Binsar wild life santuary is a beautiful, quite and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills. This place is situated 30 km north of the Almora town in the Uttarakhand. Binsar was the ancient summer capital of the Chand Kings who ruled in the 7th and 8th centuries AD. This area is a small Wildlife Sanctuary for the conservation and protection of the broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1988. From Binsar one can see the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and majestic Nanda Devi from a place called ‘Zero Point’. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary inhabits 200 bird species. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 45.59km² and situated at an altitude varying 900 to 2500 metres with an average height of 2412 mts.
Binsar is rich in its flora and fauna. Fauna These includes Leopard (Panthera Pardus), Nemorhaedus goral (goral), Chital (Axis axis) Musk deer , Serow (Capricornis sumatiensis) , Jungle Cat (Felis chaus), Sus scrofa, Black Bear, red fox, pine marten,Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Langur (Presbytis entellus), monkey (Macaca mulatta) ,Porcupine, amongst others. It has been declared an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International with over 200 species including Tits, Forktail, Nuthatches, Blackbirds, Flying Squirrel (Petaurista petaurista),Parakeets, Laughingthrush, Magpies, Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelana), Eagles, Monal, Koklas , Barking Deer(Muntiacus muntjak), Woodpeckers and a range of others. Binsar is also home to many reptiles and innumerable invertebrates including a wide range of Butterflies. The place has Pine forest at the lower level and Oak and Rhododendron at the higher altitude. This place is abundant in alpine flora, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, hanging mosses and many other species of wild flowers. Other main plants of this sanctuary are Kaphal (Myrica esculenta) , Pinus roxburghii, Engelhardtia spiicata, Macaranga pustulata, Quercus gloca, Quercus incana, Quercus leucotricophora(Banjh), Quercus semicarpifolia, Quercus dilatata, Cedrus deodara, Alnus napalensis, Aesculus indica, Pinus wallichiana , Quercus lanuginosa and Quercus floribunda, etc.
How to reach Almora:
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar about 127 km away from Almora which is connected by regular air service with Delhi.
By Rail: The nearest railway station Kathgodam is 90 km from Almora and is connecxted by direct metre guage rail with Bareilly and Lucknow.
Road: Almora is also connected by road with all important town of north India. Some of the road connections are : Kathgodam via Khairana (90 km), Kathgodam via Ranikhet (133 km), Bareilly (196 km), Delhi (378 km).
Where to Stay :Forest Rest House is availble in the sanctuary which requires prior booking. The Garwal manadal Vikas Nigam too runs a TRC . Several Homestay options are also available with the villages.