PTT : Night Trek to Bhimashankar Via Ganesh Ghat on 20th Januaruy 2018 Saturday Night.
Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of India, a pilgrimage place approximately 3500 feet high up in the hills. The area around Bhimashankar is covered with thick dense jungle. The Maharashtra Government has also declared it a Sanctuary.
The Temple :
The temple of Bhimashankar is around 1200 – 1400 years old and is built on the Hemad Panthi style. There are very beautiful sculptures and paintings on the roof and pillars of the temple. In the outer corridor of the temple we can see a sculpture of the god seated on a throne accompanied by his pallbearers holding an umbrella over his head. At the front of the temple hangs a huge metal bell cast in 1729. There is also a 15-20 feet high “Deepmala” or lamppost in the outer corridor of the temple. There is also an inscription on stone on this lamppost. It is to be noted that the original name of the river Chandrabhaga at Pandharpur is Bhima. This Bhima River originates at Bhimashankar.
Ways To Reach :
To reach Bhimashankar, you have to reach Karjat from Mumbai. Those from Pune can reach Karjat either from Swargate or by train. The base village Khandas is around 34 km from Karjat. One can reach Khandas by either the S.T. Bus or the jeeps / rickshaws that ply in this route. The most frequented routes to Bhimashankar from Khandas are the Shidi Ghat and Ganesh Ghat.
Ganesh Ghat :
There is a bridge around 2 km from Khandas. The track going to the right from this bridge is the Ganesh Ghat route. This is the easiest route to Bhimashankar. Along this route one reaches a Ganesh temple within an hour of trekking. The route ahead consumes more time and takes 3 more hours to reach the top.
Shidi Ghat :
The route going to the left from the bridge goes to the village. The route to the left of the well in the village leads to the Shidi Ghat. This is one of the difficult routes to Bhimashankar. This route becomes very treacherous and slippery during the monsoon. There are three ladders in this route within the first two hours of climbing. We reach a settlement after half an hour of the third ladder. Pundlik Hande has his house in this settlement. Further ahead when we climb on, we come across a thatch. At this junction, the routes from the Ganesh Ghat and Shidi Ghat merge. Those yearning for a cup of tea can get their wish fulfilled here. A further 1 ½ hour trek takes us besides a pond. The road, which goes to the left from this pond, takes us to the temple.
Itineary of the Trek
20th January 2018 Saturday
Catch 6:10 am fast local starting from CST – Karjat
Train time table as follows :
06:57 pm : CST
07:04 pm : Byculla
07:10 pm : Dadar
07:17 pm : Kurla
07:21 pm : Ghatkopar
07:39 pm : Thane
07:53 pm : Dombivli
08:37 pm : Kalyan
07:44 pm : Neral
08:53 pm : Karjat
Karjat Station .- 8:55 pm
09:00 pm : Proceed to Base Villages Khandas by Private Vehicles.
10:00 pm : Reach base village. Have Dinner & Introduction round
10:45 am :Start Trek via Ganesh Ghat
01:30 pm : Reach padarwadi & Rest, Camp fire, sleep in Hut.
27 August 2017 Sunday
06:00 am : Wake up & Start trek to Bhimashankar
08:30 am : Reach Bhimashankar & have Breakfast, Visit to Lord Shiva Temple, Explore the Places.
10:30 am : Start descending.
12:30 pm : Reach Padarwadi & Have Lunch.
01:30 pm : Descend to base village.
03:30 pm : Proceed to karjat station.
04:30 pm : Reach Karjat Stn & Catch CST Local
Note :- The Cost for the Trek is Rs. 1200/- per head includes Transport from Karjat to Karjat,Saturday dinner, Sunday Morning bf, lunch, expertise Charges.
Deposit full Amount in following A/C……
Bank of Maharashtra
Name – Michael D’souza
A/C - Saving Account no : 68016753951
IFSC Code - MAHB0001825
Branch - Naigaon (East) 01825
List of Items to carry
1. Return train ticket ticket to Karjat
3. Snugly fitting canvas shoes / Sports shoes
4. Rucksack / Shoulder bag which can hold following items
5. Water Bottle (3lts minimum) compulsory, Sun Cap, Spare Cotton Track pant & T- shirt.
6. Personal medical kit (personal medicines if any, prescribed by family doctor).
7. Torch with spare set of batteries, Light weight towel. plate, tumbler, tea mug/ cup, spoon.
Rules and Regulations:
1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/skirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed.
3. Please avoid wearing gold and other jewellery (at own risk). Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or Sling bags on treks.
4. We do take utmost care of every member of the group during the event,but still each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
Kindly carry 1 Identity proof at least for the trek.
Cancellation and Refund:
1.If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
2. If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded
3. After that no refund will be provided.
For Registrations Mail us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
or call on : Michael D’souza : 9833435293/ 9637847273.
Last day to Register is 19th January 2018 before 12:00 Noon.