Trek to Bhimashankar 15th August 2010

Mode of Transport:- Local Transport

About the Trek:
Type: One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India Height: -3250 feet above sea level- approx
Grade: Difficult but Easy Base Village:Khandas, Nanadgaon

Places to See :-
Lord Shiva Temple : Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhorgiri 50 km north west of Khed, near Pune. There is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva slaying the demon Tripurasura associated with the invincible flying citadels Tripuras. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the Bhima form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth from his body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi river. Bhimashankar is also the source of the Bhima river, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur.
A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure: – Built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar.
Other equally important places: – Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak ,Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani from where one can see the view of the Peth fort and Padhar , Bombay Point, and lot more. Bhimashankar is conserved 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.

Routes to Bhimashankar:-
There are two routes to Bhimashankar from the base village of Khandas, which are most popular among trekkers.
1. Ganesh Ghat – There is a bridge around 2 km from Khandas, and the track going to the right from the bridge is the Ganesh Ghat route. This is the easiest and the longest route to Bhimashankar. Within an hour of trekking along this route you will reach a Ganesh temple. The route ahead will take around 3 hours until you reach the plateau of Bhimashankar, there is a small pond dug out in the ground called ‘Hanuman Tal’. This trek is five hours to six hours long.
2. Shidi (ladder) Route – This one is a shorter route, but difficult especially in the monsoons. The route gets its name from the ladders placed on the steepest parts. The route going to the left of the bridge (mentioned in Ganesh Ghat) goes to the village. On moving ahead you will reach a well, take a left from there to Shidi ghat. Within the first two hours of climbing you will pass three ladders. You will reach a junction where both the routes – Ganesh ghat and Shidi – merge.
There are many huts providing food and tea in middle of trek route. 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.

The itinerary for the trek is as given below:-

Day 1 – 14th Aug, 2010
02.30 am: Reach to Karjat Stn. and take rest for few hours
05.30 am: Move towards Khandas via local transport
07.00 am: Morning Breakfast hault at Khandas
08.00 am: Move towards Bhimashankar via Shidi ghat
11.00 am: Finishing Shidi ghat
13.00 pm: At the top of Bhimashankar
Sightseeing up to 06.30 pm, later relax in your rooms, dinner and overnight stay

Day 3 – 15th Aug, 2010
06.00 am – 12.00 pm: Darshan of Lord Shiva and Gupt Bhimahsnakar
01.00 pm: Start return journey via Ganesh ghat
06.00 pm: Reach Khandas and move towards Karjat station by vehicle
We shall reach Mumbai by 10.00-10.30 pm on Sunday dt.15th Aug,2010

(Please note that we are in a planning to visit for Bhorgiri depends upon participants Response and energy-levels)

Things To be Carried:-
?Identity Card
?Some ready to eat food
? Water bottle 02 Litres
? Lunch for Sunday
? Polythene bag for your garbage
?Towel, Napkins, Extra 2 pairs of cloths and Sleeping Mats – compulsory
? Torch With Extra batteries – compulsory
? Medicine those if u require usually
? Comfortable shoes, sandals
? 2-3 bunch of papers
? A haver sacks to put in all the things to be carried… so that one has one hands free while walking
? Windcheaters, Raincoats ? camera – Optional

IMP Note: – Heavy rains are expected so please double pack your bags / valuables to save them to getting wet

Common info for every trek in the monsoon season:- Due to the Monsoon season and various rock patches in this route, we recommend you to please take care at every place while walking / climbing / trekking.

Cost for Trek: RS. 950.00 per person
Cost Inclusions: * Mumbai to Mumbai Transportation stay in Guest House.
* 02 Meals, Tea, Breakfast, Snacks, etc. during the trek

For all your further queries and inquiries, kindly co-ordinate with the below organizing members of Team Swachhand:

Email: –

General Rules for the participants and members:-
Kindly carry 01 Identity proof for the trek.
We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition, please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR,
The leader’s decision will be final and all the members should abide by it.
Do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments.
Any kind of addiction is strictly prohibited, ex. drinking etc.
Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewelery etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
Imp Request: We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.

Thanks and Regards,

Mountains are not sports stadium where I satisfy my ambitions for achievement, they are cathedrals where I practice my religion….on each journey I am reborn.

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