Situated in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, the Bhimashankar trek is meant for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. The Bhimashankar trek gives an awe-inspiring experience to the trekkers, especially in the monsoon season. Known for the majestic waterfalls, the monsoon trek to Bhimashankar is one of the famous treks near Mumbai and Pune. Lush greenery and calm surroundings make it a perfect place to enjoy some quality time with friends and family. Hiking through the dense forests, huge mountains and multiple waterfalls gives immense joy and peace to the trekkers.
The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary also lies on the way. Positioned at 3800 feet above the sea level, it is home to various birds and animals. The sanctuary witnesses heavy rainfall during monsoons. Trekkers can catch a sight of some endangered birds and animals. In the deep woods, one can find a rare animal, Malabar giant squirrel, which is locally called as ‘Shekaru’.
The prominent Bhimshankar Temple is a well-known Jyotirlinga amongst 12 Jyotirlingas situated in India, and takes the visitors back to the 18th century. The exquisite architecture of this divine temple showcases the exceptional skills of ancient Vishwakarma sculptors. The temple is not only a must visit for the devotees of Lord Shiva but also for the trekkers, photographers and birdwatchers. Take a picture of the antique Hemadpanthi bell, hanging at the entrance of the temple. Here, you will be lost in the astonishing beauty of the Nagara-style architecture, which offers a great click to the camera. Also, you will be surprised to see Buddha-style carvings on the temple walls. These carvings depict Bhimashankar, Amba-Ambika and Bhootling.
In recent times, the temple has gained tremendous popularity as Bhimashankar was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. Moreover, you can see the source of River Bhima, which merges with the River Krishna. After a sacred visit to the temple, you will be spending a night in the camp under the glittery sky.
Bhimashankar is truly the most sought-after trekking destination for adventure lovers. Plan the Bhimashankar monsoon trek to explore the wonderful marvels of nature, and to have fun like never before!
Day 1: Reaching the Hilltop and Bhimshankar Temple
The exciting journey will begin after your arrival at the Karjat railway station. Begin your onward journey to the base village, which is the starting point for Bhimashankar trek in Maharashtra, where you can have a scrumptious breakfast.
Start your trek through Shidi Ghaat at around 10.30 am. The trail will pass through the lush green hills, waterfalls, river streams and dense forest. Exhilarate in the pleasant climate as you hike towards the hilltop. Enjoy your lunch enroute. At around 3pm, you will reach the top. Spend some time exploring. Have dinner at night, and spend the night camping under the stars.
Day 2: Descending Down to the Base Village
You will wake up to the stunning view of sunrise. Gorge on a scrumptious breakfast before starting your descent by Ganesh Ghat. You will have lunch midway down, and then, after trekking around two more hours, you will reach the base village, from where you will continue on to Karjat station. Board a train from Karjat Station back to Mumbai.