About Binsar wildlife
Set 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.
Close to Almora at a distance of 30 KM , Binsar wild life sanctuary started in the year 1988. This reserve forest is located at a height of 2270 meter and it covers an area of 47.8 square KM. The peak point known as Zhandi Dhar is at a height of 2412 meter. This sanctuary is under Civil Soyam Van Prabhag Almora is famous of eco tourism. During British rule there was a base at Amora and during summer time because of pleasant cool weather Binsar was used as summer capital for all official purposes. There are 5 villages inside the sanctuary and 30 villages outside the boundary of the sanctuary.
There is no town or village is known as Binsar , it is the whole forest which is known as Binsar Wildlife sanctuary. This place attracts tourist mainly wildlife lovers. You can do activities like nature walk, trekking, cycling , bird watching while watching the breathtaking view of landscape around.
Entering to the sanctuaryThere is a reserve forest entry point (check post) located at a distance of 22 KM from Amore side. From this checkpost or entry gate to Jungle KMVN resort is 10 KM. Entry fee are Rs 150/- for head per day. Students are charged Rs 75/- , foreign nationals has to pay Rs 600/-. vehicle entry fee is Rs 250/- , Medium vehicle Rs 500/- and heavy vehicle is Rs 800/-
There is a big board showing does and don't inside the sanctuary as per the wild life protection act.
Inside the sanctuary there is an old 17th centurary Binsar Mahadev temple constructed by Kalyan Chand. This temple is at a distance of 6 KM from the forest entry gate.
Sunset View pointLocated within 1 KM distance from KMVN guest house , this sunset view point is located near forest bungalow. You can relax and watch sun going down inside hills.
Trekking inside JungleTourist go for this jungle trek of 1.8 KM distance ( one way ) starting near to KMVN guest house. This trek is available since early morning. There is not much climbing is involved and can easily done who can walk for 2 KM. Guides are available at the starting point and it is better to engage a guide as he will explain you about flora and fauna available. They carry a guide book and you can refer to that if you have any doubt about the birds and trees. This jungle trail is good track for walking and if you are lucky you can spot animals also. Carry one water bottle with you while going for this two hours jungle trek. Usually you can easily spot birds like Spot Wing tit, Chestnut Bellied nuthatch, Chestnut Bellied rocktrach, Eurasian Jay, Oriental Turtle Dove etc .
Among the trees and its varieties mostly you will see Oak ( main tree here ) , Rhododendron arborecun, Pine, Deodar ,Seder, Lyonie ovaliflolia etc.
Your guide will be watching around for spotting these birds and animals. At the end of the trek you will reach the zero point view tower also known as Zhandi Dhar. From here if weather is clear you will get a good view of Himalayan peaks. You can see Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchchuli and Nanda Kot. It will take 1 hour of walk to reach this point and return trip will take 45 minutes. Total time period for this trek 2 hours.
Guide fee is Rs 250 /- ( no need to bargain )
Other than this trek there are other jungle treks are available. To complete all the treks it will take nearly 7 days. Usually half day guide charge for any trek is Rs 500 and for full day it is Rs 1000.
Half day village and cultural trek through jungle and near by villages. Guide fee will be full day Rs 1000
Moyoulikhan trekThis is a jungle trek with mostly for spotting wild life like mountain goat etc. This 7 KM trek is full day trek with guide fee or Rs 1000 without lunch charges.
There is a 4 hours dense Jungle trek in Binsar forest . Half day trek guide charges Rs 500
Jageshwar trek of 17 KM , one day trek ,guide fee is Rs 1000.
There are different treks for bird watchers in the morning and evening time around water points.