Best time to visit Bhimashankar temple

Best time to visit Bhimashankar

The best season to visit Bhimashankar is the Monsoon season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for visiting the wildlife and other places of interest in Bhimashankar. The best months to visit are October, November, December, January, February and March.

Summer Season in Bhimashankar (Bhimashankar in Summer season)

The Maharashtrian summer is sweaty affair. The season which starts from March and lasts until May has a temperature range of 23 degree Celsius to 37 degree Celsius. Even if the trekking is a bit difficult, you can still visit other sites in Bhimashankar. This is the best time for a tourist on a tight budget as the hotel prices are considerably low. If you exclude the hot afternoons, the early mornings and evenings are always there for you to give you a better sightseeing experience. You can taste seasonal, local and fresh fruits like mango and jamun in summer at the stalls. Less crowd and serene atmosphere in Bhimashankar give you valuable time to meditate on the meaning of life. Visiting Bhimashankar in summer holidays of your children as a family trip is also a good option which children will cherish.

Monsoon Season in Bhimashankar (Bhimashankar in rainy season)

Bhimashankar experiences heavy rainfall in rainy season i.e. from June to September. Temperature range is around 20 to 30 degree Celsius. Although sightseeing is quite difficult during monsoon, you can easily visit temple as number of tourists is comparatively less. Rains give a new life to all the earth as it smiles through its lush greeneries and invite enthusiasts to explore its sceneries. Adventure lovers, trekkers, photographers are attracted towards Bhimashankar in monsoon as it proudly boasts sparkling waterfalls, lush green trees and amazing flowers. The Nagphani Point, Bombay Point, Gupt Bhimashankar and Vanaspati Point present the tourists with most astonishing views of the valley. The monsoon is the high time for bird watchers to visit Bhimashankar, as the air is full of the mating calls of various birds like the Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush and the black eagle. Some of the routes in the hills get muddy and slippery in monsoon so beginners should avoid those.

A festival that is observed on huge scale in August-September is Ganesh Chaturthi, which marks the birth of Ganesha the elephant-faced Lord. The festival involves grand procession of idol of Lord Ganesha which is huge and is taken all around the town for devotees during this week long celebration. Navaratri is a festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the autumn, mostly in October. Celebrations include stage decorations, recital of the legend, enacting of the story, and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism. On the final day, called the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, the statues are either immersed in a water body such as river and ocean, or alternatively the statue symbolizing the evil is burnt with fireworks marking evil's destruction. The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most important and widely celebrated holidays, Diwali, the festival of lights. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". Bhimashankar temple is illuminated with hundreds of oil lamps in Diwali which is worth the watch.

Winter Season in Bhimashankar (Bhimashankar in winter season)

A visit to Bhimashankar in winter season guarantees you a uniquely beautiful and memorable experience. The pleasant temperature range of minimum 10° C to maximum 20° C gives you a soothing delight. The winter months from October to February are noteworthy for crystal clear sky, excellent visibility, a type of weather which is extremely suitable for outdoor activities.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast then you can’t afford to miss Bhimashankar. Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary is a home to variety of animals like Giant Flying Squirrels, barking deer, wild deer, Sambar deer etc. You get the best chance to spot these animals in winter season.

Bhimashankar is paradise for trekkers and photographers. Winter is the best time to trek and and enjoy a starry night under the sky; thereby providing you an opportunity of sky watching and star gazing. Night sky watching in Bhimashankar is unique because its less polluted atmosphere increases visibility. No matter whether you are an experienced trekker or a beginner, the well-marked routes facilitates you through waterfalls, rivulets, rock and cliffs. 130 square kilometre sanctuary gives you an exciting trekking experience. For photographers, Bhimashankar provides myriads of options like waterfalls, hills, exotic birds and animals, waterfalls and many more. Family trip to Bhimashankar is also must. Hanuman lake is an ideal spot for family picnic.

Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate glorious heritage, culture and traditions. They are meant to rejoice special moments and emotions in our lives with our loved ones. Bhimashankar is vibrant during different festivities. In winter, in the month of January, the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great joy in Bhimashankar. Mahashivaratri which means “The Great Night of Shiva” is celebrated in February in honour of Lord Shiva. The Mahashivaratri is a solemn event notable for its introspective focus, fasting, meditation on Shiva, self-study, social harmony and an all-night vigil at Bhimashankar temple. During the festival season, devotees gather in huge numbers, so it is better to book hotels in advance to avoid last minute hustle. Thus, Bhimashankar proudly hosts different set of activities and events so as to attract any type of traveller. May it be a solo trek or a family trip, wildlife attraction or spiritual retreat, Bhimashankar always guarantees you a worth remembering trip!

Visit Bhimashankar during Mahashivratri

Visit Bhimashankar during Kartik Mass

Visit Bhimashankar during Shravan mass

About bhimashankar

Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Shiva at 125 kms from Pune.


Events / Festivals

North Indian Shravan mass
Starting from 4-July-2023

Adhik Shravan mass
Starting from 18-July-2023

Regular Shravan mass
Starting from 17-Aug-2023

Kartik mass
Starting from 14-Nov-2023

Kartik Purnima

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    Via-Dimbhe colony, Dist Pune
    Maharashtra, India - 410509