Here we can see few remnants of the fort that was battled over between British and Maratha army, a Lord Shiva Temple, few broken cannons, few water cisterns etc.
From top of Siddhagad, one can see Karnala, Manikgad, Kothaligad, Bhimashankar, Gorakhgad and Machindragad.
This place is also known in Indian Freedom movement as two freedom fighters (Bhai Kotwal and Hiraji Patil) were shot dead at this place by British on 2nd Jan 1943.
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 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.
Lord 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.
Itinerary of the event:
Day 0: Saturday, 10th Sep 16
Meeting Point: Kalyan Station, Platform no 1, at 10.00 pm sharp (Late comers won’t be entertained, as we will be Starting by the 10.30 pm bus) on 10th Sep 16,Saturday Night.
Bus journey till murbad, followed by another bus till Uchale Village
Day 1: Sunday, 11th Sep 16
Reach Uchale @ 01:30am, Start our Trek @ 02:00am
Reach Siddhgad Machi @ 05:00am, Rest for 2hrs.
Breakfast @ 7:00am.
Start Bhimashankar Trek Journey @ 08:00am
Reach Bhimashankar @ 02:30pm
Start Bhimashankar Descend 3:00pm
Reach Khandas @ 06:00pm
Reach Karjat @ 07:30pm
Bedding / Sleeping Bag (must)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks, Extra pair of floaters
Cap, Skarf etc.
Medicine those if you require usually
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking. (Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)
Keep space for 1 kg in your bag as load distribution will be done.
It might be raining, so pack your bag accordingly to save them from getting wet.
Transportation From Kalyan To Uchale Village by Public Transport
Breakfast and Evening Refreshments.
Train Travelling charges
Food during the journey
Mineral Water and Soft Drinks charges
Any other personal expences
Anything which is not mentioned in the cost includes