Binsar Estate, PO Ayarpani, District Almora
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Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Enjoy Your Stay in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor is nestled in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kumaon hills (Uttarakhand), 25 kilometres from Almora. It was in 1856 that the then British Commissioner of Kumaon, General Sir Henry Ramsay, cousin to Lord Dalhousie, the Viceroy of India, acquired this piece of land and built his private home. In 1931, the property was purchased by Rai Bahadur Harkishan Lal Sah Gangola and has stayed in the family since.

Today, we have reopened the doors of this exclusive hotel in Binsar for guests to offer them a taste of our old world charm and hospitality.

A brief history :

British Commissioner, Lt.General Sir Henry Ramsay, cousin to Lord Dalhousie, the Viceroy of India, was charmed and mesmerized by the beauty of the Binsar Estate. He made this Manor his home in 1857. The property was subsequently sold to three British colonels consecutively, until it was purchased by Rai Bahadur Harkishan Lal Sah Gangola in 1931, and has stayed in the family since. In the midst of the Binsar Estate, the Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor stands out like a jewel in the crown, which has not only been home to Sir Ramsay, but also played host to a succession of luminaries such as His Excellency, Governor of the United Provinces, Mr.Hallet, the renowned Indian classical dancer Uday Shankar,and many more.

The Accommodation

Done in an old-style charm, the 9 Hideaway Rooms are 350 sq.ft each, laid along high ceiling corridors. Teak wood furniture, bright bedspreads and rugs, and cosy fire-side armchairs - all reminiscent of a genteel age. The accommodation is simple, yet comfortable. Set on ground and the first floor, each room comes with a balcony or porch for that morning ‘cuppa’, with an amazing view of the mountain ranges. The attached bathrooms have running hot and cold water. Being in a forest reserve, electricity runs on solar power which could be kept off for certain parts of the day. The individual heating system and the hot water bottle in the bed ensure that you are warm during the nights. We do not provide for televisions at the Manor. 

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Zero Point Trek

This is the highest point in Binsar at around 7,800 feet. Start the trek from our Estate through oak and rhododendron forests, and carry on further down to the paths leading you uphill to Zero Point. Our naturalist will identify the various birds for you. If lucky, you could also spot other wildlife such as barking deer, ghoral, martens, wild boar and more.

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The Village Walk

Leaving from the main entrance of the estate, you descend through a mixed cedar and oak forest. Walk on the main road for a short while and then hit the forest trail till you reach the quaint little village of Kathdara. Soak in the village life, watch the terraced fields and see traditional architecture of houses with slated roofs, unique to Kumaon. For your return, we would suggest you drive back once you are back on the tarmac road.

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Built in an area which spreads over 40 acres and then surrounded by the forest of the Binsar National Park, you will never find yourself short of space! There is hardly a building in sight as far as your eyes take you – it is nature at its very best with a blend of green forests, snow-covered mountain ranges and mostly clear blue skies.

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We do not do buffets as we believe in food which is fresh and serving it to you with warmth and care at Acorn, our all-day dining restaurant on the first floor. We offer Indian and Continental options, not to forget the ‘pahaari’ cuisine. Our menus change every day. Breakfast is served from 0730 to 1000 hrs; lunch from 1200 to 1430 hrs and dinner from 1900 to 2200 hrs. We have very limited room service options at an additional charge.



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Hotel Amenities

  • Airport Transportation
  • Pets Allowed (Dog/Pet Friendly)
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Free Parking