Yatri Sahyadri has organized a trek to Bhimashankar via Ladder route on 19th July, 2015 (Starting 18th Night).
Some basic information about the trek is as follows.
Some Information about the fort:
Height - 3500 Feet above MSL (Approximately)
Grade - Medium
Region - Pune
Base Village - Khandas.
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 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 (Ratufa indica elphistoni), which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.
ShivaTemple . 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. 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 BhimaRiver 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 Gupt Bhimashankar. There is a huge waterfall at this place.
Nagphani . 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.
10.30pm (18th July, 2014 Saturday night) Departure by Private vehicle from Borivali East near Tata Steel Junction via Western Express to Bandra – Sion – Chembur – Vashi - Panvel to Khandas (base village).
03.00am to 4.00 am: Rest,
04.00am to 4.30 am: Breakfast , tea & packing.
5.00 am: Start Trek from Khandas towards Bhimashankar,
Trek time Approx 5 hrs.
10.30 am: ReachBhimashankarTemple.
10.30 am to 11. 30am: Explore the temple & photography.
12.00pm to 1.00pm: Lunch
01.00 pm: Start descending.
04.30 pm: Reach base village.
05. 00pm to 5. 30pm: Evening snack & tea.
06.00pm: We will leave for Mumbai.
Travel time approx 3hours.
Charges. Rs. 900/- per head.
Maximum participants – 50 only.
Breakfast/tea, lunch, evening refreshment & traveling from Mumbai to Khandas & back in private bus (Non AC).
Expert Guidance for the trek. . Khandas – Bhimashankar – Khandas.
Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek.
(We request you to avoid wearing jeans as it will rub against your skin leading to rashes and a CL on Monday).
The above mentioned details have been mentioned for your wellbeing and comfort during the trek, so would advise you to kindly follow them.
It would be our best efforts to follow the mentioned schedule, but since some things are beyond our control, there could be delays.
The speed of the group would depend the speed of the slowest member of the group.
REGISTRATION PROCESS. Please note that "attending" RSVP on Facebook will not be considered as a valid registration. Please register your self by calling us on below mention numbers. Please confirm your seat before 16/07/2015 .Registration will be on ‘FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS’ for the first 50 registrations only.
Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications.
For Registration & more details, contact Our "Yatri’s".
Nityanand Naik. 9819818132
Suhas Sagvekar. 9820257757.
Srikant R Pillai. 7666905040
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