The Binsar Wild Life Sanctuary is just 2 km away from the Golu Devta's temple. It is a reserved habitat for variety of wildlife species. You can find here musk deer, gorals, leopards, jungle cats, black bears, porcupines, langurs, foxes, barking deer, flying squirrels, and chitals. There is an entrance fee to enter the sanctuary. At the time of our visit, the entry fee was Rs. 150/person for Indians, 75/person for Indian students (on showing valid id card) and 650/person for foreigners, and Rs. 250 for a small car. Child below the age of 5 years, is exempted from the entry fee. Taking the required permission, we entered the sanctuary. This sanctuary is situated in the lap of Kumaun hills in Himalayas on the top of Jhandi Dhar. As you move forward, the forest gets thicker and denser. On the way, we had lunch at Simba Cafe. The cafe is situated amidst dense forests in a very peaceful location.
As we were on leisure vacations, the next morning we decided to roam only to the nearby locations. At a distance of 4 km from our resort, there was Gairar Golu Devta's temple. Lord Golu Devta is regarded as the 'Lord of Justice' and believed to be the incarnation of Gaur Bhairav (Shiva). The devotees visiting Golu Devta temple present clothes, turban, and shawl in white color to the deity as a token of their love and respect for the lord. En route to Gairar Golu Devta temple, we stopped at some unknown points for random clicks.
Bird Watching and Temple VisitsFor the second day, we hired a guide who conducted the bird watching session as early as 6.00 am in the morning. The activity included long walks along the hills and pine trees. The activity requires to make the least amount of noise, even during walking, to spot the little birds and hear them chirp as they fill their nests with food and small twigs. We were lucky to spot different varieties of woodpeckers, flycatchers, nuthatches, green-backed tit, Eurasian Jay, etc. and also hear the bark of a deer from a distance. The reason behind this activity being conducted so early is to catch a glimpse of these little birds leaving their nests early in the morning to avoid the preying eyes and claws of the eagles who reign the sky during the daytime.
Explore Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and Trek to VillagesBinsar is not a commercial place where you will find shopping malls and food joints by the roadside. Rather, it is a very calm and scarcely populated place where there is nothing but the tranquility of nature. We decided to explore the resort and the that is located within the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary over a whopping 25 acre land. Upon asking the resort administration, we were told that there were little villages downhill where we could trek and reach. The village visiting activity was fun as well as exhausting. On our way, we saw an abandoned temple on the hilltop. The sight from the hilltop was nothing less than a scene from a fairytale – clear, sunny sky after a beautiful rain, lush green mountains, narrow paths, and sunset.We returned to our resort, had our evening snacks, followed by a simple, yet very tasty and nutritious dinner and called off the day.