Bhandardara is a gorgeous hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, and is a favourite among city dwellers for all the right reasons. The lush greenery, cascading waterfalls and high mountains make it a perfect place to get some much needed quiet and peace for the urban man.
Bhandardara is 117 km from Mumbai, located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It actually makes for a beautiful road trip from Mumbai to this little village in the hills. Along with nature’s bounty, there are quite a few attractions here for those interested in adventure activity. The perfect blend of serenity and adventure is what makes it such a hot-spot among travellers.
Built on Pravara river in 1910, the Wilson Dam is the largest earthen dam in India. It is a specimen of engineering excellence that we were capable of even back in the day. The base of the dam has a garden that boasts of lush greenery, huge trees and snaking streams. In the monsoons, when the water level has risen, the gates of the dam opens itself to release water into the plai, which in turn forms little sprinkles of the water in the garden. There is another popular spot here known as the Umbrella Falls – formed under the Wilson Dam. The water falls with incredible force on the naturally placed rocks, forming the impression of an umbrella.
Another attraction in Bhandardara is the Randha Falls on Pravara river. It is formed especially in the monsoons; when the clear water of the Pravara river ferociously falls from a height 170 feet into a magnificent ravine.
For the adventure seekers, remember to take a trek up Mount Kalsubai – the highest peak of the Sahyadri Ranges. Also known as the Everest of Maharashtra, the trek here is a very tricky one and is usually for experienced trekkers, who often find their way to the top with some difficulty. There are man-made stairs too leading to the top if you don’t wish to trek.