Binsar is situated in a secluded, clean, and green region of Kumaon region in the Uttarakhand State of India. It is completely surrounded by oak, rhododendron, pine, and deodar trees.
Binsar was the ancient capital of the Chand Raj Kings who ruled in the 7th and 8th centuries. King Kalyan built the temple of Shiva, also known as Bineswar. Other temples one can see are Jhoola Devi temple, which has 75,000 bells tied on poles all around the temple by devotees who had their wishes fulfilled. Other temples are Shiva temple of Gananath, 900-year-old sun temple of Katarmal, and a grand complex at Jageshwar that houses 125 temples, Kasar Devi Temple which dates back to 2nd Century CE, and is believed to have magnetic powers around it (a fact acknowledged by NASA), hence, is visited by foreign tourists in huge numbers.
Binsar has a museum about the flora and fauna of the region. The sanctuary hosts 25 types of trees, 24 types of bushes, and 7 varieties of grasses. The higher altitudes are covered with oak and rhododendron trees. In March and April, flowers, especially ruby red rhododendron, are in full bloom.
Mammals include leopard, Himalayan goral, chital, musk deer (Moschus spp.), Sumatran serow, jungle cat, wild boar, pine marten, red fox, gray langur, rhesus macaque, red giant flying squirrel, and Indian muntjac.
Binsar hosts over 200 species of birds including tits, forktail, nuthatches, blackbirds, parakeets, laughingthrush, magpies, kalij pheasant, monal, koklass pheasant, eagles, woodpeckers, and Eurasian jays.
It is home to many reptiles and butterflies.
From Binsar, one can have a clear view of the snow-capped Himalayas, Nanda Devi peak, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishil, Panchchuli, and Nanda Kot.
Tourists can stay in guest houses run by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam. One can enjoy jeep safari and horse ride while sight-seeing. Binsar Forest Retreat is an eco-friendly homestay situated at an altitude of 7,600 ft on the southwest flank of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Retreat is surrounded by the Binsar forest, with views of the higher Himalayas to the north and the valleys and hills to the south and west.
The best time to visit Binsar is October-November.
Binsar is 380-km from Delhi, the capital of India. The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, about 127 km and the nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, about 85 km. From here one can take a tourist bus or taxi up to Almora which is 30 km from Binsar.