Binsar is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. At Binsar, you will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. The rolling hills and hilltops can become a cozy home, Camping at Binsar is bliss.
Binsar is not only a hub of activities but also a full on feast for the eyes and the mind, here are the Best Places To Visit In Binsar.
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple
Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed more than 800 years ago by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty and offers a refreshing spiritual ambience that is marked by rich culture and heritage of the past.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary surrounded by oak, pine and rhododendron trees. The sanctuary sits on top of Jhandi Dar Hills where one can easily spot Leopards, Himalayan bear, jungle cat, and fox and more than 200 species of birds. Furthermore, this cozy sanctuary hosts 25 types of trees, 24 types of bushes and 7 varieties of grasses.
Zero Point, is a vivid happening place in the serene town of Binsar. Zero point is located in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and reaching this point requires an uphill trek of two kilometers. The trek is amidst the grand flora and fauna of Binsar. Upon reaching Zero Point one can see the majestic Himalayan ranges but can also spot famous peaks like Kedarnath, Shivling, Nanda Devi, and Trishul.
Golu Devta Temple
Golu Devta temple is around 4 kilometer away from the main gate of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and is dedicated to the main deity of Kumaon region. The way of worship at Golu Devta Temple is as unique as the town of Binsar; devotees write their wishes on paper and tie the paper to brass bells, the brass bells are then offered to Golu Devta who then takes care of his devotees’ wishes.
Kasar Devi Temple
The Kasar Devi Temple at Binsar , as the name suggests, is dedicated to Kasar Devi. Swami Vivekananda meditated at this very temple in the decade of 1890. The cultural and architectural impact of this temple is very significant to the locals. A large fair, known as Kasar Devi Fair, is held at the Kasar Devi temple on the occasion of Kartik Poornima. The main shrine of devi is situated inside a cave-like formation by the huge rocks. City buses , taxis and cabs can take you there at suitable prices . But it can also be reached by hiking and trekking. The pine forest around only adds to its ambient vibe.
Khali Estate Binsar
The Khali estate was once owned by Sir Henry Ramsay, who was the commissioner of Kumaun from 1856 to 1884, Sir Henry Ramsay was called by British authors, “the King of Kumaun”. He built a bungalow at Binsar. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, the sister of Jawahar Lal Nehru, also lived on this estate for a while. Other prominent people who have been guests/owners of this estate include Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi.