Bhimashankar Trek is one of the most famous treks in Maharashtra. It leads to Bhimashankar Temple which is located about 50 kilometres from Khed and 114 kilometres from Pune. The temple is situated in the Western Ghats of India (Sahyadri Mountain Ranges) and is surrounded by dense forests, perfect for adventure and recreational activities. Trekkers from Pune and Mumbai often head to Bhimashankar for a day-long recreational activity which can easily be completed over a weekend. The forest is home to a number of animal and plant species. Nature lovers would enjoy exploring the lush greenery but some prior experience in trekking is advisable. Beginners can enrol with one of the adventure companies to arrange the shorter or an easier trek.
Famous for the Jyotirlinga Shrine, Bhimashankar encounters a heavy footfall of devotees throughout the year. Besides the religious importance, Sahyadri hills are also a host to great trekking expeditions. Walking through the luxuriant greenery and witnessing the place dipped in sheer beauty is undoubtedly a cherishable experience. Existing in the serene environment is a myriad of flora and fauna. Due to the richness of vegetation and wildlife, the place has been turned into a wildlife sanctuary- Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary. It is an exciting place for treks and nature escapade. The Sanctuary is home to various avifauna and was primarily created to protect the habitat of The Giant Indian Squirrel.
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