Bhimashankar is at a height of approximately 3250 feet surrounded by thick dense forest. Declared by the Maharashtra government Bhimashankar is a small wildlife reserve but over the years has given a home to several protected species such as Leopard, Sambhar deer, Barking deer, Porcupine, Wild boar, Langur, and the State animal of Maharastra the Malabar giant squirrel often referred as ‘shekru’ in Marathi.
The total area is 131 sq km and is a part of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri Ranges). This sanctuary was created in 1984 and includes 9 tribal villages.
After trekking to the campsite through rivers and streams and dense forest we will reach our night stay destination. Our campsite is at Yelavali Village surrounded by Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. We will be staying in a village home-stay and facing some real adventure.. that includes howling winds and pouring rains from light showers to heavy downpours.
July 20th Our private bus will do the pick-up in Pune at 7:00 am.
Please carry your breakfast along as we will only stop for lunch at noon. We will reach base- village Bhorgiri and get ready to trek to our campsite.
Once we reach the campsite we will rest for some-time and then explore the wilderness around us at the Bhimashankar WLS. We plan to return to our base by 6 pm (before daylight ends).
After dinner we will spend the night at the homestay Things to Look Forward to: 1. Bhima River crossing 2. Jungle Hike 3. Explore waterfalls 4. Games and activities
End of day one.
July 21st We would wake up early and post breakfast we will take a different route to hike up to the Bhimashankar temple. This would be a difficult trek going through some of the difficult forest patches and fast flowing streams. Upon reaching the temple our bus will reach there directly to pick up. Since all of us would be drenched, we will arrange a changing room (tent) to get into something comfortable. Lunch will be arranged on our way back to Pune. Our ETA for Pune is 9 pm.
Date: July 20th-21st Trip Duration: 2 days and 1 night Location: Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Level: Medium
Things to look forward to: 1. Exploring the Bhimashankar forest. 2. Origin of Bhimashankar river 3. Secret Bhimashankar 4. Spend valuable time away from the mundane city rush. 5. Living at the edge of the wilderness in a village household. 6. Visit one of the oldest temples in India
Trip facilities: • Travel and toll: Pick up and drop off from our selected pick up points. • Lunch and Dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 2. • Village home-stay sharing basis • Mineral water for drinking throughout the trip. • Tour guides and camp leaders all along the trip. • Medical assistance if required.
Things to carry:
Please wear non-bulky full body clothing like track pants, pullovers. Dry fit clothes are the best. Good hiking or sports shoes Two extra pair of clothing Towel Munchies and personal snacks Torch with an extra set of batteries/ charger Personal medication Camera (optional) Binoculars (optional) One water bottle
IMPORTANT: Please take care of all your belongings. Notify us immediately in case of any medical emergency. We do not provide alcohol or beverages you can responsibly carry your own.
Anyone found under the influence of drugs or narcotics will be requested to leave the trip immediately, without any refund. This is an adventure trip, be prepared to leave your bedroom comforts behind.
Adventure camping and outdoor sports/ recreation is purely for nature lovers and not for party groups; we respect nature and do our best to spread the awareness about wilderness preservation. Kindly observe silence post at 11 pm at the campsite.
We like to keep the wildlife wild, please do not litter the forest and the campsite.
Availability is first to come first serve basis. The last day of confirming is 2 days prior to the event date, but please book your seats as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.