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. It is an easy journey to walk. Anyone of any age can complete this trek. This trek offers an opportunity to show the diversity of the forest.
If you are walking without making any noise, you will be able to see a rare sighting of the state animals of Maharashtra, the “Shekru” (Indian Giant Squirrel).
Bhimashankar village is situated at a distance of 125 km from Pune in the hills of Sahyadri. As it is 3,500 feet above sea level, it receives low temperatures and heavy rainfall during monsoons.
Bhimashankar temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is a composite of old and new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is a modest but attractive temple and dates back to the mid-18th century. The Shikhar of the temple was built by Nana Fadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj is also said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate the carrying out, of worship services.
As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level.
Bhimashankar has been declared a “Wildlife Sanctuary” and has gained immense importance in recent times. In the forest of Bhimashankar, you can see many kinds of big trees. Some of these are also herbs.
Bhimashankar is home to barking deer, wild boar and other small herbivores. It is also a host of small carnivores such as foxes. Bhimashankar Jungle is a paradise for nature lovers as it is home to many exotic wildlife species. The most famous of these is the enchanting rust-coloured giant squirrel (Ratufa Indica Elphinstone – ‘Shekru’ in Marathi) – the state animal of Maharashtra.
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
We arrive at the starting point of our trek i.e. Bhorgiri village. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
02:00 – 06:00
Now we start the trek to the Bhimashankar. We need to ascend approximately 960 ft. It takes about three hours to reach the Bhimashankar temple from the base.
06:00 – 07:30
Now we reach Bhimashankar temple. Here you can rest for some time.
Visit Bhimashankar temple.
07:30 – 09:30
Reach the restaurant. You can refresh yourself here. (Toilets are available there.)
Have breakfast & tea.
09:30 – 13:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
We are going to have tea on the way. Resume the rest of the journey.
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 😀
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 960 / 0
• Walk (approx.): 4 hrs., 6 km.
• Meals: A Breakfast (Unlimited)
Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Rajgurunagar > Chaskaman > Bhorgiri (Base)
22:30 – Deccan
22:45 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata
It was very nice Moon light Trek.We have nice jungle experience in night.Local Food is very delicious 😋. Overall arrangements was very good. Thanks to SG for Memorable Trek.🥰
It is very nice Jungle night Trek organized by SGtrek by Vishal and his team. Thanks to all team members and participants for cooperating with all . All members are in smiling face . we are looking for next good night trek. Thank you SG Trek and Team.