Binsar Travel Guide

Adorned by the Jhandi Hills, Binsar is a sweet abode for nature aficionados. Situated at an elevation of 2420 m, this town in the Kumaon Region and part of Almora District is where the views of Himalayas can mesmerize you completely. Quaint and replete with pretty places, Binsar is a place to unwind and give your weary soul that much needed rest. The town is fringed by the gorgeous and opulent Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, where one can indulge in bird watching.

Wherever you go in Binsar, the sight of majestic Himalayan Peaks never leaves your side, however, the best place to get a glimpse of all of them together would be from the Zero Point. Binsar is also an important Hindu pilgrimage site with the existence of an ancient Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. For those that believe in exploring a place on foot, the town of Binsar is a blessing. Meet the humble people, and learn a thing or two about the culture of Kumaon from them, or else, walk uphill to reconnect with nature.

Best Time to Visit Binsar

Binsar is a beautiful place supplied with a pleasant weather all throughout the year, and the temperature ranges here between 0 °C and 30 °C. The summers in Binsar are moderately hot but the winters are very cold. Therefore, summer season and the early winter season are considered to be the best time to visit Binsar.

  • Summer

    The summer months of Bisar are from April to June. The maximum temperature stays around 30 °C and minimum temperature around 15 °C. The weather is pleasant and good for the excursion. Hence it is considered to be the best time to experience the flawless beauty of this place.

  • Monsoon

    Binsar receives moderate rainfall and the weather remains quite pleasant, with the temperature ranging between 22 °C and 29 °C. The monsoon season here starts from the month of July and stays till September. If one wishes, can plan for a tour during monsoon, but there might chances of landslides when there are heavy rains. This is why it is advised to check the weather forecast before planning a trip to Binsar during monsoon.

  • Winter

    The starting of the winter season in Binsar is from the month of October, which is also among the best months to visit here. The season lasts till February and the temperature stays between 0 °C and 24 °C.

Top Tourist Attractions around Binsar

This petit town, which is ineffably beautiful because of its affluent nature's delight that's comprised of sky touching oak and rhododendron trees echoing the glory of tall hazy mountains. The fascinating spots here, apart from the charming solitude corners, include the holy temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, challenging mountain trails for trekkers that get covered with snow during winters, a royal palace that was once lived by Sir Henry Ramsay and a wildlife sanctuary housing some rare species of flora and fauna.

  • Bineshwar Mahadev Temple

    Situated 6 km away from Binsar town, on the way to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary at Ayarpani, Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is the most important Hindu pilgrimage site. This 16th Century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and boasts commendable architecture making a popular tourist site as well.

  • Gananath Temple

    Amidst the natural caves lies the ancient Shiva temple; an enchanting holy site, which is situated around 25 km away from Binsar. A fair is organised here every year during Kartik Purnima.

  • Khali Estate

    It is an old regal palace, placed on a hill that was once abided by Sir Henry Ramsay and later on by Smt. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit is now converted into a heritage hotel. Khali Estate is just about 5 km away from Binsar, which can be your place to stay during your rejuvenating trip here.

  • Binsar Hill

    Perched at an altitude of 2,420 m, Binsar hill which is locally famous by the name of Jhandi Dhar, is truly a trekker's paradise. This beautiful hill is covered with plush greenery offering the panoramic views of greater Himalayas and Kumaon Hills. One can encounter one of the beautiful sunsets and sunrise from here.

  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located in the Himalayas, on the Jhandi Dhar Hills, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the rarest of the species of animals, birds, butterflies and exotic flora. It also comes with an attractive accommodation facility provided by the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Jungle Resort. The trekkers can reach here by following the scenic trails, which is perched at an altitude of 2,412 m above the sea level.

  • Shiva Temple

    Another Shiva Temple residing inside a cave is a popular archeological site situated 31 km away from Binsar. The temple is frequented by the people of the hills and various other travellers as well.

  • Jalna

    A charming Hamlet situated around 59 km away from Binsar, is a must visit site perched at a height of 1,677 m, offering the best of the views of the Himalayas. The juicy orchard spread over a large area, produces best quality apples, pears, apricots, peaches and other alpine fruits. An awe-inspiring scenery around makes this place worth a visit

Where to Stay in Binsar?

If looking for different options in accommodations, then apart from several luxurious hotels there are also many budget hotels, guest houses, resorts and also government owned rest houses situated amidst the forest. For a unique experience, the option for homestays is also open in Binsar. Apart from Binsar, a large number of accommodations are available at Almora, which is at a short distance away from the town. In fact, Almora offers better stay options in the varied budget.

How to Reach Binsar?

This beautiful heaven; Binsar belongs to Almora district which is situated at a distance of 24 km from Almora, 86 km from Nainital and 389 km from Delhi, provided with the motorable roads to ply between them. It also has good train/flight / bus connectivity, though not directly but from major cities, from where one can find easy access to Binsar.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport to Binsar is in Pantnagar, which lies at a distance of around 139 km. There is a direct flight available from Delhi that flies on a daily basis to Pant Nagar. Upon reaching the airport, one can hire a cab to reach Binsar.

  • By Rail

    Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Binsar which is just 105 km away and is well-connected to major cities. After reach the Kathgodam railway station, one can easily find a cab to reach Binsar.

  • By Road

    Binsar has got good motorable roads that's very well-connected to major cities and towns. ISBT buses are easily available from Anand Vihar that goes through Haldwani (112 km), Nainital (86 km) and Almora (24 km).

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