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Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Maharashtra

Main Wildlife Attractions: Leopard, Panther, Hyenas, Rhesus Macaque, Spotted Eagle,Malabar Grey Hornbill

Coverage Area: 131 sq.kms

Established: 1984

Best Time to Visit:October to May

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The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of the Giant Indian Squirrel and a huge number of other animals and birds. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra is spread across an extensive area of 120 square kilometers on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadri Ranges.
The densely forested area of the Maharashtra, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in India receives heavy monsoon rainfall. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in is a very popular weekend gateway from the cities of Pune and Mumbai.

How to reach Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

By Air

Nearest airport is Pune Airport, at a distance of 102 km. This airport is connected to Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Kochi.
Airlines like Air India Express, Indigo, Kingfisher, Air India and Jet Airways serve the passengers here.

By Rail

Pune Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, at the distance of 107 km.
This is a broad-gauged railway station and is connected to New Delhi, Mysore, Chennai, Puri, Mysore and Jaipur.

By Road

Bhimashankar is connected to Salgaon, Peth, Rajur, Utchil, Junnar and other areas.
There are frequent bus services outside the park that goes to different locations near and far away.

The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is positioned at an altitude of 2100 feet to 3800 feet, and is spread over the districts of Pune, Raigad and Thane districts of the north-western part of Maharashtra. There is a shrine in the forest of the wildlife sanctuary, which has the Jyotiralinga temple of Lord Shiva. The valley found beyond this temple is a wonderful combination of shrubs, magical herbs and plant life.

The wide variety of animal species which are found in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra consists of barking deer, leopards, wild boar, sambar, hyena and langur. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary has a big number of birds like the Quaker Babbler, the Malabar Grey Hornbill, the Green Pigeon, the Malabar Whistling Thrush, the Black Eagle, the Grey Jungle fowl and many more species of birds.

The easiest way to reach the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is to drive down from the city of Mumbai, which generally takes around 7 hours. The best time to visit the wildlife sanctuary is from the months of October to May. The tourists are suggested to carry camping gear, dry snacks, binoculars, woolen clothes and mosquito repellents.