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1Bhandaradara, Maharashtra
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HolidayIQ reviewer Guru says, "Bhandardara is a haven on earth during the monsoon season. Green rice fields, water bodies, hundreds of waterfalls seen everywhere."

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2Sandhan Valley: the valley of shadows
Sandhan Valley: the valley of shadows

Green paddy fields create a colorful symphony with the bright blue skies and the waterfall provides a musical rhythm while you soak in the beauty of nature at its best in Bhandardara. The Sandhan valley trek is a must do here.

Anamika Tomar from Mumbai says, “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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3The surreal calm of Bhandardara
The surreal calm of Bhandardara

Ever felt like just tuning out all the city commotion and delving into a realm where it's only you and your silence? Bhandardara with its silken sunsets and perpetually calm ambiance is waiting for you!

HolidayIQ reviewer Rinku says, “Bhandardara is a beautiful monsoon destination. Greenery and waterfalls make it a must visit place. Randha falls and Nanhi falls are fun. Amruteshwar temple is the holy place. Located at 3 hours from Mumbai, I would recommend everyone to visit this place and fall in love with its mesmerizing beauty.”


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4A lake, valleys and the forest - Bhandardara
A lake, valleys and the forest - Bhandardara

The MTDC Holiday resort in Bhandardara, offer excellent views of the Sandhan Valley and the Bhandardara Dam.

Ashish: The sight from rooms were mind blowing. The climate and the breeze was excellent. The night time bonfire in the lawns opposite my room listening to old music and relaxing was rejuvenating. The tribal dance in evening was very entertaining.


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Kalsubai Temple is located at the topmost peak of Sahyadri mountain range. The main route to summit starts from the village of Bari which is about 6 km from Bhandardara.

Ashish Shetty: The sight from rooms was mind blowing. The climate and the breeze was excellent. The night time bonfire in the lawns opposite my room listening to old music and relaxing was rejuvenating. The tribal dance in evening was very entertaining. The rooms were clean.

Tip: To reach Bari, one has to travel to Igatpuri on the Mumbai Nasik route.


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Camping at Bhandardara

Bhandardara was on our "to visit places" list since a long time. Finally, in October we decided to go camping at Bhandardara organised by getsetcamp.

We reached there in the afternoon with a rain welcoming us. Everything around was so beautiful. The lush green beauty, Arthur lake and the tents - a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. We enjoyed some quality time while boating the Arthur lake in the evening. We explored the markets of bhandardara and on the way, caught a glimpse of Umbrella Falls.

The next best part was candle lit evening snacks - Maggi and Chai. At night we enjoyed the campfire along with some old melodies, creating a beautiful memory to cherish for a lifetime.

The next morning we were greeted with the village style breakfast - kande pohe. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip to bhandardara.

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Serenity and unspoiled nature at its best. Great deals and complete family recreation holidays exper

A must visit place. We stayed at Yash Resorts! Believe me it's a complete unwind from the crazy City hustle. To team up they have great packages including all meals. They literally feed you and pamper you full time. Staff are courteous and helpful. Rooms are big and tastefully simply decorated. Sightseeing is quite limited, but nature lovers would love to see the big dam and tall green mountains. Overall a wonderful location teamed up with great pricing.

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Bhandardara Overview

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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Umbrella Falls, Bhandardara

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Amitra Kar

Visit to Bhandardara
Wilson Dam , Bhandardara

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Pallavi Sapre

Wilson Dam , Bhandardara

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