Height: 3500 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Medium (5. hrs trek)
Base Village: Khandas
Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of India, a pilgrimage place approximately 3500 feet high up in the hills. The area around Bhimashankar is covered with thick dense jungle. The Maharashtra Government has also declared it a Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is small (only about 100 sq. km’s), but it is home to a wide variety of animals Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Porcupines, Grey Junglefowls, Wild pig, Hanuman langur, Rhesus macaque and Flying Squirrel etc. The sanctuary is famous as the home of a highly endangered subspecies of the Indian Giant Squirrel – Shekharu (Ratufa indica elphistoni), which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.
Shiva Temple : The temple of Bhimashankar is around 1200 – 1400 years old and is built on the Hemad Panthi style. There are very beautiful sculptures and paintings on the roof and pillars of the temple. At the front of the temple hangs a huge metal bell cast in 1729. There is also a 15-20 feet high “Deepmala” or lamppost in the outer corridor of the temple. There is also an inscription on stone on this lamppost. It is to be noted that the original name of the river Chandrabhaga at Pandharpur is Bhima. This Bhima River originates at Bhimashankar.
Gupt Bhimashankar : There is a water stream route going down from the left of the Ram temple. Taking that route, we enter a thick jungle. We reach a temple around 25 minutes through this route. A route going toward the waterfall, left of this temple, leads to the “water sculpted” “Shiva Linga” under this waterfall. This is called the Gupt Bhimashankar. There is a huge waterfall at this place.
Nagphani : We reach a pond when we climb towards Bhimashankar from the Ghat. The route going towards the right, from this pond, takes us to the Hanuman temple. The route going up through this route leads to the Nagphani. We can have a view of the forts of Peth and Padhar and the plateaus of Peth and Matheran.
The tentative itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Meeting Point For Mumbai People :
We will meet at Kalwa station at 6.20 am sharp on 15th August at Platform No.1, below the indicator.
People may board the same Karjat train from the station of their convenience and meet us in the train directly. (Get into second boggy from CST side)
(The late comers won’t be entertained, as the Trek schedule is tight and we can’t afford to lose time waiting for late comers.
Missing the train means missing the trek)
Meeting Point For Pune People :
Karjat Station at 8.05am at west side ticket counter on 15th August
Breakfast At Karjat.
Proceed to Khandas by tumtum.
Start the trek via shidi route.
It takes around 4-5 hrs to reach the top.
We will take lunch break in between.
We will reach the top by 3.30-4.30 pm.
Evening refreshments, Visit to Shiva Temple and Gupta Bhimashankar.
Return to a Villagers hut (our Resting Place where we will be spending our night).
Have dinner, songs, etc & go to sleep in the hut.
Sunday early morning Tea.
Visit Naghphani for a sunrise view (if the rain permits),
Back to hut, have breakfast.
Leave for Khandas via Ganeshghat route by 10 am .
Reach khandus by 2 – 3.00 pm, have lunch.
Start back to Mumbai/Pune.
Returning back by 9-10 pm on Sunday.
(The itinerary is tentative and there might be circumstantial changes in the schedule)
The charges of the trek are RS 480/-per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Karjat to Karjat.
Accommodation and Food. (Except Lunch for Saturday )
Note : It’s a raw trek. We will be using villager’s huts for night halt and will be consuming delicious food prepared by villagers.
Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Saturday,
A bottle of water,
Candles and TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
2-3 bunch of papers
Good Waterproof Bedding, (Carry mat, sleeping bag or two bed sheets and one Plastic sheet like banner or rubber table mats will be sufficient) (must)
A plate, mug, and spoon (compulsory),
Its raining heavy these days, so pack yr bags accordingly to save them from getting wait.
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
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Mumbai Coordinators :
Nilesh Patil: 9967436211
Priti Patel: 9869524260
Prasad Tandale: 9870491140
Pune Coordinators :
Zeenat : 9881736231 / 9272182577