Bhimashankar hill station is a mind pleasing spot situated amidst lush green Bhimashankar hills. Nestled between Sahyadri Mountains, this place offers a scenic holiday destination. Temple, hill station, trekking opportunities and wildlife sanctuary make this spot one of the most attractive hill stations in Maharashtra!
Location: 50 kms North-West of Khed, Pune District, Maharashtra.[caption id="attachment_196" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Road Through The Sanctuary![/caption]
Bhimashankar Hills Information:
Bhimashankar is generally known as the place of religious significance. Due to its scenic beauty & geographical location Bhimashankar hills area have become popular hill station too. Along with Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar hill station has also developed as a nice tourist spot. These hills are located at an elevation of 3200+ feet & possess soothing climate. This entire region has very dense forest vegetation cover. This jungle is declared as a Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary. This is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the Maharashtra.
Bhima River (one of the major rivers in Maharashtra) originates at the Bhimashankar hills. The famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated near the originating point of this river. This temple is among 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. The town has got its name from the Bhima River only. A thick forest of Bhimashankar & trekking route from Lonavala to Bhimashankar attracts a huge number of nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiastic people.
[caption id="attachment_195" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Awesome View of Greenery![/caption]
The highest point on the Bhimashankar hill station lies to the west side of the temple. The views of Sahyadri valleys from the Bhimashankar village look absolutely amazing. There are two lakes named-The Devi Lake & the Hanuman Lake at the top of the hill. You can also experience exciting trek at Bhimashankar from Lonavala in the monsoon months!
Nagfani peak at the west side of the Shiva temple is a worth seeing spot in Bhimashankar hills. One has to walk a little in order to reach up to this peak. Nagfani peak is located at an elevation of about 2750 feets above mean sea level. From this spot, you can see the vast expanse of Western Ghats. The sights of various forts, lakes, valleys and hill stations from this point are amazingly magnificent!
Climate of Bhimashankar Hill Station
The weather of Bhimashankar hills remains pleasant & cool throughout the year. Dense green forest & the elevation are the major reasons for this pleasant atmosphere. Tourists can get beautiful views of the surrounding Sahyadri Mountain Range region. Nowadays, a huge number of people gives a visit to Bhimashankar hill station.
Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary is among richest biological diversities in Maharashtra. Bhimashankar hill station region lies inside this sanctuary. Forest of Bhimashankar has many varieties of trees & animals. Trees like hirda, mango, jamoon and many other are found in large number. Animals such as Leopards, sambar, hyena, barking deer, foxes, leopard & mongoose can be spotted inside Bhimashankar hills sanctuary.
One can spot the Giant Indian Squirrel at Bhimashankar hill station which rarely seen in Maharashtra. During night time, some trees shine due to luminous glow because of some kind of fungus species feeding on them![caption id="attachment_197" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Breath-taking trekking route to Bhimashankar![/caption]
Best Time To Visit: June to December is an ideal time duration to visit Bhimashankar hill station. Visit during monsoon months presents the spectacular beauty of nature. In this time, tourists can experience the delightful atmosphere and can see beautiful views of the surrounding region.
Elevation: Bhimashankar hill station is situated 3200 feet above mean sea level.
Duration of Visit: At least 2 days are required to explore Bhimashankar hills properly.
How To Reach: Lots of private vehicles, tourist vehicles & ST buses regularly ply to Bhimashankar from entire Maharashtra. It is situated at a distance of 215 kms from Mumbai and 110 kms from Pune.
- Nearest Railway Station: Pune is the nearest & convenient railhead in order to reach Bhimashankar. Various cars, radio cabs and other vehicles are available from Pune station up to the destination. Pune is well connected all major cities in the India by railway network.
- Nearest Airport: Pune Airport (105 kms) is the closest airport to Bhimashankar hills. Flights to Pune from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata & other cities are easily available. Mumbai airport is another option to reach here.
- By Road:
–From Mumbai: Take Mumbai-Pune expressway till Dongarwadi → Take the left turn towards Talegaon-Dabhade → Bhamboli → Kivale → Kadus → Kadhade → Kharoshi → Bhimashankar hills. This total distance is about 215 kms.
–From Pune: Take old Pune-Mumbai Road → Take right turn before Pimpari on NH-50 → Bhosari → Moshi → Chakan → Then you will cross Bhima River before Rajguru Nagar → Take the left turn towards Kohinkarwadi after crossing Bhima River but before Rajguru Nagar → Chas → Kharoshi → Bhimashankar hill station. This distance is about 110 kms. MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) ply bus at every 30 minutes from Pune to Bhimashankar. First bus leaves at 5:30 a.m. and last bus leaves at 4:00 p.m. About 3 hours are required from Pune to reach up to Bhimashankar.[caption id="attachment_198" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Great Panoramic View![/caption]
Eating Stuff: There are plenty of restaurants in Bhimashankar hills that serves various varieties of food. Local eateries & small stalls also serve different fast food items.
Accommodation: Many budget hotels and semi-luxury hotels are available at Bhimashanakar. Shiva temple of Bhimashankar also has Dharamshala for the devotees. You can check the various hotels at this link.
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