Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Bhandardara – the perfect weekend getaway for the stressed out Mumbaikar! Situated at a distance of about 180kms, it can be reached in about three to four hours from Mumbai.

Get on to the Mumbai Nashik highway (NH3) and just beyond Igatpuri, you will see an exit to the right for Bhandardara via Ghoti village.

We left Bandra around 0730hrs and reached Bhandardara at 1130hrs including a half hour breakfast break at ‘Bhagat Tarachand’ a pure veg. restaurant which is fastidiously clean, airy and serves wholesome food. If there are no tables available you can opt for self service too. This restaurant is about 80kms from Mumbai, just before Shahapur. Or you can halt at ‘Manas Resort’ near Igatpuri or the Prestige food plaza. These are some of the good places to take a short break on the way.

The roads overall are excellent except for the roads in the Ghoti village which are narrow and crowded. The signage all along to Bhandardara and back is good to ensure you do not lose time asking for directions.

The MTDC resort overlooks the placid Lake Arthur which is formed by the dammed waters of the Pravara river.

Legend has it that Shri Agastya Rishi meditated continuously for a year, living only on water and air. Pleased with his tremendous devotion the Lord came down to earth, blessed him and left leaving behind a stream of Ganga - now known as Pravara River.

The Wilson Dam built in 1910 on the Pravara river, is almost 150 meters above sea level. When the sluice gates of this dam are opened, the Randha waterfalls are in action. The water cascades down 45 meters - an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. Besides being a scenic spot, these falls are also used for hydropower generation.

If you are energetically inclined, hike up to Mount Kalsubai, Mahrashtra's highest peak at 1646 m. This is a day's trek from Bhandardara, and can be combined with Ratanwadi, 22 km away; the 8th century Amruteshwar temple; and the 400-year-old Ratangad Fort where the Maratha warrior Shivaji rested on his laurels. The ancient Agastya Rishi Ashram on the banks of the Pravara River is another attraction. The ashram is mentioned in the Ramayana as the spot where Ram met Agastya Rishi.

In Bhandardara, you can hire a guide to take you around for fees ranging between Rs.100/- to Rs.200/- for the day.

If you just want to chill out you can do exactly that and maybe go for a boat trip across the lake. The fishermen, when not using the boat for fishing, will gladly take you around the lake for a small price. The price varies depending on the season.

Fish lovers can enjoy the freshly netted catch from the lake. The MTDC restaurant serves a pretty good ‘Fish curry and rice’ and is a multi-cuisine Value For Money eatery.

The MTDC accommodation can now be booked online at www.maharashtratourism.gov.in

The railhead closest to Bhandardara is at Igatpuri, 45 km away on the Central Railway. From Igatpuri, State Transport buses and taxis take around one hour to get to Bhandardara.

From Bhandardara, you can also visit Nashik(70kms), Shirdi(110kms) or Trimbakeshwar(70kms).


  1. quite informative... lovely pics... must put it on my wish list to visit.

  2. thank you shruti...glad you liked it

  3. love the shots ... all that space!
    thanks for the info, magic! will definitely look into this when i get the chance to visit India! ;)))

  4. am sure you will have a wonderful time in India...
    will provide you with all assistance that you may require.

  5. HI , I have really enjoyed reading your article and the pics. Infact we are trying to visit Bhandardara in mid dec. But we are really finding it hard to find stay options ( other than MTDC and Anadan , they are booked always :-)).

    I am wondering whether you have any info /contacts for the hotels, and if we can get this info.


  6. Bhandardara seems to be nice peaceful place to have a weekend......we too a have a couple of places need Bangalore.......but i have never seen a real dam in my life...awesome place.... :)

  7. Will try and visit this place in one of the coming weekends! :-)

    Pixellicious Photos

  8. Will try and visit this place in one of the coming weekends! :-)

    Pixellicious Photos

  9. hey nice blog...
    Could you suggest me any good veg restaurant in bhandardara?
    We are going on 30 sept. Please give me this info before 30 th.

  10. Bhandardara, a perfect weekend destination .... Amazing Maharashtra

  11. Except for MTDC r there any other places for a decent stay.

  12. An important topic-I'm so happy to see it addressed.Bhandardara located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, and at a distance of 185km from Mumbai. Bhandardara Hill Station is still one of the lesser known hill stations in the country.

  13. We frends went on 1st week of august.Bhandardara is like heaven.specially Randha fall..one must visit in monsoon.Resort location is awsum.Rooms r ok ok forone nite stay.but the service is v bad.we wanted to order tea aftr cuming back enjoying rains.reply was negative in rude langauge.so service is v poor.

  14. Resort is ok for i nite bt service is v poor.