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This is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Lord Shankara after getting angry killed Rakshas Tripurasura. The heat prodeced from their war caused the origin of river Bhima. Hence the name Bhimashankar. This temple was built in the Nagara style of architecture and dates back to the 18th century.  There are influences from the Indo Aryan style of architecture. It is believed that an ancient shrine was erected over a Swayambhu Linga or a Self Emanated Shiva Linga. Thus the Linga is exactly in the centre of the floor of the Garbagriha literally meaning the Sanctum. Intricate carvings on the pillars and the doorframes of the temple tell a story and attract many tourists. Bhimashankar is about 128 km away from Pune. The route to Bhimashankar is via Manchar. One can go to this place and be back to Pune in one day. Bhimashankar is just the place to be for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers.


The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the state of Maharashtra. This Sanctuary is home for the Jumbo size Indian Squirrel and many other animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 120 sq km on the Western Ghats in the Sahyadri Ranges. The area receives heavy monsoon rainfall. It is a very popular weekend getaway.
The valley is an awesome combination of shrubs, magical herbs and plants of different varieties. The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a height of about 2100 to 3800 feet.


The Sahyadri, with their stony mountains and elevations, historic hill fortresses, vast lakes and broad forest region is a dream come true for trekkers. The hill promises outdoor adventure to all lovers of challenging undertaking. The Rains in the Sahyadris is a must watch and the weather during the rainy season aids best for trekking. Hiking also has a special magic on these mountains.


The closest airport to Bhimashankar is the Pune airport, which is about 95 km away from Bhimashankar.

The closest railhead to Bhimashankar is Pune that is well-connected to various cities of Maharashtra and other places in India.

State Bus service connects various parts of the state to Bhimashankar. Many luxury buses are available from Pune and Mumbai.


Monsoon and winter are the best seasons to visit Bhimashankar.

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Best Time To Visit : OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB
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Theme: Jyotirlinga, wildlife sanctuary
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