It’s been several weeks since I got back from our Binsar road trip, and I wanted to unpack our full itinerary for those of you thinking of heading over there. Our itinerary was spread over 5 days over the Holi long weekend and it looked something like this: Delhi > Jim Corbett National Park >Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary> Jim Corbett National Park > Delhi.
Binsar is a scenic, quaint and a cut-off travel destination, situated in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. It is located at an altitude of 2,412 metres above the sea level, situated amidst Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The main attraction in Binsar is the 300 kilometres of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath.
The distance from Delhi to Binsar is almost 400 kilometres, which approximately takes almost a 9-hours to reach the destination. Given there was just one person who was driving, we decided to take short breaks in between the long-haul journey.
BINSAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Where we stayed: KMVN, Binsar – The KMVN government tourist guest house is the only acccomodation situated right inside the wildlife sanctuary and provides an undisputed 360 degrees view of the Uttarakhand range of the Himalayas. Bookings in KMVN across the country should typically be made well in advance due to its popularity among tourists – mainly due to its prime locations. Rooms are available under several categories : standard, deluxe, super-deluxe and suites from a range between 2000 – 4500 INR/night, and includes your morning cuppa, breakfast and dinner (which is a good deal!). The rooms are relatively basic – no TV – but incredibly comfortable and a great spot to curl up with a bottle of wine in the candlelight after spending the day exploring. The whole guesthouse runs on solar power and electricity is available only between 6 PM to 8.30 PM, which allows you to charge electronic gadgets. I’d 10 out of 10 recommend staying here if you want to stay amidst nature and aren’t too concerned about not staying in touch with the civilization. The grounds are beautiful, the buffet breakfast and dinner is above average.
What we did: This was one of our several visits to Uttarakhand, so we were pretty familiar with the surroundings already. On our first night, we had a really relaxing experience, after the long drive and it was a great way to start our trip. It was a beautiful moon-lit night, which really added to the magic of sitting in together while looking out at the beautiful view.
On our second day, we woke up early (05.30 AM) to view the magnificent sunrise and later decided to hike through the forest up to the favourite tourist spots. If you love hiking, this is a must do. The view gets better the higher that you walk up from the lower viewing platform. After soaking in the views, we headed down to the guest house to have a glass of wine while looking out at the panorama. We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon at the guesthouse, indulging in a few glasses of wine and clicking pictures.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Where we stayed: Corbett Tiger Lane – Situated in the middle of the buffer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park, in Ramnagar, Tiger Lane is a moderately comfortable resort offering well designed cottages. The interior is subtle and minimal. The property boasts of a dining area, in-house restaurant and swimming pool. The resort offers spacious rooms with wooden furnishings and modern amenities balcony, seating area and round the clock power back up. The thrill of staying in this resort would mostly be its surroundings. Guests are not allowed to venture out in the reserve, especially at night, without local supervision, and if you’re lucky you might very well end up witnessing wildlife, including wild elephants and even the Bengal Tiger.
What we did: If you are not interested in wildlife safari in the core areas of the tiger reserve (for which you need prior permission and bookings made at least 90 days in advance), Ramnagar offers few tourist spots all ranging between few kilometres from each other. We ended up relaxing by the poolside on the last day of our trip and enjoyed some delicious chef’s special ‘Kaala Chicken’, alongside a bonfire in the night. To top it up – a roaring Bengal Tiger patrolling its territory hardly few metres outside our resort made us live every bit out of the moment as if just out of a Jim Corbett tale.
WHAT WE WORE
We kicked off our trip in mid- March, which signals the start of summer in most parts of the country. However, high up in the mountains the weather is obviously way more cleaner and cooler and also can be a quite unpredictable throughout the transition phases. We had mostly carried light/cotton clothes – but got the shock of our lives while witnessing temperatures ranging from 5-7 degrees in the night, cold enough to warrant a medium knit or jacket. Luckily, each one of us was carrying one heavy winter gear. But, despite the cold, all I’ll say is, don’t let that get you down.
That’s all for today’s blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Hope you like the pictures below, as we had an awesome time clicking them!
Till next time, xoxo!