Binsar Forest Retreat is an eco-friendly homestay situated at an altitude of 7,600 ft on the south west flank of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Retreat is surrounded by the sounds and sights of the Binsar forest, with spectacular views of the higher Himalayas to the north and the valleys and hills to the south and west.The trail starts from the Retreat and goes up a steep climb to Zero Point, about 1 km long and 400 feet up. Along the way, there are trees to climb and lovely photo ops – so, a relaxed walk with numerous stoppages is what the guide recommends.Soon after we start the walk, we have to cross Leopard Ridge, a favourite haunt of leopards in the monsoons. Preetam saw a leopard on this ridge while on a solo walk in July 2014. Exactly a year later, while on the Ghoralkot walk with guests, the leopard was heard again. The walk had to be abandoned on both occasions.
It is a very special moment and fills one with wonder for the natural world.