In the Kumaon Region, Binsar is the highest hill station. It is located in Almora district. This is the best place for adventure lovers, photographers and natural lovers. Name of this town is named after Bineshwar Mahadev Temple. This place acted as capital of the Chand Raj Kings. These kings ruled this region during 7th century. From this hill station visitors can have spectacular view of Panchachuli Peaks, Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Kedarnath Peaks. This place is also famous for flora and fauna. Trekking activity conducts here.
What to see in Binsar:
Binsar wildlife Sanctuary: With the intension to protect leaf oak forest this sanctuary was established in 1988. This is the home to plenty of flora and fauna. Major attractions of this place are Himalayan Black bears, Kakars, Monkeys, Wild Boars, Leopards etc. Bird Life international declared this place as important bird area. Best time to visit this place is between February to April and from October to November.
Zero Point: It is located inside the sanctuary. Beauty of peaks of Himalayas such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, Shivling, Kedarnath can be seen from this place.
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple: It is one of the major attractions of this place. This temple belongs to 16th century. Binsar town is named after this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Architecture of this temple is so beautiful.
Binsar Sanctuary Museum: It is located inside the sanctuary. Most valuable and important information about this sanctuary can be known from here.
Pariyadeva Pashan: It is a famous archaeological site. This place has a long stone with cup marks that dates back to megalithic age.
What to see around Binsar:
Khali Estate: This is situated 13kms away from Binsar. Area covered by this estate is 26acres. Beauty of Himalayan Range can enjoy from this place. This was a home to Sir Henry Ramsay, Commissioner of Kumaon. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Jawaharlal Nehru also resided at this place.
Goula Devta Temple: It is located 4kms away from Binsar Wildlife sanctuary. Goula Devta is worshipped here. People believed that Devta gives quick justice to his devotees.
Kasar Devi Temple: It is located 9kms away from Binsar. In 1820, Swami Vivekananda meditated here. During 1980’s this was the house of Dutch Monks.
Bageshwar: This place is named after Bageshwar Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year thousands of devotees come to this place. It is located 46kms away from Binsar.
Getting to Binsar: Binsar is well connected with road ways. From Pithoragarh, Nainital, Kasauni, Ranikhet etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 114kms away from Binsar. From Kanpur, Jammu, Delhi, Dehradun, Kolkata etc trains come to Kathgodam. Taxis are available from Kathgodam to Binsar. Pantnagar is the nearest airport of Binsar which is 145kms away.
Getting around Binsar: Private vehicles or hiring a cab is the best way to reach the surrounding places of Binsar.
Best time to visit Binsar: Best time to visit Binsar is between April to June and September to November.
Where to stay in Binsar: Limited hotels are available to stay in Binsar. Few guest houses are also available to stay in Binsar. Best hotels in Binsar are Mountain Resort Khali Estate, The Binsar Retreat, Imperial Hotel, Club Mahindra Valley Resort.
Where to eat in Binsar: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Binsar. All the restaurants offer Continental, Italian, Indian and Chinese Cuisines.