YatriSahyadri has organized a trek to Bhimashankar via Ladder route on Sunday, 10th July, 2016 (Starting Saturday, 9th July, 2016 night).
Type: Hill
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.
Shiva 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. 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 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.
9th July, 2016
10.30pm: Departure by Private vehicle from Borivali East near Tata Steel Junction via Western Express to Bandra – Sion – Chembur – Vashi - Panvel to Khandas (base village).
10th July, 2016.
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 Approximately 5 hrs.
10.30 am: Reach Bhimashankar Temple.
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.
1. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has hands free while trekking
2. A bottle of water (minimum 2Ltrs)
3. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
4. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits, plate,spoon, glass (all reusable, compulsory)
5. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, insect repellant cream (Odomos or similar brand)
1. A good trekking shoes, towel and extra clothes (compulsory).
Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking,
2. Water minimum 2Ltrs
3. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
4. Please carry a set of used newspapers, Maggi, matchbox, torch (Compulsary, AAbatteries and chocolates (No lozenges) for energy, Electral / Enerzyl powder, 4-5 lemons, some snacks & biscuits, plate, spoon glass. (All reusable & compulsory)
5. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, insect repellant cream (Odomos or similar brand)
6. No cotton clothes please. Kindly wear polyester or DriFit type of clothing including trackpants and tshirts or jersey
6. (We request you to avoid wearing jeans as it will rub against your skin leading to rashes and a CL on Monday).
TREK FEES : Rs. 1,100/- per head.
Morning tea,breakfast, lunch & evening tea/snacks.
Travel by private transport from Mumbai to Khandas and back to Mumbai.
Expert guidance for the trek; Khandas – Bhimashankar – Khandas.
Please note that "attending" RSVP on Facebook will not be considered as a valid registration.
Please register by calling us on below mention numbers.
Please confirm your seat before 7th July, 2016.
Registration will be on ‘FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS’ for the first 15 registrations only.
For CONFIRMATION of your registration please deposit the trek fee amount in the following account number:
A/c. No.: 0174104000085409,
Call us and confirm and please do carry the Pay-In-Slip as proof of registration.
Do feel free to contact any of us for any queries / clarifications.
Nityanand Naik - 9819818132,
Srikant R.Pillai - 7666905040,
Suhas Sagvekar - 9820257757.
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