Now that I have finally managed to complete my series about my Binsar vacation, I thought it would probably be a good idea to compile all my posts into one…which will hopefully make it easier for anyone wishing to go there to get the information they want…. So here goes…..
We started off from
by train, and hired a cab to Binsar. To read about the journey and the Club Mahindra Binsar Valley Resort and Manipur Villa, read Binsar - Part 1. Delhi
|The Club Mahindra Resort as seen from Manipur Villa|
Home to the Binsar Bird sanctuary, the whole range is full of birds… you don’t need to look far to spot some wonderful birds…. Read all about the birds we saw from our room at Binsar Part 2 – Armchair Bird watching.
|A Plum Headed Parakeet seen from our window|
There are plenty of activities at the resort; all you have to do is find one to your liking. We chose to go for a short trek coupled with a bit of bird watching too… Read all about it at Binsar Part 3 – Trek to a river, with a bit of bird watching thrown in!
|An oriental White eye seen on our walk|
Having gone all the way to Binsar, it was impossible to give the sanctuary a miss. While we saw just a few birds, we had some wonderful experiences, including a panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayan peaks. It was an unforgettable experience, and we learnt a lot about the place like where to stay, what to do, the next time we went there…. To know more, go to Binsar – Part 4 – The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
|The path through the sanctuary|
Temples attract me as much as nature – especially ancient ones! Read about the beautiful temples of Jageshwar at Binsar – Part 5 – Jageshwar.
|The Jageshwar temple complex surrounded by towering Deodhars|
An unexpected bonus of our trip to Jageshwar were the prehistoric cave paintings at Lakhudiyar, something we hadn’t even heard of before….Read about them at Binsar – Part 6 – The prehistoric paintings of Lakhudiyar.
|One of the paintings at Lakhudiyar|
Another memorable visit was one to the ancient caves of Patal Bhuvaneshwar. The stalactites and stalagmites might or might not resemble Gods in your eyes, but they will not fail to awe and inspire you! Read about these wonderful caves at Binsar – Part 7 – Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
|The ASI Board at Patal Bhuvaneshwar|
Every area of
abounds in temples, and this area has plenty of ancient ones. Read about a couple more temples we visited at Binsar – Part 8 – Some other temples. India
|A Bell at the Golu Devta Temple|
Some of the best experiences we had were completely unexpected! Read about a short stop on the road which turned into the most enjoyable experience for my son at Binsar – Part 9 – A fishy story.
|Fishes in the Kosi River|
An unplanned halt on the roadside led us to some of the best photographs I have ever taken of birds…. Read about our ‘swift’ experience at Binsar – Part 10 – A ‘swift’ meeting.
|A swiftlet in its nest|
The end of our journey arrived, but not before a short detour to the tourist hill station of Nainital. Read about it at Binsar – Part 11 – Nainital.
|The Lake at Nainital|
While these are the main posts which contain information about Binsar and its surrounding places, if you just wish to have a look, there are many more posts with photos taken on the trip, and my thoughts about various things…..Hope they are useful to you!