Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bhandardara - Weekend Package for Mumbaians......

Bhandardara is a little known hill station in Maharashtra. Bhandardara is only around 185 kms away from the Mumbai. The nearest railroad to Bhandardara is at igatpuri which is around 45 kms away from this picturesque hill station. Maharastra state road transport bus services are available up to the downhill. Most of the major cities in the state including Mumbai are connected to Bhandardara by bus.
The gorgeous Wilson dam is almost 150 meters high above the sea level. This place is the point of attraction for many tourists all across the country. Even the umbrella falls is nearby the dam. However these falls can only be enjoyed in the rainy season when the water in the lake is very high. Kalsubai can see the highest peak of the sahyadri range from here. In the bygone era this mountain peak served as the watching tower. Kalsubai with its height and view is ideal for trekking and so are the hills that are nearby kalsubai. On top of the kalsubai there is a temple which has a well. It is said that the water from the well of the temple never goes down below 3 feet. Ratnagad fort was captured by chhatrapati shivaji maharaj was one of his most favorite forts and he loved to spend his leisure time here in the realms of the nature. The fort lies in a near distance to the Maharashtra tourism resort and has ample of grounds to interest the trekkers. The view from this fort is simply spectacular and breathtaking. Amriteshwar temple is very ancient and old. The temple was made in around the 1100 AD. The style of architecture used in this temple is hemadpanti. The exquisitely crafted temple still stands tall.

Most accommodation in Bhandardara is very basic. No resorts or luxury hotels. Till a few years ago the MTDC Resort was the only real accommodation in the area. There are now a few others, though MTDC still commands the best location.
There are very few options for eating out in Bhandardara. The local staple of varan bhat (dal-rice) is easily available but can be spicy. Some tandoori and non-veg food is available but should be ordered in advance or you can expect a long wait while it is prepared for you.

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