Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
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Sunilk1976
New Delhi, India2 contributions
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Jun 2022 • Family
After paying requisite fee we entered in the Binsar Wildlife sanctuary. Place is good for visit. But we returned from mid as road was not good. Our bolero neo sticked in concrete and soil. Authorities are taking entry fees from visitors but do not providing good and safe road to visitors. If you are travelling with kids, please avoid to visit this place.

My humble request to authorities to provide visitors a good and safe road.
Written June 11, 2022
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Abhay Kedia
Muzaffarnagar, India15 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
It is a good place for people who want the natural beauty. The view from zero point is superb. You can see snow filled Himalayan mountain peaks from here clearly. The forest is dense and so peaceful that you can feel silence of nature while waking in the sanctuary
Written August 2, 2020
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@seem
New Delhi, India210 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Family
The roads leading to the guest house on the top ( 10 kms) are very narrow but adventures to drive on. The 2 km trek from the guest house to zero point has beautiful views, surrounded by lush green trees and occasions growl of animals.

It’s a place one cannot afford to skip while in Binsar
Written December 31, 2020
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Manjusree N
Nainital, India1,820 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Family
The Binsar forest is good to see sunset in the evening. It is approx 7000 ft" from the sea level, its also known as high altitude forest in Kumaon sector of Uttarakhand.But there no animal can be seen here, the entrance of the forest is INR 150/-per person, car entrance INR 250/- just waste of money & time.
Written April 26, 2015
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syamantak_mukherji
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Apr 2014 • Family
When I first went through Binsar in 1991 I did pay much heed as I was coming out from a strenous trek from Munshiyari, Mailam Glacier via Chakori. But this beautiful scenic small hill station always made a dent somewhere in my memory.

So this time after spending my stipulated stay in Dhikala, Corbett, I decided to make one more trip to Binsar via the princely Almora to see and feel the aura of its leopard infested forests and the grand view of the Trishul and Panchachulli Range of Himalayas. It was April and Binsar was blazing with a riot of colours from the different flowers of the various unknown trees.

I had booked Khaali Resort and this baronistic mansion with wide double decker cottages, a breathtaking library and the mouth watering vegeterian meals just floored me. From the garden itself I was viewing the brilliant snow capped mountain ranges glistening in the sun at dawn. The heat of the land has resulted in forest fires at parts so we could easily spot barking deers. Birding in Binsar especially if Mohan of Khali escorts you can be an endeavour day in day out. It is actually a paradise for bird lovers. A trip to Binsar Top in a clear day will reward you a breathtaking view of the Trishul Ranges. There is a vibrant flower called Evening Primrose which sprouts out in the evening and dies in the morning and will greet you warmly from the gardens of Khali.

The sunset in the evening is just breathtaking and the colour of the sky from Red to Indigo will always linger in my memory.

The chill of the night will may occasionaelly be disturbed by a growl from a wandering leopard as the beast comes in near vicinity of GMVN and occasionally near Khali too.
Written January 14, 2015
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AnStravel
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India35 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Family
I don’t know what heaven looks like…Binsar comes to my mind every time I think of it!
If you want to unwind yourself, relax, sooth your senses, be in the midst of nature- then Binsar is the place to be.
Binsar is a wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of approximately 126 kms from Kathgodam, Uttarakhand (the closest railway station to the place). For those who are familiar to Kumaon, its 33 kms from Almora. It takes around 45 mins to reach there from the main town, Almora.
With Pine at lower end, oak and rhododendron at higher altitude, you will find hanging mosses and colourful flowers adorning the slopes. Panoramic view of the Kumaon Himalayas, a stretch of almost 300 kms, is simply mesmerizing.
Read on… open the windows of your imagination!
The forest guard opens the toll gate and you enter the Wildlife Sanctuary. There are still some 8 kms to be covered and you are on a meandering road surrounded by dense forest on both the sides. You can hear the sound of cricket and birds chirping. Its quiet, its green and with every deep breath you take-the clear air begins to sooth your senses!
On reaching the destination you see a leveled ground in between two hills. There is an old Shiva temple at the farthest end of the small plain area. Built of stones, this temple resembles exactly like the one most of us drew when we were kids—with a small bridge and water flowing underneath. Take the road uphill from right next to the temple. After about 5 minutes of steep ride you are there! You will find yourself on top of a hill, in the midst of forest with a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
Rising above the clouds! Your wish to ever stay in a place like this is made true by ‘The Grand Oak Manor’. An old British building brought to life. The way the resort has been built, its interiors and old photographs adorning the lobby, corridors and hall take you back in time. Every room has a balcony for a fantastic view of the hills. Furniture is all old wooden style in line with the era. The service is at its best even at such a remote location, whether it is electricity or hot water supply or food. Well, if you think that at a sanctuary good food is hard to find, you are in for a surprise. The Grand oak Manor offers you cuisines from around the world.
What all can you do here? Well, in the morning you can trek to Jhandi dhar and see the sunrise from behind the Kumaon hills. The walk to Jhandi dhar itself is quite refreshing.
During the day time you can just laze around and relax, or spend time admiring the natural beauty around. In the afternoon, you can go for a walk around the resort in the forest or read a book.
It is a perfect place for people who love to write, paint or meditate and excellent for trekkers and those who like exploring. The place offers you so much that you won’t even realize when the day has ended.
A blissful experience you can’t miss!
To know more about the place, the resort and history log onto www.grandoakbinsar.com/
Written December 22, 2012
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Rinki G
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India43 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Family
Binsar wildlife sanctuary is situated 25 km from almora in uttarakhand. This sanctuary is on the top the hill. Its area is almost 45 km2.

I went to Binsar in winter. I drove my car from delhi and spent a night in almora. Next day in the morning I started my journey for Binsar. On the way I found the the beauty of snow caped Himalaya. It looks like golden crown when the ray of sun fall on the snow cape peaks.

We reach sanctuary gate after 1 hour. At the sanctuary gate (Forest check post) we collect gate pass. They took Rs. 150/ per head and Rs. 250/ for the vechiles. After collecting pass we moved for the park. The road is narrow but road condition is very good.

There are some hotel inside the sanctuary. You can prebook those hotel online. There are one GMVN hotel also. Till that hotel we reached by car. Then we started walking to reach zero point. This is approx. 2 kilometer walking distance to reach zero point. This trail is fully covered by big trees. So sun light can not enter there. After reaching zero point we found a amazing view of long range of snow caped mountain. There is a watch tower. To get more clear view you can ride there.Pin drop silence and green nature and snow caped himalaya, all are mind blowing.

We found variety of Birds and deer, fox etc.

Kasar Devi temple is located around 9 km from Almora. It gained recognition in 1890's when Swami Vivekananda meditated there. We visited this temple also at the time of returning from Binsar to almora.

Tourist can easily reach Binsrar. Kathgodam is nearest railway station. From kathdgodam you can take a public bus till Almora. From almora you have to hire a car for full day. Cost will be around Rs1000 to 1500. Otherwise from Nainital you can hire a car to reach Binsar.
Written September 2, 2018
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Joy1302
New Delhi, India2 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Family
We were looking out for some place which was untouched ( wanted to avoid tourist crowd ), pristine and away from the hustle bustle of any city life. A place you can just blend in with nature. Binsar was the right answer for such location. Surrounded by forest all around with no electricity ( just solar lights ) and the sound of birds ( else pin drop silence ), Binsar was like a gateway to paradise.
We drove from Delhi to Binsar via Jim Corbett National Park, Ranikhet, Almora and finally Binsar. This route is a bit long and passes through forest all along. The road from Ramnagar ( Jim Corbett ) is good ( but spiral as mountain roads are always ) and with very little or sometimes no traffic. The drive is heavenly with dense forest on both side, sweet cold winds and is pretty safe to drive during daytime. We started a bit early ( 6.00am ) , halted at Mc Donald in Gajraula for breakfast ( 7.30am ) for half an hr and also halted at Jim Corbett for an hour before finally driving straight to Binsar. We reached Jim Corbett by 10.00am and finally started our uphill journey by 11.00am. The route is superbly beautiful as I had already mentioned but the roads are a bit spiral which causes nausea to some people. However we didnot feel any such issues. We stopped for tea on our way somewhere ( between ranikhet and almora on the highway ) and the beauty of the valley just took our breath away. There are small stalls on the way where you can just stop for some mild refreshments, but donot expect any variety of foods as food is very basic ( pakora and chai ). We reached Binsar at 5.00pm. Evenings are early in these parts so its better to reach destination on time. Binsar wildlife Sanctuary also closes the forest road by 5.00pm, which also makes it important to reach before sunset. The 1st night we had booked in KVMN guest house. There is no electricity connection and we were provided with candles in our room. There is a provision for solar light which is primarily used during dinner time. With evening falling soon the entire area becomes pitch dark , and sitting in ur room overlooking the forest with just a small flicker of candlelight in the backdrop , is truly an experience which u will carry throughout your life. Dinner is basic ( roti, dal, two vegetables and boiled egg ) , but good. The true beauty of the place emerges early in the morning. There is a terrace for watching sunrise , with early rays of sun falling on the Himalayas ( when everything else is dark ) , you see the peaks of Himalayas which look like molten gold. This is the moment of paisa vasool. This is a brilliant sight which is unmatched. There are 7 peaks of Himalayas that you see from this location. The breathtaking beauty of the place mesmerizes you and you just allow yourself to get soaked in the surrounding beauty. This was followed by breakfast , post which we set out on foot to explore the surrounding jungle. The forest around is pristine & untouched with mosses hanging from the trees. There are a couple of spots from where you can have a fantastic view of the Himalayas , we roamed around for a couple of hours. Returned back to KVMN and checked out at 12..pm. Location wise KVMN is the best , however services are bad. You get one bucket of warm water in the morning for bathing, if you sleep a bit late you miss it. There are no room services ( which is ok ) but even in buffet dinner and breakfast services are poor. Refills are late and eggs are limited, we didnot get eggs for breakfast as someone else had taken more ( excuse given by staff ). After checkout we went to Khali Estate. This is a brilliant place to stay and I will be back to Binsar only for this location. The place is 150 odd yrs old with many known personality staying here in the past. The central house has independent fireplace in every room and on request they lit it up. It is one of the most memorable experience to sit by a fireplace at night when outside its chilling cold. We stayed in the circular rooms built recently ( not so old as the main building ) , the rooms are very comfortable, big in size and once you remove the curtains you see the golden peaked Himalayas straight from your bed. Its awesome. From the inside these circular rooms look like log huts with interiors done in wood. Food is good with very friendly and helpful staff. In the evenings we went for a walk in the surrounding forest which was a pleasant and memorable experience with just the sound of birds around. Hotel staff said there are leopards around and had killed a cow a couple of days back , but we did not find any leopard anywhere. However , we really enjoyed staying in this place.
On our return journey we started around 10.30am from Binsar after a heavy breakfast and took the route through Almora, Nainital, Haldwani, Rampur, Moradabad and finally Delhi. On the way back we stopped for an hour in Nainital , and reached Delhi at around 5.00pm. Route wise this route is easier and is also 30 – 40 km shorter than the route we took for the onward journey. However, if you are looking out for a memorable journey through the forest you can take the jim corbett route , only you need to start early and keep a tab on time as its dangerous to travel in such mountain roads at night.
Written August 5, 2014
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Diptesh G
Siliguri, India74 contributions
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Nov 2012 • Friends
Do you like a place so lonely that you may not meet people unless you chose to? Do you like mountains that open up in front of you like the peaks are for your pleasure only... boundless, vast, and deeply evocative in their timelessness? Do you love the sound of birds on a clear morning when the mist has hidden things a few metres away, and when only the sound of birds reminds you that you are still moored to the earth? If the answer to all the above questions is yes, then Binsar is the place for you.

To me Binsar was a result of my ambitious desire to travel across all the names that I could find in the mountains of Uttarakhand, Himachal and also the hill stations of Bengal and the Northeast. I love the blue mountains, the deep green forests, and the sound of birds is one of my favorite sounds. When I reached Binsar wildlife sanctuary I was tired of the four hours drive from Kathgodam (where my train had brough me from Delhi). Ironically, despite my great love for the mountains I am not a good traveler in the mountains.

As my car reached Binsar crossing the town of Almora and leaving the beautiful waters of Kosi behind I could see the vegetation changing in front of my eyes. The open meadows and valleys of sal by the Kosi gave way to the towering Pine and Spruce forests. Still we climbed, and soon we were above the clouds that towered over Almora. After we passed the Binsar sanctuary gate we still had to drive almost 8-9 kms on a strip of a road that ran through dark woods of Oak and rhododenderons, the roads covered in the yellow, brown leaves that are so common in November. It was quiet, except for the sound of falling leaves, the rustling wind, and the incessant babbling of the birds. Not one car passed us as we reached KMVN Guest house in Binsar.

It was almost sunset. It was bitterly cold. KMVN properties are old but invariably have the best locations. They are not great in terms of interiors or decor (that is the best we can say) but the hospitability is first class. There were great mugs of tea and mounds of sandwiches and pakodas that were whisked in front of us almost immediately. Holding on to the hot cups, almost as if our lives depended on it, we came upon the verandah. It was another world altogether.

The stars were not yet out. The sun's light was still lingering. In front of us lay the panorama of the entire Trishul range of the himalayas. If you love the mountains you will understand what a stretch of unbroken snow peaks, almost within touching distance, can do to your soul. We were uplifted. The journey, the cold, the lack of decent rooms, all became almost of little consequence.

The morning was even more spectacular. We were up long before the sun did. Slowly, as the colors changed we were treated to the show reserved for the priveleged. Even the atheist can find the presence of something deeper than us, something more permanent, something that drives us to become a little better. I cannot explain it. Like in the matrix movie, you will have to see it. It makes you want to be a traveler and once you have the bug the corporate world will always be a small room, stifling and suffocating.

We spent the next few days doing nothing. There was no electricity, no TV, no mobile reception (except BSNL). We spent our days walking, exploring the woods, honored by the company of the twittering birds. The sun shone brighter than you could imagine and the night skies were lit with diamond like stars, more countless and brighter than you have seen in any city. Our passion for walks was met with our suddenly developed ravenous hunger. We ate everything offered to us. And we walked... with our heads in the clouds, under a blue sky watching the blue mountains and the white peaks, listening to the birds in the dark forests of Oak.

That is all there was to it. When we returned our ears found the cacophony of everyday life a little difficult to adjust to at first. We took nothing from Binsar, but left a bit of us in its leaf-strewn woods.
Written February 3, 2013
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Rutvi Amin
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I hv been to Switzerland, so very very limited places can make me feel d wonder of nature ! And yes ..Binsar MAGIC worked !!!

Dark forest , snow covered mountains and loneliness...
Written January 4, 2015
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