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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
About Binsar Tourism : Binsar was the capital of the Chand Raj Dynasty. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, founded in the year 1988 is surrounded by spectacular Himalayan ranges, with Zero Point presenting the most heart rendering view of snow covered peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi, which are best visible in spring and autumn. The point called Pariyadeva-Pashan is a reservoir of stones that have cup marks, and belong to the megalithic age.
The Sanctuary takes its name after 16th century Bineshwar Mahadev Temple signifying Lord Shiva. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary has a circumference area of 47 sq kms., is handsomely located at a height, variable from 900 mts. to 2500 mts. above sea level. The wildlife sanctuary is well-known for its forest reserve and bird sanctuary. It has been declared an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International.
The primary purpose of founding the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was to conserve the entire forest cover of the Central Himalayan region comprising broad leaf oak forest. However, over the period of time, the Sanctuary also houses several animal species such as Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Chital, Red Fox, Langur and porcupine. What’s more, tourists can also explore more than 200 bird species like Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the distance of 26kms from Almora. Lying at the distance of 4-kms. from Binsar is the Golu Devta Temple. The deity is revered and worshipped all across Kumaon region.