Bhimashankar Trek

Situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra and covering an area of about 120 km at a height of 3400 feet high up in the hills. There is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva amidst the wilderness of the dense jungle which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India that attracts pilgrims and devotees.

Bhimashankar is of great religious importance and one can see flocks of devotees visiting here during the month of Shravan. It is said that Lord Shiva after getting angry, killed Rakshas Tripurasura. The heat generated from their war caused the origin of river Bhima. That is why it is called the Bhimashankar. The Bhimashankar temple is a composite of old and the new architecture. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to the 18th century.

Bhimashankar Hills Trek Information 

We ascend via Ganesh ghat. There is Ganesh mandir en-route.

This is the halfway mark. The trail, after the two routes meet, is a steep climb through thick forest and lush green bushes. It leads directly to the top, where you find the Bhimashankar temple. You pass through a glimpse of history as you cross  Paddar Killa - Padargad.

There is a streamlet route going down from the left of the temple. Via that route, we enter a thick jungle and come across the Sakshi Vinayak temple around 25 minutes. 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.

When to visit Bhimashankar Trek 

It is a moderate difficulty level trek which takes about 4 hours to ascend and 4 hours to descend via Shidi Ghat. The entire trail exudes a serene and rustic charm. While monsoon is the best time to do this trek, it can also be done in other seasons. 

Places to see Bhimashankar Trek 

  • 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 the 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 Tripura. 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. Trek to Bhimashankar can be easily done as it's near Mumbai.
  • A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure: - Built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar.
  • 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 a 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 visiting for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims.

Bhimashankar Trek Details

  • Bhimashankar trek Height: 3296 feet
  • Bhimashankar trek base village: Khandas, Maharashtra
  • Region: Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
  • Bhimashankar via Ganesh Ghat distance: 13 km
  • Trek Duration: 4.5–6 hours from Khandas Base Village (depending on your fitness level)
  • Trek Grade: Moderately Difficult
  • Bhimashankar trek Endurance level: High
  • Bhimashankar photos: available in the photo gallery.
  • Bhimashankar Trek Location: Nagar District
  • Best Time for Bhimashankar Trek: Monsoon Season
  • nearest railway station to the Bhimashankar trek is Neral
  • Bhimashankar distance from Pune: 110 km approx
  • Bhimashankar distance from Mumbai: 195 km approx.
  • Bhimashankar distance from Lonavala: 38 km approx.
  • Cost: Rs. 1599/- per person

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Bhimashankar Trek Itinerary

Day Zero

  • 10:45 pm - Meet at Borivali National Park main gate.
  • 11:00 pm - Leave for the trek.
  • 11:30 pm - Pick up at Andheri WEH.
  • 11:45 pm - Pick up at Kalanagar bus stop (on the highway), Bandra.

Day One

  • 12:00 am - Pick up at Sion station circle.
  • 12:15 am - Pick up at Diamond Garden, Chembur.
  • 12:45 am - Pick up at Vashi Plaza.
  • 01:00 am - Pick up at McDonald's, Kalamboli.

03:00 am - Reach Khandas village and rest on the bus.

04:30 am - Wake up call.

05:00 am - Have breakfast.

05:30 am - Start trek towards Bhimashankar via Ganesh Ghat.

11:00 am - Reach at Bhimashankar. Visit temple. (there will be que for darshan)

12:30 pm - Lunch.

01:30 pm - Start return trek to Khandas via Ganesh Ghat.

06:30 pm - Reach at Khandas village and start return journey towards Mumbai.

10:30 pm - Approx. Arrival in Mumbai. 

Bhimashankar trek best time to Visit ?

The Bhimashankar trek is calm and rustic, and it's most enjoyable during the rainy season, but you can also do it in other times of the year. No matter when you go, the trail is peaceful and beautiful, letting you experience the special feeling of Bhimashankar throughout all seasons.

Nearby Attractions

  • Gupt Bhimashankar Temple: Hidden cave temple of Lord Shiva, about 3-4 km from Bhimashankar, offering a unique spiritual experience.
  • Ahupe Ghat: Picturesque location around 20-25 km from Bhimashankar, known for its lush greenery and scenic views.
  • Shidi Ghat: Adventurous trekking route situated approximately 10-15 km from Bhimashankar, with challenging ascents and beautiful landscapes.
  • Hatkeshwar Temple: Ancient temple in Hatkeshwar village, 30-35 km from Bhimashankar, featuring remarkable architecture and historical significance.
  • Peth Fort (Kothaligad Fort): Easily reachable at around 25-30 km from Bhimashankar, this fort offers a relatively simple trek and captivating views.
  • Nagphani (Duke's Nose): A popular viewpoint near Lonavala, located about 45-50 km from Bhimashankar, providing stunning panoramic vistas.
  • Kondheshwar Temple: Situated approximately 25-30 km from Bhimashankar in Kondheshwar village, this temple is known for its intricate carvings and peaceful atmosphere.

How to Reach Bhimashankar from Mumbai?

By Train:

Take a train from Mumbai to Karjat, a town near Bhimashankar.

Karjat is well-connected by train from Mumbai.

From Karjat, you can hire a local vehicle or take a shared taxi to reach Khandas village.

Khandas is the base village for the Bhimashankar trek.

By Road:

Drive from Mumbai to Khandas Village directly or via Karjat.

The road distance between Mumbai and Khandas is about 70–80 kilometers.

You can use your own vehicle, hire a taxi, or take a bus to get there.

How to Reach Bhimashankar from Pune?

By Train:

There's no direct train to Khandas Village.

Take a train from Pune to Karjat.

From Karjat, hire a local vehicle or shared taxi to reach Khandas village, which is the starting point for the Bhimashankar trek.

By Road:

Drive from Pune to Khandas Village directly or via Karjat.

Khandas village is around 130–140 kilometers from Pune.

You can use your own vehicle, hire a taxi, or take a bus to reach Khandas.

Before beginning your Bhimashankar trek, make sure you have the most up-to-date information on train schedules and road conditions.

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  • Bhimashankar is a moderately difficult trek and requires good endurance. Please wear trekking shoes for this trek with a good grip & carry enough water.
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    How to reach base village Bhimashankar - Khandas?

    Khandas is the base village for the Bhimashankar trek. One can board a train from Mumbai and Pune and get down at Karjat railway station. From Karjat, there is the availability of ST buses and private rickshaws to reach Khandas which is at a distance of 34 km from Karjat. About 500 m after crossing Khandas village, you will come across a small bridge at a T-junction. The road to the left leads to Shidi Ghat while the one to the right leads to the Ganesh Ghat walkway; which are the two trek routes to Bhimashankar.

    Trek 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 Ghat - Ladder Route Bhimashankar 

    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 ghat – merge.

    There are many huts providing food and tea in the middle of the 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.

    Bhimashankar Trek | Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar Trek in Pune

    A Monsoon trek to Bhimashankar Trek & Bhorgiri Waterfall, awesome jungle area route, An easy hike with rewarding views of the Western Ghats, birds and butterflies. Bhimashankar Trek is a must do the trek in Maharashtra. Here's a complete do-it-yourself trek guide via the traditional routes of Shidi Ghat & Ganesh Ghat. Best things to do on your Bhimashankar Trek from Mumbai and Pune. One of the best monsoon trek in Sahyadris via Shidi Ghat or Ganesh Ghat or Khandas. Bhimashankar Trek is one of the most famous treks in Maharashtra. It leads to Bhimashankar Temple which is located about 50 kilometres from Khed.

    How do I get to Khandas Village?

    Khandas is the base village for the Bhimashankar trek. One can board a train from Mumbai and Pune and get down at Karjat railway station. From Karjat, there is the availability of ST buses and private rickshaws to reach Khandas which is at a distance of 34 km from Karjat.

    How can I reach Bhimashankar from Neral?

    Bhimashankar To Neral travel time. Bhimashankar is located around 23 KM away from Neral so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Neral in 3 hours and 30 minutes. Your Neral travel time may vary due to your bus speed, train speed or depending upon the vehicle you use.

    How can I go to Karjat from bhimashankar?

    The nearest railway station is the Karjat station which is located at a distance of around 168 Km. The station is connected to many cities via direct and indirect trains. So, it takes two hours to reach Bhimashankar from the station. You can easily hire a bus or rickshaws, also known as tumtums.

    Where is bhimashankar situated?

    Pune - Bhīmāshankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine located 50 km northwest of Khed (alias Rajguru Nagar), near Pune, in India. It is located 127 km from Shivaji Nagar (in Pune) in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills.

    How is Bhimashankar?

    Bhimashankar, located about 100 km from Pune and 223 km from Mumbai, is a popular temple town. Bhimashankar is located in the village Bhorgiri in the ghat region of the Sahyadri range. Situated at a height of around 3250 feet, Bhimashankar is surrounded by hills and is covered by thick green rainforests.

    How is the road from Pune to Bhimashankar?

    The distance from Pune to Bhimashankar is about 110 km and takes around 3 hours and 23 minutes by road.

    How can I go to Bhimashankar from Lonavala by bus?

    Lonavala is located around 38 KM away from Bhimashankar so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Bhimashankar in 2 hours and 23 minutes. Your Bhimashankar travel time may vary due to your bus speed, train speed or depending upon the vehicle you use.

    What is the best time to visit bhimashankar?

    The best season to visit Bhimashankar is the winter season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for visiting the wildlife and other places of interest in Bhimashankar. The best months to visit are October, November, December, January, February and March.

    How can I go to Bhimashankar from Nashik?

    Bhimashankar To Nasik travel time. Bhimashankar is located around 106 KM away from Nasik so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Nasik in 4 hours and 8 minutes. Your Nasik travel time may vary due to your bus speed, train speed or depending upon the vehicle you use.

    Is bhimashankar a hill station?

    Bhimashankar Hill Station. Bhimashankar hill station is a mind pleasing spot situated amidst lush green Bhimashankar hills. Nestled between Sahyadri Mountains, this place offers a scenic holiday destination. ... Location: 50 km North-West of Khed, Pune District, Maharashtra.

    How many steps are there in Bhimashankar temple?

    It will be 300 steps and very wide steps. I think you can walk. The Chair facility is available for Rs 400 or 500. 4 persons will carry you and again bring upstairs. Bhorgiri is one of the most scenic locations in Maharashtra. Bhorgiri is a very small village. There are hills on the three side of the village & one of the hills has Bhorgiri fort and caves. Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar is the perfect trek for Beginners. Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek goes through dense jungle. One can see Giant Squirrel during the trek. The trek route is through dense jungle and provides many opportunities for nature lovers and particularly Photographers!!! It’s a plain Jungle walk of around 3 Hours which ends at “Gupta Bhimashankar”. One has to pass the Streams & waterfall to reach the Bhimashankar Temple. A serene journey through gurgling waterfalls!!! Bhorgiri is a small village about 90 kms from Pune.

    Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar (B2B) Range trek is an awesome jungle area route. Trek route is through the dense jungle but now villager made a good route to explore. Bhorgiri Trek is ideal for trekkers who want an easy level trek and also want to be away from the crowd. Feel the cool breeze play through your hair as you explore the green hilly terrain of Bhorgiri!

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