Bhimashankar is a beautiful tourist spot located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. It is home to one of 12 sacred Jyotirlingas in India. It is surrounded by dense jungles towards the Western Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. The place is the major source of water for the river Bhima. Bhimashankar is a pilgrimage centre, bio-diversity hotspot, and an adventurous destination. It is easily accessible as a day-trip from Pune (100 km) and weekend getaway from Mumbai (275 km).
Places to Stay
Tourists can find plenty of budget and mid-range hotels in and around Bhimashankar. They are Blue Mormon Resort (Tariff - Rs. 400), and Enjoy Point Resort (Tariff - Rs. 800).
Marathi is the official language spoken here. Hindi and English are also spoken in Bhimashankar.
Mahashivaratri in February, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Diwali in November, and Makara Sankranti in January are celebrated in Bhimashankar.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions nearby Bhimashankar. They are Mokshakund Tirtha, Kusharanya Tirtha, Sarvatirtha, Kondhawal Falls (7 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Lohegaon Airport located at 76 km away from Bhimashankar.
The nearest station to Bhimashankar is in Pune (95 km).
There are well connected roads to Bhimashankar. Many local and private bus services operate frequent busses from various parts of the state to Bhimashankar. Also several luxury buses travel from Pune and Mumbai. Few of the best bus operators are Bhagyashri Travels, Duva Travels, and Bulsara Tours & Travels. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across India.