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Binsar

Posted on 09/07/14

Introduction:

Binsar is located in the Himalayas on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills. It is about 33 km north of the Almora town in Uttarakhand, India. From a place called Zero Point in Binsar one can see the the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi. Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled over Kumaon from the 11th to 18th centuries AD. Binsar was established in 1988 for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region, and it has over 200 bird species.


   Binsar

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Destination Facts:

Location: Uttarakhand, Kumaon.
Altitude : 2400 Meters
Area: 45.59sq.km.
Temperature: (Summer 22 to 40°C) & (Winter 12 to 33°C)
Languages spoken: Kumaoni, English, Hindi

Getting there:

Nearest Airports: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport to Binsar. The major airport is in Delhi.
Main Railway Station : Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead to Binsar
Main Bus Station or Road: Buses are easily available from ISBT Anand Vihar to Haldwani, Nainital, and Almora. Taxis are also available from major cities of Kumaon region and Garhwal region to Binsar

Eating Around:
Kumaoni food, Indian, Continental including homemade bread dairy products jams.

Places of Tourist interest:

Mary Budden Estate:
The Mary Budden estate located at 8000 feet is a restored colonial home with two cottages and a temple to Shiva.

Binsar Mahadev:
Binsar Mahadev is located in a jungle around 20 km from Ranikhet and nearly 70 km from Almora. It is known for the temple of Lord Shiva. Every June "Yagya" is organised in which thousands of devotees visit there.The Bineshwar Mahadev temple is a holy destination for Hindus. Binsar was named after the temple, which is dedicated to the God Shiva.

Kasar Devi :
Kasar Devi temple is located around 9 km from Binsar. It gained recognition in 1820 when Swami Vivekananda meditated there.

Getting around the destination:
By bus or private vehicles. Tourist taxis.

Shopping Areas & Entertainment: 
The main shopping areas is Lala Bazaar.

Best time to Visit:
October- March is the best time to visit