Bhandardhara

Bhandardara:-

Bhandardara is a holiday resort village on the western coast of India. The village is located in the Ahmednagardistrict of the state of Maharashtra, about 185 kilometers (115 mi) from Mumbai.

Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty, waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake and the Randha falls are major tourist attractions.

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Bhandardara waterfalls Maharashtra     Bhandardara waterfalls maharashtra

Bhandardara is full of attractions – from Wilson Dam to 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 Ganges river, which is now known as the Pravara River.

From Bhandardara, you can climb up to see the Ratangad and Harishchandragad fort. Or, you can follow the trails that lead to Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks. Also, if you are up for a challenge, the highest peak in Maharashtra, Mount Kalsubai (1646 m), stands tall for you to conquer. The starting point of this challenging trek is Bari Village, located 12 km away from Bhandardara. Atop, there is a small temple and standing. Standing at the summit, you can have panoramic view of Sahyadris and Bhandardara.

 

Attractions:-

1>  Bhandardara Lake 1 DayPicnic Spot:-

bhandardara lake

Bhandardara Lake is also known as Lake Arthur Hill. The Lake was formed by the dammed up waters of the Pravara River. It is a major tourist attraction amidst the dense green forest. Shri Agasti Rishi meditated continuously for a year at this place so it has a religious importance too.
The clear and placid lake is bounded by thick canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills. The Lake gets its water from the Pravara River as its surroundings offer an enchanting spectacle.
The lake was built in 1910. The lake is a reservoir for Wilson dam and is 34 km long. The lake is quiet deep at certain places. Rivulets from the lake rush down 45 m and is known as the Randha Falls. The falls have big implication because it is used for hydro-power generation.

2>  Wilson Dam:-

About Wilson Dam

Wilson Dam is one of the famous tourist spots in Bhandardara, which was constructed alongside the Arthur Lake in 1910. This dam has been built on the Pravara River and is considered to be an ideal place for organising picnic. Wilson Dam is situated around 750 m above the main sea level and is famous for the nearby Umbrella Falls.

 

3>  Randha Falls:-

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Located at 10 km from Bhandardara placed in the Igatpuri region of the Sahyadris is the Randha waterfalls. Believed to be the third largest fall in India at a height of 45 m. The falls is 11 km from Wilson Dam and is used for generation of hydro-power. The Pravara River plunks 170 ft down into a gullet and creates a breathtaking sight.

 

4> Umbrella falls:-

umbrella falls bhandardara

Umbrella Falls is situated at the old Wilson Dam in Ahmednagar District. The ideal time to visit the waterfalls is during the monsoon season, when the water level in the Pravara River is the highest. It is a beautiful tourist spot, which is located below the Wilson Dam in Bhandardara.

5>  Mt Kalsubai:-

Mt Kalsubai   Mt Kalsubai

Mount Kalsubai is considered to be the highest mountain peak of the Sahyadri range. This mountain peak is around 1,646 m in height and was used for keeping watch on their enemies during the Maratha rule in the region.

Mount Kalsubai is a famous trekking destination which features Kalsubai Temple, Ratangad Fort and Harishchandragad Fort. The Kalsubai Temple houses an old well, where the water level never drops below 3 ft. A religious fair is organised by the locals at this temple, between October and November.

  • How to reach Bhandardara:-

1> By Air:-

Nearest airport is Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, which is nearly 185 km from Bhandardara. Mumbai 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 nearly about Rs 3,500.

2> By Train:-

Nearest Railway station is Igatpuri, which is nearly 35 km away from Bhandardara.

3> By Bus:-

Regular state transport road buses are available from Mumbai to Bhandardara.

4> By Car:-

small-map on how to reach bhandardara

One can also drive to Bhandardara by taking Mumbai – Nasik Road (NH 3) to Ghoti past Igatpuri.

Mumbai to Bhandardara     163 km

Pune to Bhandardara                   137 km

 

  • Best Time / Best Season to visit  bhandardara:-

The time to visit Bhandardara is during and just after the monsoon rains (July to September) and again during the winters (October to February).

 

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        The map of  Bhandardara.

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Malshej Ghat Waterfalls, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam.

Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in pune district of Maharashtra, India. The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats. The best time to visit is between August and September. At this time of the year, the hills are clothed in a soothing shade of mint green and the weather is cool due to the monsoons. Known for its misty tops and ice cold cascades at this time of the year, the site is a very popular weekend getaway for most of the city’s residents at that time of the year. It has got number of waterfalls and the greenery is just awesome during the monsoons.


  • About the Malshej Ghat:-

A charming hill station, placed at an altitude of 700 mt above the sea level, Malshej Ghat is a fascinating tourist destination with a rejuvenating climate. Famous for its numerous lakes, cascading waterfalls, and charming mountains, this hill station is a favourite tourist destination of hikers, trekkers, adventurers and nature lovers. A typical woody countryside, Malshej Ghat is distinguished for its rich flora and fauna, historic forts on rocky mountains, enthralling rivers, meandering waterfalls, resorts and sanctuaries.

  • Attractions:
  1. WaterFalls:-

Malsheg Ghat Route  Malshej Ghat  Malshej Ghat

A hilltop with countless cascading waterfalls, Malshej Ghat is adorned with natural beauty and splendor. This magnificent hill station is full of waterfalls during monsoon and some of them are too big that they even fall down to the road. It is a sheer joy to walk through the gush of water, which makes waterfall canopies on the road. Monsoon with its extraordinary charm of rain, make Malshej Ghat a symphony of waterfalls. When the cold breeze blows, the scores of falling water move upwards, and it creates the marvelous scenario of a water rise. Rain, mist, fog and the cascading water falls amidst of woody forest are an eye catching sight one can never forget for a life time.

      2.Pimpalgaon Joga Dam:-

pimpalgaon joga dam                               Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Malshej Ghat

A five kilometer long bund, blocking the plain waters of gorgeous Pushpavati River Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is located in Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra. The dam with its lofty cliffs and the vast expanse of backwaters presents spectacular scenery. A haven of so many bird species like purple moorhen, pitta, alpine swift, whistling thrush, green pigeon, quail, and pied crested cuckoo, Pimpalgaon Joga dam is a bird watchers delight. The backwater of this beautiful structure is the shelter of the exotic migratory Flemingo birds. A large number of beautiful birds mating with each other in the serene backwater is an amazing sight which holds our breath.

       3. Trekking:-

Located in a hilly terrain, Malshej Ghat is a favourite place for adventure lovers. The peaks, and the gallant forts in the dense forest of this hill station are perfect places to explore through trekking and rock climbing. Trekking in Malshej offers one to be in the lap of mother nature and helps to communicate with the surrounding more effectively.Gifted with a mountainous topography, Malshej provides so many places, which are perfect spots for trekking. The darkoba peak (the tallest moumtain in the locality), Ajoba hill fort are ideal location for trekking enthusiasts. Nane Ghat, Jivdhan Chawand Fort also are hot spots of trekking favourites.Those who are little bit spiritual can take the rout to Ozar and Lenyadri, where the two Ganesh temples honoured by all devotees is located.
Trekking in Malshej provides the excitement of adventure along with the dharsan of holy temples. Trekking in Malshej Ghat gives an opportunity to watch the excellent greenery of the dense forest of the majestic Sahyadris, which makes this hill station so popular.
  • Sightseeing at Malshej Ghat:-

  1>  sightseeing tour of Malshej Ghat is particularly recommended during the monsoons when the falls become more tempestuous and the rain freshens everything in sight. If you are brave enough, get under some of the waterfalls the spray will definitely revive you. Trek into the forest surrounding Malshej Ghat that bear tall stately trees, which are a wonderful sight to behold.

2>  The Harishchandragad Peak (1424 mts) is a favourite with trekkers. It is unique because here lie the semi-circular rock wall of the Konkan Kada.

3>  Pimpalgaon-Joga Dam is a long bund, which blocks the Pushpavati River that springs out of Malshej Ghat and creates a lake in the monsoons. Several species of birds including the alpine swift, purple moorhen, pitta, quail, whistling thrush, green pigeon, pied crested cuckoo have been spotted by ornithologists around the dam.

4>  Honeymoon couples can spend hours together on the banks of the many monsoon filled lakes in Malshej Ghat. And do the done thing in Malshej Ghat – spend some time watching the antics of the flamingoes in season.

  • How To Reach Malshej Ghat:-

1>  By Air:-

Situated about 150 km away, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest international airport to Malshej Ghat. This airport is connected to all major cities and towns not only within India but also outside it. The Mumbai Airport is linked to Singapore, New York and other major cities making travelling for foreigners all the more easier and convenient. There are taxis available from outside the airport that to help you commute to Malshej Ghat at a fixed fare of about Rs. 3000. The Gandhinagar Airport at Nashik and the Lohegaon Airport at Pune are other domestic air travel options available.

2>  By Train:-

*There is no railway station in Malshej ghat

The Kalyan Railway Station is the closest railway station to Malshej Ghat. These stations are well connected to other cities within and outside the state of Maharashtra via regular trains. The station at Kalyan is located about 86 km away from Malshej Ghat and it takes about one to one and a half hours to reach the destination from the station.
3>  By Bus:-

Malshej Ghat is well connected by Maharastra state transport corporation buses to all major places in and around. Regular and frequent public bus services are available from Mahuli Fort to Mumbai and Kalyan.

4> By Car:-

Visit Malshej Ghat by Car.

Click Here for Malshej Ghat by Road From Mumbai

Mumbai to Malshej Ghat                 – 122 km

Pune to Malshej Ghat                       – 124 km

Ahmedabad to Malshej Ghat         – 621 km

Hyderabad to Malshej Ghat           – 627 km

Nagpur to Malshej Ghat                   – 838 km

  • Best Time/Best Season to Visit Malshej Ghat:-

The monsoon months of August and September are a magical time to visit Malshej Ghat. During this time of the year, the hills are soothing; with calm and cool weather, misty tops, waterfalls and lush green surroundings. The flora and fauna are at its best during the monsoons and so it makes a visit to Malshej Ghat a must. Carry your raingear- umbrella, raincoat etc. During the monsoons all hotels get full so book well in advance.

During the winters, between December and February, the lofty hills of the Western Ghats are a paradise for trekkers and hikers. You can go about exploring the mysterious trails and make your own way in and out of the forests. Summers, between March and May are a pleasant time to visit the Ghats. Malshej Ghat can be visited at anytime of the year- the weather is quite pleasant.

  • Best Months to visit:-

          October – March

  • Stay Options at Malshej Ghat:-
  1. Shushant Resort  Rs 500* pp

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