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Binsar Forest Retreat
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

When i was planning my Uttarakhand itenanary, i had ambivalent feeling about visiting Binsar. One One hand, as i read about the beauty of the place, I badly wanted to visit but on the other hand, i was skeptical weather my family would feel comfortable in such remote location. So instead of initiallly planned two days, i limited my stay for one day at Binsar and i chose Binsar Retreat - mostly based on the advise from Trip Advisor visitors. And it proved to be the best decission i have taken

The Experience at Binsar Retreat was baffling. Simply superb. I told several times to all my friends that Binsar Retreat really qualifies to be called as a retreat with "truly serene with prestine sorroundings". I felt the real meaning of prestineness is found in Binsar Retreat!

When we enetred the Binsar Sancturary, it was raining. We had to travel 7 Kms inside to sancturay to take one more road which leads to Binsar Retreat. The drive was so plesant and also scary! When we saw one or odd vehcile we felt relieved as it showed atleast some more habitation was there in and around! Such was the prestineness of the place. The final approach road to the Retreat (From the main road) has to be persued on a 4X4 vehicle. So we parked our vehcile, transferred our luggege into the 4X4 vehicle sent by the resort and started our journey!. It cant be called a Road at all - but the experience was so thrilling!

At the Retreat, i felt like a heaven. Far from the crowd, infact in 360 degree we wont find even a single building/house. Only visible are mountains and thrick dense trees. The tents are very comfortable than expected and gives us very unique experience.

While i was doing the initial research about the propoerty and when i came to know there was no electricity, i quizzed Mr Mahendra if that would cause any uncomfort. He assured that if we dont expect the comforts of a modern city hotel, there would be no disappointment. And he was absolutely right. Even without electricity, the lighting from Solar lights is quite comfortable and we spent the night quite comofrtably. The food is another highlight at Binsar Retreat. Every item was so tasty and served boiling Hot! Everyone of us throughly enjoyed the food to the fullest.

Ii couldnt but appreciate the Owners, The manager Mr Mahendra and the staff for maintaining the propoerty in such location and with high quality Service.

Binsar Retreat is the best place to stay in Binsar and is a Must visit for all nature enthusiasts.

Room Tip: There were rooms apart from tents. Staying in tents is a better option to enjoy the experience!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank VikranthVasireddy
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We visited Binsar retreat early in April 2013 and we stayed in Tent no. 1. The view of the mountains from this place is really breath taking. The location of this place is little remote and hence its recommended for a few days of peace quiet from the rustle of the city.

The staff is very courteous and the manager Mahendraji was very helpful. The tents nice, bathrooms are clean and its a good property to roam around. The only thing that can be improved was the food, which was pretty average, but then at a remote place like this, you have to enjoy the simplicity.

Room Tip: Take tent no. 1 if u get that
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Nishw
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

The stay was superb! the place is beautifully located. its like a having home in himalayas! the beauty of kumoun, the serenity of pines.
the staff is very friendly and nice. The rooms are comfortable and cozy. the food is delicious!
Hats off to the people of binsar retreat for the efforts they put in for managing the resort.
its living with nature at its best!
a must visit!
we ll surely be back!
Saily gokhale and family

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank saily21
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Loved the way the wild, un-tampered with kind of vibe this place has. Beautiful walks, fantastic tents, good staff and a great guy for a manager. Hope the place stays just the way it is.. in its rustic and wonderful environs.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank AdityaMukharji
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We were a group of four who landed at the Binsar retreat late one evening in October 2011. We knew that this was the beginning of an experience when we had to approach it in a 4x 4 on a steep mountainous road.
All apprehensions were put to rest in the morning, when we awoke & opened our tents to see the amazing Himalayan snowcovered peaks on one side & the clouds below us in the Valley. The tents were warm, with clean attached bathrooms, neat bedding & the hotel staff was very attentive & helpful. Mr rana the manager was of great help when it came to flora & fauna around, nature walks & treks.
It has been two years & more, but this place is etched in our minds!!
A must go for all nature enthusiasts, it is right in the middle of the sanctuary.

Room Tip: The tents are an experience you cannot miss!!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed at The Binsar Retreat end March 2013. The place is located well inside the forest and the drive up to there from the entry gates to the sanctuary is wonderful. The serenity and calm that descends on you when you reach there is mesmerising. We had taken two of the rooms at the far end (under tent no.1). However, we were disappointed with the experience when we reached there, due to some other guests who had come in a group from Delhi (where else?!). They were not only making a ruckus on the terrace in the open, but also shouting / laughing loud. They don't bother to think that this place is in the middle of the sanctuary and its basic manners not to make noise. When we approached the management to express our concern, their attitude was even more appalling! They did not bother or care to address the issue, but rather told us curtly that we should try and ignore them. I guess money speaks in this place, even if they claim to be an Eco resort. The next day, the same guests were seen leaving used chips packets / mineral water bottles in the open. Since we were only two rooms and they were about 4 tents, their money power prevailed. The resort should definitely be more discreet in the kind of guests they accept, I feel.
The beds were not comfortable and none of us could get good sleep in the 3 nights we were there. Also, the food was just about average and at the end of the 3 days, we were quite fed up with the fare. Otherwise, the lack of electricity and running hot water didn't bother us. In fact, using solar power to light the rooms etc was a welcome thing indeed.
To conclude, though we enjoyed the location, we didn't really enjoy the resort experience, especially with the kind of insensitive guests and the average boarding and lodging experience. We were very happy to be able to move out at the end of 3 days. Won't recommend this place for people who have taste and refinement as part of their needs.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
5  Thank sasmenon
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preetambinsar, Owner at Binsar Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2015

Dear Sasmenon, I am terribly sorry that you have had a bad experience at The Binsar Retreat. While there are things that are beyond our control sometimes, not respecting the sanctity of the forest is definitely unacceptable.

The Retreat has had an ownership change in 2014, since when it has been renovated and refurbished. We launched the new-look property in March 2015 and have renamed it Binsar Forest Retreat.

The 3 rooms under tent #1 are now just 2 rooms, called Nandaghunti rooms.

If you are visiting Kumaon anytime, please do visit us.

Best, Preetam

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

If you ever dream of gazing at snow peaks, spotting wildlife (from balcony), solitude and stay in superior tents then just open your eyes and head straight to this resort. I went there during Christmas holidays (Dec 2012). This resort is one of the 7 present inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Every thing about this resort made the stay delightful. Starting from the room (we took tent no 1 which had snow on the entrance) to the jungle walks, spotting wildlife, chatting up with the Manager (Mahenderji) to finally the awesome food. They don't have power (electricity & use solar power instead) which makes this place even better. If you have not been to this resort yet, pls plan this as your next vacation. You will be pleasantly surprised with the level of hospitality at this remote place....Thank you Mahenderji

Room Tip: Tent No 1 has the best views...if you dont get it dont get disappointed as you can still enjoy the v...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Binsar Forest Retreat

Address: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary | P.O. Ayarpani, Dist. Almora, Binsar 263601, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Almora District > Binsar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Binsar
Price Range: $85 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Binsar Forest Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Binsar Forest Retreat is an eco­-friendly homestay situated at an altitude of 7,600 feet on the south west flank of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Retreat is surrounded by the sounds and sights of a dense oak forest, with spectacular views of the higher Himalayas to the north and the valleys and hills to the south and west. The Retreat is situated on the land once owned (during the British Raj) by Major Edin and the property is locally known as Edinpur. Edinpur has seen many residents since the days of Major Edin. Pallavi, Preetam and Aahna live here now, and run the property along with close friend and partner Rajesh. ... more   less 
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