Binsar Hill Station

Binsar hill station is another attractive tourist place of North India. It is in Almora district, Uttrakhand. It lies in the Jhandi Dhar Hill at 7920 ft. It is the highest town of the Kumaon region. It offers a stunning view of the Himalayas, alpine forest, Chaukhamba peak, Trishul, Shivling, Panchchuli and Nanda Devi. From a specific location, it is also possible to get a view of the holiest temples in Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and the Himalayas.

The hill station is very popular in the Kumaon area. The most visited place is the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary where tourists are spellbound seeing all kinds of animals, plants, and trees. There are many Hindu temples in the town visiting which elevate the satisfaction level. The climate is so pleasing that one would never feel like leaving the place. Even if you walk several kilometers, you will never feel like you are tired. In fact, the climate will appease you to stay forever, and the greenery will make your speechless. There would be nothing better walking on the path of a misty mountain, lofty oak trees, orchards, green meadows, and silver streams. Every passage, inch, of the land is dotted with ferns, shrubs, and foliage. Once you have visited here, there is no way the memory of this beautiful location would fade away from your mind.

Places to See

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Visiting this sanctuary is necessary if you want to see flora and fauna playing in harmony with the nature. The 45.59 sq. km. of area was declared a sanctuary in 1988. Spectacular ranges of birds, plants, and animals are adorning this place. Walking in the dense forests enjoying the shades and the cool breeze will excite you do something for the environment. The great Himalayan Mountains standing as a guard at the backdrop will shoot high your excitement level. Trees such as oak, deodar, pine and rhododendron are adding to the greenery of this place. You will be thrilled watching the barking deer, leopard, panthers, monkeys, chitals, Himalayan Bear, Fox, flying Squirrel and other animals. However, you must take help of the forest authorities to avoid being off-track.

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple built by King Kalyan Chand in the 13th century. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity who is hailed here as Bineshwar. In fact, the name to the town is derived from this temple. The locals offer prayer in the temple regularly. Any Hindu tourist coming to this hill station never misses coming to the temple and have darshan. Besides religious sentiments, the temple is must to see because of its architecture.

Golu Devata Temple

Golu Devata is the local deity believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is 4 km from the famous Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, and 10 km from Almora. Golu Devata is considered the Lord of Justice. People come here to seek justice for their problems. They make a wish and tie a bell near the temple. Whenever their wishes are fulfilled, they come back and offer a sacrifice of goat to appease the deity. The offering is then used as prasad. Some even write a letter in which they share their personal feelings.

Zero Point

Millions of trekkers from across the globe dream about scaling the Himalayan peaks. There are few who have even reached at a considerable height of this mystical mountain. For commoners, a mere glimpse of the mighty peaks is enough to give all the satisfaction. If you want to see the Himalayan Mountains, Zero Point is the place you must visit. This point is in the Binsar wildlife sanctuary from where you can have the 300 km panoramic view of the great Himalayan peaks that include Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Trishul and Shivling.

Khali Estate

Khali Estate is a resort in Almora district built at 6600 ft. above sea level. Large concentration of pine and oak trees are covering the resort. The rooms in the resort are beautifully maintained. Famous personalities like Vijay Lamxi Pandit have stayed here. A stay in the old-style building with a free view of the snow-clad Himalayan Mountains compels tourists to come here.

Mary Budden Estate

Mary Budden Estate was originally established by Reverend John Henry Budden to do some charity work in the Kumaon region. He established two buildings in five acres of area that are 8000 ft. above sea level. The two buildings were used as a school and a mission chapel. John's daughter, Mary Budden dedicated her life for the cause of the locals. She established a school for girl's education, women hospital, an orphanage, and a shelter home for the homeless women. Later, some Indian purchased the property and converted it into a luxurious resort. The old charm of the building is retained and the cottage offers a unique experience to the guests.

Kasar Devi Temple

This temple is a tourist attraction situated 9 km from Binsar. It was initially the house of a Dutch Monk, who stayed here from 1970 to the start of 1980s. The hippie culture in India flourished from this place. The temple received all the attention after Swami Vivekanand mediated here.

How to Reach Binsar

By Air

Daily flights from Delhi to Pantnagar, which is the nearest airport, offer services to tourist.

By Train

The last railway station for the Uttrakhand hill stations is Kathgodam, which is 85 km from Binsar. Kathgodam receives trains daily from several cities of India.

By Road

State and local transport buses offer services from Kathgodam, Delhi, and Chandigarh for Binsar.

Binsar hill station is a beautiful and tranquil tourist spot in Uttarakhand where tourists can enjoy the majestic 300 km view of the Himalayan Mountains, feel rejuvenated staying closer to the nature.