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Bhimshankar in Khed

·  Summer: 23°C-37°C
·  Winter: 13°C-30°C
·  Monsoon: June-September<

Best time to visit:  August-March

Opening Time: 04:30 a.m.
Closing Time: 09:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Open 7 days a week.

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  Free
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  Free
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Sahyadri Hills in Maharashtra is home to one of 12 Jyotirlingas, called Bhimshankar. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a major draw for the pilgrims. In addition, the splendid natural beauty and wildlife reserve around the temple attracts nature lovers and wildlife explorers. Trekking is a thrilling activity to access the temple and many nearby attractions and this attracts flocks of adventurers to the place.

Bhimshankar Temple has self-manifested Lingam of Shiva who according to the legends appeared here to slay demons like Bhima and Tripurasur. The temple is built in Nagara and Indo-Aryan architectural styles and is located on the bank of River Bhima which is believed to have formed from Shiva’s sweat. Other attractions of the temple include a shrine dedicated to Shani God and a Portuguese bell.

Many beautiful lakes, waterfalls and streams greet the visitors on the way to the temple. One can also visit other attractions like Gupt Bhimashankar (a naturally formed Shiva Lingam), Kamalaja Temple and Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Trekking can be daunting for the first-timers. Be careful when trekking during monsoons.

Road: The temple is accessible via a number of routes, the most popular one being from Pune on Pune-Nashik Highway via Manchar and Ghodegaon. Another good option is from Mumbai on Mumbai-Pune Expressway via Talegaon and Manchar. Buses run from Pune, but it is recommended to travel in a taxi or cab. One needs to climb to reach the temple from the parking area. Trekking is an alternate option and an enjoyable experience to access the temple, but the first-time visitors are advised to hire a guide.

Railway: Pune has the nearest railway station at the distance of about 110 km. The railhead is well-connected to many popular cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Hire taxis from the railway station to reach the temple by road.

Airway: At the distance of about 110 km. is the closest airport located in Pune. The aerodrome is connected by air to the destinations like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Nagpur, Kolkata, Kochi, Dubai and Frankfurt.