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Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar – Monsoon Spl. Trek

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  • One DayDuration
  • Sun, 16 Jul’23Availability
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size

Highlights

of the trip
  • Monsoon Spl. Trek in the wild Bhimashankar forest
  • Opportunity to see the state animal of MaharashtraThe "Indian Giant Squirrel" ("शेकरू" in Marathi)
  • Visit the Bhimashankar templeOne of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India
  • Bhimashankar is the origin of the river BhimaAka "Chandrabhaga" in Pandharpur
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Key Info.

  • BhimashankarWildlife Sanctuary
  • BhorgiriBase Village
  • AnytimeWinter, Summer
  • Easy +Grade
  • 3,162 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 4 hrs., 8 km.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium: 6/10

The journey from Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar in the forest area of Bhimashankar is a pleasant experience. The trek starts from Bhorgiri village and ends near Bhimashankar temple, making its way through the dense forest of Bhimashankar. This jungle trek is a popular and scenic trail that offers a thrilling hiking experience. Also, it is an easy trek so anyone of any age can complete this trek.

The trek takes you through a dense forest, offering a beautiful natural setting. Follow the marked trail and climb uphill as you navigate through the jungle. As you approach Bhimashankar, you’ll enter the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to various wildlife species, including the state animals of Maharashtra, the “Shekru” (Indian Giant Squirrel).

After trekking for several hours, you’ll finally reach Bhimashankar. Visit the famous Bhimashankar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and seek blessings. The temple is a major pilgrimage site and attracts devotees from far and wide.

Bhimashankar Temple

The Bhimashankar Temple is a famous Hindu temple and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which are considered to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva.

Location: The Bhimashankar Temple is situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats at an elevation of about 3,250 feet (1,050 meters) above sea level. It is surrounded by lush green forests and scenic beauty, making it a popular pilgrimage site and a trekking destination.

Architecture: The temple is built in the Nagara style of architecture, which is typical of many ancient Hindu temples. It features intricately carved stone walls and pillars, with a prominent spire (shikhara) at the top. The temple complex also includes a large sabha mandap (assembly hall) and a small Nandi (bull) shrine.

Religious Significance: The Bhimashankar Temple holds great religious significance for devotees of Lord Shiva. It is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva took the form of Bhima, one of his fierce manifestations, to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims, especially during the holy month of Shravan (July-August), and on Mondays and Shivaratri.

Visiting the Temple: The Bhimashankar Temple can be reached by road from Pune or Mumbai. There are also trekking routes that lead to the temple, offering an adventurous journey through the forests. The temple receives a significant number of visitors throughout the year, and facilities like guesthouses, food stalls, and parking areas are available in the vicinity.

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located approximately 125 kilometers (78 miles) from Pune city and is well-connected by road in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. It is named after the Bhimashankar Temple, a famous Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is located within the sanctuary.

Covering an area of approximately 131 square kilometers (51 square miles), Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its rich biodiversity and lush greenery. It is home to various species of plants, animals, and birds, making it a significant ecological hotspot in the region.

One of the significant attractions in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is the Indian Giant Squirrel, also known as the “Malabar Giant Squirrel”. It is known for its vibrant and striking fur coloration, with shades of black, brown, and orange.

The sanctuary’s dense forests are primarily composed of evergreen and semi-evergreen trees, along with patches of grasslands and bamboo groves. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary also serves as the origin of the Bhima River, which flows through Maharashtra.

The sanctuary offers opportunities for nature enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and trekkers to explore its trails and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. There are trekking routes that lead to the Bhimashankar Temple and other scenic spots within the sanctuary.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 1Pune > Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar Trek > Pune

06:00
Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.

07:30 – 08:30
An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.

09:45
We arrive at the starting point of our trek i.e. Bhorgiri village. (Washrooms are not available.)
Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

10:00 – 14:00
Begin the trek towards Bhimashankar, following the trail through the dense forests. Trek through the scenic landscapes and enjoy the natural beauty along the way.
Visit the “Gupta-Bhimashankar Temple” the oldest form of Bhimashankar temple. Continue on the trail, experiencing the beauty of the surroundings.

14:00 – 15:30
Reach Bhimashankar and visit the Bhimashankar Temple. Explore the temple complex and offer prayers. Take some time to relax and soak in the spiritual atmosphere.

15:30 – 17:00
A short drive of 5 km to the restaurant.
Refresh yourself. (Washrooms are available)
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.

17:00 – 21:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories.

21:00
Reach Pune and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s stay in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 🙂


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss: ⇑ 850 ft. / ⇓ 0 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 4 hrs., 8 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meal: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek

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Inclusions

  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • A Breakfast, Meal after the TrekServed Veg. Meal Only
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • 5% GST

Exclusions

  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything specifically not mentioned in the ‘inclusions list’.

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3 Reviews
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Sachin Walunj

Solo Traveller

It was very nice Mansoon Trek.We enjoyed rain and waterfall first time in this Mansoon season.We have memorable walk through dense forest.Local food is very delicious 😋. Overall arrangements was very good. Thanks to SG for Memorable Trek.🥰

Tue, 26 Jul, 2022

Avinash Patil

Family Traveller

Thanks to everyone for making it such a wonderful experience & to SG trekkers for organizing such a nice outing & lovely food…overall a great fulfilling day…See you all soon on forthcoming treks…🙏

Sun, 03 Jul, 2022

Umashankar Sinha

Family Traveller

Thanks all for the lovely memories. It was an excellent experience of 1st monsoon trek for us and full of scenic beauty.

Sun, 03 Jul, 2022
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