Zero Point


Breathtaking natural beauty sprawls around the Binsar Zero Point which allures many nature addicts and avid travellers to visit this place. One can enjoy sightseeing or rejuvenate themselves amidst the captivating natural vistas of Kumaon.

Zero Point is a short trek from Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Tourist Rest House. You can park your cars at the TRH and further take the swift 2 km trek to the man-made watch tower. The entry fee of the sanctuary is Rs. 150 per person (valid for 3 days) and Rs. 250 for the car. This beauteous place is approximately 9 km drive from the entry point to the National Park and 45 minutes (2 km) walk after that. It takes about 50 to 60 minutes to walk uphill from the road head.

Zero Point is a tower which has been erected right at the heart of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Zero Point is present in Binsar, which is at a little distance away from Almora in the state of Uttarkhand and is present at a height of about 2400 meters above the ground level. This spot is not accessible by vehicles and can only be reached by a 2 kilometer long trekking trail from the parking space. This area is widely famous all over the country for the mesmerizing view that it offers. Visitors and locals flock to Zero Point to look at the stunning view of the pure white mountains of the Himalayas. In addition to offering a stupendous view of the mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath etc., this is also the most perfect place to start the day by viewing a magnificent sunrise which spreads its rays of beauty throughout the surrounding area. All this makes Zero Point an intoxication for nature lovers and adventure fanatics.

History


Recently I had been to Binsar at Club Mahindra Resort (total tour 29,Mar12-06,Apr12). As expected the climate in binsar was relativele cool compared to Mumbai,my home town. Especially the nights were chill to us to add more enjoyable events.The resort staff arranged one hour black-out and we burned candles within the fun zone ground.The event was so memorable to me and my family as for the first time after years we had chance to look at the clear skies and watch beauty of stars which we have almost missed in Mumbai.We had song competition between teenagers and adults and dosen't realised how quickly that one hour passed. As mentioned the sky in Binsar and around area were very clear yet I did not had even slight visual of the great himalayan peaks, which are other wise supposed to be seen either from Binsar or Kausoni. Though the climate may be clear but right from early morning a lot of haze blocks to visualise the peaks from both these places. But we had good oppertunity to see various birds around the resorts itself,like bagpiper and so many. If one is planning please carry with you good binoculars and good camera. The early morning walk in woods certainly refreshens your mind for throughout the day. though I said climate was cool at night a very light woolan sweater will suffice. At Zero point in Binsar Bird sanctury we could not see much of birds for whatever may the reason, no doubt the entire Sanctuary mountain was full of red rodedendrons as this may be the typical time for their blooming.The natural beauty is planty and the overall climate is cool and very calm, one can really relax in nature paradise. About the road condition, is slightly disturbed from kathgodam till bhimtal as at many places along the Kosi river bed road construction work is on.But the mountainside of the road is in preety bad shape as big rocks are not secured yet as well and constantly pose tension.This may cause trouble during monsoon if not taken care of right now. All other inner roads say from bhimtal to right up to Jageshwar/Kausuni/Almora or Corbett are in good shape and one can enjoy car ride.

How To Reach


Binsar is situated at just about 30 kilometers from Almora. The closest airport is the Pantnagar Aiport situated almost at a distance of about 130 kilometers while the nearest railway station is the Kathgodam Railway Station which is about 100 kilometers from it. Binsar has a good bus service and is quite well connected to Almora, Kurmaon and Haldwani. After reaching Binsar, a cab has to be taken to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which is allowed till the car park area. Then it is almost a one hour walk up the trail which leads to Zero Point.

Best Time To Visit


Visiting Binsar during the months of March to July would be perfect to escape the heat of the summers in the plains and to enjoy the pleasant and mild weather that is present around this time. Even the months during the onset of winters until November can also be utilized to visit Zero Point and is found to have a spark of its own.


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