Bhimshankar

Bhimashankar is one of the twelve Jothilingam shrines of Lord Shiva located 50 km northwest of Khed, near Pune. Thus, the place holds great importance among Hindu pilgrims who visit here from all over the world. Bhimashankar stands at a height of around 3,250 feet. It remains one of the holiest places in India.

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Bhimashankar Temple
One of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Bhimashankar Temple is a renowned Hindu Shrine sitting in the lap of Sahyadri Hills. Lord Shiva devotees visit here from all parts of India to immerse themselves into the powers of divinity. The temple dates back to the 13th century and features beautiful Buddha cravings.

Hanuman Lake
This holy lake is perfect to plan a day picnic to spot different species of birds. Here you can also catch views of rare birds and squirrel species. The lake looks beautiful during monsoons when a stunning waterfall can be seen here.

Bhimashankar Wild Life Sanctuary
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction in Pune. This Sanctuary comprises of dense forested area sprawling over 120 sq km. Here you can spot numerous endemic and pandemic animal and bird species. Flora and fauna in the sanctuary is highly impressive. Here you will also see 14 sacred groves which are believed to be thousands of years old. Safari car rides are available in the sanctuary to enjoy the wilderness of the region.

Trekking Expedition
Bhimashankar takes you away from the busy city life and lets you have a whale of a time amidst ample of nature soaked into serenity. This is a popular place among trekkers as here rest some of the best trekking trails which look even more spectacular during monsoon months. Take a walk through vibrant green patches and experience the richness of wildlife.  Bhimashankar excites both novice as well as veteran trekkers.

How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to it is the Pune Airport well connected to all major cities of India.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Bhimashankar is the Karjat station.
By Road: Bhimashankar has a good network of roads and is served by various bus and taxi services.

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