Bhandardara Tourism

Bhandardara Tourism

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Bhandardara Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Ahmednagar
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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Pallavi Sapre

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  • 14 Reviews
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"Perfect one day outing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My friends and I went for one day picnic to Bhandardara from Mumbai. It takes approx 2 hrs by car to reach Goti and then another 1 hour to reach to bhandardara. Its 80 kms from Nashik. Best season is Monsoon where one can enjoy lush green nature along with lakes full to brim.
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Jayesh Dugar

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"God's Own Land-Bhandardara"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2015
We had just heard about a place called Bhandardara near Nasik in Maharashtra. So one weekend we set out for the place after a Bit bumpy ride which later proved to be totally worth it. Never imagined this place could be such a beautiful one nestled between the Sahyadri Ranges. One must also visit the Dam.
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Swati Tomar

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"Reverse waterfalls, Bhandardara"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2015
Yes! It could be called as 8th wonder of the world. Amazing site near Sandhan valley, but you will not be able to locate without a local guide. I recommend please take a guide and enjoy loads. A good weekend destination for a day or may be one day and one night, worth spending time during monsoons. Lots of places to explore on Mumbai Nashik highway along with Vaitarna dams.
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Basab Kar

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"Weekend gateway-Bhandardara"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2015
Its a wonderful weekend gateway from Pune. Driving distance is a little less than 190 km. We went in a group and had a wonderful time altogether. Beautiful scenic view, leisurely boat ride in Arthur Lake, Heritage temples visit, waterfalls and a great trek to Kalsubai. Altogether a very refreshing and rejuvenating weekend enjoyed.
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Pragnesh Prajapati

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"Excellent place for peace of mind"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2015
Must visited place. Panorama pictures are taken so nice at all places like Wilson Dam, Author lake, and many more places. Must try to visit in September October after monsoon. So all the places become unforgettable. Take a full day to visit this place and around.
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Anamika Tomar

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"Must-visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2015
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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"A beauty of nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
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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"Utmost romantic during Monsoon"

  • 6.0/7
  • 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"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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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