This place is located at a road travel distance of approximately 100 kms from Pune and 223 kms from Mumbai. Bhimashankar is a beautiful temple town that is considered very sacred by the Hindus as one of the ‘Jyotirlingas”. It is exactly located in Bhorgiri village amidst the Sahyadari range, Bhimashankar is covered with the hills and greenery. This destination is a pleasure to visit during the monsoons and the winter scene, when the weather and surroundings are at its best bounty. It is also becoming a popular adventure destination in Maharashtra as a number of trekkers visit this destination for a thrilling and enjoyable trekking experience. The place gets its name from the river Bhima which is also considered very sacred and worshipped by Hindus and the locals. Another big attraction at Bhimashankar also includes the Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary that attracts wildlife and photography enthusiasts from various parts of Maharasthra. Some of the top things to do at Bhimashankar include:
Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary
Thick dense forests spread over 120sq kms, define this wildlife sanctuary. The entire forest is home to some rare species of animals and birds living in their natural habitat. One of the most popular sightings at Bhimashankar is of the Indian Giant squirrel. There are a number of trekking and walking pathways that are marked safe for the tourists to enjoy a trek right through the forests. There are also picnic spots in the forest area, that are ideal for one to spend some quality time with friends and family. One can also enjoy the luxury of the safari rides available, which can take you through a trip inside the forest area.
Hanuman lake is a beautiful lake spot that is situated in Bhimashankar. This lake spot is a favourite among photographers for the rare sighting of birds and squirrels that it offers. There is also a local temple around that is visited by locals and visitors alike.
Away from hustle bustle of the city life, Bhimashankar temple is a popular destination that is visited by people from near and far. It is one of the most popular religious destinations near Pune and Mumbai. The beautiful temple is a brilliant piece of architecture and showcases Naga style of architecture. The view from the temple is beautiful and magnificent. The greenery and the peace at this temple is what attracts a number of people who seek spiritual solitude coming here. The temple also has some Buddha carvings indicating religious tolerance that has always been a part of the Indian culture.