Bhimashankar is known for both Pilgrimage and Trekker destination. The place is itself so rich for its natural beauty and mythological stories that all age people come here for fun and also in search of peace at Lord Shiva’s feet. This is one of the hottest destinations for all Shiva Devotees and Trekker during the time of Monsoon and Shravan. I personally went their twice and still not stopping myself to go there.
Bhimashankar a Jyotirling of Lord Shiva is situated at Bhavagiri village at Sahyadri Range. The Bhimashankar temple is situated around above 3296 feet high of sea levels. Now you can imagine how up is it. You can reach by road as well as if you want some adventure than you can do trekking backside of hill which is another wild experience too.
Bhimshankar not only know for Jyotirling of Lord Shiva but also very much famous for loft peaks, dense forest and River Bhima. Bhimashankar Sanctuary is also one of the center of attraction for tourist which have variety of Birds, flowers and other rare animal such as Flying Squirrel only seen here.
How to reach their –
By Road –
Bhimashankar is very near to Manchar and Pune. Manchar is small town which connect the Bhimashankar and Pune. If you are coming from any part of India you have to come Pune. Manchar is 53 KM away from Pune, which means a two hours road journey. And from Manchar to Bhimashankar is 68 KM approax.
The Manchar and Bhimashankar road is very narrow rout need to careful driving many accident spots are there.
Many State Transport buses are running between Pune Manchar and Bhimashankar. With Family road journey is preferable.
By Trekking –
Bhimashankar is wonderful place for Trekker. Monsoon is time when many Trekker come here for trekking. Bhimashankar is very near to some cities like Mumbai, Thane and Pune, So many college student, employees and serious trekker come here for one day picnic.
Karjat is one of the near Railway Station for Bhimashankar. It is Last station of Central Railway connected via local train to Mumbai and Pune. From Karjat Station you have come west side and take walk till Auto Stand near highway for Khandas Village around 40 kms away from station. Some State Transport Service is available but service is not frequent so It is suggested to hire a TUMTUM (a eight seat auto riksha) to Khandas Village.
For trekking there are two different routs – A) Ganesh Ghat and B) Shidi (Ladder) Ghat
- Ganesh Ghat
Ganesh Ghat is longest route for trekking but quite enjoying and relaxing. You need to make you self prepare because there are few spot where you need some trekking skills like balancing and quick moving. The Ganesh Ghat is start from small Ganesh Temple where usually we pray for our Raksha and easy trekking ;).
You will get much tea and bhutta stalls. Take break than move. One place you will see you have to go under the Waterfall that is very supersonic experience for any trekker.
This trek usually takes five to six hours of trek depends on trekkers.
- Shidi (ladder) Route
Shidi Ghat or Route is one of the adventurous route with so many difficulties. You have to climb the ladder to reach the top. The way for Shidi Ghat you need to take left for Bridge. You have to climb three huge ladder which become very slippery during monsoon due to rain.
Padar Killa is junction where Ganesh Ghat Route and Shidi Ghat get combine and same trek path is use to reach Bhimashankar Plateau.
The Bhimashankar Temple History
The Bhimashankar Temple is dates back to the 18th century. The temple is known for its marvel architect structure. The temple is situated on such height that very difficult to construct such beautiful temple in jungle. The stone are very well carved to the beautiful pillars and door frames.
Just opposite the main temple, there is a small shrine dedicated to Shani (Saturn). Outside that hangs a huge Portuguese bell, a war relic symbolizing the victory of Marathas over the Portuguese in the Battle of Bassein in 1739.
Place to See –
- Hanuman Lake
- Nagphani Tok
- Gupt Bhimashankar
- River Bhima Ugam
- Bomaby Point
- Sakshi Vinayak Point
- Padar Killa
- Bhimashankar Wild Life Sanctuary
Places to Stay in Bhimashankar
Many private hotels are available for resting with high cost during the time of Shravan. Even you can get place at Asharam or Darmshala. Food is good and get at nominal price.
Best Time to Visit:
August to February is best time to visit there. You will see cloud on road and no sun on day. Very cold climate at both Monsoon and winter.
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