Bhandardara at a glance
Bhandardara a hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra has all the nature’s blessings a place can get. Located at a distance of 180 kms from Mumbai, this hill station is a beautiful symphony in nature’s manifestation. It is the place to go for nature lovers and trekkers over a weekend.
Things to do in Bhandardara
Agatsya Rishi Ashram
This age-old ashram finds its mention in the mythological text of Ramayana. It is said that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman came to seek the blessings of Agastya Rishi who gave Lord Ram an arrow to defeat Ravana.
Surrounded by the lush mountains of Sahyadri ranges, Arthur lake is a quaint little pool that gets its water from the Pravara river. It is a serene place to unwind and soak in the natural beauty.
Mt. Kalsubai is the highest peak of the Sahyadri Ranges, from Bhandardara you can view this majestic mountain. It is a popular trekking spot as are the hills nearby. It attracts many tourists from across India and is a hot zone in this region.
Another waterfall attraction in Bhandardara is the Randha Falls of the Pravara river. The clear water of the Pravara river ferociously falls from a height 170 ft into a magnificent ravine. However, this waterfall is only attractive in the monsoons.
Ratanwadi is a village near Bhandardara of the Kalsubai peak in Maharashtra that houses the famous Ratangad fort and the popular Shiva temple called Amruteshwar. This beautiful village is considered to be the base point for trekkers coming here for trekking.
Umbrella Falls The Umbrella Falls are the falls formed under the Wilson Dam. The force by which the water falls on the naturally placed rocks gives an impression of an umbrella. Presenting a picturesque vista, these falls are the backdrop in many bollywood movie songs. The best time to visit these falls is during monsoon.
The Wilson Dam, built on Pravara river in 1910 is the largest earthen dam in India which speaks of the engineering excellence of those days. The base of the dam has a garden that boasts of thick greenery, huge trees and little streams.
What to eat in Bhandardara : Local Food and Cuisine
The local cuisine here is dominated by Maharashtrian food with a blend of South and North Indian cuisines. Many restaurants nearby offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with a dash of local flavour. Hotel Kaka is particularly known for it’s cleanliness and exclusive Gujrati Thali.Pravara Hotel near MTDC resort is equipped with alcohol both international and local brands.