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General Information
Bhandardara Nestled among the Sahyadri Hills, Bhandardara has all the makings of a beautiful holiday resort. Sky-high mountains, roaring waterfalls and lush greenery throughout the year, attract tourists from all over.

To reach Bhandardara, detrain at Igatpuri. If you are traveling by road from Mumbai, you need to turn right just a few kilometers after Igatpuri and enter Ghoti. This small town leads to a long narrow road, which cuts across the lofty mountains and ascends to the marvelous retreat. Although it is just about an hour’s journey, the sights are spectacular. Fluorescent green paddy fields contrast with bright blue skies above and the murky brown streams that crisscross the whole land. When it rains, and clouds descend from the sky to blanket the earth, the sight is truly breathtaking!

Bhandardara has many attractions – from majestic Wilson Dam to wondrous Arthur Lake. As legend has it, Shri Agasti Rishi meditated here for a year, surviving only on water and air. Pleased with this display of devotion. God came down to Earth and blessed Shri Agasti Rishi with a stream of the Ganga river, which is now known as the Pravara River. Like all scenic spots, the magic of Bhandardara has to experience to be appreciated; if you are nature lover, this spot should definitely appear on the top of your holiday destination list.

How to reach Bhandardara
By Air : Nearest airport is Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, which is nearly 185 km from Bhandardara. Mumbai (Bombay) is well connected to all major cities in India and also connected to many cities abroad. Taxi services are the one direct travel possibility from Mumbai to Bhandardara. It costs about Rs 3500.

By Rail: Nearest Railway station is Igatpuri, which is nearly 35 km away from Bhandardara. Taxis will charge about Rs 500 and state bus charge is about Rs 25.

By Road: Maharastra state road transport bus services are available up to the down hill. Most of the major cities in the state including Mumbai are connected to Bhandardara by bus.

Weather Overview
Bhandaradara experiences hot climate as ell as pleasant climate.
  • Summers (March to May) in Bhandardara are very hot and dry when temperature gets almost high as
    40° C.
  • Monsoons (June to September) offer relief from the hot temperature and the humidity levels goes up during this season. Monsoon seasons make the humidity high and sultry due to heavy showers and cold winds. Rainy seasons are quite enjoyable and offers good views of waterfalls.
  • Winters (December to February) are cooler here with temperature dropping down to 10° C. Typically the tourists prefer this climate for visit in Bhandaradara.
Best season to visit Bhandaradara is just after the monsoons and winters from October to February.
  • March to June is good for exploring the natural attractions.
  • In July to September, the scenic umbrella falls are seen only during monsoon and post-monsoon seasons.
  • October to February is amazing with pleasant climate and is ideal for sightseeing.
Places Of Interest
The famous Dam
The famous Dam Wilson Dam is a lovely site for picnicking. Built in 1910 on the Pravara river, the dam is almost 150 metres above sea level and attracts crowds from all over the country. The cool placid waters of the river run by for miles. The Umbrella Falls are also in the vicinity.

Unfortunately, these picturesque falls are enjoyed only during the monsoons when the water level in the lake is considerably high. Streamlets from the lake cascade down 45 metres as the Randha Falls - an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. Besides being a scenic spot, these falls are also used for hydro-power generation.

Mount Kalsubai
Mount Kalsubai Overlooking Chandardara, you can see Mt. Kalsubai, the highest peak (1,646 metres) in the sahyadri range. During the Maratha rule, this peak point served as the watchtower.

It is an ideal place for those who enjoy trekking, as are the surrounding hills. There is a small temple at the top, with an old well in its backyard. Legend has it that the level of the well water never drops below 3 feet.

Ratangadh
Ratangadh The fort lies only a few kilometers away from the Maharashtra Tourism resort. It was captured by Chhatrapati Shiivaji Maharaj and was one of his favourites. The fort has a breathtaking view and provides ample grounds for trekkers.

Agasti Rishi Ashram
Situated on the bank of the Parvara River, this legendary dwelling find a place in the scripts of the Ramayan. It is said that Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita visited Agasti Rishi. The Rishi had then given Lord Ram a miraculous arrow which was used to kill the devil, Ravan, in order to rescue Sita. The ashram, although under renovation, manages to attract crowds from all over.

Amriteshwar
Amriteshwar This temple dates back to 1100 AD. Built in a distinct Hemadpanti style, the intricately carved temple still stands proud. Other places worth visiting are Konkan Kada (another trekker's delight), a small garden and a swimming tank.

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