We all need an escape from the monotonous bustle of cities. And when there is long weekend ahead, you know things are about to get really cool.
If I were in charge, every weekend would be a long one!
To feed my wanderlust and to relieve myself from Delhi’s scorching heat, I decided to head to Binsar in Uttarakhand’s mountainous Kumaon region. Of all the popular hill stations in north, this picturesque destination has much more to offer.
I prefer fewer crowds and more flora and fauna.
And the perfect place to explore this heaven is the secluded but gorgeous Tree of Life- Grand Oak Manor. This British styled bungalow nestled in the mindst of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary literally took my heart.
Situated at the 11 hour long drive from Delhi, this property is the perfect place to break free from lockdown blues.
Before describing the scenic beauty of this place, let me take you to the historic deets about this fabulous property.
“It was built by Sir Henry Ramsay in 1867. He was appointed as the Commissioner of Kumaon Region by British army and changed all the laws of Kumaon region which were unfavorable for the local people. After spending more than 12 years, he found this location as most suitable, not only for Summer retreat but also to keep an eye on every moment in Kumaon Region. This property gives 360 degree view of the entire region. He also passed a law that no other construction to take place around 6km nearby this area.”
Now allow me to get into the property details and their amazing hospitality.
- Fact behind The property name
There is a 300 year old Grand Oak tree at the porche behind the Chapel. This was literally my favorite spot. This is the oldest Chapel of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The property takes its name from the tree.
- Hideaway Rooms
Grand Oak Manor offers 9 hideaway rooms, all named with British officers significant to the estate’s history. These rooms are well furnished, well equipped with a fireplace, a balcony with Himalayan view, centralized heating and other modern facilities. They don’t have electricity but the entire property works on solar and diesel. The furnishing is so classy. Also, at night, the sound of the forest will ring in your ears.
Aromatic, Delicious, Mouthwatering, this is what I remember when I think about it. Although the property is secluded, still they manage to cook variety of options in Indian and continental. The welcome drink that they served was from the local flower “Buransh” grown in Uttarakhand. It was the tastiest drink I have ever had.
- Vibrantly green outer area
If your primary goal of a vacation is to just chill, this is definitely the place for you. You can have a walk with nature accompanying you within the property premises itself. I loved strolling beside the porche and watching sunset from there was a treat to our eyes.
Hiking upto Zero Point
Binsar Zero Point is the highest vantage point of the Binsar wildlife, from where one can savour a 360 degree view of the Himalayan beauties. Though, we were not able to view Himalayan ranges due to foggy weather but the path leading to the Zero point was worth it. The route was filled with oak and rhododendron forests. I couldn’t help but take snapshots of every other natural marvel from all angles.
This trip to Binsar has been a perfect escape for me and I look forward to explore more of destinations less traveled.
Till then, Happy Reading!