Yuvazhep trek to Bhimashankar 14-15 Aug 2010

Yuvazhep
Celebrate Independence Day with Yuvazhep on 14th & 15th Aug at Bhimashankar

Type: Pilgrimage place
Fort range : Bhimashankar
Grade : Ganesh Ghat : Medium



History:
Bhimashankar situated in the village of Bhavagiri, is a famous pilgrimage site at the end of the Sahyadri range. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. The beautiful stone temple around 3296 feet high and the feeling of being lost in wilderness has made Bhimashankar a major trekking destination. The area is surrounded by lofty peaks, dense forests and is also the source of River Bhima. There is also Bhimashankar Sanctuary where variety of birds, flowers and animals can be seen. 
The Temple: 
The temple dates back to the 18th century, with some intricate carvings adorning the pillars and door frames. Just opposite the main temple, there is a small shrine dedicated to Shani (Saturn), and 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. Pilgrims go to darshan of lord Shiva after bathing in water cistern in temple premises.
Other Places to Visit :
After seeing the temple you can go to the Hanuman Lake, Nagphani Tok (point) or Serpent’s hood, Gupt Bhimashankar, origin of River Bhima, Bombay Point and Sakshi Vinayak. Nagphani Point is the highest point in Bhimashankar, and called that because its shape is like a cobra’s hood. So you will get to see the surrounding hills and forts of the Matheran range and Padar killa down below. 

Bhimashankar wild life sanctuary
The dominant species of flora are Mango, Jamun, Hirda, Behda, various medicinal herbs, Bamboo and fern. The Giant Indian Squirrel is one of the major attractions of the sanctuary. The other species found in the dense forests are Sambar, Barking Deer, Hyena and the Wild Boar. If you love bird-watching, then you will be able to find Malabar Grey Hornbill, Quaker Babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Green Pigeon, and so on. 
Meeting point :
13th  August @ 10.45 pm @ Dadar Station middle bridge at ticket counter. Participants on central line can catch the same train to karjat.

Things To Be carried:
Identity Proof ( Compulsory )
A bottle of water,
Candles and TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Towel, a napkin, Extra pairs of clothes (in plastic bags )
Windcheaters,
Camera(Optional)
Some ready to eat food (optional).
Sleeping bag or caramet with bed sheet
Trek charges: 800/-
The cost for the trek is Rs 800/- per head which inc

ludes Travelling from Dadar to Dadar , accommodation, two day’s Breakfast – tea, lunch,

snacks and one dinner. All locally available and modest
NoteSeats will be booked on payment of trek charges before 11th Aug 2010. No refund of fees will be made for any cancellation then after.
Online Money Transfer Facility Is Available :
Sheetal Durve,
ICICI Bank, Dombivali MIDC Branch,
Ac No: 008801029353

Email us on: info.yuvazhep@gmail.com

Contact details:
Sachin Durve : 9920601112
Tejashree Vaidya : 9920318190
Pradnesh Vaidya : 9820729227

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