Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary of Khed talukas is the best weekend getaway near Pune and Mumbai, also the natural habitat of the Indian Giant Squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel. The hill roads, diverse flora, sparkling waterfalls and green forest offers best monsoon photography along with unique birds and nature.

Sanctuary Information

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots in India and home to the state animal of Maharashtra.

Area – 131 km2 (51 sq mi)
Range – Sahyadri Ranges
Established in – 1984
Location – Ambegaon and Khed Talukas

Bhimashankar Road Map


The distance of Bhimashankar from Pune is about 110 km via NH60 and MH SH 54.

One route to Bhimashankar from Pune is via Manchar.
Second route to Bhimashankar from Pune is from Rajgurunagar (alias Khed).

Private cabs travel to Bhimashankar from Pune to Khed (Rajguru Nagar) to Manchar to Taaleghar and Bhimashankar.

How to Reach Bhimashankar

Distance from Mumbai to Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve: 94 km
Distance from Pune to Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary: 138 km
Distance from Nashik to Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary: 155 km

By Air – Pune is the nearest airport to Bhimashankar.

By Rail – The nearest railway station to Bhimashankar is the Pune Railway Station.

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple


Bhimashankar Temple is dedicated to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and also the place is source of the Bhima river.

Indian Giant Squirrel


Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica) is the largest species of tree squirrel, endemic to evergreen forests of peninsular India.

Best Time to Visit Bhimashankar


The best time to visit Bhimashankar is between October and February.

Monsoons offers the best of Bhimashankar, waterfalls, lush green hills and trekking.

Bhimashankar Sanctuary Timings

The sanctuary remains open all the times for tourists but people does not allow to enter sanctuary after 7 PM.

Bhimashankar Safari Entry Fee


The only fees required to enter into the sanctuary is vehicle charges plus number of person.

Two wheeler: 20/- per person
Four wheeler: 50/- per person

Flora and Fauna of Bhimashankar


Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Indian Giant Squirrel, carnivores wild animals like Leopard, Jackal, Hyaena and Indian Pangolin.

The sanctuary is also an important bird area, like Black Eagle, Spotted Eagle, Small Sunbird and Malabar Grey Hornbill.
Bhimashankar is also home to list of Sacred groves of India.

Bhimashankar Accommodation Options

There are list of good hotels and resorts near Bhimashankar that offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines.

Ratwa Resort
Blue Mormon Jungle Holiday Resort

Places to Visit Near Bhimashankar


Bhimashankar is a must visit monsoon place near Pune and known for list of near by tourist places and attractions such as Hanuman Lake and Chaskaman Dam.

Hanuman Lake
Ahupe Waterfalls
Chaskaman Dam
Gupt Bhimashankar Temple

Lenyadri Caves Temple

Lenyadri host one of the Ashtavinayak temple dedicated to the god Ganesha, located about 5km north of Junnar. Bhimashankar is located around 38 KM away from Junnar.

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