Explore the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas in the Wilderness of Binsar
You won’t find the usual suspects here. Simply because there is no town or village by the name Binsar. It’s off the power grid – so you won’t find telly or hot showers or sundry mod cons. Connectivity, too, will be patchy.
Which is great if you’re looking to lose yourself and find another part of you – far, far away from dull, dusty everyday reality.
Binsar is actually a wildlife sanctuary, spread over an area of 47 sq. km located deep in the Himalayan foothills in the Kumaon region. Designated as a sanctuary as late as the year 1988, for the protection and conservation of the broadleaf oak (Quercus) forests in the area, Binsar is known for its amazing views of the Himalayas and of course its wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Here’s what you can look forward to at Binsar :
The rhododendron flower in full bloom
Quiet, dense forests – with pine and oak trees. This is rhododendron season – so the place is awash with vivid red flowers – so it all looks rather surreal.
Wildlife sighting opportunities are aplenty – and include the Leopard, Himalayan Goral, Deer, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Red Fox, Monkey, Langur, Flying Squirrel, Pine Marten, Jackal, Porcupine and more. Not to forget a large number of reptiles and a wide range of butterflies.
Birdwatchers will be in Paradise – as Binsar hosts more than 200 plus species of migratory and resident birds. Rare feathered species here include Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets, and Monal Apar The sanctuary has been declared as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.
Post bicycling expedition bliss
Jungle walks and light treks – crisscross the forest and enable you to soak in the atmosphere and be one with the world around you. You have the option of venturing out on your own or be accompanied by our Naturalist guide.
Experience life – the way it is lived in the region. We offer curated experiences that create memories of the nicest kind. The trek to Zero Point or ‘Jhandi Dhaar’, which is is the highest point in Binsar takes you to a high of around 7,800 feet, through oak and rhododendron forests. Spot birds and wildlife along the way.
And once you reach – soak in unparalleled views of the Himalayas. Close enough for you to almost touch them. The Village Walk is another treasure where you descend through a mixed coniferous forest and reach the quaint little village of Katdhrara.
Soak in the village life, watch the terraced fields and see the traditional architecture of houses with slated roofs, unique to Kumaon.
Or just revel – in the views and the quietude at our Hand-Picked Resorts & Hotels like Grand Oak Manor, Binsar. Originally built by the British – it was the summer residence of Sir Henry Ramsay and administrative center as he was the Commissioner of Kumaon.