Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a small protected area, set deep in the Himalayan foothills, enclosing only 47.04 sq km. However, because the sanctuary lies over heavily forested hill terrain, at altitudes ranging from 900 to 2,500 mts, the blob-like size belies the ease of movement within it. The forest cover is mostly oak (three varieties) and rhododendron at higher altitudes and chir pine at the lower levels. In all, 25 types of trees, 24 kinds of bushes and seven varieties of grasses have been documented in the sanctuary. There are nine listed water holes. According to the 2005 census, Binsar was home to 16 leopards, 69 ghoral, 43 kakar, 57 wild boar, 150 monkeys and possibly two Himalayan black bears. Besides these, the sanctuary harbours jackals, Indian red fox, pine martens and porcupines. Though sightings here are occasional, and usually in ones and twos, one does get to see the odd animal, even the leopard. On the other hand, Binsar ranks high in avifaunal variety and visibility — around 200 species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded within its boundBinsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the lap of Kumaun Hills in Himalayas on the top of Jhandi Dhar, which is located 33 km north of Almora in Uttarakhand , Many Himalayan peaks are visible from Binsar including Kedranath peak , Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary's total covered area is 47.04 sq. kms. Binsar Tourist Rest House from KMVN is located 10 Kms inside of binsar.