Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Situated in 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.

Attractions :

Wilson Dam
Arthur Lake
Mount Kalsubai
Agasti Rishi Ashram
Ratangad Fort

How to Reach :
The nearest airport is Mumbai 177 km. away.
Igatpuri, 45 km. on Central Railway is the Nearest railhead.
Mumbai-Bhandardara, 180 km. (Via Ghoti) Pune-Bhandardara, 191 km.

Do Explore these hill stations :
Amboli | Bhandardara  | Chikaldhara  | Jawhar  | Khandala & Lonavla Mahabaleshwar  | Malshej Ghat  | Matheran  | Panchgani  | Panhala  | Toranmal  

Do Visit