The Bhimashankara temple (one of 12 Jyotirlingas) is a composite of old and the new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to the mid 18th century. The Shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji is also said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate the carrying out, of worship services. As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level. Trek to Bhimashankar is known to be one of the best treks in Sahyadri ranges and this time we will be ascending via Shidi ghat (Ladder route) & descending via Ganesh ghat to make it more interesting. The forest of Bhimashankar is a paradise for nature lovers as it hosts several exotic specie of wildlife and the most famous of all being the elusive rust-colored giant squirrel (Ratufa indica elphinstoni) — the state animal of Maharashtra.
Trek schedule: (PUNE) Saturday: 10.00 pm: Gather at Shivajinagar 10.30 pm: Bus starts from Shivajinagar
Sunday: 01.30 am: Reach at Base village Khandas 02.00 am: Rest in the temple 05.45 am: Breakfast 06.30 am: Trek starts with a round of introduction and few instructions 12.30 pm: Break for lunch (Visit temple if time permits) Relax, explore, spend time, enjoy the view and make sure you will get the profile pic 01.30 pm: Return journey via Ganesh Ghat 05.30 pm: Reach base village 06.00 pm: Snacks 06.30 pm: Start return journey 9.30 pm: Reach Pune
Trek cost includes: Travel from Pune to Pune Breakfast, lunch, tea, and snack First aid kit Professional Expertise charges
Trek cost excludes: Dinner Bottled drinking water Personal Expenses Insurance of any kind Medical hospitalization, evacuation, and related expenses Anything not mentioned in ‘Trek cost includes’
Things to carry: 1. Two water battles ( 2 ltr at least) 2. Rain cheater 3. Ready to eat food (Biscuits, palm cakes, thepla) 4. Polythene bag to keep wet cloths 5. Extra pair of cloths 6. Good trekking/ sports shoes 7. Torch (Must) 8. Personal medicines (if any) 9. Cap, sunglasses, sun cream or cold cream, camera (Optional) 10. Light Bedding (You can keep it in the bus during the trek)
1. The toilet facility will not be available.
2. Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that's illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without a refund.
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