Bhandardara: A Village Enveloped By Water and Sahyadri Hills

A picturesque place with several falls and a dam, that’s a simple description of ‘Bhandardara’. Hidden in Sahyadri hills, this place isn’t much known to people except the nature lovers in Mumbai and Pune.

Let’s look at some pictures:

The Arthur lake is omnipresent in the entire area (Picture Credit: Enygmatic-Halycon)
Several such streams cut through the lush green hilly terrain of Bhandardara (Credit: Saurabh J)
The ‘Wilson Dam’ was built on the Pravara River by the British in 1910 (Credit: Ankur Panchbudhe)
The bridge over Pravara River in Bhandardara (Credit: Enygmatic-Halycon)
At 5400 ft ‘Kalsubai’ is the highest peak in Maharashtra (Credit: Mumbai Coworking)
Road to the ancient fort of Harishchandragad, 16 km from Bhandardara (Credit: Ankur Panchbudhe)
The 400 years old fort of Ratangad overlooks Bhandaradara (Credit: Forts of Maharashtra)
Amruteshwar Temple is situated in Ratanwadi on the path leading to Ratangad
A viewpoint for viewing one of the waterfalls in Bhandardara
A cattle herder posing in a meadow (Credit: Saurabh J)

Things to do in Bhandardara

One thing that Bhandardara offers in plenty is opportunities for walks and trails. And if you are wanting to exert more, there are treks to be taken and the best one is to the Kalsubai Peak. There are several agencies that conduct guided treks to the peak or to the nearby hill forts.

Where to Stay?

Since this place isn’t a popular tourist destination, your options for stay are pretty limited. There are a few mid-budget resorts including one of MTDC.

How to Reach?

Bhandardara is 165 km from Mumbai and almost at a same distance from Pune. The nearest railway station is at Igatpuri (41 km). Kasara station where Mumbai local trains ply is about 65 km. Taxis can be hired from Kasara or Igatpuri.

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