Bhandardara

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Tucked high above the Sahyadri hills, Bhandardara has all the attributes of a charming hill station. Lofty mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush green valleys adorning this lovely hill resort lures city dwellers throughout the year like bees to a wild flower. Apart from comfortably cold climate, Bhandardara also offers quite a few interesting scenic spots. […]


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You can visit Bhandardara any time, even in the winter, because it never gets too chilly here.

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Tucked high above the Sahyadri hills, Bhandardara has all the attributes of a charming hill station. Lofty mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush green valleys adorning this lovely hill resort lures city dwellers throughout the year like bees to a wild flower. Apart from comfortably cold climate, Bhandardara also offers quite a few interesting scenic spots.

 

Built more than hundred years ago, the Wilson Dam in Bhandardara is an engineering marvel. It is still considered as the largest earthen dam that has ever been built to store the waters of a running river. But what attracts people most is the vast water body of the Arthur Lake that has formed from the backwaters of this century old dam. During the monsoon, when the water level rises in the lake and the dam gates are opened to let the torrents of water rush down to the plains below, a thick fog of water spray is created in the vicinity. During daylight hours, you can see rainbows forming on the horizon. And in the night, it simply takes an ethereal form.

 

Bhandardara also boasts of a highly religious Hindu seat of glory. There is the Ashram where the great saint Agasti Rishi once lived. According to the Ramayana tales, Lord Rama and his devoted brother Lakshman came to the saint to seek his blessings for rescuing Sita from the evil clutches of Ravana. The Rishi reportedly offered him an empowered arrow which was eventually used by Rama to annihilate Rama and rescue his dear wife.

 

How to reach: There are many ways to reach Bhandardara. Buses leave Mumbai, Pune and even Kolhapur for this hill station. You can take a government or a private bus. You can also drive your own vehicle. Or else, you could take the train. Get down at the Igatpuri railway station and take a taxi from there. The taxi should take about Rs.500-600.

 

There are plenty of big and small hotels in Bhandardara, resorts in Bhandardara, and cottages in Bhandardara. You can choose one based on your budget.

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