Bhandardara Tourism
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Bhandardara Tourism

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  • 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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Anamika Tomar

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  • 1 Review
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"Must-visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sandhan Valley trek is a must to do along with a bit of off-Roading around the lake. Bhandardara dam waterfall should not be missed. An ancient shiva temple inside the ghats was a lovely divine experience and its architecture was a delight for our cameras
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Manoj Salunkhe

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  • Manoj Salunkhe
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  • 4 Reviews
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"A beauty of nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Overall nice experience in bhandardara trip. Its must visit place during monsoon season. Best month to visit is between July-Sep. There is number of waterfalls. Lake, dam, historical shiv temple, kalsubai shikhar and many more. Bhandardara is beauty of nature.
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Amit Motwani

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  •  154 helpful votes
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"Utmost romantic during Monsoon"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2015
It is ROMANTIC, ADVENTUROUS place during monsoon, for Mumbaikars it is best place to visit as it is near Mumbai and less crowded than lonavala and khandala.

Also for trekkers you will get highest peak (5, 400 ft or 1, 600m ) of Maharashtra ie kalsubai. Trekking difficulty level medium.

You will enjoy clouds surrounding you. At 6-7pm you will get too see fog around you. Ahh what a place

Local FOOD MUST be eaten at Cafe Dam, small tapri hotel is there near bhandardara bus stop. Person is too tourist friendly. You will love vada pav, missal pav. What a tea he makes. Just superb.

Bhandardara is full of attractions from Wilson Dam to Arthur Lake, u will see from window of MTDC resort it best resort i have seen at that price,

Other Attractions are wilson dam, Amriteshwar temple and randha waterfalls. Ratangad fort is near by.
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Sagar Chinchole

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"A good place to spend a day"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2014
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

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"Good place for nature loves"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2014
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

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"Great experience at Bhandardara"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2014
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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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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