Neral is a a busy railway station in the central line of the Mumbai suburban railway network. It is well connected by means of road and rail.
Participants must board Karjat-bound trains to reach Neral.
The Bhimashankar trek is one of the best treks in the Sahyadris, and on this route, it's even better! You'll ascend via Shidi Ghat and descend through Ganesh Ghat, so there's always plenty to see. This trek offers the complete Sahyadris experience, especially in the monsoon. You'll see secret waterfalls, rain-drenched forests, ancient temples, deserted ruins, exotic flowers, and lots more.
The trek to Bhimashankar is a fairly tough one, so make sure you're up for the challenge. It starts out with an easy walk, but graduates to steep slopes that can be slippery when mossy. In some sections, the trail is washed away, and you'll have to negotiate several tricky patches. At night, you'll sleep in dorms with your team, and you'll spend the rest of your time in the great outdoors.
Bhimashankar is the source of the Bhima river, and lies close to Pune, in the midst of the green valleys of the Sahyadris. Your trek to Bhimashankar fort will take you to an elevation of over 3,000 feet, offering spectacular views of the region around. There are fascinating ancient temples and structures along this route, dating back to the mid-18th century.
Enjoy the varying sights of two different routes on this trek to Bhimashankar. | Watch out for the giant squirrel, the state animal of Maharashtra. | Visit ancient temples and historic landmarks. | Sleep in dormitories for a complete group trekking experience.
The excitement begins early as you catch the Karjat slow train to Neral by 5:20 hrs. From Neral, you'll head to Khandas, reaching in time for breakfast. The ascent begins after breakfast, along the Shidi Ghat route. You'll eat lunch en route, and visit Bhimashankar temple too. Overnight at Bhimashankar in dorms.
Accommodation on sharing basis in clean and basic dormitories.
Breakfast | Dinner
For cancellations made 21 days or more before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: 100% refund.
For cancellations made 16-21 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: 75% refund.
For cancellations made 8-15 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: 50% refund.
For cancellations made 0-7 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: No refund.
No show: No refund.
All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction costs.
Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek to Bhimashankar and Nagfani.
Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.