Altitude Quest along-with Runner's Academy orginising overnight camp at Bhimashankar
Altitude: 3500 ft.
Type: Hill forts
Fort Range: Bhimashankar
Route: Ganesh Ghat
Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of India, a pilgrimage place. The area around Bhimashankar is covered with thick dense jungle. The Maharashtra Government has also declared it a Wildlife Sanctuary.The sanctuary is small (only about 100 sq. km’s), but it is home to a wide variety of animals Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Porcupines, Grey Junglefowls, Wild pig, Hanuman langur, Rhesus macaque and Flying Squirrel etc. The sanctuary is famous as the home of a highly endangered subspecies of the Indian Giant Squirrel – Shekharu (Ratufaindicaelphistoni), which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.
Shiva Temple: The temple of Bhimashankar is around 1200 – 1400 years old and is built on the HemadPanthi style. There are very beautiful sculptures and paintings on the roof and pillars of the temple. 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.
Gupt Bhimashankar : There is a water stream route going down from the left of the Ram temple. Taking that route, we enter a thick jungle. We reach a temple around 25 minutes through this route. A route going toward the waterfall, left of this temple, leads to the “water sculpted” “Shiva Linga” under this waterfall. This is called the GuptBhimashankar. There is a huge waterfall at this place.
Nagphani Peak :We reach a pond when we climb towards Bhimashankar from the Ghat. The route going towards the right, from this pond, takes us to the Hanuman temple. The route going up through this route leads to the Nagphani. We can have a view of the forts of Peth and Padhar and the plateaus of Peth and Matheran. We can remember the poem composed by the famous “Samarth” Ramdas, the lover of natural beauty, when we see such beauty around.
The cost for the trek is INR 2500/-
Transportation (Private Bus),
3 Meals & Refreshments,
Games & Gifts,
[Minimum Participant : 15]
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