Bhandardara Tourism
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Bhandardara Tourism

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5.7/7
661 Ratings & 410 Reviews

Bhandardara Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Bhandardara, the town located in Maharashtra in Ahemdnagar District, lies approximately 185 km from the state capital of Mumbai. It is a holiday resort located by the River Pravara. The place is known for its natural beauty and its quiet and soothing environments.

It attracts a lot of tourists every year because of its eco-tourism opportunities. Two of the important tourist attractions of the place are the Bhandardara Lake and the Randha Waterfalls.

According to Hindu Mythology, it was at Bhandardara that Sage Agasti prayed to the Lord, without eating anything for a year. On being pleased with his devotion, God gave Agasti a stream of the Ganga River which is the present day River Pravara.

The nearest town to Bhandardara is Nashik, which is accessible by road. Although this village resort does not have a railway station, it is well connected to other cities in Maharashtra by road. The village is surrounded by Mount Kalsubai, which is the highest peak of the state. It provides scope for trekking and mountaineering.

There are also the forts of Ratangad and Harishchandragad Fort to see here. The Ratangad Fort is around 200 years old and from the fort, views of Bhandardara are available. The Harishchandragad Fort was built during the 6th century, when the Kalchuri Dynasty ruled.

The small town of Bhandardara is evidence of the engineering skills of ancient times in the form of Wilson Dam. The dam was built in 1910, and is the largest earthen dam of the country. There is also the Arthur Lake and the Umbrella Falls close by which are scenic spots in this village.

But what really attracts tourists to Bhandardara is its greenery, its wide open spaces and its natural beauty. The air of Bhandardara is unpolluted and there has been very little commercialisation here, which differentiates it from the other resorts.

The adventure opportunities, the idyllic surroundings and the opportunity to explore nature attract tourists to Bhandardara.   

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Sagar Chinchole
  • Sagar Chinchole
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to spend a day"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When I was in 12th std, our teacher arranged the trip at Bhandardara. The place is of various natural things including Waterfall, Dam, Animals etc. We enjoyed a lot at this place. Its one of the hill station. First we saw the Dam, and after that went to see waterfall and it was amazing scene.
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Amruta Fadnis
  • Amruta Fadnis
  • Lives in Jalgaon
  • 1 Review

"Good place for nature loves"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a good destination for all nature lovers. Everyone should visit this spot for extreme adventure. I will suggest all the youngsters should go to this place. This place is unique. Bhandardara dam was built by British engineers and is a good water supplier to nearest area.
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Mayur Satpute
  • Mayur Satpute
  • 1 Review

"Great experience at Bhandardara"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I went to Bhandardara last year two times. Before raining and after. 2nd time it was excellent. Greenery everywhere, giant wall of dam, and there is a garden down that wall. Later you should visit gates of the dam. Its thrilling experience when you stand on that small bridge and water passes by under that bridge faster than speed of a bullet. Amazing place, must visit.
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Samrudha Kadam
  • Samrudha Kadam
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"Unexplored nature"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2014
The speciality of this place is that it is still unexplored, hence you can enjoy nature undiluted. No hustle bustle like other tourist places like lonavla and Matheran. Just enjoy the rough rustic stay with fresh oxygen to breathe in and enchant your soul. Unfortunately, there aren't much food options available so your hotel is the only place to rely for food. Nothing to shop either. This place is mean to enjoy the waterfalls and the greenery and the awesome lakes. Its quite a safer place with friendly people. A two to three days stay is required for complete experience of the place,
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Sandeep  Chawla
  • Sandeep Chawla
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"unpredictable weather"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2013
I find this place very relaxing. First time I came here I was single and with friends and have visited place 2 times after marriage and the experience has been nice. One thing you must carry when you come here is Umbrella as whether is quite unpredicted.
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Sivakami Radhakrashnan
  • Sivakami Radhakrashnan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Good"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2013
Bhandardara is very nice place to relax from your day to day working culture. Arthur lake view give us a pleasant feeling inside to start your day with a sunny morning. Climate is also very romantic to share some best moments with your loved ones. Food quality is overall good at that place. Places to visit is arthur lake view. Evan bhandardara dam is also a great example of excellent construction. Garden nearby the dam & ashram is the calm places to visit. One can not miss the boating in arthur lake. If you are good swimmer then also the lake welcome you in the sunrise. The major attraction for a trekker at Bhandardara is Bhimashanker.
It is prefereble to take your own vehicle to this place which is approx 165 km from Mumbai. By local transport take a train to Kasara and hire a private taxi or wait for the govt ST bus going to Bhandardara and get down at Shendi.
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Chaitanya Bele
  • Chaitanya Bele
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"monsoon hangout"

  • Posted Jun 15, 2013
nice weather..good location bt hotels should be improved
rooms are still old furnished needs maintenance
must think kayaking n other things

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: restaurants are very few have to dine at the residing hotels only
two or three sight seeing are thr like randha waterfall and overflowing dam no scope for boating in tht season food joints are expected to come up along road side

Activities & things to do: waterfall in monsoon
boating at dam
and very much scenic in monsoon we took nice hot bhajjis fried chillies and sat sat nearby farm as nice small rivulet by side peace and calm adding special effects to our experience

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: by train ..igatpuri Stn is near by and can hire a taxi
personal car is good for sightseeing
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Abhay Patil
  • Abhay Patil
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"A pleasant stay near arthur lake"

  • Posted Jun 13, 2013
Bhandardara is very nice place to relax from your day to day working culture. Arthur lake view give us a pleasant feeling inside to start your day with a sunny morning. Climate is also very romantic to share some best moments with your love ones.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food quality is overall good at that place. Places to visit is arthur lake view. Evan bhandardara dam is also a great example of excellent construction. Garden nearby the dam & ashram is the calm places to visit.

Activities & things to do: One can not miss the boating in arthur lake. If you are good swimmer then also the lake welcome you in the sunrise. The most attraction for the mountain tracker at bhandardara is Bhimashanker.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is prefereble to take your own vehicle to this place which is approx 165 km from mumbai. By local transport take a train to kasara and hire a private taxi or wait for the govt ST bus going to bhandardara and get down at shendi.
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Vikas Rane
  • Vikas Rane
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Bhandardara (My second home)"

  • Posted Jun 12, 2013
The destination is idle weekend getaway for people in Mumbai or Nashik. Being just a couple of hours drive away from Mumbai. Main attractions include Waterfalls in monsoon, Ratangad fort and Bhandardara Dam. But my favorite one is bed of wild flowers that appears right after monsoon.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are few resorts which have come up recently. MTDC resort is also there but bookings get full quickly so you have to make bookings 3/4 months in advance for that. Trekking to Ratangad fort nearby is a good activity as it also includes taking a boat ride across the lake.

Activities & things to do: You can trek to Ratangad fort or any waterfall nearby.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Drive your own vehicle. Book in advance as there are far less option available at Bhandardara.
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Shailendra Patel
  • Shailendra Patel
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  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"July trip"

  • Posted Apr 3, 2013
Best place to enjoy rain and water sorrounding you.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: only sight seeing place no shopping, and food available after a specific time.

Activities & things to do: Just bath and bath nothing else.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: can be reach by road,it's a good option.
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