Location : The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Ambegaon taluka of Pune District. Pune District is located in the west Indian state of Maharashtra.
An Overview : 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 Range. 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.
The sanctuary is located in the northern part of the Western Ghats. It is spread over three districts Pune, Thane and Raigad. There is a shrine in the forest with the Jyotirlinga, temple of Lord Shiva. Two major tributaries of river Krishna namely Bhima and Ghod originate from this area. The valley is a splendid combination of shrubs, magical herbs, plant and animal life. The wide variety of animal species which are found in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra consists of barking deer, leopard, wild boar, sambar, hyena and langur. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary has a big number of birds like the Quaker Babbler, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Pigeon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Eagles, Grey Jungle fowl and many more species of birds.
» Flora - The main forest of this sanctuary is the southern tropical semi evergreen forest. Tourists can find wide range of plant life, magical herbs, and shrubs. Dominant species are Mango, Jamun, Hirda, Behda, Bamboo, Shrub, Herbs, Climber, Grass, and Fern.
» Fauna - The area is rich in fauna since there is variety of forest types in the sanctuary. The wild life found here includes Leopards, Barking Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Langur, and Hyena. One might get to see the Malabar Giant Squirrel ( Shekru ), one of the largest of tree squirrels found over here, well over three feet long.
» Avi-fauna - The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary has a big number of birds like Quaker Babbler, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Pigeon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Eagles, Grey Jungle fowl and many more. Its rich bird life makes it one of the popular birdwatching spots in India.
» Other attractions - Temple of Lord Shiva, Bombay point, Nagphani point, Hanuman tank, Vanaspati point, Gupt Bhimashankar are important tourist attraction within the sanctuary. Devotees of Lord Shiva visit the temple in thousands on the day of Mahashivratri and in the Shravan month (Hindu calendar, corresponding roughly to July-August) on every Monday.
A golden opportunity for Nature Lovers, Wildlifers, Bird Watchers and specially Photographers.