Bhandardara Camping in the Sahyadri district of Maharashtra, is a cool hill station that is quietly nestling. With its green, faultless hills and, of course, plenty of stunning waterfalls, this untouched area provides a breathtaking view of the perfect countryside. There is also the stunning Arthur Lake, the Kalsubai Walk and various campsites, and Bhandardara continues to be a favorite destination for urban dwellers from Mumbai and Pune looking for a break in the arms of nature.
Bhandardara Campsite overview
Imagine a location with a landscape of cozy tents on the edge of a shining blue lake with millions of stars full of night sky, Bhandardara is going to fulfill this fantasy. The clouds are illuminated in a rainbow of shades, blue, lilac and orange, as the sun sets and rises with intense charm. That’s why Arthur Lake is one of the most famous hill resort attractions.
Before the rainy season, Bhandardara trekking and camping opportunities had just as many crystal-clear lakes, waterfalls, fishing and boating opportunities. The rainy season also has winter opportunities for cycling, sports or boating, and Bhandardara has a large number of crystal-clear waterways.
Bhandardara gives travelers of all kinds an immense amount of possibilities for peace of nature and regeneration. It is a must-visit destination due to its proximity to Mumbai and its increasingly increasing tourist connectivity.
To Enter Road
Bhandardara is the most prescribed way of getting there by car. The joyful journey can be ruined by public transport. Restaurants and rooms along the highway make the ride fun. It’s just 160-190 km from Bhandardara, the main town, so the journey can take about 3.5-4 hours by road.
Mumbai is connected to the NH 3 highway. East Express Highway > Mulund> Thane> Kalyan> Nashik Highway > Kasara> Igatpuri> Ghoti Toll Post [turn right]> Pimpalgaon> Bhandardara Dam is the preferred route to get to.
If you rely solely on Google Maps, campaigns near Arthur Lake may be a little difficult to locate. You can search for support from local people or call a travel company to help you find the site. Usually there are more than enough parking spaces within a short distance from the campsites, but a dirt road is needed.
The resort is 60 km from the station of Kasara and 45 km from the station of Igatpuri. You may either take trains from CST to Igatpuri, such as Nandigram Express Train, the Kolkata Mail or Howrah Mail. There are still many buses, although they are very poor in regularity.
If you visit in groups or travel with friends, you can book private cars or jeep from the Kasara station to reach Bhandardara at the cost of Rs 1000-1200. This is more efficient and convenient, but still more value for money as the total sum can be divided.
If you are traveling alone or a friend, you can take part in your jeep to Varangushi on Rs 140, and just take a jeep for Rs 30 to Shendi. When you are traveling by yourself, a second jeep for a rate of 20 Rs and/or a private jeep at rates of 500 Rs can be reached by Bhandardara at approximately 4 kilometers away.
There are many travel agencies s well as individuals who provide tents, camping and transport facilities along with food, near the lake. The prices stimulating by travel Agencies providing camping amenities such as tents, bonfire and food range from 1 to 1.5k per person.
Best time visit:
The months of July to September are best to visit the waterfalls and meadows around the hills are most beautiful during this time.
The months of October to February Campsite and trekking are best.
The summer is normally hot and dry and therefore not acceptable for a visit. However, in the hotels one can obtain excellent rates throughout the season, and the lake itself is still incredibly beautiful.
The summer is normally hot and dry and therefore not acceptable for a visit. However, the season at the hotels can be fantastic, and with lovely evenings the lake itself is still beautifully beautiful.
The Places People Should Visit
Lake of Arthur
The lake of Arthur consists of the Pravara River and has religious sentiments, as Agastya Rishi meditated for years on this location. This lake spans approximately 34 km and also reserves the adjacent Wilson Dam. The tranquil lake and the clear blue sky are very spectacular all day; the night skies are illuminated by the stars as the sun rises and sets. Plunging tents, sunbathing sessions, staring, and walking the natural trails through the thicker woods make this place a must-visit location in Bhandardara, about 2 km from the Bhandardara Camping Village. If people travel by rail, it is convenient to reach it with private cars or shared jeeps from Kasara and Igatpuri Station.
This old fort overlooks the ranges of the Sahyadri. There is a natural rock split at the top, called ‘Eye of the Needle’ or “Nedhe” as the ‘Jewels of the Fort,’ and it is a must to visit for any outdoor enthusiast. It is nearly 12 km away from Bhandardara. It is situated.
The Temple of Amruteshwar
The temple of Amruteshwar is Lord Shiva’s temple which is approximately one thousand years old. There’s even a naturally shaped hot spring under the Shiv Lingam (the statue of Lord Shiva). This place was founded by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata according to ancient beliefs. Water fills also in the inner space of the holy place during the rainy seasons. The visitors to the temple feel very mysterious and make this exciting aspect quite special. The temple is located in Ratanwadi, at the bottom of the Ratandgad fort, the Amruteshwar temple.
It is the third biggest waterfall in India, transforming water from a huge 170ft height into the glittering Randha Waterfall. People have a way to walk around the waterfall and explore. Many visitors take a bath in the waterfall’s reservoir. The chilly breeze and fertile climate make it the perfect place to spend a weekend in the center of nature. Situated 10 km from Bhandardara, this lovely falls is a major hydroelectric source in the Bhandardara region. The Pravara River. The second best choice is to partake jeeps by private vehicle from the Kasara Station (62 km away), which falls directly on the Randha at a rate of 120 Rs per head.
REVERSE WATERFALL (HALF- TREK) & SANDHAN VALLEY FULL TREK
In the Sandhan Valley during the rainy season, a strange phenomenon, i.e. a reverse waterfall caused by the high wind pressure and the precipitation, occurs. The Grand Canyon of Maharashtra is also called Sandhan Valley. Remember to take decent grip shoes and even a raincoat. The entire walk is ideal for experienced trekkers who have experienced trekking. It is about 23 kilometers from Bhandardara Camping to get to the base village of Samrad. it takes about an hour. It is possible to enter the base village of Samrad by a private car from Igatpuri, Kasara and Bhandardara Camping. The Reverse Waterfall from the base village of Bari takes just 30 minutes. The whole journey takes about eight hours.
Backpack: 20-45 liters of ideal size are needed.
- Shoes: Running shoes are most recommended.
- 2L Water Bottle per person.
- Sweatshirts or winter wears during winters.
- Torch/ Headlamp.
- Dry Snacks.
- Cap and sunglasses
- Raincoat for monsoons
- Power Banks.
- Hiking pole.
- A camping kit.
- Sleeping bags.
- Tent light.
- Pee buddy for women.