Bhandardara: The Valley of Treasures

Located midway between Shirdi and Mumbai, on the banks of River Pravara lies Bhandardara. An ideal escape for a mountain lover, it is hidden in the thick Western Ghats forests.

Bhandardara: The Valley of Treasures

Almost halfway between spiritual Shirdi and the madness of Mumbai, you will find the  beautiful Bhandardara. Located on the banks of River Pravara, nestled within the thick forests of the Western Ghats, it makes for an ideal escape to the hills. From here, you can spot Kalsubai peak, often referred to as the "Everest of Maharashtra."

Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake and Randha Falls are three attractions you cannot miss while here. Built in 1910, Wilson Dam is one of the oldest in the region. It is still a major source of freshwater. Arthur Lake is the result of overflow from the Wilson Dam. You can walk by the lake or go boating in its clear, calm waters. Randha Falls nearby is a majestic sight during monsoons.

Bhandardara is also known for many trekking routes that lead deeper into the forests. Among them, Ratangad and Harishchandragad are popular with trekkers. Amruteshwar temple, an ancient Shiva temple, is situated on one of the trekking routes.

Head to Bhandardara to be one with nature.

 

Good to know :

Location: 110 Km from Sterling Shirdi

Entry Fee: A permit is required from the forest department

Timings: Early mornings and evenings are the best times to visit. Bhandardara is at its best during monsoons, when the forests and mountains come alive.

Other Attractions

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Samadhi Mandir - Paying Homage to a Great Saint

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Kakad Aarti: Awaken to the Divine Darshan

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The Kakad Aarti at Sai Temple is performed before the roosters announce daybreak. Held from 4:30 to 5:00 am daily, this divine Darshan is truly worth it.

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Gondeshwar Temple: An Architectural Marvel

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