Destination : Bhandardara (Bhandardara Maharashtra India )
Languages Spoken : Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Time To Visit : January to December but spectacularly beautiful during monsoons.
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A quiet, away-from-it-all, little holiday resort, with lovely picnic spots. Arhur Lake set amidst scenic forests affords many hours of entertainment. The streamlet forms the lake cascades down 45m. as the Randha Falls. The Wilson Dam at a height of 150 m. is yet another lovely sight. Overlooking Bhandardara is Mt. Kalsubai, the highest peak in the state.
For adventure-loving trekkers, Bhandardara is an ideal destination. The Ratangad Fort, one of Shivaji's favorite forts, is an interesting climb.
The pride of Bhandardara id the huge, placid and breathtakingly beautiful Arthur Lake, set like a huge jewel amidst the dense greenery. The lake is formed by the waters of the Pravara River.
The Wilson Dam also known as Bhandardara Dam is India’s is the largest earthen dam in the country and one of the oldest dams in Asia. It was built in 1910 on the Pravara River and boasts a height of 150m.
At the base of the dam is a circular garden and a swimming pool. The cool placid waters of the river run by for miles.
Towering over Bhandardara like a watchful sentinel is Mt. Kalsubai, at 1,646 meters the highest peak in the Sahyadri range. During Maratha rule, this peak also served as a lookout point.
An 8-km boat ride on the Arthur Lake takes visitors to the historical Amriteshwar Temple, which houses the idol of Lord Shiva. It is famous for its intricate carvings, in the Hemadpanti style, which can be traced 1,200 years back in history.
A top favourite with trekkers, this historical fort gets its name from the resident deity, Ratneshwaridevi. It was captured by Chhatrapati Shiivaji Maharaj and was one of his favourites. It has a breathtaking view from its ramparts.
This artificial waterfall is formed when one of the sluice gates from the Wilson Dam is opened (when water levels rise above acceptable limits during the monsoons or whenever water is needed for irrigation) It is vaguely umbrella-shaped as it fans out over the rocks. A pathway takes you from the park at the foot of the dam to within drenching distance of the falls.
Agasti Rishi Ashram
According to the Ramayan, the Agasti Rishsi Ashram, situated on the bank of the Parvara River, was visited by Ram, Laxman and Sita. It was the magical arrow given by Shri Agasti Rishi to Ram that was used to kill Ravana. Legend has it that the rishi meditated here for a year, living on water and air.
How to get there:
BY ROAD: Mumbai-Bhandardara, 185kmx. Pune-Bhandardara, 191kms.
BY RAIL: lgatpuri, 45 kms. on Central Railway is the nearest railhead.
By AIR: Nearest airport is Mumbai.