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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand

Binsar was the summer capital of the Chand Kings, who ruled over Kumaon from the 11th to 18th centuries AD. Binsar was established in 1988 for the conservation and protection of the shrinking broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region, and it has over 200 bird species. The Binsar Tourist Rest House is located 10 Kms Inside of the sanctuary.  The sanctuary has dense forest enveloped with many special trees. March and April are the months when flowers, especially ruby red rhododendron, are in full bloom. Some of the mammals found here include leopard (Panthera pardus), Himalayan goral (Naemorhedus goral), chital (Axis axis), musk deer (Moschus spp.), gray langur (Presbytis entellus), rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), red giant flying squirrel (Petaurista petaurista), and Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak).

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