Binsar is situated at an altitude of 2,480 m It is a beautiful,
quiet and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings
among dense forest. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar
hills. This place is situated 33 km north of the Almora town
in the Uttarakhand state of India. From Binsar one can see the
300 km panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath
Peak, Shivling, Trisul and majestic Nanda Devi from a place
called 'Zero Point'.
History of Binsar
Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled
over Kumaon, from 11th to 18th centuries AD. Binsar is also
noted for mythological warfare between King of Binsar and Golu
Devata. Due to some confusion Golu Devata was beheaded and his
trunk fell at Gairad Dana Golu near Binsar national Park and
his head felled at Kaparkahan near Binsar. Both The places has
ancinent temples of Lord Golu.
In the older days people came from far-flung villages, trekking
on paths they themselves created to pay homage to Bineshwar
Mahadev. Unlike Shimla, Nainital and Ranikhet - north Indian
hill stations discovered and developed by the British.
Geography of Binsar
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 45.59km˛ and situated
at an altitude varying 900 to 2500 metres with an average height
of 2412 mts. Binsar is rich in its flora and fauna. The slopes
have a varying expanse and the terrain has been shaped by the
action of running water. The sanctuary lies some 400-odd kms
north of New Delhi on the Moradabad-Kathgodam-Almora route,
some mid-way between Corbett National Park and Nanda Devi national
Binsar Hills known and Jhandi Dhar, rise to a height of 2412
mts and offer an excellent view of Almora town, Kumaon hills
and the greater Himalayan valley. The surroundings abound in
alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and species of wild flowers.
The chief attraction of Binsar is the majestic view of the Himalayas
- a 300 km, stretch on famous peaks which includes Kedarnath,
Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, nanda Kot and Panchchuli. Binsar
is the epitome of serenity and tranquillity with perched on
top of a hill with a spectacular view of the snow capped peaks
and the Almora valley. Surrounded by abundant garlands of alpine
flora, ferns, hanging moss and many other species of wild flowers,
tourist can feel close to heaven.
A well known forest reserve and bird sanctuary on the Jhandi
Dhar hills of Kumaon. Once the capital of the Chand Raj Dynasty,
it is located at a distance of 26kms from Almora. The entire
region is surrounded by virgin forests of oak, rhododendron,
pine and deodar making it a popular getaway for those looking
for solitude and a close experience with nature.
Flora & Fauna at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
The main forests types found in this sanctuary are listed below
1. Oak and moist mixed deciduous forests.
2. Temperate moist coniferous forests including deodar and blue
3. Sub-alpine birch, fir and spruce forests.
4. Sub-alpine pasture and scrub.
The place has Pine forest at the lower level and Oak and Rhododendron
at the higher altitude. This place is abundant in alpine flora,
Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, hanging mosses and many other species
of wild flowers. Other main plants of this sanctuary are Kaphal
(Myrica esculenta) , Pinus roxburghii, Engelhardtia spiicata,
Macaranga pustulata, Quercus gloca, Quercus incana, Quercus
leucotricophora(Banjh), Quercus semicarpifolia, Quercus dilatata,
Cedrus deodara, Alnus napalensis, Aesculus indica, Pinus wallichiana
, Quercus lanuginosa and Quercus floribunda, etc.
This sanctuary is the home of many high altitude species of
animals and birds. These includes leopard (Panthera Pardus),
Nemorhaedus goral (goral), Chital (Axis axis) Musk deer , Serow
(Capricornis sumatiensis) , Jungle Cat (Felis chaus), Sus scrofa,
Black Bear, pine marten,Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Langur (Presbytis
entellus), monkey (Macaca mulatta), Porcupine, Flying Squirrel
(Petaurista petaurista),Barking Deer(Muntiacus muntjak), amongst
others. It has been declared an Important Bird Area by BirdLife
International with over 200 species including Tits, Forktail,
Nuthatches, Blackbirds, Parakeets, Laughingthrush, Magpies,
Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelana), Monal, Koklas, eagles,
Woodpeckers and a range of others. Binsar is also home to many
reptiles and innumerable invertebrates including a wide range
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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1988, and spreads over
an area of 45.59 sq kms. Binsar wildlife sanctuary was set up
for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf
oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region It is
home to a variety of flora and fauna, and over 200 species of
The sanctuary has been declared an “Important Bird Area
by Bird life International.” There are more than 200
bird species in the sanctuary, including Forktail, Blackbirds,
Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal.
Surrounded by dense forests all around, you can catch some amazing
views of the Himalayan peaks. Zero Point is the best
place to see the enthralling view of the snow capped peaks of
Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi (best visible in
autumn and spring). Bineshwar
Mahadev Temple is a famous 16th century temple, 8 kms
away with the shrine of Lord Shiva. Binsar is said to have been
named after this temple.
Binsar is famous for it's views of the snow capped Himalayan
mountain ranges, so one can sit back and enjoy the view while
savouring your favourite drink. One can also go trekking with
abundant nature trails available from Binsar. Binsar also houses
a forest reserve with a rich diversity of flora and fauna with
forests of oak and rhododendron with a large species of flowers
and birds along with some wild animals. The famous temple of
Binsar Mahadev is also nearby. One can also make a detour to
nearby places like to Kausani, Ranikhet, Jageshwar or Chowkori.
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Bineshwar Mahadev Temple :-
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is the temple from which Binsar derives
its name. The presiding deity of this temple is the Lord Shiva
and it was built during the prosperous reign of King Kalyan
Chand; one of the scions of the Chand Raja dynasty. The Chand
Rajas had their summer capital at Binsar and Bineshwar Mahadev
temple is one of the few constructions dating back to the 16th
century architectural style that are still there in Binsar.
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is situated at a distance of 6 kms
from Ayarpani and it is convenient to visit it on the way to
the Binsar Wildlife sanctuary.
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Binsar Sanctuary Museum :-
Binsar has a museum about the flora and fauna of the region
and provide good and valuable information about the Sanctuary.
Kasar Devi Temple :-
Kasar Devi Temple is located at a distance of around 9 km from
the Binsar, it was the house for Dutch Monk from 1970 to early
80s. It is said that this temple was the house for the hippies
and hippie culture got popular from here. This temple is still
a major tourist attraction for the foreigners.
Archaeological Spots in Binsar
The Binsar hills are rich in ancient relics. Near Dinapani on
the Almora-Binsar road, there is a point called Pariyadeva-Pashan
where there is a long stone with cup-marks. According to Historians
these cup Shaped marks belong to Megalithic Age.
Climate of Binsar - Weather of Binsar
The climatic conditions prevailing in the Binsar sanctuary range
from temperate to sub-arctic. Winters are very cold and Heavy
snowfall is received.
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