Bhandardara is a holiday resort village near Igatpuri, in the western ghats of India. The village is located in the Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra, about 185 kilometers from Mumbai.
Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River, and the natural environment, waterfalls, mountains, Wilson dam, Arthur lake and Randha falls are tourist attractions.
A village near Bhandardara
Village Folks at Bhandardara
Bhandardara attractions include Wilson Dam and Arthur Lake. The recent attraction in this place is Fireflies camp in the Purushwadi area.
There are a number of historic and natural places of interest near the dam. From Bhandardara, visitors can climb up to see the Ratangad and Harishchandragad fort. Or, visitors can follow the trails that lead to Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks. The highest peak in Maharashtra, Mount Kalsubai is 1646 m, and the starting point for this trek is Bari Village, located 12 km away from Bhandardara. Atop, there is a small temple located at the summit, with views of Sahyadris and Bhandardara. The toughest trio-forts in Sahydri namely Alang Fort, Madangad fort and Kulang gad ( also called A-M-K) located on the southern side. A very narrow Sandhan valley is on the Western side of the dam.
Bhandardara is a pristine water reservoir and also a famous weekend gateway near Igatpuri hill station. the shining blue-green water of Arthur Lake and the surrounding lush green mountains makes for a great treat to the eyes. Imagine a camping trip with such beautiful surrounding, delicious food made on chulha and the opportunity to make new friends. Pitching up the tent right besides the lake and gathering wood for the campfire surely would make up for the awesome ambiance of this place. And when the Sun dips low, enjoy the view of millions of the stars in the endless sky as you doze into a cozy yet comfortable slumber. And who wouldn’t want to wake up to the chirping of birds in the bright morning sky right before sunrise.
The campsite will be at Bhandardara which is in the interiors of Maharashtra and one of the darkest spot in our state with least amount of light pollution you will witness the darkest night sky possible. One may see the Milky Way with their naked eyes and spot numerous stars and galaxies that are never visible from the city. For all astrophotography lovers, we’ll be taking some killer star-trails and Milky Way pictures. Its goanna be a treat for your lenses. Or if you get tired, you may chill in one of the open tents and immerse yourself under the sky filled with gazillion stars.
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