About the destination
Perched on top of a hill with a spectacular view of the snowcapped peaks and the Almora valley, Binsar is the epitome of serenity and tranquility. Surrounded by abundant garlands of alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and many other species of wild flowers, this is as close as you would get to heaven.
Binsar is one of the most scenic spots and acclaimed hill resorts in the Kumaon Himalayas. At an elevation of 2412 m, this place offers an excellent view of the Kumaon hills and the greater Himalayas. The main attraction of Binsar is the majestic view of the Himalayas, a three hundred Kms stretch of famous peaks which include Kedranath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nandadevi, Nandakot & Pachachuli. The forests of Himalayan Oak and Rhododendron are excellent for trekking and communing with nature.
Binsar was the ancient capital of the Chand Raj kings who ruled in the 7th and 8th centuries. Here, King Kalyan built the temple of Shiva, also known as Bineswar. The temple holds much significance for the devout. Outside Binsar, the temple complex of Jageshwar (34 Km from Almora), nestles in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.