Binsar Eco Camp, Binsar
Om-Nagar, Dhaulchina, Almora, Uttarakhand 263624
Ranked 2 of 17 hotels in Binsar
Binsar was probably the best offbeat Hillscape trip that I had in d last few years !! and Binsar Eco-Camp at Dhaulachina is possibly the icing on the cake. Location is superb, rooms are awesome and service is terrific. The cook Ramesh has some awesome hilly dishes up his sleeve, the travel guide Nandan is an amazing companion full of humour and energy and the owners Mr Mehra are champions of Hospitality and care. Besides taking great pride in showing u around, they are great botanists themselves and will take time explaining the herbs and the wildlife there. They even organize Safari, and should you be lucky, you may spot a leopard !! we had an amazing fortune when the clouds parted after the rains snrbwe had stunning views of d panoramic Himalayas up in the north-west Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, pancha-chuli, Nanda khot !! snow capped and stunning in mightiness !! also make a point to visit the Jageshwar group of temples- the splendid ride is just beyond description !!
I don't know what heaven looks like; Binsar comes to my mind every time I think of it! If you want to unwind yourself, relax, sooth your senses, be in the midst of nature- then Binsar is the place to be. Binsar is a wildlife/Bird sanctuary located at a distance of approximately 126 km from Kathgodam, Uttarakhand (the closest railway station to the place). For those who are familiar to Kumaon, its 33 km from Almora. It takes around 45 mins to reach there from the main town, Almora. With Pine at lower end, oak and rhododendron at higher altitude, you will find hanging mosses and colourful flowers adorning the slopes. Panoramic view of the Kumaon Himalayas, a stretch of almost 300 km, is simply mesmerizing. Read on: open the windows of your imagination! You can hear the birds chirping. Its quiet, its green and with every deep breath you take-the clear air begins to sooth your senses! Rising above the clouds! Your wish to ever stay in a place like this is made true by the Binsar Eco Camp ( make sure its not binsar Eco Resort , there are many with this name but the best is Binsar Eco Camp near Daulchina). A Wooden Cottage style camp with beautiful hills and trees around , it will feel as if you are just in the lap of hills , Ravi the Owner of this camp will take best care of you , all the food cooked there is organic home grown, just take a little trek along the camp and you can see the clear Himalayan ranges, the tranquility, beauty and quietness will make you fall in love with this place and of course the warm hospitality of the Owner and his knowledge about the place, food and everything is impeccable. What all can you do here? Well, in the morning/evening you can trek, meditate, yoga and see the sunrise from behind the Kumaon hills, enjoy the cold night in open with some born fire, music/guitar singing wine and good food There are places to visit around Binsar like temples and all but i suggest staying in the camp and enjoying the mother nature, if you love adventures there is no better place do to rock climbing, river crossing and if you want to be more adventurous you can do camping in the dense forests (beware of wild animals though). During the day you can also just laze around and relax, or spend time admiring the natural beauty around. In the afternoon, you can go for a walk around the resort in the forest or read a book and go bird watching and capture pictures of beautiful birds that we would never ever see in the cities . The photographers would love this place and there is so much to capture. It is also a perfect place for people who love to write, paint or meditate and excellent for trekkers and those who like exploring. The place offers you so much that you won't even realize when the day has ended. A blissful experience you can't miss!
The owner there did quite a magnificent work in creating a paradise there from just a barren land. Yes he spent all his life there planting plants and flowers and what he got was a beautiful bird sanctuary. The main purpose of visit was a relaxing trip but it grew into a adventure and wildlife rip for us, and left us hungry for more interaction with nature. The Bird Sanctuary (in the heart of which the hotel’s located) in Binsar is the destination to visit any time of the year. With the over "400" (known) variety of birds and many plants & flowers, its like nature lovers paradise. Just grab your DSLR and go trekking (the owner will guide you) and take a deep dive into the beauty of undistorted mother nature (lovely, especially when you are coming from a city like Delhi). Besides, they have arranged for adventure sports like rock climbing, etc (they told me so) or just have fun with snow in winters (I went there in June). The weather was cold, with days blessed with good amount of sunshine and nights quite chilly (in the month of June). The service was absolutely satisfying (you wouldn't mind little shortcomings in a place like that, would you?). One advice to travellers: Be prepared for heavy rains if going during monsoon. The roads and the mountains might not be quite welcoming, but once you reach there everything will be fine. (Our experience) On the way to Binsar, we experienced a lot of rain and blocked roads (month of June). So we spent a night at a hotel on the way (as everyone, especially my cousin sister was afraid of going ahead and it was getting dark). But we told the Binsar Eco Camp owner that we would move ahead if weather gets clear by the morning and the roads are intact. To our surprise, they came to pick us up from that hotel in the morning and convinced us that the way is clear to go. Now, that was courteous and gave us immence faith in them. If I were to go again there, I would just go bird watching the whole day, learning every single piece of info about them.
Recently we visited Binsar and stayed at this Hotel- Binsar Eco camp. My decision was influenced by the reviews that I had seen on Holiday Iq and it was completely in sync with what was mentioned of the hotel. Its situated in the lap of nature with a terrific view of the valley. Though this property is located in DhaulChina and not in Binsar which is approx 25 kms from Binsar. We were 5 couples and had stayed for 2 Nights and 3 days. Through out the tenure of our stay, we never felt that we are at an unknown place. The owner- Mr. Ravi made sure that we feel like home and especially the food served were something that we never had. That pahari chicken, herb drinks, local pakoras etc etc made our trip. All the staff were very courteous and were present at a call. I was thoroughly guided on my entire way by the owner so that I reach the hotel conveniently. The entire journey from Delhi is approx 400 Kms and we went via Nainital bye pass. The journey is entirely smooth except of a small patch of 50-60 kms from Rampur to Rudrapur. The best part of the hotel is that you were completely taken out of the hectic day life of Delhi and can be on your own at this place. That gives a complete mental satisfaction as well as relaxation. I would say its a must visit place and if you have planned to visit, at least visit the property at once and then decide
The property, Binsar Eco Camp is good. Excellent view, superb location, give you a terrific "early morning wake up" view when you get up in the morning and get out of your room. The Mehra's are an extremely warm family and Sandy the dog is the main attraction. If you love dogs you might end up staying a day extra only for him. If you like dogs, you might end up loving them! He is a 2 yr old cross of a Great Dane and a German Shepard. Extremely children friendly and good jungle guide. He was with us in all our treks. In fact, I think, he will love you more if he finds that you like to go up in the jungle because then it gives him an opportunity to accompany you. The property and the surrounding area of the forest gives you a superb view. It has a climb to the top which is from the property area and you can climb up and spend a great time sinking in with the nature and the calmness up there is so infectious that you might be found most of the time up in the hills - safe climb, from within the property vicinity and makes you hungry. Talking about hunger, the food wasn't good at all. The only food to look forward was the breakfast. We were told that the main cook was admitted in Nainital for some operation so I will give them the benefit of doubt on this account. The rooms are big, made of logs and spacious but the Mehra's can do something about the moths and bugs and large sized spiders and other insects that you would find in a house made of wood. I understand about being eco friendly but any one of those bugs, if they end up biting a small kid or even an adult, it can royally spoil your vacation. We were in the resort / camp for 3 days and unfortunately, around that time, there was a group of Delhi-ites. They were about 6-7 couples with and without kids. These people brought Delhi with them to Binsar - they would start drinking from 7 pm onwards and play super loud music in the open lawn as in the picture (music system provided by the property). For 2 nights, their party went on till 3 am which wasn't taken very nicely with most of the travellers who have gone to unwind. They literally hijacked the property from 6 pm onwards. The service and food staff from the kitchen were busy only cooking for them, serving them snacks, getting more wood for their bonfire and so forth. This also delayed the overall cooking for other guests and we could never get dinner before 10 pm. I guess the niceties shown by the Mehra's was misused big time. There was also an issue of guest using the kitchen for cooking food as per their desire. There was an instance when I found that one of the guest was cooking chicken and the kitchen staff was waiting for them to clear before they could cook for the general guest. I have shared this candid feedback with the Mehra's as well and I hope they would realize that the old proverb of "too many cooks spoil the kitchen" is a real one!!
I booked my room there through a travel agent and my stay was peaceful in this camp and I did not face any problem there. Staff service was good in behaviour. The room was neat, clean and equipped with AC, TV, geyser, bed, etc. Natural scenery was visible from my room. Outside and inside look was furnished. I took food inside the camp and it was fine. I travelled to Binsar by my personal car then I did not avail any sightseeing facility provided by the hotel. Check-in and check-out procedure was on time. Garden and hammock was available in the camp for entertainment. Compared to facilities of the camp cost was acceptable; therefore, I can recommend this property for other tourist. Location wise it was convenient and appearance was also attractive.
Binsar Eco Camp is ranked #2 among the 17 hotels in Binsar with an average rating of 5.8 out of 7. It is one of the 4, 1-star Nature Camps in Binsar. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 44 photos and 70 text reviews and is rated top for its Location, Destination and Service.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 5,500 to Rs 8,800 per night. The hotel offer 14 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (59%) and Couple (22%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 54% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 20% have rated the ambience as relaxing.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Apr, May and June for the best experience.
Binsar Eco Camp is located at Kanchula .
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.
Other amenities include Travel Assistance. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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