|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
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.
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).
One can take MSRTC bus till Igatpuri from Mumbai or any other city and can take next bus till Bhandardara.
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.
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
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|
200 per head for 1hour.
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|
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.
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.
|VIEW OF FORT FROM BASE VILLAGE|
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.
|IRON LADDER TO CLIMB AT ONE LEVEL|
|HIGHEST PEAK OF MAHARASHTRA|
|MOUNT KALSUBAI TEMPLE ON PEAK|
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.
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|
- 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.