The temple located about a three hour drive from Pune is to be visited both for the journey that leads to it, apart from being well known as one of the twelve jyotirlingas in India. The journey itself is quite scenic after the Pune Nashik highway and the hills, valleys and water enroute are breathtaking. As one gets closer to Bhimashankar, in monsoon, the drive is through rain and mist and a surreal atmosphere which never seems to end! Amenities including rooms for stay at the destination are very limited. During popular holidays and worship days, Bhimshankar becomes very crowded. Vehicles are to be parked much ahead of the temple and one has to trek by foot towards the temple. On crowded days, the line to the deity can be very long and the wait could be for several hours or even a whole day! There are locals who offer to get one to the deity in quick time with payment of speed money! Waiting in rain for the deity can be quite a challenge and one soon finds out that the plastic sheets sold to cover oneself are no protection to the non stop rain of this region in the monsoon. There are not many good restaurants and one has to make do with the several small shacks selling food and beverages. Washroom facilities too are limited. There are buses and jeeps ferrying people back and forth from the temple to the parking areas. One of the points to bear in mind is that during some festivals the shrine attracts hordes of vehicle borne devotees who crowd the road and the ensuing traffic jams prevent one from either getting in or out of the location. The temple is best not visited during such festival times, which one should check with locals or Puneites before planning a trip.. Also, during rains it is not possible to see much of the forest that surrounds the shrine or see the famous squirrels for which the surrounding forest is famous for.
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