Trying to find accommodations in Binsar in late January

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Good day everyone!
Iíve been looking for accommodations in Binsar or near by places. Everything seems to be either very expensive, or way too rustic, or too isolated. Iíll be traveling alone. Iím pass the age of ďroughing itĒ, so I do require a few basic comforts like hot water and heating, electricity, a ďsleepableĒ bed, cleanliness, etc. Also accessibility is important because I will traveling by trains, busses and an occasional taxi. My dates there are 22-29 January 2019. Any ideas or suggestions will be highly appreciated!

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Why Binsar, is there any specific reason? It does not suit you, and out of the sanctuary, the place has nothing much to write home about.

Look for other places to visit like Gwaldam, Shitlakhet etc, that will offer you all that you have in mind.
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Have you tried KVMN?
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Trying to find accommodations in Binsar in late January

Thank you for your kindness and prompt replying!
The reasons why I thought of going to Binsar are:

1. Take a peak of the Himalayan peaks.
2. I am highly interested in Swami Vivekananda and in Neem Karoli Baba and I know that they left a indelible impression in the area.
3. Culturally, it is an area that I donít know and would love to know.

Iím not married to the Binsar idea. Even though I am a senior, I have a lot of zest and love for life, learning and growing. Which would make it my 4th reason.

Please keep sending me suggestions and ideas! Iím extremely grateful to you and everyone else who would like to offer some light in my queries!

Best regards from New York City to everyone!

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No, not yet! But I will definitely will. Thank you!
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KMVN will not suit you, as jituyadav already said (isolated and a few relatively minor comfort issues), even though it is, according to me, the only place to stay around Binsar.

If you want to be in the same general area, try Jageshwar about 30 odd km from Almora. But if peaks etc are very important, try Kausani with Ranikhet thrown in. Or even better, Chaukori and Munisiyari but those are much further and you can really only enjoy those in a week if you exclude more-than-overnight-halt stays everything else.
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Like others have already pointed out - Binsar might not suite you. But, if you go there - KMVN is the place to stay. Munsiary is a considerably superior option but much farther. We were not impressed with Chaukori. We prefer Binsar over it by a large margin. You can do day hikes around it if interested.
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Thank you guys! This is getting more interesting!
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Since you are interested in Swami Vivekananda, you may like Kasar devi just 16 kms from binsar, he stayed in that area for mediation
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Swami Vivekananda had deep connection with Almora, and you will find many interesting places if you stay close to bright end corner Almora. KMVN Almora is a beautiful place where you can stay and visit places like Ramakrishna Kutir etc. Binsar has nothing to do with his legacy.

While coming to Almora, look for a place called Kakrighat where Vivekananda meditated under a Peepal tree and had one of the most profound enlightenment. The tree was destroyed in 2013, but a clone of the same tree has been planted there.

Then there is Kasar devi temple where swami meditated for long time. Of course, do remember that there is nothing much now except the history that he stayed at or visited such and such place. For snow peak views, stay at places like Kausani, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet. Also, look for Jageshwar as Capt said, beautiful temple complex amidst deodar trees.
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Check out - http://rkmalmora.org/?page_id=196

Some excerpts -

4. BINSAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY: Swami Vivekananda stayed in the Government Circuit House. Approximately 31 KM away from the Ashrama. (On the way to Deoldhar. You may chance to see tigers and other wild animals if you are lucky.)

8. VIVEKANANDA REST HOUSE: Swami Vivekananda along with Swami Akhandananda came to Almora (in 1890) by foot from Nainital via Kakrighat. Here he almost fainted due to want of food and water. A muslim Fakir, Zulfikar Ali by name, fed him with a cucumber and Swamiji regained his strength. The Rest House was built by Sri Boshi Sen, the founder of Swami Vivekananda Institute of Hill Agriculture (Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan). Approximately 1 KM away from the Ashrama.
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Dearest brothers,
I do not know how to begin to thank you! Such wealth of valuable information, such attention to details and such generosity are absolutely breathtaking. Your Swami Vivekananda information is priceless!

Kmalik; what can I tell you brother? To say thank you is completely inadequate or insufficient! I hope that you can feel in your heart what I mean!

I found a small place called Rudra Holiday Home located across from Kasaar Devi temple on Binsar Road, Almora. I have a 7 night reservation. Will that be ok or should divide my stay in to 2 locations? I was thinking of keeping the place as a base and do day trips to the various places.

Any information about Neem Caroli Baba?

Please accept my heartfelt gratitude!
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Sevananda bhai - No thanks necessary. It's a pleasure. I hope you have a good trip!

Jituyadav is an Almora resident and I'd trust his judgment more than mine. So, I hope he can give you some advice as the transportation in the hills can be a challenge. I do not know Neem Caroli baba. I do know that Jageshwar, which is in the same area, is worth visiting.
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Neem karoli baba ashram is at Kainchi. While coming to Almora, it comes after Bhowali, so you can visit it on the way. Ask the bus conductor to drop you there, and if in taxi, then convey to the driver to stop at Kainchi. In any case, it cannot be missed if you are awake as it is huge complex with many restaurants at roadside.

As to staying at one location or dividing the stay between two, it is a personal choice, but if you like the place, why bother going to another place unless you wish to visit some far off place. If all the destinations are within 60-80 kms, then that is very well manageable.

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