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.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The weather in Binsar is very pleasant throughout the year, and the region experiences a sub tropical climate. The main seasons are those of summer, winter and monsoon. Summers are mild and moderate, and winters in Binsar are very cold. The region of Binsar is best visited during the summer months and also during early winter.
Summers in the region of Binsar extend through the months of April, May and June. These months will experience a maximum temperature of around thirty degrees (30°C) and a minimum temperature oaf around fifteen degrees (15°C). The temperatures in Binsar are thus lesser than the temperatures that other cities and towns in the mainland experience, thus making it a very popular tourist destination.
Winters in the region of Binsar are very cold, and the maximum temperature during the winter months will range around twenty four degrees (24°C). The minimum temperature during the winter months will range around zero degrees (0°C). October, November, December, January and February are the winter months in Binsar. You can visit Binsar during the early winter months.
Monsoon in the region of Binsar brings moderate rainfall, and this makes the weather here even more pleasant. July, August and September are the monsoon months in Binsar.
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.
The erstwhile royal palace. Once occupied by Sir Henry Ramsay and later on by Smt. Vijaylakshmi Pandit, it now houses a heritage hotel.
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.
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.
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.