is approx 127 km from Pune (or 200 km from mumbai). The
route to Bhimashankar is via Manchar.the second route is
from rajgurunagar via vada. One can go to this place, full
of natural beauty and lovely scenery, and be back to Pune
in one day. Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers,
trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers. It is recommended
to visit the place for at least 2/3 days. The best seasons
to go to Bhimashankar are monsoon and winter. There 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 generated from their war caused the
origin of river Bhima. That is why it is called Bhimashankar.
There are Buddha style carvings of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling
and Bhimashankar in the hills of Manmaad near Bhimashankar.
This is at a height of 1034 metres. A big size bell in Hemadpanthi
structure built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of
Bhimashankar. Various places that could be visited in Bhimashankar
are Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of River Bhima,
Nag Phani, Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak and a lot more.
Bhimashankar is a conserve red forest area and wildlife
sanctuary where a variety of birds, animals, flowers, plants
can be seen. A rare animal "Shekru" can be found
in deep woods. Bhimashankar is worth visiting for jungle
lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims.
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