlingas placed inside the temple and the nearby Deodar forest carries great mythological significance.
The temple town, housing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas to be found in India stands on the Almora-Pithoragarth road, in the beautiful Jataganga valley. The grand temple complex, consisting of 124 temples is famous not only for its exquisite craftsmanship but also for its pristine beauty of being located among thick deodar woods.
How To Get There – Binsar
Binsar is located 152 kms away from Pantnagar Airport. Daily flights connects Pantnagar Airport with Delhi. Another nearby airport is Pant Nagar Airport, which is connected by motorable roads with Mukteshwar.
Kathgodam Railway Station is situated 119 kms away from Binsar. Regular train connects the train station with major Indian cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata etc. Also, private cabs and local buses ply over from Kathgodam to Binsar and vice-versa.
Developed motorable roads of Kumaon connects Binsar with major North Indian cities. Interstate buses are available from Anand Vihar to Haldwani(120 kms), Nainital(90ksm) and Almora(26 kms).
Place to Stay- Binsar
The small Binsar hill-station is beautiful enough that one can plan staying here for about a week. Tourist can enjoy accommodations at some popular hotels, which includes Mountain Resort- Khali Estate, The Binsar Retreat, Grand Oak Manor, Imperial Heights and lot more.
Climate- Binsar Binsar experience comfortable climate all the year round. During summer, the temperature fluctuates from 29 degree centigrade to 11 degree centigrade, while during winter the temperature rise to maximum 15 degree centigrade to minimum 4 degree centigrade.
General Information :- Binsar
Jhandi Dhar hills, Kumaon
Altitude 2400 meters
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Himalayan peaks
April to June and September to November