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Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Once the capital of the Chand Raj dynasty, Binsar is the embodiment of tranquility and serenity. Located on top of a hill with a spectacular 360 degree view of snow capped Kumaon mountain peaks and Almora valley. The mesmerizing view of sweeping 300km stretch of Himalayan range cast a spell on the visitors.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 45.59 Sq km area was established in 1988 for the conservation of the broad leaf oak forests. It is home to more than 200 bird species (Birdlife International recognised the sanctuary as an important Bird Area by Bird life International.) and rich  with Himalayan fauna barking deer, musk deer, leopard, bear and bharal.
The best way to enjoy Binsar is to slowly walk the forest trails, relax and soak in the sights of a beautiful forest, scented air and green valleys. The walk to the summit (Zero point) through forest is worth every calorie spent and the view from the watch tower is incomparable. In clear weather, the spectacular snow capped peaks of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli are very clearly visible.    
One can sit back and enjoy the view or can go trekking or bird watching with abundant nature trails available.
There is no electricity in Binsar so after viewing the sunset over Kumaon Himalyas, one can experience bountiful nature and spirituality at its best.

Binsar wildlife sanctuary
Set up in 1988 spread across an area of 45.59 sq.km, it is home for over 200 species of birds and variety of flora and fauna. Conserving and protecting the shrinking broad leaf oak forest of the Central Himalayan region was the main objective of establishing this sanctuary. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, surrounded by dense forest, is the home of Goral, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.

Binsar wildlife sanctuary
Set up in 1988 spread across an area of 45.59 sq.km, it is home for over 200 species of birds and variety of flora and fauna. Conserving and protecting the shrinking broad leaf oak forest of the Central Himalayan region was the main objective of establishing this sanctuary. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, surrounded by dense forest, is the home of Goral, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.
Temples
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple - Binsar is believed to have inherited its name after the temple. This is a famous 16th century temple. Dedicated to lord Shiva, this temple sets an excellent example of a great architecture. A beautiful place to visit. Kasar Devi Temple - The house for Dutch Monk from 1970 to early 80s, Kesar Devi temple is situated at a distance of approx 9km from Binsar, it attracts large number of people from all over India. Golu Devta Temple : Just 4 kms away from Binsar, approx 1000 bells are strung across the temple premises. This temple is dedicated to the popular deity of Kumaon. It has been believed that if devotees hang a bell, all their wishes will come true.
Zero Point
The highest point in Almora district, Zero point offers enthralling view of the mesmerizing Kumaon Himalayan peaks. On a bright and sunny day, the peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and the Nanda Devi can be easily seen.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
DELHI INDIRA GANDHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 368 Km 06H 01m
Haldwani 94 Km 01H 34m
Ramnagar 135 Km 02H 14m
Nearby major cities
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71 Km 01H 12m
169 Km 02H 37m
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Nestled between the rivers Kosi and Suyal, the ancient town of Almora is the religious and cultural centre of the Kumaoni Hills. The cobbled streets lined with stone and wood buildings make for fascinating walks through the historic town.
71 Km 01H 12m
Nainital is a picturesque hill town amidst the towering peaks of Kumaon; it sits on the banks of Lake Naini in a beautiful valley surrounded by forested mountains.
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 15 °C 30 °C
Winter -2 °C 18 °C
Binsar is cold in winter with snowfall during December-February period. Pleasantly cool in summer months (March-June). The best time to visit is March to June and October - November.
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