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The summer capital of the erstwhile Chand kings (7th - 18th century) of Kumaon, Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet and one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas.Pitched at the impressive altitude of 2,420 m, 95 km from Nainital, it offers a majestic view of the snowy Himalayan peaks like the mesmerizing ranges Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli.

Encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary, a home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers Binsar is a truly fascinating spot. Binsar is also a trekker's paradise. One can go on long treks in the clean air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering Oaks and Rhododendrons. Binsar is a formation of sleepy hamlets amidst orchards, silver streams and green meadows. The blanket 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.

Little further from Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar (34 km from Almora) nestled in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage centre is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Time just stands still at Binsar. You will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. This intimate little hill retreat makes you feel that nothing can ever come between you and nature.

How To Reach

  • By Air : The nearest Airport is Pant Nagar (127 km).
  • By Railway : The nearest railhead is Kathgodam (120 km).
  • By Road : Distance from the nearest major town Almora is 30 km, Nainital is 96 km away. From Delhi it is 410 km.

What to See

Binsar Hill: Locally known as Jhandi Dhar, it offers panoramic view of the Kumaon Hills and the Greater Himalayas, from an altitude of 2,420 m. In the night, the lights of the Almora town present a fascinating picture.

Khali Estate: The erstwhile royal palace. Once occupied by Sir Henry Ramsay and later on by Smt. Vijaylakshmi Pandit, it now houses a heritage hotel.

Gananath Temple: Gananath is known for natural caves and an ancient Shiva temple. This place is 36 km from Almora. During Kartik Purnima every year a fair is hosted here.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Accommodation facility is available at Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Jungle Resort.

Beyond Binsar

Jalna: At a distance of 59 km situated at a lofty height of 1677 m, Jalna presents fascinating views of the Himalayan peaks. The area is full of orchards producing apples, apricots, peaches, pears and other alpine fruits.

Shiva Temple: A cave temple, 31 km from Binsar is highly revered by the people in the hills. Set amidst dense forests of Oak and Deodar, it's an important archeological spot.

Bhowali Weather

  • Weather : Summer 22 to 40°C
  • Winter : 12 to 33°C