Bhandardara is a holiday resort village near Igatpuri, in the western ghats of India. The village is located in the Tehsil Akole Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra, about 185 kilometers (115 mi) from Mumbai. Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River, and the natural environment, waterfalls, mountains, Wilson dam, Arthur lake and Randha falls are tourist attractions. Citation needed A village near Bhandardara Village Folks at Bhandardara Bhandardara attractions include Wilson Dam and Arthur Lake. The recent attraction in this place is Fireflies camp in the Purushwadi area. There are a number of historic and natural places of interest near the dam. From Bhandardara, visitors can climb up to see the Ratangad and Harishchandragad fort or visitors can follow the trails that lead to Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks.
Kalsubai is a mountain in the Western Ghats, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Its summit situated at an elevation of 1646 metres (5400 feet) is the highest point in Maharashtra which earns it the much glorified title of the 'Everest of Maharashtra'. The mountain range lies within the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is visited throughout the year by avid trekkers, Kalsubai temple devotees and wildlife enthusiasts alike. According to the villagers living at the base of the mountain, a woman name Kalsu Bai was punished by villagers and forced to leave the village, and that the woman climbed the mountain and started living on it, and later died there, giving the mountain its name.
An embodiment of the Hemadpanthi style of architecture, Amruteshwar Temple was built 1000 years ago. Made of black stones - the temple has a sanctum, a labyrinthine structure dominated by the sculptures of the god, goddess carved out of stone and a pond within its complex. According to the locals, the temple is one of 12 temples built in 900AD by King Jhang. It is mainly sacred to Lord Shiva and thus here one can see a lingam. The temple has an exquisite feature like the there is a hot spring below the Shiv Lingam. In monsoon, when the level of hot spring rises, the main sanctum fills with water. Around the temple, there's a pond, which also carries beautifully sculptures made out of black stone.
At a distance of 10 km from Bhandardara Bus Stop, 156 km from Pune & 177 km from Mumbai, Randha Falls is a beautiful waterfall located on the Rajur - Bhandardara road in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The waterfall is formed over Pravara River and cascades down from a height of 170 feet into a beautiful gorge. Considered as one of the prominent waterfalls in India, the jaw-dropping Randha Falls is a must visit place during monsoon and also one of the popular places to visit in Bhandardara. It is the chief source of hydro power in the Bhandardara region.
Sai Baba of Bandardara also known as Sai Baba , was a Indian spiritual master who was regarded by his devotees as a saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their individual proclivities and beliefs. The Sai Baba Temple has been constructed in Wonder Lust Resort style with beautiful rock carvings on the main shrine. Sai Baba's real name remains unknown. The name 'Sai' was given to him by Mhalsapati when he arrived at Shirdi, a town now in the west Indian state of Maharashtra.
The Wilson Dam, built on Pravara river in 1910 is the largest earthen dam in India which speaks of the engineering excellence of those days. The base of the dam has a garden that boasts of thick greenery, huge trees and little streams. In the monsoons, when the water level rises the gates of the dam opens itself to release water into the plains and you can go to the edge of the Garden to enjoy the sprinkles of the water.
Agatsya Rishi Ashram, Bhandardara. This age-old ashram finds its mention in the mythological text of Ramayana. It is said that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman came to seek the blessings of Agastya Rishi who gave Lord Ram an arrow to defeat Ravana.
At a distance of 6 km from Ratanwadi, 23 km from Bhandardara, 183 km from Pune & 197 km from Mumbai, Ratangad is an ancient hill fort situated at Ratanwadi village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is one of the best forts in Maharashtra and an ideal place for trekking around Mumbai & Pune.
Arthur Lake is also popularly known as Lake Arthur Hill and is formed due to the water coming from Pravara River. This lake is covered by dense forest and holds religious importance, as Agastya Rishi meditated at this place continuously for over a year. The waterfall has been used by the government for generating hydro power. Tourists can enjoy boating at this lake.
Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley. Located in the Nagar district, near the famous fort Ratangad, Sandhan valley is undoubtedly, The Valley of Suspense. The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 2 kms long approx. Walking through the narrow streak of valley with 200 ft rock walls on both the sides is a awesome lifetime experience.
With the arrival of first monsoon showers, the Bhandardara fireflies radiate fluorescent green light from their body which is a treat for the eyes. Before the rains their number increases in millions. The number is highest by the 2nd week of June. When hundreds of Bhandardara fireflies exude light together you will feel to be standing among millions of stars. These fireflies can be seen in the forests settled mostly on trees that are fruit-bearing. The trees such as mango, hirda, behda, java plum and country fig are few on which fireflies reside.