Nestled in the heart of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a family-run lodge unlike any other. Surrounded by lush greenery and located in a small village of only 12 families, this lodge offers a unique and authentic experience for nature lovers and birdwatchers alike. As it sits on government protected land, you can rest assured that the surrounding wildlife and natural beauty will be preserved for generations to come.
Today, the sanctuary supports a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as avi-fauna, with 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, and is set against the backdrop of the great Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Panchachuli.
The property is situated on a hillock in the middle of the sanctuary. The only access is a paved footpath of around 3 km going through the pine jungle, which is an adventure in itself.
There are three cottages here and 4 double rooms. There is the option of rooms with attached bathrooms, but traditionally, mountain folk build homes with unattached bathrooms. Help yourself to the tea and coffee available in your room.
Hot water for your shower comes solar powered, as does the lighting after sunset. Like many villages here, enjoy freshwater from streams. Drinking water is boiled and filtered even though this area has some of the cleanest water you’ll find.
In a mountain ecosystem, resources are even more precious – so we request you to use them conservatively.
Eat organic but eat traditional. There’s some homemade bread on offer, but meals are generally authentic to the mountain communities’ food habits. Enjoy piping hot food either in the the main house with the family or in the privacy of your cottage.
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 the laughing thrush. The Shire is ideal for birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, and people who like a secluded holiday made up of long forest walks and quiet nights under the stars.
The property is located 3 kms from the closest road head and requires a 30-45 min walk within the sanctuary. We can arrange porters to carry your luggage. Accurate details will be provided at the time of confirmation.
things to do
Take part in Kumaoni cooking lessons, visit the local school, and all the old and beautiful temples around. The friendly village folk will welcome you to their homes for a cup of chai, and you will gain a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the locals. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is pretty unique as you can explore it at leisure by going on day walks. This is unlike most other sanctuaries where you might have to take a jeep or elephant safari into the forest.
Hike to different villages set within the sanctuary, go on guided bird-watching walks, or even join one of our customised Binsar Forest Trails. Get in touch with us to know more.
Prices start at Rs. 3500 for doubles inclusive of all meals.
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