A family run lodge, with stunning views of the Indian Himalayas and the surrounding forest is set in splendid isolation, within the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The property is located in a well spread out, delightful village with fewer than 12 families currently living there. The placement of this quaint destination within a reserve forest gives it a unique identity. In addition to this, the government has taken strict measures to ensure that the forest is not disturbed and only clean solar energy is provided every day. Following a long local movement for its establishment, Binsar was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988. Today, Binsar supports a wide variety of flora and fauna species as well as avi-fauna including some of the endemic species found only in the Himalayan range. The sanctuary is clad in forests of oak, pine and rhododendron, with some of the most unspoilt landscapes of India, set against the awesome backdrop of the great Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli.
The lodge consists of three separate cottages with a total of 4 double rooms that come with both attached and unattached bathrooms. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms. The property is situated on a hillock in the midst of the sanctuary and is an eco lodge in the true sense as the only access is a paved footpath of around 3 km going through the pine jungle, which is an adventure in itself. The lodge is neat and clean surrounded by hills and valleys with basic facilities and of course sparkling clean toilets and bathrooms. Solar power ensures hot water for showers and power for light through the year. Water to wash in comes from the village’s own source and drinking water is boiled and filtered. These resources are limited and guests are requested to use them modestly.
The lodge offers organic traditional food along with Indian cuisine with homemade bread. They serve vegetarian food grown in the property’s garden. Piping hot food with local flavour will be a treat for your taste buds and you can choose to have your meals in the lodge or in the main house with the family.
This is a wonderful place to discover wildlife, birds and butterflies. More than 230 species of birds including migratory ones have been recorded here. You may be lucky enough to spot the elusive leopard, and also other local wildlife such as barking deer, mountain goats, pine marten, foxes and porcupines. A wide range of birds include minivets, eagles, vultures and laughing thrush. Ideal for birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, people who like to enjoy seclusion and taking long walks in the forest.
The property is located 3 kms from the closest road head and requires a 30-45 min walk within the sanctuary. Porters can be arranged to carry your luggage. Accurate details will be provided at the time of confirmation.
things to do
Spending time with the local community is a great immersive experience, take part in Kumaoni cooking lessons, visit the local school and temples. The friendly villagers will welcome you to their homes for a cup of chai, and you will gain an fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the locals. 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. You can hike to different villages set within the sanctuary, go on guided bird-watching walks etc. For bookings, get in touch with us.
Prices start at Rs. 3500 for doubles inclusive of all meals.
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