Bhimashankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine located 50 km northwest of Khed, near Pune, in India. It is located 127 km from Shivaji Nagar (Pune) in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur. The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Vaidyanath near Parli Dist Beed, Trimbakeshwara near Nashik and Grishneshwar near Ellora around Aurangabad.

Bhimashankar also has a 130.78 sq Km forest sanctuary. The forests are beautiful, dense, and home to a variety of fauna. The main wild species are Giant Indian Squirrel (Ratufa indica elphinstoni), Panther (Panthera paradus), Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Mouse Deer Tragulus memina, Hyaena (Hyaena hyaena), Wild boar (Sus scrofa), amongst others. The place to stay is the Blue Mormon Hotel. August to February is claimed to be the best time to go. It gets kind of cold in the winters.

The journey to Bhimashankar is very beautiful, passing through quaint countryside next to winding streams.
Small bridges like these on streams make me want to cross them…
A wildlfower.
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Blue Mormon resort has these lovely cottages spread out over a vast area. Don't expect luxury though, it's kind of basic.
Blue Mormon resort has these lovely cottages spread out over a vast area. Don’t expect luxury though, it’s kind of basic.
Wild grass florets and seeds.
Wild grass florets and seeds.
Another wild flower, Silver Cockscomb, found in abundance in Maharashtra, at least till now. These flowers bloom after the rains and last till the onset of winters.

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