Mountain Resort generally Known as Khali Estate is situated in Binsar Wilderness Sanctuary, Almora. The resort is on the top hill surrounded with pine and oak forest facing the magnificent snow capped mountains of the central Himalayas. Khali Estate is a heritage location. This historical building was once owned by Sir Henry Ramsay. After him, many significant families have stayed here including Nehru Family. The estate is spread over 25 acres of lands, and now is converted into a heritage hotel which is surrounded by orchards and forests. Nanda Devi (25645 ft.), Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Badrinath (Chaukhambha), Kedarnath, Gangotri, Shivling, Bandar punch, Kamat, Nanda Kote etc… are the peaks which are visible from the resort.
Address: Mountain Resort, Khali Estate, P.O.Ayarpani, Almora, Uttarakhand, India, Pin- 263601
Nearest Airport: Patnagar Airport (152 Kms)
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway station (119 Kms)
Altitude: 2400 Mtrs ASL approx.
Weather: Summers in Binsar: Climate is moderate but pleasant, extends through the months of April, May and June. Maximum temperature is around 30°C and a minimum temperature is around 15°C. ... and the minimum temperature can go up to 0°C. Winter months are: October, November, December, January and February.
At Mountain Resort, the accommodations are set in round cottages with the views of Himalayan Range. If you want to stay somewhere with antique touch, you can choose the bungalow (The Main House). All the rooms in the bungalow and cottages are equipped with double rooms with attached bathrooms and 24 hours running water with geyser facility.
• Jungle Walks
• Bird Watching
• Short trek to a nearby Village
• A spacious Library: The resort has more than Five thousand books. Filled with the topics of history, philosophy, literature, science and as diverse as religion and culture. There is a large collection of books in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu and many Foreign Languages.
a) Badminton Court, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis & Other indoor games.
b) Children can also enjoy the swings and hammocks or just run around in small playground amidst pine and cedar trees.
Binsar is known for it's views of the snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges, so tourists can sit back and enjoy the panoramic views while. One can also go for trekking with abundant nature trails available at Binsar like a comfortable trek up to the Zero point from where the Himalayan views are spectacular with Kedarnath, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and more standing tall. Binsar also houses a sanctuary covering 45 Sq. Kms with a rich diversity of flora and fauna with forests of oak and rhododendron with a large species of flowers and 200 + birds along with some wild animals like Leopards, Himalayan Black Bears, Wild Boar, Sambhar Deer, Barking Deer and more. The famous temple of Binsar Mahadev is also nearby along with the Kasar Devi Temple and Jageshwar Dham (temples) in the neighbourhood.
Weather: The winters (November-March) is very cold and it snows Minimum temperature can go to as low as - 6 DegC. Summers (April to Mid-June) are very pleasant, offering majestic views. The temperatures during this period are comfortable with maximums settling around 28°C and minimum’s around 12°C, on an average. Monsoon season is from July to September. The place receives good amounts of rain during the period.
Closest airport: Technically Pantnagar (90 Kms / 3 Hrs) but realistically the only option is Delhi airport (390 Kms / 9 Hrs)
Railway Station: Kathgodam railway station, Haldwani railway station and Lal Kuan railway station. (in order of preference). (4-5 Hrs / 120-150Kms)
Best time to visit: April – June end and October until mid-November. Beyond mid November until March it becomes very cold.
Generally spoken language: Hindi and Kumaoni.
Altitude: 2400 Mtrs ASL approx.
One of India's largest, oldest and the most popular Tiger reserves - The Jim Corbett National Park. Sprawled over 1300+ sq Kms of dense bio-diverse forest with the Ramganga and Kosi rivers flowing through it this is actually several different forests in one, ever changing with the changing seasons. Only designated areas in the 520 sq.Kms., out of the total area, are open to tourists. Thera are five zones named Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanandi. This tiger reserve is a haven for wild life enthusiasts. 600+ species of birds, apart from the elephants, tigers, leopards, jackals, sambhar deer, spotted deer, hog deer and more. Travelers visiting the park can enjoy jeep safaris with guides / naturalists. Enjoy your stay at a jungle resort bordering the fenced boundary of the reserve.
Weather: The weather in the park is temperate compared to most other protected areas of India. The temperature may vary from 5 °C (41 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) during the winter and some mornings are foggy. Summer temperatures normally do not rise above 42 °C (104 °F). The park receives heavy rainfall during monsoons (July – September end) and remains closed around this period.
Closest airport: Technically Pantnagar (90 Kms / 3 Hrs) but realistically the only option is Delhi airport (270 Kms / 6 Hrs)
Railway Station: Ramnagar railway station
Best time to visit: October – March
Generally spoken language: Hindi, Basic English and Kumaoni.
Altitude: 300 Mtrs ASL approx.