Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a beautiful yet less known hill station near Mumbai in North Maharashtra state.

Bhandardara lake from MTDC resort

Understand

Bhandardara is situated at a height of 750 m above sea level. It is home to rich fauna and flora. There is a variety of attractions in Bhandardara for the tourists. You can find serene, calm lake surrounded by hills, waterfalls, dam, forts, valley and much more in Bhadardara.

Climate

Although it is situated in the hills, Bhandardara is not cool in summers. The best time, to witness the beauty of Bhandardara, starts from mid Monsoon season.

Bhandardara Season Summary
Season Months Temperature Conditions
Summer March–May 20°C to 38°C Clear skies, mild hot during days. Cool in midnight.
Monsoon June–September 24°C to 33°C High humidity and cold winds. Plenty of rainfall.
Autumn October–November 20°C to 29°C Clear skies, best time to visit.
Winter December–February 8°C to 19°C Pleasant, cool sunny days, colder nights.

Get in

Bhandardara is well connected to other parts of Maharashtra by roads.

By train

The nearest railway station is Igatpuri which is 45 km from Bhandardara. Igatpuri is situated on Mumbai-Nashik rail route. From Igatpuri, you can take state transport bus (commonly known as ST bus) service or private taxi to reach Bhandardara.

By road

Bhandardara is easily accessible from all parts of Maharashtra by road. State highway 44 (SH# 44) goes through this town.

If you are coming from Mumbai, on national highway 3 (NH# 3), you have to take right turn after passing the Ghoti toll post. The distance from Ghoti to Bhandardara is around 30 km and the raod has mild curves and bends.

From Nashik, take NH# 3 towards south up to Ghoti and take left. From here continue on Ghoti-Bhandardara road for around 23 km and then take slight left onto SH# 44 and you will reach Bhandardara.

From Sangamner, it is around 63 km towards west on the SH# 44.

From Pune, Bhandardara is about 175 km. You need to take Pune-Nashik road (NH# 50) up to Ghargaon. From Ghargaon, take left on the SH# 21 and continue driving up to Bhandardara. At Kotul, SH# 21 turns slightly left and becomes SH# 44 which takes you to Bhandardara.

Get around

Maharashtra state transport buses ply around the nearby villages and towns. There are private taxis also running regularly but these are always overloaded.

See

There are a lot of options for tourists visiting Bhandardara. Lakes, waterfalls, dams, temples, forts and much more! Some of the interesting places are listed below.

Do

Buy

Most places including resorts and local shops do not accept plastic currency, and the nearest ATM is around 30 km from Bhandardara. Please carry adequate cash for food, hotel room rent and miscellaneous expenses.

Eat

There are limited eateries in Bhandardara. You can find most of these in the main market. When you visit this place, you must try traditional village (home cooked style) fare at least once.

Drink

Sleep

Six cottages are situated above the lake. Each cottage has a beroom and a living room. In the living room, a mini fridge and a television set is available. Tariff per night is ₹3000.00 (₹2400.00 in off-peak season) for a cottage. There are 10 deluxe rooms which are really big. Tariff per night is ₹1600.00 (₹1300.00 in off-peak season) for a room. MTDC resort has 9 special rooms which are also specious. Tariff per night is ₹1500.00 (₹1200.00 in off-peak season) for a special room. If you are on a tight budget, then go for standard room. Tariff ₹800.00 (₹700.00 in off-peak season) a night. There are 2 group accommodations also. 12 beded accommodation is available for ₹2000.00 (₹1600.00 in off-peak season) per night and 20 beded for ₹3300.00 (₹2600.00 in off-peak season) per night. Group accommodations have 3 bathrooms and 2 lavatories each. All the rooms are equipped with specious attached bathrooms with hot water facility. Tax at 10% is levied on the tariffs mentioned above. Please note that MTDC resort does not have air conditioning in the rooms.

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