During the long weekend around Independence day this August, I got to visit this wonderful property recommended by [tag:3en7tgq6]saurabhsabikhi[/tag:3en7tgq6].
Binsar Eco Camp is situated at Dhaula Chinna near Binsar in Uttrakhand. The 13 year old property is run by Ravi Mehra and his brother Gaurav, who are probably the best hosts I’ve ever come across. The long weekend rush ensured that every property in the region was overbooked; Ravi took his time to finalize my last minute booking but once through he had all made arrangements as promised.
We took the Delhi – Rampur – Haldwani – Bhowali – Almora route to reach the property on first day. The travel time should be 10-12 hours on a normal day. One can break the journey in Bhimtal or Mukteshwar for a relaxing drive. The road conditions are mostly good until Rampur; after Rampur you hit the urban traffic till Kathgodam. From thereon, you are in the lap of nature and post Bhowali, Kosi river gives you company till Almora or so. Beyond Almora the road is decent with occasional inverted bumps. Would like to mention here that the last 500 metres of the approach road to the resort is a 45 degree incline from the main road. The approach road is in terrible state with uneven rocks laid just to ensure that a vehicle can reach the resort. If you’re driving your own vehicle, this patch can be really scary. Preferably ask Ravi to come down and drive the vehicle for you.
The property has about 10 cottage style rooms with attached bathroom and running water (hot water is supplied in buckets). The rooms are clean and well maintained. There’s a central dining area, 2 big gardens, a bonfire corner and a big ramp for valley views. Ravi and Gaurav also take guided short tours for village walks and river bed trek. A little climb from the hotel also offers views of snow clad Kumaon range peaks.
The food is mostly on buffet basis which is decent. We paid INR 1,250 per person per day including accommodation and food.
One can also visit Jageshwar and Patal Bhuvneshwar temple as a day tour.
The high point for me was the laid back location of the resort with easy access to view points and Ravi’s hospitality (he sang during the bonfire and arranged a treasure hunt for kids). However, the approach road was a nightmare and due to the jungle locations, a lot of insects can be spotted around the accommodation.
You can contact the resort for more through their website: Binsar Eco Camp
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