Mary Budden Estate is delightfully hidden away in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, directly below the Binsar Zero mark on the milestone.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Langur in Binsar forest

Rhododendron tree in bloom

View of Nanda Devi Peak from Binsar Sanctuary

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the great Indian Himalayas. The sanctuary was established in 1988 after a prolonged local movement for its formation.

The sanctuary encloses an area of 47.04 sq kms. There is one entry gate for tourists, at Ayarpani, located on the south-east edge, and only one motorable road climbing in a north-westerly direction to end at the government run Forest Rest House.

The sanctuary serves as a home for leopards, ghorals, wild boar, kakars, monkeys, Indian red fox, jackals, pine martens, Himalayan black bears, and porcupines. In addition to this, it also houses more than 200 species of birds that are of both resident and migratory.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its wide variety of flora ranging from 25 types of trees and 24 types of bushes to seven varieties of grasses. The higher altitudes of the sanctuary are covered with oak and rhododendron forest.

Map of Binsar Sanctuary

The sanctuary is open all year round and the best wildlife sightings are from the months of February to April and October to November.

March and April is the time when flowers, especially the ruby red rhododendron, are in full bloom.

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