Binsar Forest Retreat | Best Offbeat Resort in Binsar near Almora

by Keshav | October 14, 2015 6:46 pm

Binsar Forest Retreat

Edinpur is the native name of the estate where this beautiful, unexplored & nature oriented property is situated. I would say an initiative by Preetam & Pallavi who have dedicated their everything to make it happen for explorers, nature lovers, families to experience an awesome offbeat destination to disconnect yourselves from those crowded, noisy and stressed city lives. “Peace” is something that will always remain with you during your entire stay at Binsar Forest Retreat.


BFR is not just like any other offbeat resort/hotel, it is one of its kind of experience that can’t be described in words. A beautiful homestay cum small resort on the beautiful green hills of himalayas inside . Most of the part is surrounded with spectacular views of the higher Himalayas to the north and the valleys and hills to the south and west.

Nature Walks

A must done thing with a fantastic host “Preetam” who will make this walk a memorable one for you. Explore the variety of birds, trees with a number of beautiful points inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are lucky enough then you might also spot a Leopard, Barking Deer, Ghoral or a Porcupine.

Enjoy Peace & Nature

PinDrop Silence would not be a metaphor at Binsar Forest Retreat. You could actually feel the existence of silence, peace, zero noise here. Sweet sound of birds chirping in the morning with cool breeze from the mountains would fascinate you to get lost in them. Enjoy the ecstasy of being so close to nature with all natural & organic resources being used at the property from electricity to water, food etc.

Bonfire in the Night

Trust me! a sky full of stars, Bonfire, some dear friends inside a forest would be an ideal recipe for a perfect holiday evening to make it a memorable one. The weather at Binsar is cold in the night throughout the year, hence it is always a recommended activity to enjoy the ambience of this beautiful property.

Day Picnic inside Wildlife Sanctuary

Ask for a Day Picnic inside the wildlife sanctuary. BFR can arrange it for you on request. They will provide you a packed lunch with an escorted guide from the staff to enjoy a fine picnic inside the forest with your family & friends.

Read, Write, Leisure or Get Inspired

Feel the beautiful nature all around you and get some gyan by reading some books or may be if you are fond of writing then this place might be a heaven for all those poets & writers who love peace to pen down their creativity. Hear stories & experiences from from BFR staff and especially from Preetam to know more about the place, locals etc and get inspired. Explore the property & Wildlife Sanctuary in leisure.
** List made on author’s personal opinion/experience.

– By Train From Delhi

Anand Vihar Kathgodam Shatabdi Express (12040) leaves Anand Vihar Railway Station at 06:15 am and arrives at Kathgodam at 11:50 am.

Ranikhet Express (15013) leaves Old Delhi Railway Station at 22:40 pm and arrives at Kathgodam at around 05:10 am (usually 05:45 am).

Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express (15035) leaves the Old Delhi Railway Station at 16:00pm and reaches Kathgodam at 22:40pm.

The car journey from Kathgodam to Binsar Forest Retreat takes almost 3.5 to 4 hours.

– By Road / Self Drive

From Delhi : 325 km, a journey of around 6-7 hours from Delhi via Hapur, Gajraula, Moradabad, Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Bhimtal, Bhowali to Binsar.

Binsar Forest Retreat is located inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, about 8 km into the Sanctuary. The forest check-post remains closed from sunset (about 7.00 PM during summer, 5.00 PM during winter) to sunrise. You have to arrive at the check-post at least an hour before sunset.

– Cottage Decks : Almost all the cottages have their decks where you can sit and relax for number of hours to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

– Exquisite Rooms : The rooms ambience and aesthetics are designed very neatly to provide you a perfect vacation feel. The Retreat is run on solar power. All rooms have sufficient lights, but they request using lights only when and where needed as they are limited by the battery bank. On rainy days they may not have electricity in the rooms and dining even after dark.
Plug points are provided in the dining room and will be switched on only during daylight hours on a clear day. There aren’t any plug points in the rooms.

– Fireplace : Every room is equipped with a very beautiful fireplace (Bukhari). You can request them to lit it up during winters month.

– Dining Area : There is a common dining area for all. All meals are served in the dining room. They don’t have room service. The meals are buffet and they don’t have an a la carte menu. The buffet is Kumaoni, North Indian or Continental food on rotation.

You can visit there throughout the year except monsoon (mid-July to about mid-September).


All the meals preparation is totally local and taste delicious. Kumaoni Raita and other traditional Kumaoni dishes are very tasty and must try for all.


Play a game of Badminton at a very beautiful badminton court located in the property.


Take some heavy woollens with you. As the temperature might get a bit colder in winters

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