Unexplored Bhandardara – A weekend gateway from Mumbai, Pune and Nashik
Bhandardara, one of the less explored and beautiful locations surrounded by lush green hill slopes and waterfalls. It is located about 71 km from Nashik, 185 km from Mumbai, 165 km from Pune, and around 40 km from Igatpuri and is a Picturesque and a Scenic location for a weekend getaway or a short escape.
This lovely place has a lot to offer to it visitors and if you will visit this location in Monsoon it will be an unforgettable moment of your life and you will find yourself in the captivity of nature.
Bhandardara is in a close proximity of many waterfalls, forts, trek paths and lakes.
The place is also rich in flora and fauna. If you are a bird watcher or wildlife seeker then you can also look for birds like White Necked Stork, Ibis, Kingfishers, Heron and Egrets in the surrounding areas.
Bhandardara is also home to one of the biggest squirrel called “India Giant Squirrel” or Malabar Squirrel.
Let’s see, what all things this beautiful holiday resort village have to offer to its visitors
Places to see in and around Bhandardara
Build on River Pravara, the Wilson dam or Bhandardara Dam is one of the oldest dams in India built in 1910 by Britishers. The dam is around 500 ft high and it took approximately 16 years to complete this dam (from 1910 to 1926)
The dam is also famous for Umbrella Fall, one of the best attraction points in Bhandardara. For experiencing the amazing waterfall, one must visit it in November- December.
Kalsubai is the Highest peak in Maharashtra and The Sahyadri ranges of Mountain with 5,400 ft. The place is an ideal location for trekking and has an amazing view from the top.
The peak lies in Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary which is another point of interest in Bhandardara if you have an interest in wildlife and birding.
Kalsubai Harishchandra Wildlife Sanctuary
Because it is present in the Sahyadri range of Mountain in the Western Ghats, Kalsubai wildlife sanctuary offers one of the most picturesque scenes you must have witnessed so far.
IT falls from a height of 170 ft and mainly visible during the monsoon season. Rest of the year you may not find this location very attractive, however, during monsoon, you will have a complete different picture of this place.
Situated around 17 km from Bhandardara in Ratanwadi village, this ancient Shiva Temple is another bucket list place if you visit bhandardara. The temple is more said to be more than a 1000 years old. It is build with Hemadpanthi architectural.
Also known as Valley of Shadow, Sandhan Valley is the largest canyons in the Sahyadri Range in the Western Ghats. Sandhan Valley is Trackers paradise and the favourite hangout place for adventure lovers.
With a lot of historic and natural sighting, Bhandara seems to be one of the emerging destination among the young couples, family trips, group travel as well as solo travelers also.
By Road: Bhandardara can be easily reached via Road from Mumbai, Pune or Nashik. There are a lot of cab providers and taxi services which are available for package bookings for Bhandardara as well.
Railway Station: Igatpuri Railway Station is approximately 45 kms from Bhandardara
Nearest Airport to bhandara is Nashik but you may find it difficult to get a flight to Nashik.
Best Time to Visit Bhandardara
You can visit bhandardara is from July till March but the best time to visit this beauty of nature is during monsoon and post monsoon when the location is surrounded by complete Green layer and a lot of waterfalls are can also be viewed during this time.
The place is also a great location for your New Year Holiday celebrations. If you are still looking to finalize a spot for your new year 2019 plan you can consider Bhandardara.