Heaven for off-beat travelers
Binsar is truly a piece of heaven for off-beat travelers who crave some solitude and connection with nature. Binsar Hills, also known as Jhandi Dhar, is quite a remote travel destination located 2,412 meters above sea level.
Due to the remoteness and the sheer abundance of a variety of flora and fauna, it’s the ideal spot for writers, nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, and seekers of solitude.
In this article, I’ll give you a detailed overview of the top attractions and activities in Binsar. This will show you why Binsar should feature in the bucket lists of all off-beat travelers out there.
Bird Watching in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar is located in close proximity to the natural Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which has been formed by running brooks and rivers. The biggest attraction of visiting this wildlife sanctuary is that it’s home to over 200 species of rare birds such as the Blackbirds, Kalij Pheasant, Parakeets, Laughing Thrush, and many more.
As such, Binsar is a paradise for bird watchers as you can observe a range of interesting and charming birds live and fly freely in their natural habitat.
In addition to the birds, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to other animal species such as deer, leopards, foxes, porcupine, chital, jungle cat, and others.
Entering Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary costs only Rs. 40 per person or Rs. 50 per vehicle.
Trekking to Zero Point
Zero Point is one of the most famous viewing points in Binsar. However, even though it’s well known locally, it’s still remote enough that you won’t find a horde of tourists taking selfies and pictures.
You’ll need to trek a few kilometers into the sanctuary to reach this zero point. However, the view makes the trek completely worthwhile. You get a panoramic view of a range of Himalayan peaks from this point, such as Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath.
Other than the Himalayan ranges, you also get a clear view of the Almora town and the Kumaon hills.
Day Trip to Jageshwar
Jageshwar is a complex, housing the twelve Jyotirlingas, and it’s about 50 kilometers from Binsar. If you enjoy sightseeing religious monuments of significance, you can’t miss this.
It’s situated at an altitude of 1,870 meters. It’s not the most remote destination or sight in the region as it receives thousands of tourists per year. However, if you’re lucky, you might get there at a time when no one else is around.
Jageshwar is surrounded by dense deodar forests and has a stream (the Jata Ganga) flowing in its very backyard. It used to be one of the prime milestones in the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage, but due to better-connected roads and transportation, it can now be accessed more easily by a larger number of people.
If you’re keen on meditation, Jageshwar serves as one of the best off-the-beaten-track meditation and yoga destinations in India.
Also Read: Benefits of Traveling off the beaten path
Exploring Bineshwar Temple
Another interesting historical/religious monument you can visit is Bineshwar Temple, a 16th-century temple housing Lord Shiva. It was built by King Kalyan Chand who belonged to the Chand Dynasty and the temple is famous in Binsar for its architectural motifs and historical significance.
Well, so these are some of the prime activities you can engage in when you’re in Binsar. While all of these activities contribute to Binsar being a paradise for off-beat travelers, the real beauty of Binsar lies in how undiscovered it is.
If you’re sick of all the best locations being commodified by tourism, you can rest assured that in Binsar you’ll find an authentic piece of nature.