Wednesday, 09 May 2012 18:22


Fort:- Bhimashankar

Region:- Raigad

Type:- Hill fort

Height:- 3500 feet

Grade:- Hard

Base village:- Khandas,

Water and shelter availability:- There are hotels in Bhimashankar, which provide eating facilities to all. Drinking water is no problem at this place. There is enough water all through the year. There is a MTDC accommodation facility outside the Bhimashankar village. The villagers also accommodate tourists and trekkers, though it is a bit expensive. Accommodation is a bit of a problem during the monsoons.


About fort:-

  1. Different name
  2. Kings of this fort
  3. How old
  4. Fascinating spots -

The Temple :
The temple of Bhimashankar is around 1200 – 1400 years old and is built on the Hemad Panthi style. There are very beautiful sculptures and paintings on the roof and pillars of the temple. In the outer corridor of the temple we can see a sculpture of the god seated on a throne accompanied by his pallbearers holding an umbrella over his head. At the front of the temple hangs a huge metal bell cast in 1729. There is also a 15-20 feet high “Deepmala” or lamppost in the outer corridor of the temple. There is also an inscription on stone on this lamppost. It is to be noted that the original name of the river Chandrabhaga at Pandharpur is Bhima. This Bhima River originates at Bhimashankar.

Gupt Bhimashankar :
There is a water stream route going down from the left of the Ram temple. Taking that route, we enter a thick jungle. We reach a temple around 25 minutes through this route. A route going toward the waterfall, left of this temple, leads to the “water sculpted” “Shiva Linga” under this waterfall. This is called the Gupt Bhimashankar. There is a huge waterfall at this place during the monsoons.

Nagphani Peak :
We reach a pond when we climb towards Bhimashankar from the Ghat. The route going towards the right, from this pond, takes us to the Hanuman temple. The route going up through this route leads to the Nagphani. We can have a view of the forts of Peth and Padhar and the plateaus of Peth and Matheran. We can remember the poem composed by the famous “Samarth” Ramdas, the lover of natural beauty, when we see such beauty around.

5. Anything important other than history - Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of India, a pilgrimage place approximately 3500 feet high up in the hills. The area around Bhimashankar is covered   with thick dense jungle. The Maharashtra Government has also declared it a Sanctuary.


How u can plan:-

  1. Easy by bus/train -
  2. Nearest station to reach -
  3. Any hotel near by base -
  4. While Returning -


Additional Info

  • Type: Hill Fort
  • Grade: Hard
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