Trip to Binsar from DwarahatDwarahat is situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is a small city away from the concrete mesh, perfect for soul stirring, and solace seeking. We visited this little heaven last year and was left mesmerized by its untouched beauty. Leaving mountains to get back home is always difficult, so we decided to extend the trip and visit the ‘not so popular’ but very beautiful Binsar.
Binsar is located at a distance of about 92km from Dwarahat and it takes approximately 2 hours to drive till there. There are a few dhabhas and local tea stalls on the way where you can stop to munch snacks and enjoy the gorgeous view of the mountains and the valley.
Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings. Chand Kings were a part of the Chand Dynasty that rules over Kumaon from 11th to 18th century. The place is a hidden jewel of Uttaranchal and not many people know about it. Surrounded by lush forests and Himalayas in the distance, it is the perfect getaway destination. There is a lot to in Binsar – sightseeing, relaxing, rejuvenating and most importantly feeling connected to nature. The best part about Binsar is its happy vibe and laid back feel.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Binsar. You can drive to the sanctuary or get a taxi. Taking a guide is highly recommended. Also make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes.
Entry Ticket - 40/- per person; 50/- for a car
The sanctuary is home to more than 200 birds species. The trek in the jungle is rather exciting. Spotting beautiful birds, medicinal plants and blossoming flowers is an experience that goes a long way.
The nature walk through the sanctuary is a blissful experience. Filtering sunshine, cool breeze, and the fragrance of eucalyptus all around, you are certainly in for a treat!
Keep walking and suddenly you’ll reach Zero Point. It is nothing but a raised platform that offers stunning 360 degree views of Himalayas. On a clear sunny day you can watch various Himalayan peaks – Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedarnath Peak, and Shivling. I am sure your guide would know them all. Feel the mountains for real by the binoculars and feel at peace with yourself and the world. Ask your guide to take you to Binsar Sanctuary Museum, a small museum in the sanctuary itself.
What’s a vacation if goes by an itinerary? So we let go of the itinerary and soaked some mountain sun. The next day was spent at leisure. We went around the town for some local sightseeing. The first stop was Bineshwar Temple. Built in 13th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is very popular among the locals. The best way of getting to the temple is by hailing a taxi.
The people in the region so warm and friendly. We went to a local dhabha in Binsar and the family was a bunch of happy people. Fresh home cooked food and lots of interesting stories made our meal totally memorable. After this awesome meal we went to Kasar Devi Temple. It is just 8km from the main city and can be easily reached by a taxi or private vehicle. Kasar Devi Temple was home to Dutch monks during the late 1970s. It is also said that Swami Vivekananda meditated at this temple.
The region around Almora and Binsar is known for its various temples and religious tourist attractions. If you are in the region, do visit the very popular Jageshwar. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the main religious tourist attractions in the region. Jageshwar is located just 56km from Binsar and you can easily reach via taxi or private vehicle. Amidst the dense deodar forests is this pristine and very beautiful temple.
Didn’t we say that there is a lot to do in Binsar - visiting a wildlife sanctuary to trekking and seeing blessings of Lord Shiva! So what are you waiting for plan a trip to Binsar and get ready to be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of this dainty town. While driving back don’t forget to carry home the delicious Baal Mithai, a specialty of the region.