Bhimashankar is an old and ancient temple located in the Sahyadri hills, in Maharashtra, India. It is situated in a village named as Bhorgiri, 50 km North West direction of Khed, near Pune and located at 125 km away from Pune. Since it was declared as “Wild Life Sanctuary” in the recent times, the place has gained a great significance. Bhimashnkar is the source of river Bhima as well.
There are many good places to see at and around Bhimashankar. A few of them are as below:
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple:
Bhimashankar is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the India. It is one of the well known religious places in Maharashtra. This is a great temple of Lord Shiva. The temple has architecture of Nagra Style. The Holy Jyotirlinga temple is visited on the Mahashivratri in a large number. In the premises, there is a small temple of Shani Dev.
Hanuman Lake, Bhimashankar:
Hanuman Lake is a famous place at Bhimashankar, in the Pune district. There are different species of many birds at the Hanuman Lake. One gets to see rare birds and squirrel species at the place. In the rainy season, a beautiful waterfall is one of the attractions to the visitors.
It is situated near the Bhimashankar temple. Devotees come and visit the Gupt Bhimashankar from all over India, since it is believed that the original Shivlinga was discovered at this place.
Bhimashankar Wild Life Sanctuary
In the recent times, the place of Bhimashankar has been declared and known as Wild Life Sanctuary. The place has a peculiar feature since then. Situated at the height of around 2000 to 3000 ft, the Sanctuary covers area of around 120 sq. km. Visitors get to see different kinds of animals as well birds in the Santuary. There are wonderful mountains and hills around and thus it is a great and perfect place for activities like trekking.
Bhimashankar has beautiful climatic conditions in the Monsoon as well as winters. Since it is located at around the height of 3500 fts above the sea level, the place always has low temperature as well as heavy rains in the rainy season. It feels awesome when we visit the place during this time period.
If you want to know the best period to know to go and visit the Bhimashankar, then it is definitely September to February since it is the time of Monsoon and winter when you get and feel an amazing environment. One can see here, the nature’s beauty at its best and the wonderful scenery too.