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Charuchandra Patil

5.0

We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so ...

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Sushil Kocchar

5.0

Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in o...

Overview

About the Activity:

Situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra and covering an area of about 120km, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is fast emerging as a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune. The area around Bhimashankar is covered with thick dense jungle and is home to the endangered giant squirrels, this wildlife protected are boasts of rich flora and fauna and offers spectacular views of its lush green forests and the Sahyadri mountain range that surrounds the sanctuary. 

The place is yet to be fully discovered by the tourists and therefore still exudes a serene and rustic charm. Bhimashankar also attracts pilgrims and devotees to the sacred Jyotiralinga Temple located amidst the wilderness. Its nature trail is an easy short trek near Pune where you can soak in the natural wild beauty of the forest.

Bhimashankar:
The Bhimashankara temple (one of 12 Jyotirlings) is a composite of old and the new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century. The Shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji is also said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate the carrying out, of worship services. As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level.
Bhimashankar trek is known to be one of the best treks in Sahyadri ranges and this time we will be ascending via Shidi ghat (Ladder route) & descending via Ganesh ghat to make it more interesting.  The forest of Bhimashankar is paradise for nature lovers as it hosts several exotic specie of wildlife and the most famous of all being the elusive rust-colored giant squirrel (Ratufa Indica Elphinstoni) — the state animal of Maharashtra. 

Meeting Point : Karjat Railway station Platform No. 1 ticket window on Saturday Midnight

Itinerary

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    Day 1 : Sunday

    03:00 am - Reach Khandas and Rest

    05:00 am - Wake up call.

    06.00 am - Start trek to Bhimashankar via Shidi Ghat after Breakfast and Tea.

    11:00 am - Reach Bhimashankar and Explore.

    12.30 pm - Have Lunch

    01.30 pm - Start descending by Ganesh Ghat

    06:00 pm - Reach Khandas and move to Karjat

    07:15 pm - Reach Karjat and take next train to Pune/Mumbai

  • Day 2 -

    Day 1 : Sunday

    03:00 am - Reach Khandas and Rest

    05:00 am - Wake up call.

    06.00 am - Start trek to Bhimashankar via Shidi Ghat after Breakfast and Tea.

    11:00 am - Reach Bhimashankar and Explore.

    12.30 pm - Have Lunch

    01.30 pm - Start descending by Ganesh Ghat

    06:00 pm - Reach Khandas and move to Karjat

    07:15 pm - Reach Karjat and take next train to Pune/Mumbai

Meal

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  • Breakfast
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  • Lunch

Activity

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  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

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  • Transport from Karjat to Karjat
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  • All meals.
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  • Guidance and expertise charges.

Transport

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  • Shared Vehicle
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  • Traveling from Neral till Neral

Things To Carry

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  • 3 lit water (Must)
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  • - Proper rain-gears like Umbrella / Raincoat / Windcheater (Must)
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  • - Packs things properly to protect from rain (Must)
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  • – Torch with extra batteries (Must)
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  • – Full sleeve T-shirts and full pant.(Must)
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  • – Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks (Must)
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  • – Sunscreen, Mosquito repellant,Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (Must)
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  • – (For 1 day trek not needed)Proper Bedding like Sleeping Bag and Mat / 2 Shawls / 2 bed-sheets (Must)
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  • – Camera, Cap etc. (Optional)
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  • – Electrolyte packets as energy drinks (optional)
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  • – Carry eatable like fruits, dry fruits to munch on during trek and to avoid dehydration.
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  • – A haversack to put in all the things.
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  • – Good to have stick for support.
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  • – Identity Card

Advisory

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  • No smoking.
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  • – No plastic littering.
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  • – Wear full sleeves, full track suite for protection.
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  • – Proper footwear/shoes are essential for trek.
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  • – Conserve and preserve our heritage.
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  • – No deodorant / perfume. After trek it’s OK.
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  • – We reserves all right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without any prior notice.
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  • – No Extra adventure/out of itinerary behavior during trek.
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  • – Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
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  • – Photographs taken during the activity which can be used for publicity purpose.
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  • – Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety, Jewellery, Cash and baggage.
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  • MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:
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  • – It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
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  • – While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done.
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  • – If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia.
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  • – Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Booking Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Charuchandra Patil

     Rated : 5.0

    We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.

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    Story by Sushil Kocchar

     Rated : 5.0

    Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in other trek trails. Lonavala is by itself a beauty and this trek adds more grace to it. I had a great time at this trek. I personally loved the trek trails so much that I am planning to do this trek again sometime. As a trekker, you will experience bliss as the trek takes you back to the good old country trek experience. As a nature lover I had a great time with the surroundings.

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    Story by Gandharv Malik

     Rated : 5.0

    We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.

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    Story by Ghanashyam Jain

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking experience was fine. The trek was organized in a great manner. The food, stay, and the travel were perfect. Thanks to the organizers. However, the trek was quite difficult and tiring. Without ample trekking experience, this trek is quite hard for anyone to take. It was a nice vacation.

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    Story by Gotum Mehrotra

     Rated : 5.0

    The trek was fun and exciting. The locality and surroundings were brilliant. I have been to many treks but this trek was one of the best trek I ever had. I seriously recommend this trek to all those who want to go out with friends. Worth spending on this trek :)

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    Story by Dhanvin Naik

     Rated : 5.0

    It was a great and an amazing trek. I loved the whole trekking experience. We had such a nice and fun time there. We would like to visit here again soon. This time we only did the trek and didn’t explore Lonavala much as we were tired from the trek.

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    Story by Himadri Bhat

     Rated : 5.0

    This is such a beautiful trek. Don’t miss it. I totally recommend this trek to everyone. It is worth the money spent.

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    Story by Shreya Menon

     Rated : 4.0

    We had an amazing trek here. We loved it totally. We were a huge gang of 10 trekkers. It was friends, cousins, their cousins, and stuff. When we planned for Lonavala trip, I suggested this trek, and I am glad that we all ended up liking it. The trek is quite challenging, but it isn’t stressful or tiring. After sometime, you will start enjoying the trek. Also, the trek trails are so poignant and so are the surroundings and the backdrop. The food was the major issue during the trek. Although Lonavala has some amazing food, it was not that great in the trek region. I would recommend this trek definitely to anyone.

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    Story by Chandini Banerjee

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek was good. We were 4 friends; all of us being trek enthusiasts, we took this trek. We have about 1-3 years of average trek experience. Here is what we got to share about this trek. This trek was one of its kinds of trek. It was an interesting and a different experience from our other treks. The place adds charm to the trek. Lonavala is a beauty and not visiting it is a shame. That being said the trek was indeed too calm and interesting. Also, not to forget, the trek was quite fun too.

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    Story by Anil Nambeesan

     Rated : 4.0

    This is such a brilliant and interesting trek. We had such a lovely and enthralling experience. We loved the whole experience. We would love to do such treks often again. Speaking of the trek, the stay and food was quite good too. Also, Lonavala is pretty inexpensive, so even a week’s tour wouldn’t cost as high as 3 days trip will cost in other cities. This is a big plus point for budget travellers. Make this place in your travel wish list; you will not regret it.

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