Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet and one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It used to be the summer capital of the erstwhile Chand kings between 7th – 18th centuries and continues to enjoy the status even now. Located at a jaw-dropping altitude of 2420 metres, it offers majestic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, from Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, to Shivling and Panchchuli.
It is encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary called Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers making it a truly fascinating spot. Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise; one can go on long treks in pure mountain air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering with oaks and rhododendrons. Binsar is a collection of sleepy hamlets amidst vast orchards, silver streams and lush green meadows. The blanket of green hangs can be food in every nook and cranny; from rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns, flowers and shrubs to foliage sprouting out from everywhere.
A must visit in Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar, about 34 km from Almora, nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage centre is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. About 95km from Nainital, this tiny hamlet makes the time stand still. You will keep discovering nature trails up the mountains and down the valleys, as well as gorgeous sunset points tucked away here and there. This intimate hill retreat is idyllic for anyone who needs to reset amidst nature.
The weather in Binsar is pleasant throughout the year; the region experiences a sub-tropical climate. The main seasons are those of summer, winter and monsoon. Summers here are mild and moderate, but the winters in Binsar are very cold. The region of Binsar is best visited during the summer months and early winter.