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. It is situated on the land once owned (during the British Raj) by Major Edin and the property is locally known as Edinpur.
Trishul rooms are named after the Trishul peaks visible from anywhere in the rooms as these are on the top floor. Trishul rooms have wooden-floor, wood paneled walls, a covered deck and a large veranda overlooking the forest and the Himalayan peaks. The rooms are adjacent to each other and share a veranda.
Chestnut room is named after the Chestnut tree that grows in its veranda. It is located on the ground floor This is a large room, with wooden-floor, mud walls on 2 sides and windows / glass doors on 2 sides. It has an open veranda in front. When the glass doors are completely open the room merges with the forest around. There is a rock that has been left uncut in the room which will be a joy for children.
Nanda Ghunti rooms are named after the Nanda Ghunti peak (6,309 m) that is visible from both rooms. The rooms are located on middle floor. The rooms are cozy, with wooden-floor, wood paneling, stone walls, windows on 2 sides and a balcony that merges into the forest.
Rhododendron rooms are named after the Rhododendron tree that paints a vivid red right in front of the rooms A fully-refurbished Kumaoni style cottage – stone floor, mud walls, bamboo mat ceiling – these are our most traditional rooms. The rooms are adjacent to each other and share a large veranda, with magnificent views of the sunset and the rolling hills to the south.
Walnut cottage is named after the Walnut tree that stands next to the cottage. It is a stone and wood construction with a traditional style roof – made of what are locally called Pataal (long, thin and rough stone tiles). It has a wooden veranda and deck in front.
Tents have a tin roof with Swiss cottage tents fitted underneath. Each of the tents have an attached tiled bathroom and 2.5 feet high walls along the sides of the room. They come with windows, 2 in the bathroom and 4 in the room that can be closed from inside. The floor is wooden, and each tent has its own private covered veranda. Every tent is in a different part of our property with plenty of private space.
The lounge is in the far corner of the dining room. It has a bukhari (wood stove) to keep you warm on cold days and also a library of books and magazines.
All meals are served in the dining room. We don’t have room service. The meals are buffet and we don’t have an a la carte menu. We order our groceries from Almora (30 km and 1.5 hours away) and lacking a refrigerator, we order based on pre-planned meal preparations. The buffet is Kumaoni, North Indian or Continental food on rotation (not all together). We can prepare special food for children under the age of 5 years. We serve only vegetarian food. We have egg servings for breakfast and some of our dishes (cakes, curries, biryani, etc.) use egg. We don’t serve alcohol. Smoking is prohibited in the dining room. In common areas smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area.
We supply fresh laundered linen on arrival. Since we do our laundry in Almora and it takes a few days to turn-around, we request you to use the same set for the duration of your stay. Smoking is prohibited in the rooms (except in balconies / private verandas).
The Retreat is run on solar power. All rooms have sufficient lights, but we request using lights only when and where needed as we are limited by the battery bank. On rainy days we may not have electricity in the rooms and dining even after dark. We then resort to the more primitive but romantic candle-lit lighting. 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.
Our water supply is from a natural spring deep inside the Sanctuary and harvested rainwater. We request you to use water judiciously at all times. We use solar geysers for hot water supply. All rooms and tents have running hot water for bathing only. We don’t have showers, though. Buckets are provided for bathing in the bathrooms. On cloudy / rainy days, if we don’t have sufficient hot water to go round, we can provide hot water in buckets upon request.
|TRISHUL ROOMS||Rs. 12000/-|
|CHESTNUT ROOM||Rs. 9500/-|
|NANDAGHUNTI ROOMS||Rs. 9500/-|
|RHODODENDRON ROOMS||Rs. 9500/-|
|WALNUT COTTAGE||Rs. 9500/-|
|LUXURY TENTS||Rs. 7000/-|
|Extra Adult : Age above 12 Years||INR 2000 Per Adult Per Night|
|Extra Child : Age 5 Years to 12 Years||INR 1000 Per Child Per Night|
|CHILD BELOW 5 YRS.||Complimentary sharing parent’s bed. (No extra bed)|
We are 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. We request you to arrive at the check-post at least an hour before sunset. The last 600 metres to the Retreat is a steep uphill ride on a very rough and narrow path and you will do this stretch in our 4¬-wheel drive pickup. There is parking space for self¬-driven cars where you transfer.
Binsar Forest Retreat
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary,
P.O. Ayarpani, Dist. Almora,
Uttarakhand – 263601, India