Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala

Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala

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About Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala

The 8 km long Bhimashankar trek stretches to Bhimashankar Temple that is known as one of the most prestigious temples in India. Moreover, it is one of the 12 jyotirlingas situated in India. The temple is situated at a distance of 115.2 km from Lonavala. Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala is equally apt for both adventure lovers and devotees. It is an impressive temple located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It is located at a height of 3400 feet and covers a large area of 120 km. 

The Temple of Lord Shiva amidst the green and thick jungles offer one of the best attractions in Maharashtra. Every year, hundreds of pilgrims and devotees come here to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. While some tourists come here for pilgrimage, others come here on an adventure. Bhimashankar Trek is considered one of the adventurous treks in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. The trek not only offers a rush in adrenaline but also offers gorgeous vistas of the green, thick jungles it encompasses. Spot endangered giant squirrels and a host of diverse flora and fauna during a trek to Bhimashankar.

History of Bhimashankar Temple

Bhimashankar Temple falls under the locality of Bhorgiri village. The history of this temple takes you to the legend of the slaying of demon Tripurasura. It is said that Lord Shiva made this place his abode for a while. One can visit this temple anytime between 4:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. From long ago, many festivals are celebrated here. Some of the prominent ones are Mahashivratri, Kartik Poornima, Diwali, and Ganesh Chaturthi.

Significance of Bhimashankar Temple

The fact that Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas states the significance of this incredible temple. There is no doubt that it is a prestigious temple and has many folktales attached to it. Surrounding the temple is widespread greenery that is home to much-diversified flora and fauna. This made the area a part of Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. One can spot rare species here, thus, adding to its significance. Its Nagara architecture style depicts an amalgam of old and new. Moreover, it is also home to the shrine of Kamalaja, an incarnation of Parvati.     

About Trekking At Bhimashankar In Lonavala

Trekking at Bhimashankar in Lonavala is not a very popular one because it is yet to be discovered at a full pace. It is mostly because of the Temple that people come here from different parts of the world. As a result, adventure lovers have secretly discovered this beauty of a place for trekking. The trek involves ascent from Shidi Ghat which is also known as the Ladder route. Descent from Bhimashankar Trek takes place via Ganesh Ghat. According to various trekkers, descent through Ganesh Ghat is more interesting than the Shidi Ghat. The trail to Bhimashankar Trek is not only surrounded by thick and green jungles but also serves as a paradise for nature lovers. On your way to the trek, spot some of the rare & exotic species of wildlife that are not found elsewhere. If you are lucky enough, you might catch a glimpse of the most famous species here - rust-colored giant squirrel (Ratufa Indica Elphinstone) — the state animal of Maharashtra.

Places To See During Trekking At Bhimashankar In Lonavala

A giant bell in Hemadpanthi structure, built by Nana Phadanavis, is a remarkable feature in Bhimashankar for tourists. Some of the places nearby that you must not miss out on visiting are Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak, Origin of River Bhima Head to Nag Phani to capture a glimpse of the Peth fort and Padhar, Bombay Point, and others.

Trekking Routes To Bhimashankar Temple

Ganesh Ghat Route: One of the most sought after trekking routes to Bhimashankar Mandir is the Ganesh Ghat route. As the name suggests, there is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Ganesha that falls on the way. This trekking trail is moderate and therefore, everyone can partake in this. It takes a total duration of 4 hours to complete the trek.

Sidhi Ghat Route:

This trekking trail is also known as the ladder route majorly due to the nature of ascending of the trail. In between, one will also get to witness a stream. The trail has easy as well as difficult points. At times, especially after crossing the stream the route gets steep.   

Trek Difficulty Level at Bhimashankar Temple

The difficulty level of the trek to Bhimashankar Temple totally depends on which route you are opting to take. If you are on a lookout for a moderate level trek, then it is recommended that you take the Ganesh Ghat Route as it is comparatively easier. However, if you wish to experience the thrill of adrenaline rush and have the fitness level for it, then the Sidhi Gate route is a better option. No matter which trek route you choose, each route has its own perks and will lead to an amazing experience.

Things To Carry at Bhimashankar Temple

Make sure to carry a water bottle with you.

Wear sturdy shoes, especially those that are comfortable.

It is best to carry a personal first aid kit in your backpack during the trek.

Carry munchies or a few things to eat to gain energy.

Carry a cap or hat.

Avoid short clothing.

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    The distance between Bhimashankar and Pune is 110 km which can be covered through road in a duration of 3 hours and 23 minutes. You can cover this distance either by self-drive or by a hired cab.

    Bhimashankar Temples dates back to the 13th century. The Sabhamandap was built later in the 18th century by Nana Phadnavis.

    The best months for Bhimashankar Trek are from October- March. A trek during anytime between these months is good enough. The temperature remains somewhere around 23-37°C during this time.

    There are a total of 230 steps in Bhimashankar Temple.

    The history of Bhimashankar Temple dates back to the 13th century.

    Major parts of Bhimashankar Temple were built by Nana Phadnavis.

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