MESMERIZING BHANDARDARA



MESMERIZING VIEW OF BHANDARDARA LAKE

To answer the question of top tourist places from Maharashtra region Bhandardara stands on one of the top places for adventure to the travellers.



HOW TO REACH
BY ROAD
Bhandardara is easily accessible by road from Mumbai,Pune ,Nashik and other cities or states.
From Mumbai distance is 180km, from Pune 170km and from Nashik 70km.
To reach Bhandardara from Mumbai route is Mumbai-Igatpuri-Ghoti-Shendi village-Bhandardara.

BY TRAIN
Nearest railway station is Igatpuri which lies between Mumbai-Nashik route  and it is 40km from Bhandardara.From there  local transportation buses are available till Bhandardara.
From cities like Pune,Nashik,or other can come to Igatpuri and reach further to Bhandardara.
(Buses frequency is  less from Igatpuri to Bhandardara and its on timing basis).

BY BUS
One can take MSRTC bus till Igatpuri from Mumbai or any other city and can take next bus till Bhandardara.

BY AIR

The closest airport to reach Bhandardara is Mumbai and Shirdi.From there one can take train or bus or can hire private vehicle to reach Bhandardara.

WHERE TO STAY

There are various resorts and MTDC hotels available in economic price at Bhandardara itself,search on Make my trip,Goibibo.
In summer and winter season traveller crowds to experience lake side camping adventure with bonefire and barbeque on side.
One can pitch own tent if you have and can take matrises on rent for night from local villagers.you will also get tents on rent for camping which may charge you around 800per tent for two people.Woods are also available on rent for bonefire.

BHANDARDARA is a holiday village situated in western ghats of India near Igatpuri village.This village is located in Akole Ahmdenagar district of Maharashtra.
There is huge lake form by Dam which was built in british raj on River Pravara. Earlier Bhandardara was not so popular as it is hidden between mountains of sahyadri range but now It has become most popular and romantic place for nature lovers and trekers.Bhandaradara is covered by valley of mountain which describe the lust greenaries and 'CHHOTA KASHMIR OF MAHARASHTRA IN RAINY SEASON' for its breathtaking waterfalls.
Bhandardara attraction includes Wilson Dam and Arthur lake. The recent attraction is fire flies camp in Purushwadi area.There are many historic and natural places of interest for traveller.Visitors can climbed upto Ratangad fort and Harishchandragad fort to see most awesome view of sahyadri range.The highest peak of Maharashtra Mount Kalsubai is located at Bari village which is 12km from Bhandardara and situated at height of 5400feet.This fort has its own feature due to which it is known as Kalsubai.

Addition to my experience I have been to Bhandaradara first time in 2015 where I had my college group with me and we had hired vehicle from Nashik.That was first time we been to this place in monsoon.It was covered with lust greenaries and surrounding valleies,after talking with some villagers we came to know about this place and they made us understood why this place is called Mini Kashmir in rainy season as there are so many waterfalls with milky white look and temperature downs at night. Due to weather condition we could not do camping which was killing all of us from inside.We reached here in the afternoon,so we visited Amruteshwar temple and Umbrella fall as we were running out of time and went to Nashik city at night for stay as next day we had to move to Trimbakeshwar temple. I visited this place again in winter and finally what we  experienced that was  first time in life.Me along with my friends experienced live camping with bonfire in such a coldy wheather.Morning we came out of tent and tent was completely covered with dewdrops on outside of tent.Chilling was continue as temperature falled down in early morning and body started shivering due to cold.Then we decided to do boating at Arthur lake which was giving breathtaking view of surrounding  mountains.Then we decided atleast once in a year we will surely visit this place to refresh mind from stressful work.


PLACES OF INTEREST
ARTHUR LAKE
The clear and placid lake bounded by dense forest at Bhandardara.Arthur lake is situated at Bhadardara village of Ahmadnagar district.The lake get its water from Pravara River.Surrounding of the lake has its own beauty spreads along with colorfull flowers and flavor of camping and boating experience.It is one of the most loved tourist place from that region.For hikers and nature lovers it is known as resting place with thrilling and romantic experience.Those who are camping at lake should never miss sunset view.
SUN SET AT ARTHUR LAKE
EXPERIENCE OF BOATING WITH SUN SET VIEW
Boating timing-8am to 7pm
200 per head for 1hour.

WILSON DAM




The Wilson Dam built on Pravara River in 1910 is largest earthen dam which speaks of the engineers excellence of those day.

The base of this dam is covered with garden and big trees with lush greenary. In the monsoon when the water level rises the gates of  the dam is open to release the water and you can go to edge of garden to enjoy the sprinkles of water.Construction of the dam was started in 1910 and completed in 1926 by British.It is one of oldest dam in India at height of 490feet.The dam was inaugurated by Lt Col Leslie Orme Wilson who was governer of Bombay hence named Wilson Dam.

RANDHA FALL (SEASIONAL)




At a distance of 10km from Bhandardara Randha fall is beautiful waterfall situated at Rajur village from Bhandardara.The height of this waterfall is around  170feet.

Waterfall is formed over Pravara River and cascade down into beautiful gorge.One of the well known waterfall in India.Thus Jaw droping waterfall is must visit place in monsoon.The rocky side of gorge are home to the colonies of bees and one can see huge hanging hives from the edge of rock.

UMBRELLA FALL (SEASIONAL)



UMBRELLA FALL IN HEAVY RAIN
Umbrella Falls the milky waterfall is situated at the old Wilson Dam in Bhandardara.The ideal time to visit the waterfalls is during the monsoon
season,when water level in the Pravara River is the highest.It is beautiful tourist spot,which is located below Wison
Dam.Randha Fall is also nearby from this location.
This waterfall is used as hydropower for Bhandardara.In heavy monsoon the beauty of this waterfall is mesmerizing.

AMRUTESHWAR TEMPLE




At a distance of 17km from Bhandardara Temple is situated of Lord Shiva named Amruteshwar temple.It is situated on Pravara River of Ratanwadi village.It is one of the popular tourist place from Bhandardara and maintain by archeological survey of India. 

This temple is of 1200years old and dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple has got amazing structure and art on it. The stone which is been used in construction of this temple has got beautiful murals on it. Ratangad fort is also situated near this temple.it is said that temple was built in one night only by Pandavas.Even in summer you will feel cool inside the temple.

AGASTI RISHI ASHRAM




Agasti Rishi Ashram  is situated on the Pravara River in Bhandardara, This is same Ashram which finds reference in Ramayan,where Lord Rama met Agastya Rishi. During this visit Lord Rama,Agastya Rishi gave arrow to him that helped him kill Ravana.There is also cave near this ashram that was used by Lord Rama,his wife and his brother during stay at Panchwati.


RATANGAD FORT



VIEW OF FORT FROM BASE VILLAGE
This fort is one of the famous tourist attractions of India.It is situated at Ratanwadi village which is 15km from Bhandardara.The elevation of this fort is 4200feet which gives breathtaking experience for trekers and nature lovers.
It is easily accessible from Amruteshwar temple.There are four gates to this fort which has their own wells.Top of this fort gives spectacular view of sahyadri range which is not comparible to anyother fort,therfore known as Jewel of Forts.

KALSUBAI FORT

IRON LADDER TO CLIMB AT ONE LEVEL 
HIGHEST PEAK OF MAHARASHTRA
MOUNT KALSUBAI TEMPLE ON PEAK
Kalsubai is known for heighest peak of Maharashtra which is situated on 5400feet.
It is known as Everest of Maharashtra as it  lies on highest peak. Surrounding of this fort is covered with Alang,Malang ,Kulang , Harishchandra fort. Treking to Kalsubai peak is always an dream with memorable adventure and  gives you thrilling experience.There is one temple on top of peak therefor name has given Kalsubai. It is said that in Navratris 9days there is festival held on peak where trekers from Maharashtra rush there to visit.

SANDHAN VALLEY

Asias second largest valley spreads on 2km is known Sandhan valley.It is situated in Samrad village which is 23km from Bhandardara.To reach the entrance of valley you have to walk 15min from Samrad village.The path to complete this valley is from 4-5feet heights of rocky patch.You have to cross two water bodies in valley.At few point the width between the valley is not more than 6feet, therfore Sunrays doesnt reach at this point,hence known as Valley of Shadows.
This has its own beauty in it and can not experience hiking like this anywhere.
VALLEY OF SHADOW


WATER BODIES TO CROSS THROUGH VALLEY

EXIT AND REPPLING POINT OF VALLEY
It takes almost 5-6hours to cross the valley and return to the entrance point of base village.To complete the valley one needs complete gears of rappeling because after finishing 80% of route you need to descend through 20 feet rock where reppling is must.With proper gears you can descend this complete valley and reach to another village.

IMPORTANT NOTE



  • To explore all places of Bhandardara one needs minimum three days.
  • In monsoon waterfalls has its own beauty henceforth It is really safe and joyful to kids and families.In mosooon camping is strictly not allowed,so the stay can be done in hotels or resorts only.
  • In winter temperature falls down so carry your winter stuff.
  • Crossing Sandhan Valley is not allowed in monsoon,due to its water flow and level.
  • Try to plan your trip by own vehicle which will help you to explore all places in minimun budget.




Comments

  1. Great information. best place to visit, everyone should visit Bhandardara.

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  2. best place to visit & hangout with buddies...!!!!

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  3. How nice to discover places that I did not even know existed. Places that hide so much wonder. Places to explore. Places to travel.

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  4. These places all look magical and great to visit. There is so much beauty in this world.

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  5. Wow what a great place to put on my travel list! I love your pictures too!

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  6. Such a beautiful place! I love all the colors and the photos, especially the valley. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This is absolutely beautiful!! Stunning photos and place!

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  8. Wow I love how informative your blog is and how you have explained everything. I want to visit this place one day for sure!

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  9. The world is full of such stunning locations, this looks like one of them what a beautiful place to have your camera in your hands and share.

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  10. I am so impressed by these photos. I need to get here one day. What a beautiful area.

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  11. Mesmerizing is the word - the more blog I see the more places I wanna visit and this has made the list!!

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  12. The Bridge looks beautiful. Those ladder stairs look brutal but I bet the view is fantastic

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  13. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I've actually never heard of it before.

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  14. What a view! beautiful. I really liked the picture with the bridge. Great information you shared in here.

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  15. Bhandaradara looks beautiful. Definitely putting this one on my bucket list.

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  16. What an amazing place! I would definitely love to spend a vacation there!

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  17. Such beautiful photos and so detailed. I love it. I thought there was just camping in Bhandhardara. With so many places combined, it's definitely a memorable trip !

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  18. What gorgeous photos! Great tips for the newbie traveler. I love to camp, but have never traveled so far from home. And that iron ladder would scare me to death!

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  19. Maharashtra really has some amazing treks , though I am not that bold to go onto such rocky terrain, I do love a good hike .

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  20. I love your pics. This is a great place to visit. It is so amazing and I have never heard of this hidden gem. Very informative post.

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  21. Maharashtra is the best in terms of trek. But the infrastructure is not there to support professional hikers. This looks amazing!

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  22. Beautiful place, Next time when we visit mumbai I will try to make a visit to this place. Lovely waterfall.

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  23. This is such a wonderful destination to consider. The view and the adventure awaiting is lovely.

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  24. Wow... what a beautiful place to visit and I would most definitely love to go myself someday. Love all of the gorgeous pictures. :)

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  25. What a beautiful place to visit! Your photos are stunning!

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  26. Wow! That's so beautiful! Definitely going to have to add that to my travel list!

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  27. These are amazing views to see. Love the sunset photo. Would love to visit!

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  28. What a fascinating place Bhandardara is! Thanks for sharing your account and beautiful photographs!

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  29. This looks like such an amazing place I would love to visit. Your photos are amazing!

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  30. Wow! I will definitely save this on my bucket list. The view, the place is so so beautiful. You have great shots on it.

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  31. Thank you for all of these information! I really want to visit and see this beautiful places!

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  32. The falls and valley are gorgeous. I can see why tourists would flock to the region.

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  33. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. The photos are all spectacular and really captures the natural beauty.

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  34. These pictures are gorgeous! It definitely looks like a beautiful place to visit. It'll be going on my bucket list, thanks for sharing!

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  35. many interesting spots to visit!!! the umbrella waterfall is very spectacular!

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  36. Wow this is another place I have never heard of. I love to read about new places!

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