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Trekking Paradise Trek to Bhimashankar via Shidi Route on 23rd August 2015 Sunday

We at Trekking Paradise Invites you all for a visit to the mystic jungle of Bhimashankar and Bhimashankar Hills on 23rd August 2015 Sunday (will start travelling overnight on 22nd August Saturday Night from Mumbai

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Summary
Height: 3296 feet
Grade: Medium
Base Village: Khandas
Trek Leader: Kunal|Suraj|Deena
Cost: Rs 800.00 per person


Information:
Lord Shiva Temple: Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhorgiri 50 km North West of Khed, near Pune. There is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shivaraj Khade slaying the demon Tripurasura associated with the invincible flying citadels Tripuras. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the Bhima form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth from his body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi River. Bhimashankar is also the source of the Bhima River, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur. A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure: - Built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar. Other equally important places: - Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani from where one can see the view of the Peth fort and Padhar, Bombay Point, and lot more. Bhimashankar is conserved forest area and wildlife sanctuary where a variety of birds, animals, flowers, plants can be seen. A rare animal "Shekru" can be found in deep woods. Bhimashankar is worth visited for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims.

Routes to Bhimashankar

There are two routes to Bhimashankar from the base village of Khandas, which are most popular among trekkers.

1. Ganesh Ghat – There is a bridge around 2 km from Khandas, and the track going to the right from the bridge is the Ganesh Ghat route. This is the easiest and the longest route to Bhimashankar. Within an hour of trekking along this route you will reach a Ganesh temple. The route ahead will take around 3 hours until you reach the plateau of Bhimashankar, there is a small pond dug out in the ground called 'Hanuman Tal'. This trek is four hours to five hours long.

2. Shidi (ladder) Route – This one is a shorter route, but difficult especially in the monsoons. The route gets its name from the ladders placed on the steepest parts. The route going to the left of the bridge (mentioned in Ganesh Ghat) goes to the village. On moving ahead you will reach a well, take a left from there to Shidi ghat. Within the first two hours of climbing you will pass three ladders. You will reach a junction where both the routes - Ganesh ghat and Shidi – merge. There are many huts providing food and tea in middle of trek route. 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.

The detailed itinerary for the trek will be as follows:

22nd August, Saturday night:
Meeting point- Dadar TT circle at 11 pm,
Pickup points-
Teen hath naka, Thane at 11.45 pm,
Gharda circle, Dombivli at 12.30 am,

23rd August, Sunday morning:

Reach khandas by 4.30 am,
Refreshment time,
Breakfast & tea by 6 am,
Start trek via shidi ghat by 6.30 am,
Reach top by 10.30 am,
Rest for some time & explore,
Start descend via Ganesh ghat by 11.30 am,
Reach khandas by 2 pm,
Lunch at khandas by 2.30 pm,
Start our return journey by 3.30 pm,
Reach Mumbai by 9 pm (its subject to change)
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The Cost for the trek is Rs. 800 which includes:

Travelling from dadar to dadar by private Non AC bus,
1 Breakfast and tea for Sunday Morning,
1 Veg lunch for Sunday Afternoon,
Trekking Paradise Expertise Charges
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Payment Details:
People need to deposit fill amount for the confirmation
Bank Details-
Bank Name : SBI Bank
Account No : 00000034430294703
Account Type : Savings Bank Account
Account name : OMKAR VILAS PRABHUDESAI
Branch : Dombivli East 
IFSC code : SBIN0007124
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Things to be carried:
Identity proof.(Compulsory)
Torch with extra Batteries(Recommended)
A bottle of water (Atleast 2-3 Ltrs),
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
A good trekking shoes, raincoat,
some ready to eat food like plum cakes,biscuits etc.
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Jeans and Gold and other ornaments

It would be Raining, so please pack your bag accordingly

Regards,
Trekking Paradise

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