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Going Wild at Binsar

You won’t find the usual suspects here. Simply because there is no town or village by the name Binsar. It’s off the power grid – so you won’t find telly or hot showers or sundry mod cons. Connectivity, too, will be patchy. Which is great if you’re looking to lose yourself and find another part of you – far, far away from dull, dusty everyday reality.

Binsar is actually a wildlife sanctuary, spread over an area of 47 sq. kms located deep in the Himalayan foothills in the Kumaon region. Designated as a sanctuary as late as the year 1988, for the protection and conservation of the broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests in the area, Binsar is known for its amazing views of the Himalayas and of course its wildlife, flora and fauna.

Here’s what you can look forward to at Binsar :

The rhododendron flower in full bloom

The rhododendron flower in full bloom

Quiet, dense forests – with pine and oak trees. This is rhododendron season – so the place is awash with vivid red flowers – so it all looks rather surreal.

Wildlife sighting opportunities are aplenty – and include the Leopard, Himalayan Goral, Deer, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Red Fox, Monkey, Langur, Flying Squirrel, Pine Marten, Jackal, Porcupine and more. Not to forget a large number of reptiles and a wide range of butterflies.

Birdwatchers will be in Paradise – as Binsar hosts more than 200 plus species of migratory and resident birds. Rare feathered species here include Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal Apar The sanctuary has been declared as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International.

Post bicycling expedition bliss

Post bicycling expedition bliss

Jungle walks and light treks – criss cross the forest and enable you to soak in the atmosphere and be one with the world around you. You have the option of venturing out on your own or be accompanied by our Naturalist guide.

Experience life – the way it is lived in the region. We offer curated experiences that create memories of the nicest kind. The trek to Zero Point or ‘Jhandi Dhaar’, which is is the highest point in Binsar takes you to a high of around 7,800 feet, through oak and rhododendron forests. Spot birds and wildlife along the way. And once you reach – soak in unparalleled views of the Himalays. Close enough for you to almost touch them ! The Village Walk is another treasure where you descend through a mixed
coniferous forest and reach the quaint little village of Katdhrara. Soak in the village life, watch the terraced fields and see traditional architecture of houses with slated roofs, unique to Kumaon.

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Or just revel – in the views and the quietude at the Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor, Binsar. Originally built by the British – it was the summer residence of Sir Henry Ramsay and administrative centre as he was the Commissioner of Kumaon. Today – a proud part of the Tree of Life.

If you’d like to be at the Tree of Life Binsar and experience this breathtaking resort with our curated experiences, signature cusine, discreet yet attentive service call us on +91 9602091000 / 2000 or mail unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or log onto www.treeofliferesorts.com

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