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Bhandardara, a picturesque hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, boasts of all bounties of nature. The sumptuous forests, the roaring waterfalls and the majestic mountains make this place the ultimate holiday spot for the city inhabitants. Set on a dam 117 km away from Mumbai, Bhandardara is an idyllic location offering panoramic views to all the tourists. It is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and can be easily accessed through an expansive network of roadways.

The small township is packed with a plethora of adventurous attractions with the best trekking tours in Bhandardara certainly topping the charts. If you are enthusiastically inclined and looking for some exploratory experience, there are unlimited trekking tours here, ranging from a simple to a hard-hitting climb. Mt. Kalsubai is the highest peak of the regal Sahyadri ranges. Renowned as the “Everest of Maharashtra”, this majestic peak is a famous trekking destination, offering commanding views of the Bhandardara dam and other nearby forts.

The trek is quite tricky and it attracts throngs of tourists all-round the year. You can also find man-made stairs leading your way to the top, in case you do not wish to trek. You can visit the Kalsubai temple located at the top of the summit and offer prayers to the local deity. A devout fair is organized here by the locals during the Navratras. Another very famous trekking spot is a magnificent fort known as the Ratangad Fort. Captured by the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in his time, this opulent fort with striking architecture is a treat to the eyes.

It is situated in Ratanwadi, a small village overlooking the Bhandardara. The village also houses the famous and the exceedingly arresting Amruteshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can also indulge in the best trekking tours in Bhandardara to Harishchandragad Fort to relish ostentatious views or follow the trails that lead to Ajoba peaks to satiate your adventure pangs in Bhandardara.
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Sandhan Valley Trek, Maharashtra
Sandhan Valley Trek, Maharashtra

2D/2N

Bhandardara

About the Activity: Crowned in the Western Ghats near Ratangad, Sadhan is a water carved valley of around 50-500 ft depth and about 2 km long.Your excursion begins with a train journey from Kasara. Reach base village via local transport, halt for breakfast before you begin your trek to Sandhan Valley.Have your lunch on route. Captivate in the beauty of this narrow rock floored ravine before retiring to the camps under open sky.On the following day, after breakfast begin descending towards Dehne where you will be halting for lunch.Bid farewell to this enchanting place -hop onto your vehicle till Asangaon. Board onto a local train by 05:30 PM till Kalyan.Please refer to the below itinerary :Day 1: Reach base camp by 4 AMBreakfast is served between 5 AM to 6 AMTrek begins at 6 AMPacked lunch served between 12 noon to 2 PMTrek ends by 6 PMSettle in your designated tentsBonfireDinner is served by 9 PMDay 2:Tea is served at 7 AMForest trek begins by around 7.30 AM Back to the base camp by 9 AMBreakfast is served between 9 AM- 10 AMEnd Note:1)Tents available in Double and Triple sharing2)Drop from the base village is done in a 10 seater vehicle
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Ratangad Trek in Monsoon
Ratangad Trek in Monsoon

1D

Bhandardara

About the Activity: Fixed departures on 5th Aug 2017, 14th Aug 2017, 7th Oct 2017Meeting Point: Pritam Hotel Dadar East @11:00 pm Pickup Point: Nitin Company Junction, Thane @12:00 am Your Ratangad Fort trek experience begins with an overnight journey, before reaching Ratanwadi for breakfast at around 05.00 AM.Begin trekking soon after, and delve into the landscapes and be enthralled by stunning views of the valley below!Once atop, explore the glorious insides of the historic fort and take in the sights of the beautiful Tryambak Darwaza, Chor Darwaza, and a water tank which was the largest of its time.After a satisfying lunch, the downward trail allows you to catch glimpses of the distant mountains, before you head back to the city after a memorable day of trekking.
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Ratangad Trek | Book Now @ Flat 18% off SPECIAL OFFERS
Ratangad Trek | Book Now @ Flat 18% off

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Bhandardara

Trekking Location: Ratangad FortPickup time: 11 PM.Drop time: 10 PM. Pickup Point: Pritam Hotel Dadar East, MumbaiDrop Point: Pritam Hotel, Dadar East, MumbaiAbout Ratangad Trek:One of the most popular locations to trek in Maharashtra is this place, Ratangad Fort. Located in the district of Ahmednagar, this place is located about 4255 Ft. above sea level. This fort lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katrabai, Ajoba, and Ghanchakkar. Ratangad Trek starts from Nitin company Junction, Thane where you will be picked up from and will be continued to the base camp where you will reach till 5 In the morning. Breakfast will be served at the base village where there will be an introduction round before starting the trek. The trek to Ratangad fort will start early in the morning at 7:30 AM. This 3-hour trek will take you to the top till 10:30 AM where you will be exploring the fort as well as taking the rest. Descend will start till 1:30 Pm and you will be provided lunch after you reach the base village. After having lunch and resting for a while, the return journey to Mumbai will start at 5 PM. Evening refreshments will be provided on the bus itself. While you commute between the base village and Mumbai, you can witness the beautiful surroundings of Sahyadri which will add stars to your trip. Finally, you will reach Mumbai till 10 PM depending on the traffic. Package Offers:Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and evening snacks.Activities: Trekking, sightseeing.  Child Policy: This is a medium-hard trek so it is advised to restrict bringing children below 12 years of age. For those above 12 years, the cost will be the same as an adult. Suitable for: Friends, families, couples, and corporates. How To Reach: The start point of Ratangad Trek is Mumbai is at a motorable location and can be reached by car or a taxi. 
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Trek to Ratangad from Mumbai
Trek to Ratangad from Mumbai

1D

Bhandardara

About the Activity: Thrill your senses with a trek to Ratangad and let the fresh greens and blooms enchant your mind and heart. A hill fort located in Ratan Wadi, this is one of oldest in the regiona s it is more than 2000 years old. This fortress is famous for Nedhe or Eye of the Needle Point, during this season, the needle eye point is covered in colourful blooms of all types. This fort was captured by the great Maratha emperor Shivaji Maharaj and was one of his favorite hill fortresses, one can understand why as it offers the amazing view of the artificial catchment area below and vast canopy of blue sky under! The trek begins as you meet at  Pritam Hotel Dadar East at 11:30 pm and proceed with the journey. Get to the village by 05:00 AM, which is the base point of this trek. Progressing onwards to Trimbak Darwaza, Nedhe (Needle Point), you will reach the summit by 10:30 AM. Descend down to Ratanwadi after some exploration. On the way visit Amruteshwar Temple and proceed back to Mumbai by 5 PM.
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Bhandardara Fireflies Trek I Book Online & Save 20% SPECIAL OFFERS
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Bhandardara

Trekking Location: BhandardaraCheck-in time: 2 PM.Check-out time: 3 PM. Meeting Point: Kasara Station, MumbaiFireflies are a family of insects that glow in the dark. The phenomenon of glowing is called bioluminescence which occurs due to a chemical reaction inside their bodies. Fireflies use this luminescence to attract mates or prey.Bhandardara Fireflies Trek, you will enjoy another side of camping. Besides enjoying the fireflies' view at night, this camping will provide you a rich experience in rappelling as well. Your journey will start at Kasara Station where you will meet the team. Then you will be taken to Samrad Village in a private vehicle where you will have your evening snacks. At the time of dusk, you’ll be visiting Konkan Kada for the jungle trail/trek to see the fireflies. After returning you can have dinner and play games available at the camp. 10:30 will be the lights out time for the camp. The next day in the morning, you will wake up early to have breakfast. After breakfast, the tour will continue towards Sandhan valley for exploration and rappelling. After the event, you will return back to the village from where the return journey to Kasara station will begin. In the afternoon, you’ll reach Kasara station in a private vehicle.Places to Visit near Bhandardara Fireflies Campsite: Nanheghat waterfalls: 11.9 KmsBhavli Waterfalls: 56 KmsAmruteshwar Temple: 8.8 Kms.Suitable for: Friends, families, couples, and corporates. Bhandardara Fireflies Trekking Package Offers: Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner, Breakfast.Activities: Trekking, sightseeing. Stay: Stay in tents on double Sharing basis.Child Policy: Children below 5 years of age are free to join. Children above 5 years of age will be charged as per an adult. How To Reach: The start point in Mumbai is motorable and can be reached by car or a Taxi.
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Camping and Trekking in Bandardhara Flat 20% off Best Seller
Camping and Trekking in Bandardhara Flat 20% off

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Bhandardara

Igatpuri, located in Western Ghats of India is considered to be heavenly blissful for nature lovers due to being blessed with scenic natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Bhandardara, based near to Igatpuri reflects the serene divinity of rich greenery to the tourists. The location, regarded as the hotspot of tourism consists of many attractions such as hills, waterfalls and also comprises of Wilson dam and Arthur Lake.About the CampingThe campsite is located in the midst of nature and surrounded by supreme bliss which is ideal for any nature lover. The Lake Camping experience at Igatpuri lets you enjoy the scenic natural beauty of the lakeside along with comfortable tent accommodation with mattresses. The Bhandardara Lake camping package also provides with hygienic toilet in order to make your stay more comfortable. Also you are provided with delicious meals in the form of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along with complimentary Barbeque. The camping package includes Guide charges and also lets you go through trekking experience.Meals The Bhandardara Lake camping provides you with delicious meals in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along with complimentary Barbeque.How to ReachThe Campsite is located near Igatpuri, in the Western Ghats of India and can be reached conveniently through public and private transportation.Check-In: 4:00 PMCheck-Out: 11:00 AM Duration:- 1 Night 2 days Maximum Occupancy: 40 personsMinimum occupancy: 7 persons
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Bhandardara

Trekking Location: Ratangad FortPickup time: 9:30 PM.Drop time: 9 PM. Pickup Point: Shivajinagar Railway Station, PuneDrop Point: Shivajinagar Railway Station, PuneOne of the most popular locations to trek in Maharashtra is this place, The Ratangad Fort. Located in the district of Ahmednagar, this place is located about 4255 Ft. above sea level. This fort lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katrabai, Ajoba, and Ghanchakkar. Bhandardara Trek From Pune starts from Shivajinagar Railway Station, Pune where you will be picked up from and will be continued to the base camp where you will reach till 4 In the morning. Breakfast will be done at the base village where there will be an introduction round for the trek. The trek to the fort will start early in the morning at 5 AM. This 3-hour trek will take you to the top till 8 AM where you will be exploring the fort as well as taking the rest. Descend will start till 9:30 AM and you will be provided lunch after you reach the base village till 12 PM.After having lunch and resting for a while, the return journey to Pune will start at 5 PM. Evening refreshments will be provided on the bus itself. While you commute between Pune and base village, you can witness the beautiful surroundings of Sahyadri which will add stars to your trip. Finally, you will reach Pune till 9 PM depending on the traffic. Suitable for: Friends, families, couples, and corporates. Bhandardara Trek From Pune Package Offers: Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and evening snacks.Activities: Trekking, sightseeing.  Child Policy: This is a medium-hard trek so it is advised to restrict bringing children below 12 years of age. How To Reach: The start point in Mumbai is at a motorable location and can be reached by car or a Taxi. 
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Overall an amazing expereince with the most unbelievable view of the place, Nicely organized and well-managed, Knowledgable and supportive guide
Nice arrangement with proper safety measures. On-time meeting at the station and pick us all with safe transport with a good driver. Good session from the guide regarding the trek and we were very ready about the plan. The trek was easy with fewer difficulties on the way, Good and professional guide with so much knowledge about the history of the place and the fort looks stunning from far and more beautiful once reach nearby and step on it was such a great feeling. tasty morning and evening tea. I am very impressed and would definitely be recommended this tour.
29 November 2015
Excellent
Amazing trekking experience - Ratnagad fort is just amazing and I would suggest people to take this trek during summers as the entire hill is covered with wild flowers. Had a great experience. Just loved the trekking experience.
31 August 2015
Excellent
Lovely experience! Had so much fun. The place is just damn beautiful. Lovely time guys.
04 January 2016
Superb
I have been to Ratangadh many times and it always has offered a different experience. Be it monsoon, winter or summer, this trek in the Sahyadris never disappoints. it is enjoyed best in monsoon.
The tour was easily organized, The time was the main thing in this tour in which its happened as per-selected time by the team, Everything was on-time and well-arranged all trekkers were very understanding and follow it with due respect.
Ajoba trek was nice and unforgettable because we had an amazing experience for life... I Would visit again next time...
I had a very great expereince with the guide and the co-trekkers, the itinerary planned by the team was rich and totally satisfied, the accommodation was comfortable and clean, the foods they served it hot, simple and tasty, the jungle-trail was the main hightlight of this tour the fireflies really catches the eyes of everyone...we did sightseeing and rappelling there it was great and the staff took care of us every time...Really a safe and most enjoyable tour with Thrillophilia.
The best package for the trek lovers not only that the place was "wow", but you must also expereince it
Very good experience! Everything was so well-organized. Transport: was very good and clean. Accommodation: It was very clean and comfortable. Foods: it was a fresh and healthy one. Activities: most important on this tour we explore the jungle and witness fireflies, rappelling, and sightseeing all and all it was super awesome. Staff: Driver, guide, and the whole staff were EXCELLENT.

People Also Ask About Trekking in Bhandardara

  1. What are the best places for trekking in Bhandardara?

    1. Kalsubai: Elevated as high as 1646 meters, Kalsubai is the highest peak of Maharashtra which makes trekking to Kalsubai utmost important on your Bhandardara Trekking expedition. Settled on the Sahyadri mountain range, it is aca 6.6 KM long trail which takes you through a moderately hard difficulty level.

    Originating from its east, Waki river is flowing at a little distance from the Hanuman temple established here which will come in between your route guiding you further. After that, rocky outcrops will welcome you just when you will be about to reach the peak overlooking the expansive valley below.

    2. Ratangad Fort: Literally translating to jewel, Ratangad is indeed cherished as a prestigious fort overlooking the valley below from a height of 1297 meters. Nestled on the Ajoba mountain of Sahyadri range, the heights of the fort overlooks various other mountain peaks like Kalsubai, Kulang, Alang and Ghanchakkar.

    Housing Shiva Temple rooting as back as 1000 years, the peak also offers you a timeless view of the Bhandardara Lake which beautifies the experience even more. Some adventurous souls like to set up a camp in the fort and spend a night stargazing the clear sky at night.

    3. Sandhan Valley: Also known as the Valley of Shadows, Sandhan Valley is the valley where the ravines remain untouched by the golden rays of the sun. As it is formed with various heightened rock formations, you don’t just trek here but also rappel and climb rocks.

    Besides that, it is popular due to the statues and the offbeat trail it owns and only offers to the people who come here in the quest of adventure. This 2 KM long trek takes about 5 hours of your patience and courage as it falls under moderate to difficult level of trekking.

    4. Randha Waterfall: Falling off a cliff of about 170 feet height, Randha Waterfall originates from the crystal clean waters of Pravara River. People take a moderate trek to reach the heights to treat their eyes with this beautiful view of the waterfall as well as the temple situated on the bank of the river Pravara.

    Make sure to bring a camera with you as you will want to capture every scene your eyes can get hold of. Make sure to take precautions from the bees which are living in the massive hives hanging under the rocky formation of the rocky outcrops in the gorge.

    5. Umbrella Falls: A seasonal waterfall, Umbrella Falls take its shape in the month of monsoon when Wilson Dam starts overflowing. It is then a decent amount of water is extracted through a small opening placed on the northern end of the dam.

    This water flows over a smooth semicircular rock formation which gives it a resemblance of an open umbrella giving it the name it has. A small bridge is created below the level of the waterfall which makes it easier for the onlookers to grasp a hearty view of the very picturesque man-made waterfall.

  2. Which are some famous monsoon treks in Bhandardara?

    1. Kalsubai Trek: Kalsubai is situated on a protruding Sahyadri range which also houses Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. These places turn into heaven in the season of monsoon with all the vegetation at its peak and the surrounding water bodies gushing with fresh water.

    The small seasonal waterfalls, reverse waterfall and many more gifts of monsoon enhances your experience making monsoon the best time to go trekking.

    2. Ratangad Fort Trek: The walls of the Ratangad Fort grow lush greenery on and around it taking the beauty of the gem to a whole different level. Not only the fort, but the surrounding valleys also cover themselves under the thick blanket of green leaves. This makes monsoon a great time to opt for this trekking which also saves you from the summer heat.


    3. Umbrella Falls: Umbrella Waterfall is a seasonal waterfall which means that it flows only in the month of monsoon when the rain water fills the Wilson Dam with excessive water.

    This extra water flushes out through a small opening in the dam to fall over a rock and create this beautiful tourist attraction. This is the reason which makes it the place to add in Bhandardara Trekking plan for monsoon.

    4. Randha Waterfall Trek: Although extremely beautiful throughout the year, Randha Waterfall takes a whole different level of beauty in the month of monsoon. The river Pravara takes all the monsoon rain water and gushes with more force than ever making this waterfall extremely powerful. One should trek to Randha Waterfall in the month of monsoon to absorb sheer beauty.

    5. Ajoba Hills Trek: Ajoba Hills are one of the highest peaks of Sahyadri range offering neat rock formations for the trekkers to climb on. However, monsoon soothes the heat on the mountain making it a very pleasurable experience in comparison to any other time of the year.

  3. Which are some famous summer treks in Bhandardara?

    1. Kalsubai Trek: Kalsubai is an all year around destination where one can go for trekking in Bhandardara. It is no news that Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra and the heights of the mountain range is much cooler than the lower altitudes. This temperature variation attracts a decent number of trekkers to hike up Kalsubai in the months of summer.

    2. Ratangad Fort Trek: Ratangad Fort is located at an altitude of 1297 meters which makes it an ideal choice for Bhandardara Trekking in the month of summer. The cool breeze at that height cancels all the heat you faced at the lower altitudes. Also, the excellent views of the valley below never fails to spellbind you with its beauty.

    3. Randha Waterfalls: Randha Waterfalls are originating from the river Pravara and it is a great idea to trek to a river in the summer months. One can also enjoy a quick dip in the river on the way to the fall where the flow is right.

    Also, do not miss visiting the sacred temple located on the banks of the river. This whole thing will surely prove to beat the heat and have a memorable experience to count.

    4. Ajoba Hill Trek: Ajoba hill is a semi rocky mountain partially covered under the greens of the local vegetation which proves to offer a different experience than other trekking destinations in Bhandardara. Elevating as high as 1375 meters, this hilltop is also a gateway to cool wind and spectacular views.

  4. What kind of fitness am I expected to have for trekking in Bhandardara?

    Most of the Bhandardara Trekking destinations falls in the moderate to hard level of difficulty in respect to its trekking route. Besides, all of these treks will at least require you to hike for more than 4-5 hours. These two factors makes it very important for you to have a decent fitness and here are few things you can do before going for the trek in Bhandardara:
    - Start going for a morning jog at least a month before the trekking expedition is planned.
    - Eat healthy food which is oil-free and less in sodium. Also stop eating sweets completely.
    - A little exercise for strengthening the muscles would be a great touch in your daily routine.

  5. When is the best time for Bhandardara trekking?

    1. Monsoon: Best time for Trekking in Bhandardara is monsoon as this is the time when all the waterfalls are flushing at their best, the vegetation is the greenest, atmosphere is the cleanest and the temperature is soothing.

    2. Winter: Winters are considered the best after monsoon as this time of the year also offers good temperatures and no humidity while you are out in the wilderness.

    3. Summer: It is suggested to avoid summer months as this time of the year is very humid as well as the temperatures are quite high in respect to the rest of the year.

  6. Will we stay in camps during trekking in Bhandardara?

    If your Bhandardara Trekking expedition involves a night stay in the wilderness then you will be provided with accommodation in the camps erected on the site.

    For example, the package for Trekking, Camping and Caving in Sandhan Valley goes as long as 3 days and 2 nights so it is inclusive of accommodation.

  7. What kind of medical arrangements will be there during Bhandardara trekking?

    The guide who will be trekking with you will be carrying a first aid medical kit which can come in the times of need. However, if you suffer from some specific problem like asthma, then it is highly suggested that you bring your medication with you.

  8. Is there a chance of facing wild animals while trekking in Bhandardara?

    No, there is hardly any chance of facing a wild animal while trekking in Bhandardara as all trails are safe. However, in a case of emergency, you can rely on your well trained instructors who will keep you safe from any kind of problems.

  9. Do we need a walking stick on trekking?

    No, you should not be needing a walking stick for Trekking in Bhandardara in case you have good physical fitness. However, if you think you lack a steady physical fitness then you can carry one for precautions.

  10. Which is the easiest trek in Bhandardara?

    Although the highest peak in Maharashtra, Kalsubai is considered as the easiest trek in Bhandardara. The trekking route houses a hanuman temple which makes it a popular trek among pilgrims which led to better infrastructure on the route like iron grills for safety making it more easy.

  11. Is Bhandardara worthy enough to have a trekking trip?

    Yes, Bhandardara is indeed more than worthy to have a trekking trip planned there. The place is surrounded with so many beautiful peaks, ancient forts, sacred temples, aromatic plantations and so much more that a numerous number of people visit here. It is advisable to plan it in monsoon to make the best out of your trip.

  12. Is it safe for a solo female to trek in Bhandardara?

    Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo female to trek in Bhandardara. Bhandardara is a safe place and locals are helpful too. Besides, with Bhandardara Trekking packages by Thrillophilia you can get a group to enjoy the activities.