Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary situated at varying altitude of 900 to 2500 meters was established in 1988 is 33.5Km from Almora and lies in Bageshwar district consisting of thick forest of oak, rhododendron and cheer pine. The sanctuary was established to conserve and protect the shrinking broad leaf oak.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary gets its name from Binsar Mahadev temple devoted to lord Shiva built around 9-10th century. It is said that the temple was built in a single day. At an altitude of 2480 meters above sea level, Binsar Mahadev is believed to fulfill the desire of child and female devotees light lamp on their palm here on the day of Vaikunth Chaturdashi.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism
Tourists should walk on foot in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, walk becomes musical with birds chirping and the sights of these faunas will engross visitors throughout the journey. For the nature lover tourists with photographic interest, clicking pictures or making videos of birds adds to fun. Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary. 180 species of birds visit Binsar every year.
The highest point in Binsar is Zero Point that you will reach after walking up hill for one and half kilometers inside the wildlife sanctuary. Zero point is one of the few places in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand that provides a wide panorama of great Himalayan ranges. The 300Km stretch of Himalayan ranges from Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand of India to the neighboring country Nepal keeps the tourists spellbound. Binsar has a museum about the flora and fauna of the region. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary opens from sunrise till sunset.
The sanctuary has 200 species of birds. Besides this, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary houses many avifaunas in higher region. Bansar Wildlife Sanctuary is rich for beautiful butterflies and wild flowers that will keep you fascinated for hours.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary | Best Time to Visit
Tourists go to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary all round the year, hotels are open throughout the year and it is upon you to make the trip successful.Kumaun Mandal Vikash Nigam (KMVN) guest house is well located for bird watching from the room.
Binsar rest house is also inside the dense forest that provides grand view of snow peaks and Binsar valley.Home stay in the village is also possible. Run by villagers, home stay provides you enough space to explore local culture and traditions.
Weather in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Summer months- April to June are warm, temperature ranging from 10?C to 20?C making it perfect for hiking, nature walks and short treks.Thousands of people come to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary during September to November as the weather and environment synchronize to meet nature lover’s expectations. Winters are very cold and experience heavy snowfall.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary | How to Reach ?
- By air: Pant Nagar airport Nainital, 157Km away, is the nearest airport. You can find taxi and jeep at the airport to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
- By rail: Kathgodam, 120Km away, is the nearest railway station from where you can hire a taxi or jeep to Bisnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Kathgodam is well connected with major cities of India.
- By road: Almora is 33.5Km away and Nainital is 96Km away from Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. You can first go to Kathgodam or Almora and then start for Binsar from any of these places exploring the places on the way.
Route to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Dungiri – Gwaldham – Baijanath – Bageshwar – Dotiya Gaun – Sunoli Mafi – Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nainital – Bhowali – Almora – Binsar Madhya Sarkari Duka – Sunoli Mafi – Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary | Places to See
- Khali Estate: Once home of the commissioner of Kumaon division from 1856 to 1884, Sir Henry Ramsay, Khali estate is a popular among the tourists. Commissioner Ramsay had been to the zero point and heaved a flag for which the hill is called Jhanda Dhar hill.
- Mary Budden Estate: A resorted colonial home with two cottages and a Shiva temple, Mary Budden estate is visited by tourists to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Kasar Devi Temple: Kashar Devi Temple, built on 2nd Century is situated near Kalimath. You would love our visit to Kasar Devi Temple if you want to explore Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand and make most of your trip. This temple is dedicated to Kali, the Bhairavi (dangerous) form of goddess Parvati.
- Chitai Temple: Temple of Golu devta- the god of justice, worshipped by Kumaoni people, Chitai temple is believed to fulfill the wishes of devotees. In this Shiva temple, you can see thousands of bells hanging in the temple premise hung by the devotees after their wishes get fulfilled. You can enjoy the majestic view of great Himalaya from Chitai temple premises. If you walk for one more hour, you can dance with nature in the dense pine forest.
- Kathgodam: On the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas, sitting on the bank of Gaula river Kathgodam is a small village that serves as the main railhead in the Kumaon region. Seetla Devi Temple, Hedakhan ashram, Kalichaud Temple and Corbett falls are the attractions of Kathgodam.
- Jalna: Small beautiful village in Almora district, 1600 meters above the sea level, has a small population. This lovely village will make you near to nature. Nearby forest with jungle cats, mountain deer and boars where you can occasionally see bear and leopard is the charm of the village. You will cherish the view of beautiful Himalayan peaks and green valleys .
- Katarmal/Sun Temple: Built in 9th Century by Katarmalla, a Katyuri king, the Surya temple at Katarmal provides the magnificent view of Almora. The temple has a cluster of 44 small exquisitely carved temples surrounding it. The magnificently carved beautiful pillars and wooden doors, spectacular architecture and artistic stone and metallic sculptures are admired by anyone who reaches the Surya temple.
- Jageshwar Temple: One of the twelve jyotirlinga, statue of Swoyambhu Shiva is the center of faith and attraction of Jageshwar temple where you can also see many small temples of other deities. Jageshwar temple is around 33Km away from Almora hill station. Finely carved in 8th and 18th centuries, Jageshwar is meeting point of sacred rivers Shurbhi and Nandini.
- Mukteshwar Temple: The temple of lord Shiva from whose name the village and hill station gets its name Mukteshwar, Mukteshwar temple is highly worshipped in Kumaon region. The marvelous white marble Shivaling in Mukteshwar temple is surrounded by idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesh and Nandi. The temple, accessible by stone stairs is situated 2,312 meters above sea level.
- Hill stations near to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary are – Nainital Hill Station | Kausani Hill Station | Ranikhet Hill Station | Almora Hill Station