It happened to us accidentally…we were planning a trip somewhere else but by gods grace Binsar called us.
Binsar is a very small place in Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand. Its situated at a height of around 2400mtrs above sea level and weather is mostly great round the year. Places like Almora, Ranikhet and Bageshwar are very close to this place. What you get here is 300 degree of view of Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath. And yes don’t forget Binsar Bird sanctuary. It is a big habitat of flowers ,birds and animals.
Location and climate:
Binsar lies at a height of 2400 mtr. It is just 33 km from Almora. A fantastic place to enjoy Himalayas view .Binsar bird sanctuary is like a cherry on top.
- How to reach
Best time to visit
Road condition for road trip
Binsar is well connected with Roads with all major cities of Uttarakhand. Politically its lies in Almora district and is about 400 km from Delhi NCR. It is around 95km form Nainiatal.
By Air: Nearest Airport from Binsar is Pantanagr located at around 150km from this place. We have direct flights from Delhi to Pantanagr. From airport you can take taxis which are easily available there and will take around 4-5 hours from there to Binsar. Over all road connectivity is good and that should not be a problem
This is always at your disposal. Ask me I will also always suggest to do this on road only. From which ever part of India you are coming, from Delhi take a cab and come and enjoy this or like us rent a bike. Roads are good…best part is when you travel on roads your travel time also becomes your journey which is not the case for Air travel…
You get to enjoy the beauty of Uttarakhand.
If you are a train lover so there is a option of that also. Kathgodam is the nearest station which is around 120 KM from Binsar. So you can reach Kathgodam and than from there you can take cab. Buses are also available from Kathgodam to Binsar on daily basis. You can check bus details on below website also.
If you want to go for a road Trip below is the route that you can take:
This is about 411 km from delhi one way and it takes about 12 hours ride with breaks.
Over all road condition you will be be good except few patches after Almora. But those are small patches and you can easily ignore. Road condition in over all Uttarakhand is good.
- Where to stay
When you have cities like Almora and Nainital on the way so yes tourist that you can is already quite filtered. Binsar is till considered as upcoming destinations so if you want peace and a little pause in your hectic life this is the place:
1. Idyllic Haven
Gaunap, Gonap, Uttarakhand 263628
Cost 1700-2200 per person including all meals
2. Ayush Guest House and home stay
Balta Badi , Papersali, Almora,097193 76490
3. Ram Singh Mehra Homestays:
Phone: +91 94561 10201
Address: Near Matena Kasardevi, 263601 Almora, India
4. Plus you have all other options of Make my Trip and Other websites.
- What to eat/Where to eat
Do as local do and eat what locals do. Whenever you are travelling to some place do make it a point to try local cuisine. And trust me Binsar will not disappoint you with local dishes.
Some of the most popular dishes here are: Aloo ke gutke, Madve ki roti (ragi roti), Bhatt ki daal, Bhaang ki khatai, Palak ka kapa, Kaudh ke daal, and Kumaoni raita. All the ingredients used for all this is locally produced only. All fruits, veggies, Spices used are from here only.
This is something which is a must have when you visit entire Uttrakhand Buransh, a local squash made from rhododendron flowers. Its like agar ye nahi try kiya to you have missed something.
- Where to eat:
Now Below are some of the restaurants you can try at Binsar ..being a small place you will not find many options but what we have tried is putting some of the known places
MOHAN’S RETREAT(known for coffee and view and hospitality of owner)
THE GRILL HOUSE: MULTI-CUISINE RESTAURANT
Hill view restaurant
- What to buy/where to buy
When you are in Uttrakhand that too a off beat place like Binsar best is to buy local products, beautiful wood crated decorative items from local market for souvenirs. Apart from that you should look for Buransh Juice which has a high shelf life.
You can also buy mufflers and hand knitted articles from here too.
Local honey and Binsar’s popular handmade soaps are among the other items available for purchase.
- What to see near by places
Bird Watching/Binsar wild life sanctuary
Trekking in Mountains
Zero Point or lets say photography
Try local cuisine
Try visiting Bageshwar and Jageshwar