Bhandardara, a holiday resort village, is located on the western coast in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Standing at a height of 750 meters Bhandardara is a location of India’s one of the rare dams at high altitude, the Wilson Dam. It is also the largest earthen dam in the country.
Bhandardara is also the location of Lake Arthur, Country’s one of largest and loveliest lake and boasts of the highest peak in Maharashtra State, Mt. Kalsubai, 1646 meters from the sea level.
After sailing few kilometers in the interior, one comes across 1200 years old temple of Amruteshwar, which has beautiful carvings. Carrier birds have been known to immigrate to this area all the way from Siberia.
Bhandardara has the additional beauty of having a circular colourful garden at the foot of the dam over the sides of which the water rushing from the sluice gates from charming cascades.
From Bhandardara the beauteous Randha falls, formed by the flow of the water of the lake are few kilometers away. The Ratangad fort and Mt. Kalsubai could be climbed from Bhandardara as well.
Many people visit Bhandardara, but very few view the sheer beauty spot of Ghatghar. Much off the beaten track, right in the heart of the hills, deep into the forest. Ghatghar is situated above the Bhandardara lake, along most picturesque and best road starting from near Bhandardara, flanked by high hills and forts all around and views of the Arthur hill lake, overlooks three districts – Ahmednagar, Nashik and Thane.
Places of Interest :-
Amruteshwar Temple, Wilson Dam, Ratangad Fort, Arthur Lake, Randha Falls, Ghatghar, Mount Kalsubai, Anandvan Resort, Agasti Rishi Ashram
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Best Time to Visit Bhandardara :
During Monsoon (June-September)
Peak Season : November to April
How to reach Bhandardara
Nearest Airport : Mumbai Airport (BOM)
[Mumbai Airport to Bhandardara - Distance : 166 Kilometers (By Road)]
Nearest Railway Station : Igatpuri (C.R.)