Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

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 JhandiDhar 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 GoluDevata.

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!

When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 8.1° Max
  • 1.1° Min
  • 15 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen.
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 – somewhere in the range of Rs 500 for half a day, and Rs 1000 for a full day.

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.

Binsar is famous for its views of the snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges, so you can sit back and enjoy the view while savouring your favourite drink. Zero Point is a favourite with tourists as it affords them the best possible view of the surrounding peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, KedarNath and Shiv Ling, especially during spring and autumn. The calm and serenity at this place is often overwhelming. The BinsarMahadeo Temple, built in the 16th century and a major local crowd puller is also worth a visit. But mostly, if you are in Binsar, the thing to do is to relax and get in touch with nature and your own inner self.

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

Luxury Hotels - (5000 - 10,000 INR pernight):-

Club Mahindra Binsar Valley(Village & Post: Bhainsori, Almora-Bageshwar  Road | Bhainsori, Binsar 263684, India)

Grand Oak Manor(Binsar Estate P.O. Ayarpani, Binsar 263601, India)

KalamatiSangam Himalayan Resort(Kalimat Estate, Binsar 263601, India)


Mid range Hotels - (2000 - 4000 INR pernight):-

Binsar Retreat(Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar 263601, India)

Idyllic Haven (Gaunap Village, Binsar 263681, India )

Binsar Eco Camp (Omnagar,Dhaulachina, Binsar 263661, India)


Budget Hotels - (900 - 1800 INR pernight):-

Mary Budden Estate (Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary,P.O. Ayarpani District, Binsar 263601, India )

KMVN Tourist Rest House (Nanda Devi, Binsar, India )

Nandadevi Estate (Binsar Sanctuary, Binsar, India)


How to Reach

  • Pant Nagar airport in Nainital, 157Km away, is the nearest airport. You can find taxis and jeeps at the airport to drop you to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • 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
  • Almora is a mere 33.5Km away and Nainital is 96Km away from Binsar. You can first reachKathgodam or Almora and then start for Binsar, while simultaneously enjoying the picturesque roads on the way.

Surrounding Attractions

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary has a lot of local attractions, apart from the beautiful park itself. The Chitai Temple or Temple of GolluDevata is very popular. GolluDevata, 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.
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