Ideal for Fit people: There are a few steep climbs, including rock climbing and chimney climbing as well.Please consider this while you RSVP and if you have fear of heights and we promise this will be one among your top 10 treks.
Trek Notes :
Roughly 35 kms trek in 3 days
Trek Genre : Medium to difficult
Only for selected people in WL.
Please make sure you take time and answer all RSVP questions, RSVP invalid if not answered.
Bhimashankar is a dream destination for any trekker, a perfect setting for an exciting adventure.
Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhorgiri 50 km north west of Khed, near Pune, in India. It is located 110 km away from Pune in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills.
The Temple: The Bhimashankara temple is a composite of old and the new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji is also said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate the carrying out, of worship services. As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level.
A unique bell (Roman style) can be seen in front of the temple which was presented by Chimaji Appa (Brother of Bajirao Peshwa I and uncle of Nanasaheb Peshwa )Chimaji Appa collected two large bells after he won war against Portuguese from Vasai Fort. He offered one here at Bhimashankar and other is at Menovali near Wai in front of Shiva Temple on the banks of Krishna river.
It is a 2kms. down hill trek from the temple in thick forest. The Bhima River which originates from the temple flows to this place, disappears and then suddenly originates further ahead. It said to be the origin of the River Bhima. A small waterfall gushes over a 'lingam' carved out of stone to mark the exact spot. A tiny brass 'Nandi' guards the spot.
Nagphani Tok (point) / Serpent's hood
This is the highest and the best point in the Bhimashankar area. From the car parking area walk on the cart track to Hanuman temple (1km. - 20mins). At the entrance of the temple there is a board indicating the direction to Nagphani. There are a few houses around the temple. From the temple it is another 20mins. uphill trek. This place has derived its name from the fact that it looks like the hood of a Cobra. Hence the name Nagphani. (Nag = Snake i.e. Cobra; Phani = Hood). From the point one gets a panoramic view of Padar Killa down below, and the hills and forts of the Matheran range in the background. Walk uphill to the right of the point and one gets a fascinating view of the Bhimashankar temple area and Siddhagad fort (982m - 3223ft) in the background.
Trek Via Khandas - Sidhi ghat
The route going to the left from the bridge goes to the village. The route to the left of the well in the village leads to the Shidi Ghat. This is one of the difficult routes to Bhimashankar. This route becomes very treacherous and slippery during the monsoon. There are three ladders in this route within the first two hours of climbing. One reaches a settlement after half an hour of the third ladder. This route is called "Sidhi" ghat because of ladder (Sidhi) placed on the routes.
Further ahead when you climb on, one come across a thatch. At this junction, the routes from the Ganesh Ghat and Shidi Ghat merge. Those yearning for a cup of tea or food can get their wish fulfilled here as there are many huts provideing food and tea in middle of trek route. A further 1 ½ hour trek takes us besides a pond. The road, which goes to the left from this pond, takes us to the temple.
A youtube video of the shidi ghat climb.
Trip iternary will be shared soon.
Expenses: Rs. 3000
Includes Transportation, Accommodation and few meals.
We will share the cost if it is more than this.
Please add yourself to the waiting list and make a payment to the below account by 20th July and mention your transaction details to confirm your spot. You'll be moved to "going list" upon confirmation.
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Account Type: Savings
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Branch: Road No 12, Banjara Hills
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Things to bring: [ All things are compulsory ]
? Sleeping bag
? Torch and spare batteries
? Plastic packets for wet clothes
? Trekking wear, Shoes and tracks, cap/hat
? Extra pairs of clothes and socks and a Poncho (It may rain)
? Some snacks to munch on the way.
? Bring along an emergency light if you have one (Just in case)
? Enough food for yourself for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 2 dinners.
Try to travel as light as possible because we have a lot of scrambling and trekking to do.
Need to share tents / tarps weight [Extra weight ] - 3 T3 Tents and 2 tarps
A few things might happen that are not planned and we hope you can take this in your stride. This is India and do not expect american standards in everything,
GHAC refund rules apply
1) No smoking and No alcohol
2) No littering, no pollution of water
3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable
4) Food will be mostly vegetarian
5) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers
6) if you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.
7) If you cant swim don't go deep into the water