Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is unique in that you can explore it at leisure on day walks, unlike most other sanctuaries where you might have to take a jeep or elephant safari into the forest.

Things to do

Baba, our Munsiyari pony on his daily walk

Jageshwar Temple

Chitai Temple

Here the old oak forest hides myriad birds and wildlife and the joy of spotting a barking deer, a family of goral or wild boar and even a leopard at dawn or dusk is immense.

Mary Budden Estate blends into its surroundings and its serenity and beauty makes it a great place to catch up with yourself, friends and family.

Listed below are a few suggestions -

  • Early morning walks reward one with wildlife sightings.
  • Bird watching with naturalists make Binsar a bird watchers paradise.
  • A retreat for artists and authors.
  • Yoga retreats by Samara Chopra.
  • Outdoor badminton and table tennis.
  • Numerous sit outs, and hammocks in nooks and crannies where you can read or snooze.
  • A day trip to Jageshwar with its 9th century Jyotirling temples dedicated to Shiva.
  • A day trip to Chittai bell temple dedicated to the local deity Golu, Devidhura temple or the cave temple of Gananath.
  • Evening bonfires in good weather.

  • On days when you'd rather stay indoors -

  • Indoor board games.
  • A well stocked library where you can catch up on your reading.
  • Cable TV and a selection of movies.
  • We are conected to Wi-Fi.
  • Local Festivals, Fairs
    and Events

    Bagwal festival, Devidhura temple

    Dussehra festival, Almora

    Annual monsoon festival, Jageshwar

    Listed below are popular fairs and festivals with their respective times in the year, should you want to plan a trip during the time.

    Uttrayani Fair in Bageshwar

    Vasant Panchami is celebrated in the villages
    Shiv Ratri rituals in Jageshwar Temples

    The colourful Holi festival
    Rhododendron trees in full bloom

    Bird watching and trekking

    Baghwal festival at Devidhura
    Sawan Mela ( fair) at Jageshwar

    Nanda Ashtami Festival in Almora

    October :
    Dussehra festival in Almora

    Diwali festival and celebrations in all villages


    Spot winged tit

    Green backed tit


    Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 47 km over altitudes between 2000m and 2500m. This altitude range has blessed the region with a variety of flora and fauna and a healthy bird species of over 200 birds which includes Forktails, Blackbirds, Laughing thrush, Khaleej pheasant, Monal, Parakeet, Magpies, Nuthatches etc.

    Bird Life International has listed Binsar as an important birding area.

    It is commonplace to wake up to myriad bird calls from a variety of Tits, Sibias, Magpies, Woodpeckers and Barbets. For a nature lover a family of magpies in elegant flight is a sight to behold and this often happens in Binsar.

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