Bhandardara Tourism

Bhandardara Tourism

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  • 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.   

Bhandardara is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Nasik and Shirdi.

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Travellers from Mumbai, Pune

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Absolutely stunning nature in monsoon"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 9, 2016
Bhandardara is a haven on earth during the monsoon season. Green rice fields, water bodies, hundreds of waterfalls seen everywhere leading to small streams cascading down the slopy land.
The Wilson dam that holds the vast water reserve of the lake looks massive in height. The overflow into the river leads water to the roaring and spectacular Randha falls.
One can take a 45 km loop drive to enjoy the lovely soothing scenery all the lake's edge.
Points of interest include the Dam, the Konkan kada, the Amruteshwar temple, Randha falls and weather permitting the Ratangarh fort.
One can drive along Mumbai- Nasik highway, till Ghoti. Then along the Ghoti- Shirdi road and finally turning on to road leading to Bhandardara.
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"Untouched nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
Bhandardara is a beautiful Monsoon destination. Greenery, waterfalls make it a must visit. Randha falls and amazing Nanhi falls were fun. Amruteshwar temple is the holy place. Located at 3 hrs from Mumbai, I would recommend to visit this place and fall in love with its mesmerizing beauty.
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"Relaxing, soothing, green and beautiful"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 18, 2016
Bhandardara is a hill station in the Ahmed Nagar district of Maharashtra. It is around 160km from Mumbai and can be easily reached by Cab.
The best season to visit this place is during the monsoons, when it's windy, chilly and of course wet and rainy a lot. However, September is fine too.
Main attractions are the Wilson dam, below which you can enjoy swimming. Arthur lake, a large lake from which you won't be able to take your eyes off, set in an enchanting picturesque of mist covered mountains. Ghatghar Lake, a similar kind of lake. This place has a lot of viewpoints which are more or like the same. Lush green mountains, covered with mist and fog, little drizzles of rain, small and big waterfalls here and there, cool winds and cool climate will force you to stay more and forget the daily monotonous life.
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  • Shailendra Singh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2016
This place is visited during the monsoons most commonly but I visited it just before it and had the privilege to see the fireflies at night. A sight that I can not explain in words. Clusters of fireflies making different kind of formation a sight that can only be experienced and can't be described. Do visit it once before monsoons to experience it. This place also provides good opportunity for trekkers as the states highest peak is near by(Kalsubai).
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"Perfect one day outing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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