Uniqueness:Bhimashankar is a home to a relic of near virgin forest in the Northern part of the Western Ghats. It is of added significant as two measure tributaries of river Krishna namely river Bhima and Ghod originate from this areas. Bhimashankar forest harbours many threatened and endangered faunal elements like Giant Squirrel, panther etc.
Flora:Southern tropical semi evergreen forest is the main forest type of the sanctuary and dominent species are Mongifera indica (Mango), Syzygium cumini (Jamun), Terminalia chebula (Hirda), Terminalia bellirica (Behda), Bambusa arundinacea (Bamboo), Carvia callosa (Shrub), Cassia tora (Herbs), Acacia sinuata (Climber), Eleusina carcara (Grass), Athyrium falcatus (Fern).
Fauna:The area is rich in fauna since there is variety of forest types in the santuary. The main wild speies are Giant Indian squirrel (Ratufa indica elphinstoni), Panther (Panthera paradus), Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Mouse Deer Tragulus memina, Hyaena (Hyaena hyaena), Wild boar (Sus scrofa).
Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Pune (130 Km.), By Rail: Pune (130 Km.), By Road: Manchar (62 Km.) (Pune-Nasik highway)
Accommodation:M.T.D.C. - 16 suites - Central Building,Pune. Forest Rest House - 2 suites - Dy.C.F.,(Wildlife),Western Region, New P.M.T.Building,Pune-42.
Season:August to February
Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Western Region, New P.M.T. Building,
Swargate, Shankarshet Road, Pune 411 042 Maharashtra, India.