Home to one of the 12 jyotirling shrines in India, Bhimshankar is a prominent pilgrimage centre located in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva resided in the form of Bhima in the Sahyadri hills at the request of the Gods to kill demon Tripurasura. Hence, the site surrounding the jyotirling came to be called Bhimshankar.
The temple was built by Nana Fadnis, an eminent statesman of the Maratha Empire. The temple represents Nagra and Indo-Aryan architectural site, dating back to the 18th century.
Besides being a pilgrimage, Bhimashakar is also a bio-diversity hotspot. The jungle surrounding the temple has been declared a wildlife sanctuary. One can spot leopards, barking deer, sambar and hyena. However, shekru or the Giant Indian squirrel is the most famous resident.
Bhimashankar is also famous among adventure enthusiasts. The mountain in and around Bhimashankar is popular for trekking, hiking and rock climbing. Lots of adventure enthusiasts head to the jungles especially during monsoon to have their rush of adrenaline.
Visitors can find many budget and mid-range hotels near Bhimashankar temple. Temple priests also make arrangements for accommodation which are basic accommodations. Ghodegaon and Manchar located about 45 km and 65 km respectively offer better accommodation facilities.
There are few budget restaurants offering Maharashtran cuisine. Bhimashakar being a temple town, only vegetarian food is available.
In and Around
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of the Giant Indian Squirrel and a huge number of other animals and birds. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra is spread across an extensive area of 120 square kilometers on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadri Ranges.
The densely forested area of the Maharashtra, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in India receives heavy monsoon rainfall. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in is a very popular weekend gateway from the cities of Pune and Mumbai.
Gupt Bhimashankar is situated near the Bhimashankar Temple. It is believed that the original Shivalinga was discovered at this site and therefore, it is visited by devotees in large number.
Hanuman Lake is one of the popular tourist attractions located in Bhimashanker in the district of Pune. Tourists can see numerous species of birds and squirrels at the lake. A waterfall is another prominent attraction at this site which can be visited during the rainy season.
The best time to visit Bhimashankar is from August to February. People visit Bhimashanker on large numbers during Mahashivratri.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is Pune Airport, at a distance of 125 km. This airport is connected to Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Kochi.
Airlines like Air India Express, Indigo, Kingfisher, Air India and Jet Airways serve the passengers here.
Pune Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Bhimashankar, at the distance of 127 km.
This is a broad-gauged railway station and is connected to New Delhi, Mysore, Chennai, Puri, Mysore and Jaipur.
Bhimashankar is connected to Salgaon, Peth, Rajur, Utchil, Junnar and other areas.
There are frequent bus services outside the park that goes to different locations near and far away.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Hotel Kundan Palace
Mumbai- Pune Road ,
Opp Bajaj Tempo, Akurdi,
Pune – 411035
The Ambience Hotel
C.T.S No.1105/2, Lakaki Road,
Near Telephone Exchange, Model Colony,
JW Marriott Hotel Pune
Senapati Bapat Road, Pune,