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Bhandardara Maharashtra, West
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Bhandardara is a small peaceful village, about 185 kilometers from Mumbai on the western coast of India, in the Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra, It sits by the Pravara River, and with a history that dates back a few millennia. The locale is a marvellous fusion of natural beauty, mountains, waterfalls, invigorating air, tranquility, greenery and pristine environs.

 

This hill resort is full of attractions – the scenic Wilson (or Bhandardara) Dam, beautiful Radha Falls, the placid Arthur Lake (or Bhandardara Lake), the historical Ratangadh Fort, ancient Hemadpanthi style Amritheshwar Temple, and a peaceful age old dwelling -the Agasti Rishi Ashram.

 

As legend has it, Shri Agasti Rishi meditated here for a year, surviving only on water and air, pleased with his profound devotion, the Lord Almighty blessed him with a tributary of the holy River Ganges, which is now known as the River Pravara.

 

Bhandardara's majestic aura and special allure makes it a popular weekend getaway for both the energetic and leisure travellers.

 Orientation

Bhandardara, a sleepy hamlet with a rustic charm that offers a taste of rural Maharashtra along with a monsoon bonanza - the countryside veiled in mist, crisp clean air, the brilliant green hills crisscrossed with seasonal streams. Nature’s bounty at its glorious best; creating a magical setup for a rendezvous with nature. An experience so delightful, to be appreciated and coveted.

 

The huge expanse of Bhandardara Lake and the gushing Randha Waterfalls are the two major attractions here.

 

Bhandardara Lake, also called Arthur Hill Lake is a clear and placid lake encompassed by dense canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills. The Lake gets its water from the Pravara River. It was created when the Wilson (or Bhandardara) Dam was constructed by the British across the Pravara River to provide irrigation to the Ahmednagar region. The dam, one oldest and largest earthen dam in the country is at a height of 492 ft. The overflowing water makes the Umbrella Falls, cascading from a height of 80 ft,( approximately), creating a spectacular sight during the monsoons.

 

Randha Falls, about 10 km down, the roaring River Pravara tumbles down from a height of 170 ft into a beautiful gorge shattering the tranquility of Bhandardara, creating a breathtaking sight and the third largest waterfalls in India. There is a temple on the banks of the river.

 

It is also a trekking destination with easy climbs up the nearby hillocks to difficult treks leading to the famous Ratangad and Harishchandgad forts. A little further afield are the challenging trails up the famous Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks. At 5,400 ft, the majestic Mount Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra and the Western Ghats, and it served s a watchtower in Maratha reign; now an all time favourite of the avid trekkers.

 

Bhandardara's extraordinary charm is unleashed after the monsoon as its beauty emerges only after the rain, making it the most appropriate time to visit and enjoy this rain-drenched, glistening hill station.

 Getting there

location and Distance

180 km northeast of Mumbai.

 Fast Facts
Name Bhandardara Best Time To Visit June to February; Best November to January
Location Maharashtra   West   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   32-37°C      Winter   16-20°C      Rainy   25-32°C
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