The next morning we left for Chaukori via Bageshwar. This and much more in my next post, which is following very soon...
What to See:
Binsar is a scenic, sleepy and a cut-off travel destination, which offers you the natural beauty in abundance. So enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the place. Kasar Devi temple, Katarmal Sun temple, Binsar wildlife sanctuary are the main points of attraction in Binsar. The famous Zero Point, Bineshwar Mahadev, Grand Oak Manor, Khali Estate (Former home to Sir Henry Ramsay) are all within the wildlife sanctuary. You can also trek to different villages from the wildlife sanctuary, however taking services of guide is advisable in such case. You can also visit the zoo in Almora which is the nearest town.
When to Go:
Binsar is at an elevation of around 8000 ft. and can be reached in any season as every season has its own charm. The climate here is salubrious because of dense forests all around and the height. Although the best time to visit Binsar is October-November and the summers.
The summer season, which extends from April to June, remains quite pleasant as the temperature hovers in range of 15 0C and 30 0 C. This is the best time for trekking, etc. After April, mist and clouds start hiding the snow capped mountain ranges.
The rainy season turns Binsar completely lush green but monsoon brings also with it many related inconveniences and dangers like driving on hills in heavy rains, land sliding, flash floods, slippery roads, etc. So one should consider all the pros and cons before planning for Binsar in rains.
Winters in Binsar are very chilling and freezing as the lower temperature falls to subzero range. Winter season stretches from October to February. Snowfall on height is quite normal. So it is the best time for honeymooners and nature lovers.
How to Reach:
Binsar is well connected with most of the important towns and cities of Uttarakhand through all weather roads.
By Air: Pantnagar (PGH) is the nearest airport, which is around 150 km away. It receives daily flights from New Delhi. You can easily find taxis from the airport to Binsar.
By Road: Binsar is easily reached using public as well as private transport. Buses from ISBT New Delhi, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Nainital, Almora to Binsar are easily available. Taxis are also available from the aforesaid locations.
By Train: Kathgodam (KGM) is the nearest railway station at a distance of 120 km. Kathgodam is well connected through rest of the country. Trains from New Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly, Kolkata run on regular basis.
Where to Stay:
There are not many options available to stay in Binsar as it is a remote and cut-off place. So it advisable to book hotels and accommodation, well in advance. The options available there could be classified in luxury/deluxe and budget hotels. Mary Budden Estate, Tourist Rest House (TRH) of KMVN, Bisnar Forest Retreat Resort, Grand Oak Manor, Khali Estate are some luxury/deluxe places to stay, right in the middle of the wildlife sanctuary.
Simba Cafe and Lodge and Idyllic Heaven are budget accommodation within the wildlife sanctuary. Club Mahindra Valley Resort may also be a choice but it is in Binsar valley, quite far from points to be visited. Binsar Eco Resort (also known as Clarks Inn Binsar), Kasar Jungle Resort, Mohan Binsar Retreat, Imperial Heights (all on Bageshwar Road), Binsar Eco Camp and few other options like this are also available.
Where and What to Eat:
Mohan's Retreat on Kasar Devi-Binsar Road is a good choice for Indian food. The views from the restaurant are amazing. Bird Song at Club Mahindra can be a good choice for really good cakes and authentic local food. Within the wildlife sanctuary, The Acron at Grand Oak Manor serves delicious Kumaoni and Indian cuisines in very nice ambience. You can have good food at the Simba Cafe and at TRH Binsar (available only at the lunch time).
What to buy:
You can purchase mufflers, sweaters and hand-knitted Kumaoni Shawls along with buying locally made handicraft items including the beautifully crafted wooden products as souvenirs. Rhododendron squash, local honey and handmade soaps that Binsar is known for, are other products that you can buy from here.
Binsar is near to many famous tourist destinations. Almora (25 km), Naintal (90 km), Kausani (50 km), Ranikhet (68 km), Baijnath (80 km), Bageshwar (62 km), Jageshwar (60 km), Gananath (30 km) are few nearby locations.