Trip from Pune to Bhimashankar Ozar 2016

Bhimashankar is one of the 12 jothirlingas in India. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur. Bhimashankar can be termed a pilgrim paradise. The dense forests surrounding the high ranges are an abode for rare species of flora and fauna. Situated at the extreme end of the Sahyadri Ranges, this place gives a wonderful view of the world around the rivers, and hill stations. This place is best to visit in rainy season or after rainy season. Nice greenery everywhere.

Distance :

Distance between Pune to Bhimashankar is around 127kms.

Recommended Min and Max stay:

Minimum 1 day is sufficient to visit Bhimashankar and Ozar.
Maximum 2 days for Bhimashankar, Ozar lyenadri and shivneri fort.

Route And Time taken:

Ideally it should take 2.5 to 3hrs to reach Bhimashanar but will depend on season in which you are travelling and halts you take.

Hadapsar-> Magarpatta -> Koregaon Park -> Vishrantwadi -> Bhoseri -> Nashik road -> Rajgurunagar -> Just before Manchar -> Take left -> Godagoan -> Dhimbe -> Bhimashankar -> Godagoan -> just after 1 km take left -> Narayangoan -> Ozar.

The road condition is OK to drive. You may get traffic in Rajgurunagar chowk after morning hours.

Spots To Visit:

Bhimashankar Temple
Ozar ganpati
Boating near Ozar Temple
Shivneri fort

There are 2 toll bhoots on nashik road after bhoseri. Same toll receipt is applicable for second toll. There are multiple restaurants once you cross 2 toll for breakfast with specificity in vada pav and dahi misal..


Once you reach Bhimashankar check for car parking. If it’s long weekend or shravan month.. there will be crowd so park accordingly away from mandir. Private parking charges 50/- bucks but parking area is not leveled properly. No parking issues at Ozar.


Temple schedule:

4.30 AM Kakada Aarti
5.00 AM Nijarup Darshan
5.30 AM Regular Pooja,Abhishek starts
12.00 PM Naivedya Pooja (No Abhishek inside)
12.30 PM Regular Pooja,Abhishek starts
3.00 PM Madhyan Aarti (No Darshan for 45min)
4.00 PM
to 9.30 PM
Shringar darshan (No Abhishek inside)
7.30 PM Aarti
9.30 PM Mandir Closed

Bhimashankar darshan takes 0.5 hrs to 2.5 hrs time depending on time you visit this place. There aren’t good options for lunch. It’s better to carry lunch from home and have it under tree after darshan. Water bottles are charged 5-10/- more. You need to walk down stairs to reach temple. There is doly system (4 people carrying old person on chair) for senior citizens with additional charges… After darshan we went to Ozar for ganpati darshan. It’s one of ashtevinayak ganpati’s in maharashtra.

Reached pune back around 9 PM.

Hotels to stay:

Visit here for more details.

Cost of Trip ( 2 days 2 person):

  • Travelling – 1300/- to 1500/- by car (Bhimashankar, ozar and lenyadri)
  • Meals (1600/-)
  • Room rent (1000-1200/-) (Can check for bhakt nivas at Ozar…)

Happy Journey !!!

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