Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Sanctuary Facts
35 km from Almora, Uttaranchal
47.04 sq kms.
Major Attractions :
Leopards, Ghorals, Indian Red Fox, Jackals, Porcupines, Pine Martens etc.
Best Time to Visit :
February to April, October to November.
Binsar Weather :
Cold to mildly cold during most of the year
The Sanctuary opens early in the morning and closes late in the evening
About Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the beautiful location of Garwhal Himalayas, Binsar in Uttarakhand
is a great place for the wildlife lovers. A small protected area, Binsar was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988, following a long local movement for its establishment. If you come here today, you will find a wide variety of fauna as well as floral species here.
Binsar Wildlife Flora of the Binsar Sanctuary
Within the Binsar forest, 25 types of trees, 24 types of bushes and seven varieties of grasses are found. At the higher altitude, Binsar is dominated by the Oak and Rhododendron forests, while at the lower level, mostly you will find the Chir Pine forests.
Fauna of the Wildlife Sanctuary
According to recent census, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 16 Leopards, 69 Ghorals, 57 Wild Boars, 43 Kakars, 150 Monkeys and two Himalayan Black Bears. One can also see other wild animals like Indian Red Fox, Jackals, Pine Martens and Porcupines while in here. Also here, you can see around 200 species of birds including both resident and migratory species.
Places To See Around Binsar Sanctuary
Bineshwar Temple :
A Holy Site
This famous Lord Shiva temple was built in 16 th century and holds an important place of recognition. Bineshwar Temple situated 6 km away from Ayarpani ( a nreaby village ) can be visited while driving up to the wildlife sanctuary.
Golu Devta Temple :
Just 4 km away from Binsar, this temple is dedicated to the popular deity of Kumaon. The devotees who come here tie a bell in the temple as it is believed to fulfill their wishes.
Kasar Devi Temple :
Situated at a distance of 9 km from Binsar, this spot was occupied by a Dutch monk in the 1970s and 80s, setting off a 'Hippie' boom in the area around. The Kasar Devi Temple attracts large number of people from far and near.
Almora : A Beautiful Hill Destination
23 km away from Binsar, Almora is one of the important centers of Kumaon region. Even today, Almora retains its traditional character, which you can observe in its quaint by-lane shops and colonial buildings.
What To Do At Binsar
Binsar Sightseeing and Jungle Walk : Jungle walk is the only way available to explore the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also the best way to observe wilderness areas of Binsar.
Enjoy A Drive :
Inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary the only drive possible is from the main gate to the Forest Rest House. But you can also drive outside on the eastern fringes of the sanctuary.
Mountain Viewing :
The close-up views of the snow-capped Great Himalayan mountain range is truly amazing and it draws a large number of people to Binsar.
Where to Stay
Accommodation is not a problem at Binsar. Many options are available both inside and outside the sanctuary. Some of the popular accommodation options inside the sanctuary are
1. Nanda Devi Tourist Rest House
2. The Binsar Retreat
3. Mountain Resort-Khali
4. Village Homestays
5. Outside the Sanctuary, you can stay in the resorts like Club Mahindra Valley Resort
6. Kasaar Jungle Resort
7. Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort
How to Reach
Kathgodam (126 kms) is the nearest railhead from Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. If you want to visit Binsar from New Delhi then take the overnight Ranikhet Express from Old Delhi railway station to reach Kathgodam.
If you want to travel by road, then take National Highway 24 from Delhi to Rampur via Hapur and Moradabad, then National Highway 87 to Kathgodam via Rudrapur. If you want to stay within the sanctuary take a taxi from Almora as there is no public transport service beyond the park gate.