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General Information about Bhimashankar

In the list of getaways from Mumbai and Pune, Bhimashankar is one of the popular travel destinations. For people having great interest in nature and trekking, Bhimashankar is an ideal destination to visit. Lush greenery and calm surrounding

Bhimashankar, located about 100 km from Pune and 223 km from Mumbai, is a popular temple town. It is among one of the twelve traditional 'Jyotilingam' shrines of Lord Shiva in India.

The fantastic temple at Bhimashankar is dedicated to Lord Shiva is also one of the major attractions in the area. The idol of the deity is also said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.


Connectivity :

From Mumbai :
By Rail : Pune is the nearest railway station that connects Mumbai to Bhimashankar via railways. At the railway station, there is local mode of transportation available that helps in reaching Bhimashankar easily.

By Air: Lohegaon airport in Pune is the nearest airport to reach Bhimashankar from Mumbai. At the airport, there are cabs and private taxis available for hire to move in and around the city.

By Road : To reach Bhimashankar from Mumbai. Road ways is the best and easiest way to reach Bhimashankar. The road stretches to the length of 220 km and if you do not have your own vehicle, there are cabs and taxis available in Mumbai.


From Pune:
By Road
Road is the simplest mode top reach Bhimashankar from Pune. The Pune-Nashik Highway and MH SH 54 connect and thus, make traveling thru self owned vehicle an easy affair. There also are private taxis and cabs available for hire in Pune. Moreover, there also are buses functional on the route.

The local cuisine here is dominated by Maharashtrian food with a blend of south and north Indian cuisine. This place is known for its spicy food of curries and fries.
Misal - a spicy gravy of potatoes, peas and other sprouts, makes for a mouth-watering meal.


An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Bhimashankar by morning. Have breakfast and relax for a while. After this, you can head out to Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy the wide range of flora and fauna there. Take lunch and then you can visit Hanuman Lake. It is an ideal picnic spot for families. You can spend your evening there.
Day 2- Start early by visiting Bhimashankar Temple. Make sure to head out early to avoid traffic hassles and crowd. After spending 1 to 2 hours there, you can come back to your hotel to have lunch. After this relax for a while and then, head out for the most exciting part of the trip- trekking. While trekking, you will get to see the scenic and overwhelming beauty of Bhimashankar.


Few Places of Interest :

Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife lovers. The sanctuary provides shelter to the Jumbo size Indian Squirrel and various other species of animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 120 sq km and receives heavy rainfall during monsoon. Apart from rich fauna, the sanctuary is also acknowledged for rich flora. The wildlife sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 2100 to 3800 ft.

Holy Jyotirlinga
The Bhimshankar temple dates back to 18th century. One of the 12 jyotirlingas of India, one is featured in this temple. Apart from devotees, the temple is paradise for photographers, trekkers and birdwatchers. Constructed by

Sahyadri Trekking
Bhimashankar is a sought-after destination for trek lovers. Sahyadri Trekking features furrowed shape and stony mountains. Additionally, vast lakes, broad forest and historic hill fortresses are also major attractions of the trek. The trek route is enjoyed by both amateurs and professional climbers.

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