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“Excellent Sanctuary for Trekkers.”

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #55 of 294 things to do in Pune
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Reviewed 6 June 2017

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctaury gets its name from the Bhimashankar Shiva Temple around which this sanctuary is located. It is about 120 km from Pune and the best route to get there by vehicle is via Manchar on the Pune Nashik Highway. There are State Transport buses which go directly to Bhimashankar from Pune at regular intervals.

There is no infrastructure like the other wildlife sanctuaries of India. Guides, Safaris, Forest Rest Houses or even vehicle tracks are non-existent inside the sanctuary, and it is best explored on foot. Just outside the temple there are walking pathways (pugdundies) leading into the jungles of stunted trees and bushes of the Western Ghats (Sahyadris). Many trekking organisations from Pune and Mumbai arrange these treks to the Sahyadris especially during the monsoons (rainy season).

There are a few private resorts in the buffer zone as you enter the sanctuary. We stayed in one of these resorts during our visit and would take morning and evening walks into the sacred groves of the forest. The climate was very pleasant during the early mornings and late evenings even in the month of May, since it is a rocky plateau at an elevation of around 800 metres above MSL. Though we did not see any wild life besides rhesus monkeys and different species of birds, the sanctuary is famous for the Giant Indian squirrel. Leopards, hyenas, jackals and snakes have been seen in the deeper parts of the jungle.

The best time to visit Bhimashankar is from July to February after the rains, when the forests become lush and green, and many waterfalls can be seen in the surrounding hills.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Bhimashankar is a place just 75-80 Km from Pune and well known Jyotirlinga ( Shiva Temple). It is amidst thick jungle and hills. So you have benefit of visit to famous Shiva temple as well as quiet surrounding in nature. You can have morning as well as evening jungle walk arranged by locals to see wild life specially giant squirrel.

Thank DilipPune
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Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Scenery is beautiful throughout​ the way to Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Moreover, at the end of sanctuary, there is Lord Shiva's Temple which is known as "Bhimashankar Jyotirling"
You cannot expect much food options on the way. But though, it is not much far from Pune - you can take the food along with.

Thank shampydeol
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Loved to be here if u go in mansoon. The road is good for bike riding. Small villages will entertain you meanwhile.
At the end the bheemashankar temple will relax your mind.

Thank Crazyanuj
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas, and at the heart of Hindu devotees' wish list to visit. You can further plan to trek up Shivneri fort on day 2 once you reach the top. Nature Enthusiasts will Appreciate shambarshingi forest( famous for Sambar deer) and many unique opportunities to do bird watching. MTDC here has a beautiful interpretation center for nature enthusiasts. The forest walk and star Gazing at night is a wonderful experience and very safe.
We left from mumbai@5:30am and reached near Karjat, khandas village@8:30 am.We started our trek to Bhimashankar Hills at 8:30 am from Khandas Village,14 kms from Karjat on 12th march 2017,Holi Poornima.The ascend is approx 10 kms steep climb from the base of Khandas village. Our guide was from this base village, he suggested that during monsoon we can take the Ganesh route(6-7 hours) easy hike, but post monsoon we must try the ladder route(2-3 hours). The ladder route is very steep and challenging but not impossible if you are fit. Many pilgrims take this route as a part of their devotion to visit the jyotirlinga! The route is full of flora and fauna to explore. Barbets, kingfishers, birds of paradise, woodpeckers and many more to watch out for!
You will love the opportunity to do rock climbing, the most steep parts are all about climbing rocks with hand grip.One must take care while climbing the ladders which come up in a patch as some of the steps in the ladders are missing now. The clothing should be track pants or stretch ones as one needs to really climb the big rocks. We could find some sheds offering lemon juice at 2 places. One must carry at least 2-3 ltrs of water. We reached Bhimashankar by 1 pm for lunch.
At 5 pm, we trekked up for NagPhani top which gave us a beautiful view of the sunset as well as Full moon.
We went for the night walk in the Shambarshingi forest and spotted Caloles, owls and other night animals. We could do Star Gazing in an open spot and returned.
We returned by our bus post breakfast on day 2 towards mumbai via khed and Talegaon. Every morning there is an ST bus to pune for those who need.

5  Thank Nalini C
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