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A Trip to Bhimashankar


A Trip to Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar is famous pilgrimage destination for one of the 12 Jyotirlings in India. Bhimashankar lies around 125 kms from Pune and 250 Kms from Mumbai. On Mumbai-Pune highway after pimpri-chinchwad a road to left goes to Nashik, popularly known as Nasik phata. It will take you to Bhimashankar via Rajguru Nagar – Manchar –Ghodegaon – Bhimashankar. Another alternative road from Mumbai is via – Malshej Ghats.

We have recently visited this place on the occasion of one of my friend’s birthday. We were eight people and so we have booked one cab from Pune. Our initial plan was to go early as soon as possible as these places are very good to visit in the early morning. However we managed to start our trip by 7.30 in the morning. It took nearly two and half hour to reach our destination. This is the month of January and so the climate was pretty good, not so hot as well as not so cold.

On our way to Bhimashankar, the cool and calm countryside of Maharashtra attracted us a lot. We felt very relaxed after a long coding, testing and deployment periods in our so called IT life. Here are few pics.  

We had our breakfast at a nearby shop and then visited the temple. The temple was not so big as I expected. But what I surprised to see that lot of pilgrims from North India came here to visit as a group by bus.

Bhimashankar is also declared as wildlife sanctuary. The dense vegetation is home to varieties of birds and animals. Leopards, barking deers, langurs, sambhar deers, wild boars, shekhrus, skews (Squirrels without stripes), civet cats (jungle cat), jackals, hyenas are the common inhabitants of Bhimashankar.

Few places near Bhimashankar to see are: Ghodegaon, Dimbhe Dam, Kondwal waterfall, Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani etc.

After visiting the temple, we went to see the Dimbhe Dam and I must say this is one of the most beautiful dam I have ever seen in my life. It is surrounded by beautiful hills and the water was clear blue. We also saw fresh water fishes roaming feely there.

After spending a plenty of time there with my friends, we finally headed towards Pune with capturing lots of memories and photos of our trip. It was a great weekend one day trip for us.

 

At the top of Mahabaleshwar


At the top of Mahabaleshwar

Located in the misty green mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is an idyllic summer retreat and is blessed with some of the finest natural wonders. This place was once upon a time the most favored summer getaway for the British and one can still sense the colonial charm here. There are many interesting things about Mahabaleshwar that draw large number of tourists from all parts of India. Its scenic points, temples and a salubrious climate attract nature lovers or seekers of solitude.

As a part of our one day trip to Mahabaleshwar, we reached at its top in the morning to enjoy the cool mountain air, lush greenery, breathtaking valleys and soaring mountain peaks. Here are few pics taken at that time.