Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
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Brief

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, a Himalayan delight, located in the picturesque valleys of Uttarkhand, is a small Park, covering an area of just above 45 sqkms. The sanctuary lies some 400-odd kms north of New Delhi on the Moradabad-Kathgodam-Almora route, mid-way between Corbett National Park and Nanda Devi National Park. Located on top of the Jhandi Dhar Hill, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary has been declared an ‘Important Bird Area by Bird life International’.  It has the advantage of being both a hill station as well as a wildlife sanctuary and hence attracts tourists from all over the world that want to enjoy a bit of both.  Once the summer capital of Chand rulers, the place is also of mythological importance and hence very popular among the locals for being the spot of warfare between the King of Binsar and the mythical Golu Devata.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, is a small protected area, enclosing only 47.04sq km of the heavily-forested hill terrain in Almora. However, being situated in an altitudinal zone of 3,000-8,000 ft, India red fox and porcupine, the sightings are mostly occassional, and usually in ones and twos. Inspite of this, one does get to see the elusive leopard if one is lucky. Bird-watching is, however, easier as around 200 species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded within the sanctuary. There is one entry gate for tourists at Ayarpani, locatd on the south-east edge of the sanctuary, and only one road, climbing in a north-westerly direction to terminate at the Forest Rest house (FRH) located near the core zone.

 
Travel Tips

Be sure to pack some woollen clothes since these parts of the country get cold even during summers. Avoid the monsoons as the roads are highly unsafe during the rains. Also try to avoid being out in the dark, late after sunset.

Binsarinfact, is known among the travelling community as one of the best get aways from the chaotic city life. Bring a book, get a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, pick your favourite panorama and just sit back and relax. Binsar, with its unadulterated natural beauty, clean mountain air, quiet and stillness is the perfect place to take some time off from regular, hectic everyday life and just unwind. Leave your cares behind, and the let the air work its magic!

Book your guide at the sanctuary gate in advance.

Snowfall in December-January often blocks the road above the temple and you may have to trek for 4km.

The sanctuary is open all year around, but the best wildlife sightings are from February-April and October-November. March-April is the time when flowers, especially rhodedodendrons, bloom.



When to visit

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Things to do

Binsar Bird sanctuary is a hit with both birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to over 200 types of birds and other wild animals such as the leopard, Nemorhaedus goral, Chital, Musk deer, Serow, jungle cat, Sus scrofa, Black Bear, Pine Marten, fox, langur, monkey, porcupines, flying squirrel, Barking deeramongst others.

The park officials conduct several treks on many of the trails and some of these treks are extremely challenging and difficult. Though these treks will not cost you extra, you will have to pay for a guide for a full day.

Unlike many other national parks in the plains, jeep or elephant safaris are not the means for exploration here - walking is. There are many trails criscrossing the sanctuary - some are relatively wide and well-trodde, while others are barely discernible. If you are planning to venture alone, be aware that not only is it easy to get lost, but you would also lose out on the benefit of a guide who can make your experience enriching.

 

If you are a bird-lover askthe park officials or the guide, for the best spot for bird watching for that particular season. The Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for nature photographers since it has some of the best vistas possible. The beautiful surroundings, coupled with the undulating terrain and picturesque flowers is a camera lover’s paradise.  The topography is covered with oak, rhododendron and deodhar trees and is a refuge for those looking for solitude and some alone time in the midst of nature.

 

 
Getting Around

A variety of cars and other vehicles are available for rent once you reach Binsar. From low budget to mid range to luxury rentals, the town has it all. You can use the rented vehicle for a maximum of 250 kms a day. Rates vary according to car and season. Reach the centre of the town and ask the locals for the cheapest rental services around.

 
Places to Stay

Stay options are available both within and outside the park. If wildlife and walks in the forest are the focus of your trip, it is preferable to stay inside.

 
How to Reach

  • Kathgodam, 120Km away, is the nearest railway station from where you can hire a taxi or jeep to the sanctuary. Kathgodam is well connected with all major cities of India. Tourists can easily board the overnight train Ranikhet Express which starts from Old Delhi railway station to reach Kathgodam
  • Take NH24 from Delhi to Rampur via Hapur and Moradabad; NH87 to Rudrapur; SH to Haldwani via Tanda Modh; NH87 to Ranibagh via Kathgodam; then state road to Bhowali; NH87 to Almora via Khairna; and then district road to Binsar. Bus Uttarakhand Roadways runs two bus services from ISBT Anand Vihar to Almora. From Almora, take a taxi if staying within the sanctuary, as there is no public transport service beyond the gate.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Golu Devta Temple - Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary has a lot of local attractions, apart from the beautiful park itself. The Chitai Temple or Temple of Golu Devta is very popular. Golu Devta, the local deity is very revered in the area, since as the legend goes she is said to have powers to make dreams and wishes come true. You will find a lot of written notes strung to the bells and worshippers furiously ringing the bells in the hope of receiving redressal from the God.

Gananath- Visitors has to drive an ascending 8km untarred strip off the main Binsar-Bageshwar road to get to this Shiva Temple ensconced in a cave at the source of a spring. The mounain view from Maika, another shrine here is lovely

Almora- One of the improtant centre of Kumaon, Almora rose to prominence as the capital of the Chand Rajs in the 16th century. Later, the British designated it as the district head-quarters and used it as a minor hill station. Today it is a bustling town, the main street struggling to contain a horde of pedestrains rubbing shoulders with traffic cops and honking vehicles. Yet it retains its traditional character, most evident in the quaint bylane shops and colonial buildings around town.

Bageshwar - An unremarkable own, it is situated at the none-too-clean confluence of the Saryu and Gomti streams. Its low altitude and denuded surroundings render ut uncomfortably warm in summer. Amongst its thre main temples, the Baghnath Shiva temple is worth visiting. The original structure is perhaps a thousand years old, though it was renovated in early 17th century. The other two temples are Chandrika Devi, a modern one atop a hill, accessible by a motrable road, and the small Nileshwar shrine with a big Shivalinga.

Jageshwar - The most popular destination in the Binsar orbit, and with reason, is Jageshwar. Apart from being the seat of one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Hinduism, Jageshwar has visually-appealling architecture. 


The Kasar Temple is another favourite spot. Tourists visit it, not just to admire the architecture or to pray, but also to observe the beautiful sunset that can be seen from the temple. Kausani and Almora are other popular hill station towns located in the close vicinity of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which are known for their enchanting view of the surrounding hills and breathtaking sunrise and sunsets.

 
Important Numbers

Police Control Room-100

Fire Brigade-101 Emergency Medical-102
Disaster Control Room, Police Headquarter

Helpline Number- Telephone -0135-2717300  Mobile -9411112985