The Queen Of the Sahyadri Range
Located 185 kms from the city of Mumbai, Bhandardara is a holiday resort beach near Igatpuri. It is the top choice of a lot of Mumbai and Pune people for the amazing place it is. It is known as the queen of the Sahyadri Range and lives up to it. It has the highest peak in Maharashtra, the Kalsubai Peak or Mount Kalsubai, having a height of 1646 m. It is a beautiful hill station, packed with green hills, thick forests, a beautiful flowing river which creates a lot of waterfalls. To add up to its already pristine, natural surroundings there in a Dam named Wilson Dam which is an earthen dam, meaning that it is made up of soil and mud, making it very eco-friendly.
It is a very soothing weekend spot that will surely make you feel rejuvenated, relaxed and happy!
The Land of Seasonal Waterfalls
It can be very easily stated that Bhandardara is the land of waterfalls, but only at its best in monsoon. Fed and irrigated by the Pravara river, it has a lot of rocky terrains which results in a lot of waterfalls. A lot of them are very small with very little height thus gaining not so much popularity, but others such as The Randha falls and the famous Umbrella falls, a lot of them have gained popularity. Umbrella falls result from the released water from Wilson Dam. These are not perennial, but in Monsoon they are very much at par with any other waterfall of the country. It makes for a beautiful, relaxing getaway, especially in Monsoons if you want to feel every bit of Bhandardara.
How to reach
Bhandardara is a small town located in Maharashtra, easily accessible from any part of the country through roads, though not having a direct flight and rail connectivity.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest commercial airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, around 170 kms away. From there government, as well as private buses, ply to Bhandardara. A private cab or taxi can also be taken to reach this town.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is in Igatpuri, 45 kms away from Bhandardara from there too, a bus, taxi or cab can be taken.
How to Reach by Bus
Bus connections are really good and there are a lot of private and government buses running to and fro Bhandardara from major cities of Maharashtra like Mumbai and Pune to name some.
How to Reach by Road
It is quite easy to reach by road as a taxi or cab is easily available from a lot of places to reach Bhandardara.
How to travel within
State transport buses and taxis are easily available in Bhandardara.
Redefined essence of Maharashtra
There are a lot of places in Maharashtra which have a very different vibe from the rest of the state, Bhandardara being one of them. A lot of tourist places in Maharashtra are assumed to be beach towns stripped off of other natural wonders, which this quaint little town defies. But that doesn't mean it is deprived of other Marathi culture and its amazing food. There are a lot of eateries around every corner of the town which provide authentic Marathi dishes. Overall, it makes for a perfect weekend getaway with lots of amazing food!
- Visit Wilson Dam
- Umbrella falls
- Randha falls
- Arthur Lake
- Trek to Kalsubai peak
- Trek to Ratanwadi village