Bhandardara, a beautiful village among the Sahyadri hills, makes for a perfect weekend getaway around Mumbai. The sights in this mountainous village are spectacular. Lush green fields and far stretching blue skies make for picturesque view and bring you closer to the nature.
Bhandardara is a potential hub for adventure lovers. A lot of options for small treks and hikes await you at this scenic place. It is home to the highest peak in Maharashtra- Mount Kalsubai (5,400 ft high). The route to this point begins from the Bari village which is 6 km away from Bhandardara. Other exciting treks around the village are to the Ratangad fort and Harishchandragad fort. If you choose to go camping in these mountains, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Sahyadris and village of Bhandardara.
November to April is generally the peak season to visit Bhandardara, but the village is spectacularly beautiful during the monsoons. When it rains, the sight of clouds descending from the sky to blanket the earth is mesmerizing and breathtaking! Winters here are quite cold and the clear skies during winters as well as summers allow for perfect sky gazing. Famous tourist attractions in the village include Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake, Randha Falls and Ghatghar. Boat rides and angling are some other activities you can indulge in while in Bhandardara.
You can camp along the bank of the river with Get Set Camp. Setup a bonfire and enjoy its warmth in the cold nights below the countless twinkling stars above.
How to reach there:
The distance between Bhandardara village and Mumbai is about 185 km. Getting there is quite easy. The available options are train, private car and state transport buses.
By train: Igatpuri is the nearest train station, which is around 45km away from Bhandardara. You can board the state transport buses that run from Igatpuri to reach Bhandardara.
By bus: Regular buses are available from Mumbai to reach Bhandardara via Ghoti route.
By private vehicle: Hire a cab or start the journey with your private vehicle en route to Bhandardara. After reaching Igatpuri, you need to take a right turn and enter Ghoti village. Be careful with the narrow roads while driving on the Ghats of Bhandardara.