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 Chhatrapati 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. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the northern region of Western Ghats. It covers the area of three districts i.e. of Pune, Raigad, and Thane. The sanctuary spreads over an area of around 131 sq. km.
One can also see the famous Jyotirlingas temple of the god Shiva. Thousands of devotees visit the place on the day of the Maha Shivratri and also on weekdays. It is here that the two tributaries i.e. Ghod and Bhima of the river Krishna originate. Some chief places to see within the sanctuary are Nagphani Point, Vanaspati Point, Bombay Point, and Gupt-Bhimashankar. The time period between August to May is the ideal time for visiting the place.
In the forest of Bhimashankar, you can see many kinds of big trees. Some of these are also herbs. The natural vegetation of the place is mostly Southern tropical semi-evergreen. There are various types of trees, plants, herbs, shrubs etc. found here. Some of the chief trees seen here are Mango, Hirda, Bamboo, Jamun, Behda etc.
The sanctuary is home to various species of animals like Leopards, Sambar, Hyena, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Malabar (Indian) Giant Squirrels and many more.
Bhimashankar is home to barking deer, wild boar, Leopards 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.
There are various species of birds like Black Eagle, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Grey Jungle Fowl, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Pigeon, Quaker Babbler etc.
No words to express about the trek management by SG Trekkers. They are the best in class.
When you trek with SG Trekkers one thing is for sure is that you never feel alone. You feel like you are trekking with a friend whom you know for years.
One sentence the trek lead told at the start of the trek was,
“It’s not important to complete the trek, what is more important is we should all be safe at the end of it”.
Enjoyed one of the best treks in the monsoon. Well planned & executed by the SG team. Would recommend SG for safe & offbeat trekking in Sahyadri.
Extraordinary range trek, Awesome trek planning, organization, management.
All credit goes to both leaders of the group. Without you both it’s impossible to complete and enjoy this trek. Waiting for the next joyride soon.
Awesome journey. Big thank you to both leaders for awesome planning, time management. This is the most adventurous trek done so far!
Amazing and wonderful trek. One of my dream trek.
Vishal always keeps promises. Thank you Vishal and team SG Trekkers.
Another very nice experience.
Also, I enjoyed the trek with my school friend Sandeep. The food was as usual very nice.
And once again thanks for giving wild card entry.