Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
UttarakhandSet in the scenic Jhandi Dhar hills in the Himalayas, Binsar was the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand Rajas who ruled Kumaon between the 11th and 18th centuries AD. Elevated to the status of a wildlife sanctuary in 1988 after a prolonged movement by the local community, this sleepy hamlet in Uttarakhand spans an area of about 45 sq km that covers nine very picturesque and traditional Kumaon villages, with a total population of just 600 people. It’s a walkers and trekkers paradise between its villages and original forests. Named after a 16th century Shiva temple dedicated to Bineshwar, Binsar provides a stunning view of the 300-km-long snow-covered expanse covering Himalayan peaks such as Badrinath, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Panchachuli, Kedarnath, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi. Owing to its proximity to the national capital, this wildlife park has become a popular spot for trekkers looking for their weekend’s dose of fresh air in a tranquil and breathtaking setting.
How To Book
You can pre-book your trip through your lodge or tour operator.
The park is open for visitors from 6AM till 6PM. It is closed in July and August due to the monsoons.
Getting Around the Park
The region's hilly terrain makes it difficult to move within this pocket-sized park in a vehicle. You are your best bet to make your way up and down Binsar’s forested slopes on foot.
The park charges a one-time entry fee of INR 250 per person for Indian nationals. Foreign nationals are charged a sum of INR 600 per person. Additionally, one will have to pay INR 250 per vehicle for entry into the park.
Air: Pantnagar Airport (144 km). It is a 5.5-hour drive. Taxis can be pre-booked through your travel operator/lodge. Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station (119 km). It is a 3-hour drive from the wildlife sanctuary. Car: Almora is the closest town (33km). It is around 375 km from Delhi.
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