Places to visit in Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar in a glance

Coordinates : 19.07 N, 76.53 E

State : Maharashtra

Bhīmāshankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine located 50 km northwest of Khed, near Pune. It is located 127 km from Shivaji Nagar in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills.It is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur.

How to reach

By air :

The closest airport from Bhimashankar is the Pune airport. It takes about 3 hours to reach this placefrom the airport.

By train :

Bhimashankar does not have a railway station and the closest one is the Karjat station located at a distance of 168 kilometers.

By road :

Bhimashankar is well connected by roads and busses provide shuttle service.

Places to visit

Bhimashankar Temple

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This temple is situated in the village of Bhorgiri in the ghats of the Sahyadri range. The temple is one of the only twelve traditional ‘Jyotilingam’ shrines of Lord Shiva in India. With a river source and great spiritual importance, this temple is a major attraction in the area.

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary was primarily created in 1984 to protect the habitat of the Giant Indian Squirrel in the Ambegaon and Khed Talukas of the Pune district. With rich fauna and numerous sacred groves, this is a beautiful place to visit especially during the offset of monsoon season.

Hanuman Lake

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The Hanuman Lake is a beautiful lake located in Bhimashankar. Lots of animals including squirrels and bids could also be spotted here.

What to eat :

The local cuisine here is dominated by Maharashtrian food with a blend of south and north Indian cuisine. This place is known for its spicy food of curries and fries. Misal – a spicy gravy of potatoes, peas and other sprouts, makes for a mouth-watering meal.


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