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Discover Binsar In The Lap Of Himalayas

Time is fleeting. Time is fleeting. Time is fleeting…

How true could this be! Yes, time waits for none, indeed. And having come from yesterday and heading towards a tomorrow, all we are left with is today. So the best thing to do is to make the most of it! Myself being a traveler, I am sure, a lot of my readers love travelling. Because, it is an experience: one which lasts in our memories forever. And today, through this blog I will take you through the beautiful  Binsar, in Uttarakhand.

Being 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. Placed at a spectacular altitude of 2420m, Binsar is 95 km far from the beautiful, Nainital. The place offers a scenic view of the enthralling Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli.

Apart from the captivating natural scenery, Binsar has a lot of things to offer to the enthusiastic traveler who searches to quench his thirst of adding memories to his life bag!

The beautiful sunrise at Binsar

The beautiful sunrise at Binsar

Things To Do In Binsar

Traverse an eccentric Wildlife Sanctuary

Sprawling over an area of 47.04 sq km, the Binsar wildlife Sanctuary is set deep in the foothills of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is a home to many rare species of flora and fauna. It has a beautiful bed of wild flowers which add to the scenic magnificence of Binsar.In the sanctuary, brace yourself to encounter Leopards, Wild Boars, Monkeys, Ghorals, Kakars and Himalayan Black Bears, Indian Red Fox, Pine Martens, Jackals and Porcupines.

What is more captivating about this place is the fact that the Himalayan peaks are set right in the backdrop of this sanctuary. With the forest of Oak and Rhododendron at higher altitudes, and Pine forests at the lower levels, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary offers a jaw-dropping picturesque for the admirers. And to admire the place, travel to the place, guys! You are never going to regret the decision!

The road surrounding the wildlife sanctuary

The road surrounding the wildlife sanctuary

In the dense woods...

In the dense woods…

The exotic and rare bird species in Binsar

The exotic and rare bird species in Binsar

The rare species of flora and fauna will leave you awestruck

The rare species of flora and fauna will leave you awestruck

Lose Yourself at The Zero Point

The zero point at binsar offers a unique and attractive bird’s-eye view of the magnificent Himalayan range. It is the highest accesible point in the Binsar wildlife sanctuary. You can witness the snow-clad peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, trishul and the Nanda Devi from this point. This has been a major attraction for all the tourists visiting Binsar.

The sunset as seen from Zero point

The sunset as seen from Zero point

Snow-clad mountains from zero point

Snow-clad mountains from zero point

Unleash your spiritual self at the famous temples

There are quite a few famous temples at Binsar which have been a major crowd puller. The Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, which was constructed during the Chand Dynasty is a must visit. The architectural design of the temple is breathtaking. 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. Besides these, there is the famous Kasar Devi temple, which is located 9 km farther from Binsar

The famous Binsar Mahadev Temple

The famous Binsar Mahadev Temple

Rest In the historical Khali Estate

Once a home of Sir Henry Ramsay, commissioner of kumaon from 1856-1884, the Khali estate is an epitome of natural beauty. From this estate, you can get a enticing view of the beautiful Himalayan Range. It is the same place where, ‘Shailashram’ was pioneered by Jamnalal Bajaj. So, you can gift yourself a trip with a personal touch of history!

Snow-clad Himalayas

Snow-clad Himalayas

Stay In A Eco-hotel: Mary Burden Estate

Snuggled deep in the heavily wooded oak forests of the Binsar wildlife sanctuary, the mary Budden Estate is situated in a cozy corner of the Kumaon hills. You can be phlegmatic about an one-time experience at the estate, given the fact that it is one of the only five homes in all of Binsar. What is peculiar about the place is that it is ranked as one of North India’s top eco-hotels, harvesting rainwater and running on solar energy.

The beautiful mary budden cottage

The beautiful mary budden cottage

 

Get Amused at The Museum

Besides all the scenic beauty, Binsar also has a museum to offer: a museum dedicated to the flora and fauna of the region, which provides good and valuable information about the sanctuary and the place.

Walk yourself Through The Villages

The village walk through Binsar villages is very popular. It will give you an insight into the lives and the daily routine of the villagers. As you walk through the fields and forests along streams, splendid cedar and pine forests, you discover a new you, lost in a new experience.

The luxurious stay at mary budden cottage

The luxurious stay at mary budden cottage

Best Time To Visit

Binsar experiences a fine weather throughout the year.The region is the best visited during the summer months and also during the early winter.

Best Way To Visit

Flooded with tourists from Delhi, Binsar is best explored by the road. There is a good connectivity by bus. But the best way to travel is by your own personal vehicle/ cab. You can indulge yourself in photography and other adventures like trekking.

So guys! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start from home to unleash the hidden traveler in you! Because I would say, “Don’t die with dreams, But with memories!”.

Explore more on Uttarakhand here on TripHippie at  Incredible Uttarakhand 

About the Author

IMG-20160428-WA0014Ipsita is an economist by profession and writer by passion. She has found solace in travelling. It is a part of her very existence as she gets to meet new people, do crazy things and above all, discover herself in the process. And also check out her blog, Withouthorizon.

 

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