Its all abt our(me n Andy) pilot trek to bhimashankar via khandas.
on 3rd june Nilesh called me n asked me for a pilot trek to bhimashankar..I was supposed to go with Andy (only). so as usual me n andy decided n the game began there.the problem for 2’s company started….After wastin almost 45 min at KASHELE we finally succeeded to leave for KHANDAS..delay was due to lack of passengers goin 2wards KHANDAS.(but tht delay allowed us to have some snacks)..
Durin tht journey to KHANDAS me n andy also enjoyed mangoes, gifted to us by a villager(tyala pahila dhanyawaad)……..Licking our hands we reached KHANDAS…
The actual trek begins here.. Its a normal walk of 2-3km from Khandas to GANESH GHAT…(To travel karwande khat-khat kela)……after rearranging my bag we left speedily ahead..bypassing the ganesh temple which was supposed to b on the way…!!!!
Very soon we made it to a good distance(Andy palat hota ani me dhaapaa takat hoto) …
Then we were accompanied by another 2 villagers…RAMA(Shaanyaa) and KRISHNA(kaanyaa)…
For our own safety Andy explained them abt us(obviously fake)……which ultimately invented ANDY’s SATELLITE THEORY…(something like GPS)…which is better to b explained by Andy only…
So, takin a couple of breaks, enjoying dozens of mangoes, we made it to the top in around 2 or 2.30 hrs..
DEvapudhe doke tekwale(visited the temple)……had lunch called Sudhir n Nilya, enquired abt accommodation n all…we were ready to descend..
Doin the GUideMarkings, we completed within 2 hrs…..It was almost 4.30pm thr.
Got fresh n came at the auto-stop…….n as usual (brand new movie, same old scene)…NO AUTO…
We waited there yelling a so called “DHOKRYAA”….for almost an hr. Feeling a desperation we decided to start walking..coz thr were more chances of getting a vehicle from a place 3 km away frm KHANDAS called NANDGAON FATA…
NANDGAON FATA was hardly 2 min away from us when we met the god sent angel….Mr. GAJANAN PATIL…He committed us to drop nr KASHELE by his old M80.(believe me guyz, his M80 was like a rocket..n he was ridin it like valentino Rossi)………..Tht superb journey by M80 dropped us nr KASHELE.(dusra dhanyawaad Gajanan Patil yanna)!!!!!!!! Now luck was nt gonna let us down…within a min. we got an AMBULANCE to drop us at KASHELE….frm KASHELE also we got DUGDUGI for Karjat stn….
having few Naps we reached Karjat…ate sumthin n took a train to our respective places……
Sumhow-Anyhow we made it..n reatuned home at abt 9.00pm..
khali haath nahi lote bachhu……baatli lharoon karwande ani 2-2 dozen AMBE… haha!
Had another gr8 dayout only bcoz YOUNGSTERZ ! thnX! cheers!
Type : Hill Fort Fort Range : Bhimashankar
District : Raigad
Height above sea level : 3300 ft
Difficulty rating : Difficult
Base village : Khandas
Appx. time to reach the top : 4-5 hrs from the base village
Visit duration (min.) : 2 days
Water availability : Water is available in Bhimashankar village
Food : There are hotels in Bhimashankar, which provide food facility.
Shelter : There is a MTDC accommodation facility outside the Bhimashankar village. The villagers also accommodate tourists and trekkers, though it is a bit expensive. Accommodation is a bit of a problem during the monsoons.
How to reach :
To reach Bhimashankar, you have to reach Karjat from Mumbai. Those from Pune can reach Karjat either from Swargate or by train. The base village Khandas is around 34 km from Karjat. One can reach Khandas by either the S.T. Bus or the jeeps / rickshaws that ply in this route. The most frequented routes to Bhimashankar from Khandas are the Shidi Ghat and Ganesh Ghat.
Ganesh Ghat :
There is a bridge around 2 km from Khandas. The track going to the right from this bridge is the Ganesh Ghat route. This is the easiest route to Bhimashankar. Along this route one reaches a Ganesh temple within an hour of trekking. The route ahead consumes more time and takes 3 more hours to reach the top.
Notes : Ganesh Ghat: Easy but long. 6-7 hours trek.
Shidi Ghat :
The route going to the left from the bridge goes to the village. The route to the left of the well in the village leads to the Shidi Ghat. This is one of the difficult routes to Bhimashankar. This route becomes very treacherous and slippery during the monsoon. There are three ladders in this route within the first two hours of climbing. We reach a settlement after half an hour of the third ladder. Pundlik Hande has his house in this settlement. Further ahead when we climb on, we come across a thatch. At this junction, the routes from the Ganesh Ghat and Shidi Ghat merge. Those yearning for a cup of tea can get their wish fulfilled here. A further 1 ½ hour trek takes us besides a pond. The road, which goes to the left from this pond, takes us to the temple.
Vehicular Route :
To reach Bhimashankar, there is a tar road up to the village on top. This road is through the Pune – Talegaon – Chakan route to reach Bhimashankar.
Best time to visit : Except summer, any time.
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. Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers. Lord Shankara after getting angry, killed Rakshas Tripurasura. The heat generated from their war caused the origin of river Bhima. That is why it is called Bhimashankar.
There are Buddha style carvings of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling and Bhimashankar in the hills of Manmod near Bhimashankar. This is at the height of 1034 mtrs. A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar. Various places that could be visited in Bhimashankar are Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani, Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak and lot more. Bhimashankar is conserve red forest area and wildlife sanctuary where a variety of birds, animals, flowers, plants can be seen. A rare animal “Shekru” can be found in deep woods. Bhimashankar is worth visited for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims.
The 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. In the outer corridor of the temple we can see a sculpture of the god seated on a throne accompanied by his pallbearers holding an umbrella over his head. 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 during the monsoons.
Nagphani Peak :
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. We can
remember the poem composed by the famous “Samarth” Ramdas, the lover of natural beauty, when we see such beauty around.