Things to Do in Bhimashankar, How to Reach and Significance
Bhimashankar is an old and ancient temple located in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India. Located about 100 km from Pune and 225 km from Mumbai is a very popular temple town. Bhimashankar is situated in a village named as Bhorgiri, 50 km north-west direction of Khed. It is among one of the twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva in India.
It was declared as “Wild Life Sanctuary” and the place has gained a great significance. Bhimashankar is the source of river Bhima and is a beautiful place to visit with a breath-taking view of nature.
How to Reach Bhimashankar
- Bhimashankar is a weekend Getaway; some people might like to visit it during weekdays as well.
- Nearest Airport -Pune (100 km), Shirdi (181 km), Nashik (205 km)
- Nearest Railway Station – Pune (100 km), Khandala (134 km), Lonavala (136 km)
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Reason to visit Bhimashankar
Just about 150 off km from Shirdi
Home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva
Visited by many guests on Jyotirlinga and Ashtavinayak Pilgrimage
Located at a height so during monsoon and winters it is a preferred base point for trekkers, nature lovers and bird watchers
Places to visit in and around Bhimashankar
Located just near the Bhimashankar temple, Devotees visit and come to the Gupt Bhimashankar from all over India; it is believed that the original Shivlinga was discovered at this place.
The trek starts from Khandas village, where the base camp is located and an initial climb up to the first plateau of Bhimshankar followed by a trail through the dense forest. There are two different routes for the trek, one is the Ganesh Ghat and the other is Shidi Ghar which is a way using Ladder Route, comparatively steeper and more adventurous. Water sculpted Shivaling is formed under the waterfall, which is a great spot to admire.
The temple is one of the only twelve traditional ‘Jyotirlinga’ shrines of Lord Shiva in India. It is a very well known religious place in Maharashtra. This has been a great temple of Lord Shiva. With a river source and great spiritual importance, the temple is a major attraction in the area around. The architecture style of the temple is of Nagra Style. There is also a small temple of Shani Dev.
Hanuman Lake is a famous place at Bhimashankar. The Lake is slightly difficult to reach but it’s worth all the effort. There are many different species of birds at the Hanuman Lake. One can get to see many different types of rare birds and squirrel species at the place. During monsoon, the waterfall is the main attractions to the visitors.
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1984 to protect the habitat of the Giant Indian Squirrel in the Ambegaon and Khed Talukas of the Pune district. Situated at the height of around 2000 to 3000 feet, the sanctuary covers the area of around 120 sq km. Bhimashankar has beautiful climate conditions in the monsoon and winters. Visitors can get to see different kinds of animals and birds in the sanctuary. The area is surrounded by wonderful hills and mountains and makes the place perfect for many other activities. Rich fauna and sacred groves make the place beautiful to visit.
What to eat in Bhimashankar
Local cuisine and food
The local cuisine is dominated by Maharashtra food with a blend of north and south Indian cuisine. The place is known for its spicy food with fries and curries. Misal is one of the very famous dishes with spicy gravy of peas, sprouts, and potatoes for a mouth-watering meal.
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