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Binsar Forest Retreat
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“living with nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

we went to stay in almora , we decided to shift out immediately since we wanted to stay in a resort not in a lodge.

our luck we could get accommodation in binsar retreat. it is little away from almora , the road was not bad . the retreat is just outside the forest area. we loved everything about this retreat. there is no electricity , mobile phones may not disturb you.
tented accommodation .but you have nothing to complain every other need is taken care of. rooms are clean , bed is well made. food was tasty . more than all this the staff especially mr. rana were always available to care of all our need .

you can walk inside the forest, walk to sunset point ,temple etc. absolutely wonderful place to spend a peaceful holiday.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

What a wonderful place to stay! We were in Tent No 1 for 6 days, with views of the snow-covered Himalayas from the tent and large terrace. It was truly beautiful and peaceful and was a wonderful break. The manager and staff couldn't have been more helpful, our every whim was catered for, from early morning tea brought to our tent to the soup in front of the fire on our terrace before dinner and hot water bottles in our bed. Our guide took us on some beautiful and sometimes quite strenuous walks, finding us many birds and giving us lots of local knowledge. We would love to come back.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

Staying at Binsar retreat is a like practically staying like a local in as natural way as one can. The place it tucked deep in the forest and accessible only after a short climb in a 4WD vehicle. All the tests are spread out and at different levels proving you with your own space. We stayed in the newly built cottage and the adjoining tent and the accommodation was as comfortable as it can get with great food and wonderful service. The Staff is helpful and courteous and they really looked after very well.

The place offers majestic views of the Himalayas and we witnessed one of the best sunsets ever with myriad hues of the sky. It's an amazing experience to stay at a place so integrated with nature; the use of solar lanterns and solar lights makes one feel how completely sustainable our world is if we are a little careful and a little adjusting. Kudos to Prashant to create and maintain such a wonderful place and the ever so helpful resort manager Mahendra rana.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

Now that I am back home, I feel as though I visited Binsar in a dream; it is one of the most perfect places I have ever been. The rooms and tents appear to have grown out of the landscape and have been put together with such skill and an eye for detail. I had been prepared for roughing it, and there is no electricity or hot running water but.. this is real luxury - the views, the comfort, and the ease, charm and grace with which the place is run. I could not recommend this place more highly. And the food is great. And someone saw a leopard.



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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

'Come and get lost' is the motto of the Binsar Retreat, and none could be more appropriate!

Over the years, the co called hill-stations in the Indian Himalaya have become impossibly crowded and though they provide respite from the heat of the summer plains, ther eis little chance of communing with nature. For those who truly want to get away from the stresses of modern day life in cities and be with pristine nature, the opportunities are few. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, within whose sylvan embrace Binsar Retreat nestles, provides one such.

The Binsar Sanctuary has acquired a just reputation for preserving nature and wildlife and there is no supply of electricity. (Let me hasten to add that the Retreat does provide solar powered CFL lamps!). most of the buildings in the sanctuary, which are few in number, date from a hundred years or more, and a small number have been converted to guest houses with a limited number of rooms.

Binsar is a shade over half an hour's drive from Almora, a town with a distinguished heritage, which is reached in a little over three hours from the rail-head at Kathgodam. Other well known hill-stations like Naini -Tal, Ranikhet, Mukteswar and many places of ancient pilgrimage are all within the span of a day's excursion. Binsar Retreat itself is a twenty minute drive from the gates of the sanctuary, winding upward through dense forests of rhododendron and oak on a metalled road, where a pine marten, deers and even a leopard may cross your path. We came to a small parking lot where a doughty four-wheel drive of the host took us ove the last five hundred metres of rough climb over a dirt track. There is one old building, but the gueat rooms are large triple layered canvas tents on concrete foundations. The only 'modern' element of the accommodation are the tiled bathrooms. There is ample running water, but no geyser though steaming hot water in buckets is provided by the staff for your morning bath. Each tent is secluded from the others so that you have the illusion of being the sole human companion of the myriad trees and creepers that lie below you in the dense forest. There is a wide verandah at the entrance to the tents, with deck chairs where you can simply lie in the sun and hear the birds chirp. Paved walkways, lit at night, connect the tents with each other and with the dining area.


The service at the Retreat is personalised and excellent, with the requirements of the guests being meticulously attended to. The Retreat normally provides breakfast and dinner, of wide variety and fine taste, and guests are expected to lunch away in their walks or visits to nearby areas. Special arrangements can be made for lunch at the Retreat. Let me add: non-vegetarian food is served and consumption of alcohol permitted.

There are, of course, forest walks of varying lengths in the vicinity for which the Retreat can provide guides.

Binsar Retreat is fortunate in its location. Besides the forests, there are magnificent views of the central Himalaya stretching from Nanda Devi to Bandarpunch and beyond to the west, with Trisul hovering regally in front. On a clear day you can see the distant Panch Chuli, or even Mt Api in Nepal to the east.

Binsar Retreat has been constructed on a carefully sculpted hillside so that there is no jarring note of nature being disturbed. In fact the entire ambience of the Retreat, with use of local materials and logs of unvarnised wood is in sharp and welcome contrast to the glass and concrete structures in most places these days.

A word of caution. While no athleticism is required for the visit, guests should be able to negotiate the necessary walks within the Retreat and the forest walks. I would be happy if the condition of the stretch between the parking lot and the Retreat is improved. As it is at present, could be slippery in the rains.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Binsar Forest Retreat

Property: Binsar Forest Retreat
Address: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary | P.O. Ayarpani, Dist. Almora, Binsar 263601, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Almora District > Binsar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Binsar
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,500 - ₹ 12,500
Hotel Class:3 star — Binsar Forest Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Binsar Forest Retreat is an eco­-friendly homestay situated at an altitude of 7,600 feet on the south west flank of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Retreat is surrounded by the sounds and sights of a dense oak forest, with spectacular views of the higher Himalayas to the north and the valleys and hills to the south and west. The Retreat is situated on the land once owned (during the British Raj) by Major Edin and the property is locally known as Edinpur. Edinpur has seen many residents since the days of Major Edin. Pallavi, Preetam and Aahna live here now, and run the property along with close friend and partner Rajesh. ... more   less 
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