Bhimashankar Trek via Sidhi GhatLocal Treks Events In Hyderabad
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Bhimashankar is famous for being one of the twelve sacred “Jyotirlings”. Though connected by a motorable road, the temple can even be reached through 2 trekking trails. One, the trecherous and the challenging Sidhi Ghat and the other longer yet easier, Ganesh Ghat.
This August, join us as we trek to Bhimashankar via the Sidhi Ghat route ( named so for the ladders or "sidhi" one has to climb throughout this trail), vist the origin of the Bhima river at Gupt Bhimashankar and enjoy panoramic views from Nagphani, the highest point.
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Karjat, Maharashtra, India
- Non AC train from Hyderabad toKarjat and back
- Local transport from Karjat to Khandas and back
- Stay at Homestay at Bhimashankar
- 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch and 1 Dinner
- Expert guide charges
- All meals not mentioned above including meals in train
- Personal expenses and tips
**Note: For last minute bookings Tatkal charges will be added to the event cost. Please get in touch with the organizer to know the Tatkal charges.
Friday, 9th August: Hyderabad to Karjat Train
08:50 pm: Team assembles at Begumpet station and takes the Mumbai Express to Karjat.
Saturday, 10th August: Trek to Bhimashankar via Sidhi Ghat: 7.5 kms
11:00 am: Reach Karjat. Have lunch and take a private vehicle to Khandas, the base of Bhimashankar
01:30 pm: Trek to Bhimashankar via Sidhi Ghat
06:00 pm: Reach Bhimashankar top.
06:30 pm: Check in our homestay. Explore the top.
08:00 pm: Dinner
Khandas to Bhimashankar via Sidhi Ghat: 7.5 kms.
On reaching Karjat, we will pack up lunch and take a local vehicle to Khandas, the base of Bhimashankar.
We take the left from the T junction. The initial 20 minutes after the T-junction is an easy walk. We reach a stream in about 20 minutes. Once we cross the stream, the trail ascnds for about 40 minutes, till we reach the first ladder. Once we climb the first ladder, we quickly reach the next one. There is a cave after the second ladder where we can relax for a while. This spot offers excellent views of the valley below. Soon after we cross ladder 3, there is a patch with huge rocks. We need to be extremely careful while traversing this section. We cross a protruding rock to reach the final rock patch, which leads to the top of the waterfall. We proceed along a trail going north which later turns east, cutting through paddy fields to ultimately merge with the Ganesh Ghat trail at the Chahacha Aamba. This is the halfway point. We take a much needed rest here and head east from the Chahacha Aamba by the broad trail that zigzags over steep terrain to enter the dense forest of Bhimashankar. A 45 minute traverse brings us to the enclosure of Hanuman pond. We turn left and walk along the fence to cross a parking lot and enter Bhimashankar temple premises across the tar road.
Sunday, 11th August: Descent via Ganesh Ghat: 10.5 kms
05:00 am: Wake up call. Visit Gupt Bhimashankar and Nagphani Point
09:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am: Start descent via Ganesh Ghat
02:00 pm: Reach Khandas.
03:00 pm: Reach Karjat. Have lunch
04:50 pm: Board Konark Express back to Hyderabad
Trek to Gupt Bhimashankar
It is a 2 km down hill trek from the temple in thick forest. It said to be the origin of the River Bhima. A small waterfall gushes over a 'lingam' carved out of stone to mark the exact spot. A tiny brass 'Nandi' guards the spot.
Nagphani Tok (point) / Serpent's hood
This is the highest and the best point in the Bhimashankar area. From the car parking area walk on the cart track to Hanuman temple (1 km. - 20mins). At the entrance of the temple there is a board indicating the direction to Nagphani. There are a few houses around the temple. From the temple it is another 20mins uphill trek. This place has derived its name from the fact that it looks like the hood of a Cobra. Hence the name Nagphani. (Nag = Snake i.e. Cobra; Phani = Hood). From the point one gets a panoramic view of Padar Killa down below, and the hills and forts of the Matheran range in the background. Walk uphill to the right of the point and one gets a fascinating view of the Bhimashankar temple area and Siddhagad fort (982m - 3223ft) in the background.
Descent via Ganesh Ghat: 10.5 kms
Retrace your steps all the way to the mid way point. From the tea shop take the route going towards Ganesh Ghat. The dense forest will lead to a waterfall in half an hour’s time from the merging point. Proceed west from the waterfall to reach the Ganesh temple. Continue descending by the rocky trail to reach the tar road. We take our vehicle back to Karjat from here.
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TGE Travels is an experiential travel company established in the year 2018 founded by expert mountaineers and travellers. We believe traveling is all about experiencing a place that you go to. It is about interacting with the locals, trying out local cuisines, celebrating local festivals and exploring the off beat locations. We are here to help our travelers do just that. From staying at authentic homestays to discovering the hidden gems of each location, we help our travelers connect with the place like never before.
"Jammy" as we fondly call her has been trekking and backpacking all over India and neighboring countries for more than 10 years. Her favorite drink is tea, her most comfortable bed is under the stars and the mountains are her second home. Working earlier as an Interior designer, Jammy found her calling in the mountains and now she has been successfully leading and guiding teams on treks and expeditions for 8 years . If you are up for some tuneless karaoke and lots of singing, reach out to her
Try to catch up to her pace on an uphill climb, I dare you, I double dare you. An accomplished mountaineer, Reetu's love for trekking and travelling started 8 years ago. From then onwards, she left her lucrative career as an electronic engineer and pursued her dream of travelling around the world. A good book, a campsite by the river and lots of dogs and puppies is what keeps her going. Don't forget to ask her to make a cup of masala chai and Maggi for you, it's delicious. 😃
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