Need information about Binsar, Mcleodganj/Dharamkot

#1 Sep 27th, 2006, 15:49
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Hi, I am planning to visit Binsar, Uttaranchal in mid february. Any idea about Binsar's excursion, how many days are enough for this place, accomodation, weather in feb, driving down by own car to Binsar from Delhi?

I wanna visit there with my family of three member in total and planning to go by my Wagon R. I have a plan to stay in Club Mahindra villa at Binsar for 2 nights and 3 days. So, is it enough for this place?

Looking forward to get your ideas and suggestions.
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Don't stay in any villa...head straight to the KMVN guesthouse within the forest reserve at Binsar...it has great views, ambience...i loved my stay there. Stay just one night in Binsar. Aim to reach there by afternoon. Go for an evening trek through the forests to the watch tower and enjoy the sunset from the top.. Stunning views! Next morning, wake up before dawn and enjoy the sunrise from the hotel courtyard! It's quite something.
One thing to note is that the guesthouse has no electricity - so all rooms have candles and hot water is provided in the morning for bathing...rustic, but an experience u'd not forget!
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2N/3D are good enough. No idea about weather in Feb. Must be pretty cold :-P. Snow? i dont think so. I was there in March end last year and didnt find any snow around(except on far-away peaks of Nandadevi, Trishul, panchachuli etc.). A Wildlife Sanctury is nearby Mahindra Resort. They say leopards, deer and wild boars are commonly seen there. I didnt find any 'wild life' though. probably i visited the sanctury at the wrong time. A drive to the Zero Point through the sanctuary is pretty good. All seren and tranquil up there. Enjoy the views of snow capped peaks on the way(If weather permits). You can take your vehicle upto KMVN guest house, after that its aroumd 3 KMs walk to Zero Point - worth taking.

Nearby places of intrests(as you have your own vehicle): Jageshwar Temple, Patal Bhubneshwar, Almora.

Distance from Delhi is around 400 KMs. You need to take Delhi-Moradabad-Rampur-Haldwani-Kathgodam route. Plain roads till Kathgodam. Its all uphill after Kathgodam. Binsar is around 110 KMs from Kathgodam.
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My colleague was in Binsar in July. She stayed in Khali estate and she said that its not worth the price that you pay for it. KMVN rest house is supposed to have the best view of himalayas.
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Early March was quite nice when I visited the area a couple of years ago -- cool at night and pleasant in the daytime. The days were only occasionally clear enough to get great views.

I've attached a couple of pictures -- the first from Binsar tower; perhaps someone can identify the resort pictured. The second shot is from the rhododendron forest -- the blooms very nice this time of year. I was on a day-trip from the Almora area and the blossoms were gathered for making jam. We were stalked by a leopard on the way back from the tower to our car, but I only saw the pugmarks. There really isn't much to do in the reserve other than a hike to the tower and a look around but it makes a nice excursion.
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the watch tower is refferd as point zero by the locals and yes the view from there is amazing although the climb is a little rickety .
binsar s a nice small place 2n r good enuff its better if u carry further and go to the roaad which takes u to haridwar avoid nainital which is very temptin but crowded and unecesarrily expensive
and yes dec was 2deg @ nite time and 8-12 during daytime hope this helps u can predict the feb weqather
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Thanks guys for your replies.

Thanks guys for your replies. Although, I have changed my mind and decided to visit Mcloadganj (Dharamkot) in the last week of this month, january. So, if you have any experience staying in Dharamkot and Naddi around Mcloadganj, Dharamshala, Please share. I will go in my WagonR with family on a 5 days trip. Also the weather of Mcloadganj in last week of january. Will I experience snow?
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if you're going with your family, then you'd rather stay at the club Mahindra resort.. ..cause they provide good comfort amid peaceful environs..

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and if its McLo you're going to...

mcleodganj is good if you want to see a whole lot of cultures mingling.. ..you can roam the colourful tibetan bazaars and if you want some solitude can trek up to triund... ..can go to triund and be back the smae day and it's peaceful and the views are stunning all the way to the top... ..on the trek you'll find a few chai shops.. ..and magic-view chai shop lives upto its name.. ..the chai shops offer you besides chai, some basic snacks and packaged and canned food.. ..but the price keeps increasing as you go up.. It is advisable that you carry your snacks from Mcleodganj and have them with some hot chai on your way up...

..in Mcleodganj town you'll find a lots of shops selling Tibetan stuff, and lots of restaurants offering various cuisines to meet the demand of the diverse tourist that lands up at that place..

..do remember to visit the dalai lama monastery.. that's the major attraction there.

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Mcleodganj you can stay in Hotel Tibet on the bhagsu road,affordable rates(500-1000) per double room,proximity to the main market and a very famous eating joint are some of it's plus points.
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jyoti ! your collegue is 100% right. KMVN property provides best views of himalayas and I always suggest this place for a scenic honeymoon. I feel this place is much much better choice than staying in luxury hotels in Nainital etc.
manu ! Club Mohindera is bit lower than BINSAR and ofcourse building is good and food is also but location, peace ans scenic views are much better at KMVN property in BINSAR SANCTUARY.
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family pride

could be.. but the guy is now keen on going to Mcleodganj anyways.

The reason I suggested the Club Mahindra Resort to him was because I'd like to see the KMVN guest house stay the way it is.. ..when travelling with one's family one needs a lot of things.. .but the peace and isolation which the KMVN resort offers are not one of those.. ..comforts, facilities & accessibility are..

..let's leave the KMVN accommodation for guys like us who'd be travelling alone or with a companion ..not with family..

hope you're getting my point.

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weather conditions

How's is weather condition in Triund. I queried through mail from HP tourism govt. site, they stated that fresh snowfall has been reported in Triund. Is there possibility to reach Triund this weekend.
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