As my phone’s alarm started ringing at midnight, I hurriedly jumped out of my warm bed and opened the window of my room to let the cold mountain breeze embrace me and wish me Happy Birthday. This is how I welcomed the last year of my twenties; with my man and the mountains, at Binsar.
Pitched at an altitude of 2420 m, Binsar is a small hamlet nestled in the Jhandi Dhar hills of the Kumaon region in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This quiet place, where time seems to slow down, offers the perfect escape from the daily, fast-moving schedule. Also known to be the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand kings who ruled during the 7th - 18th century, this place offers everything starting from a wonderful weather, alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss, many other species of wild flowers, open meadows, and many more that could make a traveler like me come back each time craving for more. On a clear day, one can get a daunting and mesmerizing view of the snowy Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli.
Come, join me, as I tell you my story how Binsar added the touch of beauty, and a feeling of being close to nature, to my last birthday in twenties to make it memorable and special forever.