Yatri Sahyadri has organized a trek to Bhimashankar via Ladder route on 24th July, 2011 (Starting 23rd Night).
Some basic information about the trek is as follows:
Some Information about the fort:
Height: 3500 Feet above MSL (Approx)
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.
12.00pm(23rd july. Saturday Midnight) : Reporting at Dadar st , will catch the train 12.30am
Travel time approx 2 & half hours.
03:00am to 4:30 am: take a rest .
04:30 am to 5:15 : am Morning Breakfast , tea & Packing.
5:30 am will catch the private vehicle & we will go to Khandas Village (Base village).
Appromately travel time 1.5hrs.
07: 00 am will reached to Khandas village (Base Village)
07: 00 am to 07:15 am Introduction & other Formalities .
07:15 am Start Trek from Khandas towards Bhimashankar. Trek time Approx 5 hrs.
11.30 am Reached to Bhimashankar Temple.
11:30 am to 12: 30am Explore the temple & photography.
12:30pm to 1:30pm take a Lunch .
02:00 am Start desending.
05:30 pm Catch the private vehicle from Khandas Village.
06:45 pm Will reached Karjat Stn
06: 45pm to 7: 30 pm will take a Evening snack & tea.
07:45 pm We will catch the train from Kasara to Dadar traveling time approx 2 & half hr.
Charges: Rs. 350/- per
Maximum participants – 30 only.
Morning breakfast/tea, Lunch, evening refreshment Dinner & traveling from karjat to Khandas & back.
Expert Guidance for the trek. : Khandas – Bhimashankar – Khnadas.
Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
1. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking,
2. Water minimum 3Ltrs,
3. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
4. Please carry a set of used newspapers, Maggi, matchbox, torch, batteries and chocolates (No lozenges) for energy, Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 4-5 lemons, some snacks & biscuits, plate, spoon glass. (All reusable & compulsory),
5. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, insect repellant cream (Odomos or similar brand),
6. A Good pair of running/trekking shoes, shawl, bedding and extra clothes (compulsory),
7. Clothing as per your requirements of the stay and season in which trek is going to be done.(Avoid wearing jeans as it will rub against your skin leading to rashes)
8. Sleeping Matt or sleeping bag.
REGISTRATION PROCESS: Please note that “attending” RSVP on Facebook will not be considered as a valid registration. Optionally you may leave your email ID and phone numbers so that we can contact you. Call us on following numbers. Please confirm your seat before 20/07/2011.
Registration will be on ‘FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS’ for the first 30 registrations only.
Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications.
For Registration & more details, contact Our “Yatri’s”.
Suhas Sagvekar: 9820257757.
Rahul Dighe: 9819166194.
Nityanand Naik: 9819818132.
Srikant R Pillai: 7666905040/9920305779.
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