Bhimashankar: An Ideal Vacation spot

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Bhimshankar derives its name from the river Bhima. Legend has it that Lord Shankar got angry and killed rakshas (demon) Tripurasura. The heat generated by the intense war between the two caused the river Bhima to evaporate and thus the name Bhimashankar.


WHAT TO DO THERE
 
The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular place of tourist interest. It is famous for the giant sized Indian Squirrel and many other animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 120 sq kms on the Western Ghats in the Sahyadri ranges covering areas across Pune, Raigad and Thane districts.


WHAT WILL YOU SEE THERE
 
The two tributaries of the river Krishna, Ghod and Bhima, originate here.
Flora: The natural vegetation of the place is mostly southern tropical semi evergreen. There are various types of trees, plants, herbs and shrubs found here. Some of the chief trees seen here are mango, hirda, bamboo, jamun and behda.
Fauna: The sanctuary is home to various species of animals like leopards, sambar, hyena, barking deer, wild boar and the Malabar giant squirrel.
Avifauna: There are various species of birds like black eagle, Malabar whistling thrush, grey jungle fowl, Malabar grey hornbill, green pigeon and quaker babbler.
 

GETTING THERE
 
The nearest railway station is Pune. Bhimashankar is 128kms away from Pune and can be reached via Manchar. Bhimashankar is 270kms from Mumbai.

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