20 Places to Visit Near Bhandardara For A Weekend Trip 2021
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Places Near Bhandardara

Thane, Matheran, Mumbai, Pune, Kamshet, Karjet, Lonavala, Aurangabad, Lavasa, Alibag, Kolad, Panchgani, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Raigadh and many more.

Located on the western Ghats of India, the 
places to visit near Bhandardara, are bestowed with heavenly beauty and dotted with splendors of nature. Most of the Places near Bhandardara are tourist spots that are known for their ethereal beauty. Major tourist attractions like Arthur Lake, Kalsubai Peak, Randha Falls fascinate thousands of tourists by their panoramic sceneries.

Some places like Trimbakeshwar, Agastya Rishi Ashram and Ratanwadi Village have rich historical as well as mythological significance. Famous for adventure activities like paragliding, Kamshet is frequented by many adventure seekers.

Places like Matheran and Lavasa are known spots where trekking is a much-loved activity and offers the required thrill and rush in adrenaline. In addition to Trekking, Lavasa is also known for other thrilling activities like biking, mountain climbing, jungle camping, and other enthralling activities.  People who want to take a break from the commotion of city life and want to have some peace, with their treasured ones, into the lap of nature then areas around this serene village of Bhandardara are ideal for them.

Here is a list of places to visit near Bhandardara:

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Igatpuri

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Nestled in the bosom of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a little hill station in the state of Maharashtra. Igatpuri is surrounded by some of the highest ranges of the Sahyadri Ranges, making it a haven for trekkers and nature lovers alike. The little town acts as a popular weekend destination around major cities like Pune and Maharashtra, and is often sought after for its serene ambience. Offering an ideal getaway in the very heart of nature, the little city is a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life.

With its numerous little hills, clear streams and thundering waterfalls, the beauty of Igatpuri city is quite unparalleled. Ancient fort ruins and historic temples add to the charm of the little town. Although little in size, the places to visit in Igatpuri are many. While lovers of history will have the time of their lives exploring the ancient forts of Tringalwadi and Avandha, nature lovers can spend a quieting time in the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary or the Vihigaon waterfalls. The little town is also extremely well known as the home to the world’s largest meditation centre, the Vipassana Academy, which acts as a wellness retreat.

Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, you will never run out of things to do while in Igatpuri. The adventure sport options in the city are many: from river rafting in the rapids of the Vaitarna, to camping under the open stars, Igatpuri has it all. The area is of a special interest to trekking and hiking enthusiasts, with its slopes and waterfalls offering an ideal location for the sport. Being located at a high elevation, Igatpuri enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature generally remains on the cooler side. The hill station enjoys significant rainfall throughout the year, with the dry season spanning between November to March.

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Thane

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Thane is located in the north-eastern region of Salsette Island. It is located in the outskirts of Mumbai and is governed by the Municipal Corporation. The city is the fifteenth most populated city in India and has a population of 1,890,000. It houses around thirty lakes and is laced by Parsik and Yeoor hills.

Thane has breezy beaches and bustling city life, colonial architecture and a skyline of high rises and a quaint old-world charm. It is laced with serenity, and you can enjoy here the best mix of the sand, sun, and the sea. It has lush green meadows, jagged peaks, and landscaped gardens that seem straight out of a fantasy novel. The city presents a kaleidoscope of nature, culture, and wildlife and makes for an extravagant visual treat.

Thane is replete with delightful insights and wonderful attractions that will leave a lasting impression on your mind. You can visit Naneghat Hills, which is a popular trekking trail for visitors. If you’re a history lover, you can visit Sudhagad Fort, which is a hilltop location renowned for its natural retreat. Gorakhgad Fort and Bassein Fort are also the major attractions in Thane that are an unusual retreat for trekkers and history lovers. Yazoo Park is a popular picnic spot in Thane that features a wide range of slides and rides.

There are a plethora of enthralling activities that you can enjoy in Thane for an unforgettable vacation experience. You can enjoy adventure camping at Barvi Dam and trek to Chota Mahuli. For an added thrill, you can enjoy water rappelling in Kasara or undertake a nature Trail To TikuJi Ni Wadi. You can also visit Korum Mall, which is a central hub for foodies and shoppers.

Thane enjoys tropical and hot weather all around the year. It receives copious rainfall from June to September. January is the coldest month of the year, with the mean daily maximum being 30.1 °C and the mean daily minimum being 16.4 °C.

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Matheran

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Known as the” cutest little hill station of India”, the Matheran hill station is the best place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view along with some mind blowing sceneries to keep you fresh and up front. This extraordinary hill station offers the best tourist places in Matheran which are untouched and undisturbed by the rustling city life that surrounds the town. The place is actually located on the Western Ghats that ranges in an elevation of around 800 meter above the sea level. The place always has a pleasant weather to enjoy during any time of the year, but its beauty gets added up during the season of rain and thunderstorm.

 Another thing about the beautiful hill station is that it is eco friendly and has no rush of cars and buses honking on the street. The major was taken by the government of Maharashtra in order to protect Matheran. The best thing about this place is that it is like a quiet and relaxing place with no buzzing of horns and pollution and along with that it contains some mesmerizing places and views of the extraordinary nature that will leave you bewitched of its beauty and make you feel relax and stress free.

 Just not only trekker, Matheran is a treat for the photographers also to explore and capture the best of the beauty of the beautiful hill station. The beauty of Western Ghats, Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. Travellers and tourists who visit the place love exploring the place by walking on foot. By which it becomes more exciting to get lost in the scenic beauty of the town while finding your way. Plan your trip to Matheran and indulge yourself in various activities that Matheran provides like camping, trekking, rappelling etc.

Matheran town is the best option for a person who loves getting lost in the nature and also for those who wants to take a break from their busy city life. The tourist places in Matheran are absolutely breathtaking.

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Mumbai

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Mumbai, the city of dreams. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. Mumbai, the old world charm and fast pace of the modern life. There is so much that one can say in the praise of the one city in India that everyone wants to visit at least once in their life. That maybe because of the grandeur of this city or because of the history it has seen. Nonetheless, this city has a lot in store for everyone who visits. The USP of places to visit in Mumbai is that they are all iconic and all you need is a picture to recognize them, that is the charm of this city. Some places here are pieces of history, some are spiritual hotspots, and others are mesmerizing places to relax, chill or munch on the famous streets of Mumbai, like the ever famous Chowpatty Beach.

You can see the Gateway of India, Marine drive or the film city of Goregaon, or visit the Siddhivinayak temple and Haji Ali Mosque for your fill of the spiritual. You can even get to see the new addition to the roster of mesmerizing and intimidating places in Mumbai, the Bandra Worli Sealink. And be it a group hangout, a solo search of solace or just a couple's getaway, Chowpatty, Juhu, and Aksa Beach are names that almost everyone in the city knows and crowds on various occasions. They are equally coveted by the many who come to Mumbai from outside for the frolicking and snacking experiences that are available at these locations. One more thing that Mumbai is famous for is the shopping district at Colaba, where you can get everything from high brand store clothes to cheap knock-offs to add to your wardrobe as part of your fashion statement.

 Always bustling with energy, a trip to Mumbai should be on your travel list to understand the best way of how India portrays unity in diversity. Visit the hidden temples or pay a visit to famous monuments to explore the most cosmopolitan city in India. Enjoy the perfect blend of festivities, religions, music, food, music and theatres with a trip to Mumbai. Some of the best places to visit in Mumbai are the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Cave, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel world, Elephanta Island etc. 

While you are in this amazing city you can also visit the Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mount Mary Church, Banganga Tank etc. Make a stop at the Marina Beach in the evening and have lip-smacking street food while you witness the best sunset being greeted by splashing waves of the sea. Find out all you need to know about the best places to visit in Mumbai on your vacation here.

And that is not just it. If you are looking for things to do and places outside the city, there is a lot of scope to plan weekend getaways near Mumbai. At just a small drive away from the city is the favourite picnic and night stay spots of Lonavala and Khandala. You can even visit the famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. With so much to offer, there is no wonder why Mumbai has been a favourite of everyone in the country for so many decades.

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Pune

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If Mumbai is the most happening place in Maharashtra, then it’s neighbour Pune is the cultural hub and the biggest city in the state. An upcoming IT centre and a fascinating city, Pune has no shortage of things to intrigue the interest of almost anyone who has ever been here or has heard of the city. With being in the proximity of many major cities and acting as a centre seat for when getting to major attractions of the state is concerned, the places to visit in Pune and around will never cease to amaze you with their unique roster of features. 

From treks to Lohagarh and Rajmachi Forts, to the canoeing and white water rafting adventures in Kolad River, from a fascinating Scuba Diving experience to the unique experience of trekking in Andharban, the city is in a proximity of some of the most fascinating things to do in Pune and near.

Adventure never stops in Pune as you can embark on an exhilarating underwater experiences in the Sangam safari and maybe, if you are a daredevil, pay a visit to the Crocodile Island. And even if you are not well acquainted with the adventures around, don’t be disheartened as there are many places near Pune where you can take on things at a beginner level, like the Kundalika river that serves as the perfect place for beginners in rafting or the famous Rajmachi fort which is most suited for people who wish to start on an easy trek

And for places to stay in Pune and around, there are innumerable options to choose from. You can choose to stay in a luxurious resort in Pune or go for a hillside resort in the embrace of Maharashtra’s favourite hill stations like Khandala, Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar for the true weekend getaway from Pune, not so far away from the city. And for the ones who like mix adventure with their stays and take it all to a whole new level, Pune is not going to disappoint you. With options ranging from a camp stay on the banks of Pawna Lake to a village stay experience in Junnar, there is just no stopping the fun that one can have in Pune. Pune is the whole deal, everything around it is just a pleasant add-on, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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Kamshet

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Kamshet also known as the paragliding capital of India is located in the state of Maharashtra. It is 45 km from Pune, 16 km from Lonavala and Khandala, and 110 km from Mumbai. Surrounded by the Western Ghats and decked with Sahyadri Ranges' beauty, Kamshet is a fairyland with rich flora and fauna. It has a quaint vibe coupled with a rich cultural heritage, and you will get enchanted with its ever-captivating beauty.

The gurgling waterfalls, monasteries, beautiful temples, and magnanimous hills are an emblem for serenity. It is a paragliding paradise that has been featured in the top ten must visit destinations of India for an enthralling expedition. Hence, it is dotted with many flying and paragliding schools. Kamshet is one of the best paragliding spots in India owing to its perfect weather and highly suitable topography. There are some of the best paragliding spots here like Shinde Wadi Hills, Tower Hill, Shelar and Kondeshwar Cliff.

It is also blessed with Buddhist caves having sculptures and images of Lord Buddha. Some of the most picturesque lakes, such as Pawna Lake and Uksan Lake that offer a blissful escape from the fast-paced city life are also here. Begin your heritage exploration by visiting Tikona Fort, Lohagad Fort, and Visapur Fort, a testament to the rich past of this city. Kamshet is a hub for parasailing and you can try here acro tandem to instructional tandem and joy tandem. You can also pitch your tent at Pawna Lake to witness the sparkling night sky and learn about the local culture.

Enjoy a trekking expedition at Visapur fort and enjoy zip-lining at Pawna Lake. Take part in cave Exploration at Bhairi caves and Bedse caves that are situated on the high rocks of Kamshet. Or simply relish the local food and world-class cuisines at some of the best restaurants and dhabas. Kamshet experiences a tropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. The summers start from March and extend till the end of April. During the summers, it experiences high humidity, and hence this season might feel uncomfortable visiting the town.

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Karjat

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Located in the mountainous and scenic district of Raigad, Karjat is a municipal council and city. This city is also a part of Mumbai’s metro city that travelers prefer the most. Right from couples to kids and families, anyone can make the most of Karjat as a holiday destination. That is because the city has a lot to offer in terms of beating the boredom. The hilly town of Karjat is full of entrancing temples, monuments, lush green seraphic valleys and exquisite caves. Undoubtedly, this city is one of the incredible getaways for adventure seekers that takes just two hours to reach from Mumbai.

Hindu pilgrims and hikers frequent the city for its ancient and imposing temples. You can visit the hill station from nearby cities of Mumbai as well. You can indulge in a host of spine-tingling activities that include mountain climbing, hiking, trekking and river rafting. The adorable little hill station is 62 kilometers away from Mumbai and is popular for its ambrosial landscapes as well as awe-inspiring fresh natural beauty. When in Karjat city you must visit the stunning and ancient Kondana caves for the adventurous trek and bewildering beauty, beside the beautifully sculpted riveting temple of Kondeshwar.

Take a shower and slide down under the Bhivpuri waterfall, and trek up to the Sondai fort to witness the phenomenal view of the Changewadi waterfall. Do not miss out on the lovely valley of Ulhas that is replete with nature’s marvels and encompasses the most wondrous streams and fragrant waterfalls. All you need to do now is to list down the things you desire to indulge in Karjat, and grab a map to select the locations for the most authentic sight-seeing experience. The best time to visit the city of Karjat is during the monsoon as the place looks simply heavenly, lively and extremely delightful with its lush greenery, misty atmosphere and numerous waterfalls.

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Maval

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Maval is a small town and a popular tourist destination of Maharashtra where agro tourism has flourished over the years. It belongs to Maval taluka in Pune district of Maharashtra. Maval town is located 59 km west of Pune.

Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range, Maval abounds natural and historical marvels with hills, dams, old forts and ancient caves. After monsoon the entire region seems to be covered under a green blanket which attracts tourists to spend their vacation close to nature.

Three major vacation spots of Maharashtra- Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Khandala are located close to Maval. Apart from being hotspots of tourism, these places are the shooting sites of a number of Bollywood movies. Maval is also famous as a historical site and two most important historical monuments are the Korigad Fort and Tikona Fort. There are several museums in Maval that preserve portraits, inscriptions, pottery items, manuscripts and paintings of the earliest days.

Maval, being close to Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar, is a preferred destination for adventure activities. Kamshet is an alluring campsite amid the mountains and forests. You can also enjoy boating in the tranquil waters of Takve Lake. Those who are looking for some adrenaline rush water sports can participate in water rappelling, tunnel climbing, skywalk and river crossing. Mountain lovers can go trekking to the Bhaja caves and get an insight of Buddhism.

If you are looking for a restful vacation in natural surroundings, Maval is the right place for you. Maval enjoys a pleasant climate round the year. Winters are chilly and summers are hot and dry. The breezy climate of the place makes it favourable for sightseeing and adventure activities.

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Lonavala

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Lonavala city is one of the most beautiful retreats, that takes you away from the maddening rush of the metropolises. It is located in the western part of India in the Pune district of Maharashtra. This hill station lies 96 kilometers east to the metropolitan city of Mumbai and 64 kilometers west to the modern-day Pune city. Therefore, a profound location on the Mumbai-Pune expressway makes Lonavala cater to both the cities with the smoothest connectivity through roads.

The Lonavala City is popularly called the “city of caves' ' and the “Jewel of Sahyadri”. That is because the hill station boasts of some of the most spectacular settings that include luxuriant green valleys, remarkable caves, serene lakes and stunning waterfalls. The spectacular rock-cut Bhaja and Karla caves in Lonavala have been amazing tourists with their old beams, motifs and inscriptions.

The surrounding regions of Lonavala are blessed with an unbeatable collection of waterfalls that include the Kune waterfall, Bhivpuri, Bhagirath and Jummapatti waterfalls. The refreshing ambiance of the postcard-perfect landscape of Aamby Valley, Pawna Lake and Lonavala Lake are bound to impress you. Lonavala is also famous for its natural wonders, religious attractions, and historical sites. These include the Tikona Fort, Duke’s Nose, Lohagad and Rajmachi forts.

Lonavala hosts an array of fun activities for the tourists and these include rappelling, camping at the Pawna Lake, hiking to the Tikona Fort, trekking to the Rajmachi fort and riding the Imagica slides.

Lonavala has a tropical climate but the weather is an all-time maritime one. However, all the stunning places and sites of Lonavala come alive during the winter and monsoon seasons. Thus, pack your bags and come here because Lonavala has something for everyone, from quiet time to adventure.

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Karnala

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Karnala city is located in the Raigad district  of  Indian  State  Maharashtra. The city is about 65 km from the  city centre  of Mumbai and about 16 km from Panvel. The city has also got very good connectivity with the nearby metropolis. You will on no occasion face any kind of difficulties reaching your favorite place of interest. Karnala is loaded with bountiful natural beauty in terms of both flora and fauna. Coming over to this place especially in the monsoon time would be the best to spot alluring lush greenery all around.

Karnala city is very well known for its bird sanctuary which is home to more than 150 species of birds and many other wild animals like rhesus monkeys, wild boars, etc. Karnala is  also widely popular among the history and architecture lovers because of its ancient fort that was constructed under the Devagiri Yadavas and Tughluqs in 1400 BCE. In the course of  your stay in Karnala, you can also visit Prabalgad Fort, Adai Waterfall, Khandala, Ambarnath Shiva Temple, and Elephanta Caves. Karnala is not  only visited by nature lovers and architecture lovers, but it is  also visited by avid adventure lovers. Karnala is a popular trekking paradise from a considerable time in the past.

Apart from trekking to the Karnala Fort, you can also indulge in hiking to Kalavantin Durg, visit the Smart Eco-park, spend some relaxing time at Sagar Vihar Garden, view the sunset from Little Chowk Point, explore the beauty of the Kharghar Hills, and take a boat ride to the Khanderi Fort. Karnala has got a moderate climatic condition all through the year. The monsoons are bit severe and it is at times suggested to be very careful  while carrying out outdoor activities in this phase of the year. The best time to come over to Karnala to enjoy its pleasant weather would be from the month of October to the month of April.

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Aurangabad

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The city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra is the sixth most populated city in the state and is an important cultural hub. The city has a hilly landscape and is the centre of art, education and commerce. Aurangabad is also famous throughout the country for its silk and cotton clothes.

Despite not being a metropolitan city, it is well-connected internally via urban transport facilities. It has a well-developed network of buses, metered taxis and chauffeur-driven cars for hire. Auto-rickshaws are also available in plenty to travel locally. Well-organized bus service is also provided if one needs to travel to and from Aurangabad and other cities.

The most famous and important place to visit in Aurangabad is Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is the most historically significant asset of the city. These caves are situated 99 km from the main city of Aurangabad and are some of the finest specimens of rich Indian heritage. The Ajanta caves were built around the 2nd to the 6th century A.D. and Ellora Caves were built sometime during the 6th and 11th century A.D. These caves were carved out from a single rock and cave paintings inside that are thousands of years old, give you a breathtaking insight into the history of art and culture in India. Other important sites to visit in and around Aurangabad are Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Jama Mosque, Grishneshwar Temple, Himayat Bagh, Salim Ali Lake and Panchakki, to name a few.

The best time to visit Aurangabad is between October and March. The weather during this time of the year remains pleasantly cool which makes it ideal for exploration and sightseeing. Winters are cold as the temperature drops down to a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius, which is relatively pleasant. There are several hotels, resorts, home-stays and inns in the area to accommodate all your needs comfortably when you visit Aurangabad.

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Raigad

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Situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Raigad district is majorly known for its historical significance and awe-inspiring beauty. Earlier, the place was named as Coolaba but with the growing popularity of its Raigad fort, it was renamed to Raigad. Cradled amidst the mesmerizing Sahyadri ranges, this district welcomes you with a unique combination of beaches, religious temples, and historic forts.

On your visit to this beautiful Konkani district, be ready to fall in love with its natural splendour that is second to none. As you will usher into the Raigad city, you will be welcomed by the striking landscapes of the Western Ghats and picturesque verdant beaches where one can unwind and bid farewell to their hectic lives. The city also boasts its diverse flora and fauna that forms the bedrock of its popularity.

From verdant beaches like Alibag, Kihim, and Karnala to the historic forts like Kolaba, Raigad, and Sudhagad- Raigad has everything that makes it the tourist magnet of Maharashtra. With touristy spots like Elephanta Caves and Ashtavinayak Temple in reserve, it also provides you with a sneak peek into the glorious culture of Konkan region. Whether you want to embark on a scenic trip or delve deep into the history of Maharashtra, Raigad has got it all covered for you.

There is a wide range of enthralling activities that one might indulge in here. Whether you are a loner who finds peace in looking out for exotic bird species at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary or the historic landmarks of the district is what that appeals to you the most- there is no dearth of things to do in Raigad.

If you are willing to indulge in some exhilarating sports, set out on a ropeway ride near the Raigad fort and vouch for a fun-filled day. You can also embark on a gastronomic journey by exploring numerous restaurants across the city streets and relishing the taste of delicious Maharashtrian cuisines.

Though the surreal landscapes and historical forts form the major highlights of Raigad, its pleasant weather adds to its existing charm. The city witnesses a pleasant climate during the colder months which makes it a superb winter destination. Hence, if you want to make the most out of your Raigad trip, it is best to visit here between November and March. Raigad experiences reduced tourist activities between March and June, owing to its hot weather during these months.

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Lavasa

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Located at a distance of about 65 km from Pune, the beautifully planned city of Lavasa is surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats. The city is constructed in the Mulshi Valley and covers a sprawling 25,000 acres. With such mesmerizing views of hills, valleys, and lakes, the city has gained immense popularity among different types of travelers. The beauty of this privately planned city lies in the seamless blend of stunning infrastructure and the enrapturing beauty of nature. Here, you will find different topographical variations such as the lofty Sahyadri range, the beautiful rivers, and gorgeous valleys.

The serene ambiance coupled with the raw beauty of nature soothes the soul from the stressful chaos of daily life. The magnificent city of Lavasa boasts of numerous attraction sites. You can explore the enigmatic beauty of nature in the form of Tikona Fort, Devkund waterfall, Dasve Viewpoint, and the Tamhini Ghat. However, if you seek adventure, then you can visit the Xthrill Adventure Academy, Vortex Splash Pad, etc. No matter your traveling preferences, rest assured your wanderlust will be satisfied. There are a plethora of activities that you can indulge in Lavasa. I

f you are an adventure fanatic, then there are various exciting adventurous activities for you. You can try out rappelling, hiking, camping, raft building, biking, etc. However, if what you seek is peace and the chance to admire nature, you can do that too. Now, if you are a foodie, then Lavasa will definitely not disappoint you. Here, you will find different regional and global cuisines. With an altitude of about 3000 sq feet from the sea level, Lavasa enjoys a tropical climate. It means that the weather is pleasant throughout the year. However, the best time for a visit is between the months of September and March.

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Alibag

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Located just below the border of Mumbai, Alibag is a little coastal town in the state of Maharashtra. The name of the town literally means “The Gardens of Ali” and refers to the fruit orchards that were planted by Ali, an Israelite who used to live in the town during its earliest days. Owing to its convenient location by the sea, the town was regarded as an important strategic port during the British reign in India.  Being a coastal town, the beauty of Alibaug derives largely from the various beaches here. With its glittering golden black sands and clear blue waves, the clean and sparkling beaches of the town are a sight to behold. The brilliance of the beaches is often complemented by the historical fort ruins and ancient temples that can often be found scattered around the place.

Whether you’re a lover of the sea or a history buff looking for an insightful vacation, Alibaug is just the place for you. The excellent beaches here, such as the Alibaug Beach, Mandwa Beach or Nagaon Beach, among others, offer a happening day out for the entire family. Apart from the regular swimming and sunbathing, some of these beaches offer a marvelous variety of watersports as well.T hose with a penchant for the past can also spend a happening day touring all the historical attractions here, such as the Brahma Kund or the Kolaba Fort. One of the best ways to spend your time while in Alibaug is to try your hand at the watersports offered by the beach here.

Sports like parasailing, jet skiing and banana boating can be done by beginners as well as experts, and promise a fun experience for all. While in Alibaug, you can also try your hand at camping, with the several beachside campsites here offering perfect locations for the activity. Summers in Alibaug are generally hot and humid, winter months tend to be cooler and pleasant. Winter here lasts between November and February, and is generally considered to be the best time to visit. Rainfall in Alibaug generally concentrates between the months of July and September, while the winter months remain dry.

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Kolad

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Located around 110 kilometres from Mumbai, Kolad is a small hamlet in the beautiful Raigad district of Maharashtra. Often called the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, the village boasts of numerous scenic valleys, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mist-laden hills and dense evergreen forests. The verdant greenery, clear streams and a peaceful ambience add to the beauty of this quaint hamlet.

Kolad is a treasure trove of sightseeing attractions, and caters to all kinds of tourists. Some of the best attractions in Kolad City include the Kundalika River, which is the hub of white water rafting in the region. You can also visit the serene Tamhini Ghat, and soak in picturesque views of the surrounding hills. Or you can enjoy a fun-filled and memorable picnic at the Bhira Dam, while enjoying views of the gorgeous Devkund Waterfalls. Other famous attractions of Kolad include the ancient Ghosala Fort and the Kuda Caves. You can also enjoy camping and bird watching at the tranquil Sutarwadi Lake, or enjoy the history at the Talgad Fort. For adventure sports lovers, you can go trekking at the Plus Valley, or hike to the Devkund Waterfalls.

From water sports like white water rafting and boating, to adventure activities like hiking, camping, nature walks and trekking, Kolad has a lot of thrilling activities for travellers. Due to its advantageous location, you can also enjoy paragliding in Kolad when the day is clear.

Kolad experiences a typical tropical climate, with pleasant weather throughout the year. While the summers here are a little humid as compared to the other seasons, the monsoons are the best time to enjoy a river rafting experience in Kolad. Furthermore, the rains during this time make the entire region come to life, with the waterfalls and rivers flowing at their full speed, the forests and valleys experiencing the blooming of flowers and plants and an overall soothing and calm atmosphere. The months from November to February make up the cold winter season in Kolad, when the village transforms into a winter wonderland with dipping temperatures and beautiful sceneries. This is also a great time for sightseeing, hiking and other activities.

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Panchgani

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Named after the five majestic hills enclosing it, Panchgani makes for a renowned hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Perched at an elevation of around 1,334 meters above sea level, this hill town is packed with towering mountains, serene valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dense forests.

Overlooked by the Sahyadri mountains, this town served as a beautiful summer retreat for the British officials in the bygone times. At the present day, Panchgani is visited by a plethora of tourists seeking peace, romance, nature, and adventure. Enthralling local destinations such as Sydney Point, Table Land, Rajpuri Caves, and Dhom Dam form the major attractions of Panchgani and add to the beauty and charm of the place. Panchgani is not limited just to a few picturesque sights, but also goes beyond to offer its visitors a plethora of mind-boggling activities.

From shopping at Shivaji Circle to admiring nature at Wai and from exploring history at Kamalgad Fort to boating at Venna Lake, this place has everything to let you experience an action-packed holiday. If you are a daredevil and seeking adventure activities, Panchgani can offer you a plethora of adrenaline-fuelled sports including paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, speed boating, and horse riding.

One of the top aspects that adds to the pleasurable vacation at Panchgani is the availability of top-class accommodation facilities in this town. Panchgani is bestowed with a plethora of budget-friendly as well as luxury resorts and hotels that are suitable for families, couples, and friends. These hotels are well-equipped with modern amenities and offer amazing facilities including thrilling outdoor activities. Furthermore, packed with many nature-friendly camping destinations, this place also allows the travelers to enjoy surreal night camping opportunities.

So, no matter the kind of traveler you are, pack your bags to Panchgani and discover an exquisite holiday brimming with history, adventure, nature, and a lot more.

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Satara

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Preached peacefully near the confluence of Krishna and Venna rivers, the city of Satara was established back in the sixteenth century. Being a part of Maharashtra, this city was once the seat of Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire. Exhibiting the true magic of nature, Satara is loaded with dream-like destinations and historical ruins. Sitting on the Sahyadri Range, the city of Satara is home to some of the most beautiful panoramas of the mountains and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Majorly known for its valley of flowers - Kaas Plateau, Satara has become a UNESCO Biodiversity World Heritage Site. Be it the scenery of gushing waterfalls or the pristine panoramas of lakes, this small city is loaded with pretty landscapes and adrenaline rushing topography.

Ranging from historical ruins to natural abodes, there are several beautiful and adventurous places to visit in Satara. The Holy Natraj Mandir and the Shikhar Shingnapur have been acting as a sanctuary for many pilgrims. While locations like the Rajpuri Cave and Satara Fort are exhibiting the best of ancient craftsmanship, the places like Natskies Observatory and Mayani Bird Sanctuary have been attracting various adventure seekers. Be it watching flamingoes in the Mayani Bird Sanctuary or gazing into the planets from the Natskies Observatory, there is an array of fun activities one can enjoy in Satara.

Visiting the waterfalls and dwelling in history in its many forts is also one of the must do things here. The most famous activity which has attracted thousands of tourists to Satara is trekking to Kaas Plateau, also known as “the valley of flowers”.Preached at a height of just 710 metres above the sea level, Satara is blessed with a tropical climate. The summers here will load you with heat and precipitation and the winters will last just for a month. The best time to visit here is just after the monsoons. The average temperature of Satara stays around 24 degree celsius.

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Mahabaleshwar

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 

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Rajmachi Fort
A trek to the Rajmachi Fort will take you to the hidden landscapes of the region that will spellbind you. The Fort was built back in the 17th century and is one of the best trekking spots of Maharashtra. It is snuggled in the Karjat region and was built in the era of Shivaji Maharaj. From here, you can take a look at the Borghat which is a historic trade route and extends spectacular views. Apart from this, it is settled amidst the dense thickets and is one of the best places to visit in Khandala. If you are looking for a spot where you have a perfect dose of nature then this is just the right place for you to encounter.

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Location: Rajmachi Fort, Sahyadri mountains, Khandala

Best Time: June to September, Monsoon season.

Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price: The average trip cost is about INR 1500 per person
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Ratnagiri

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Famed for being the port town of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri City is located on the shores of Arabian Sea. A very big exporter of Alphonso mangoes, this place has been a very important business centre for Maharashtra. Having the Sahyadri Range on its other side, this town remains loaded with the best of nature’s bounties. Having its location on the shore, the places like the beaches, ports and lighthouses altogether add to the beauty of this town. Ratnagiri is dotted with numerous such locations which are picture perfect and are ought to be the perfect spots where people can relish the best of nature.

From lakes to rivers and mangroves, this small town is loaded with a big array of waterbodies. Be it the ancient forts like the Jaigad Fort or the locations related to India's struggle of freedom like the Tilak Ali Museum, Ratnagiri is loaded with numerous places perfect for sightseeing tours. Many beaches like the Mandwa Beach and the Pandre Samudra also attract various tourists with their white sandy shores and coasts dotted with palms. If wishing to indulge in some of the most adrenaline rushing activities then Ratnagiri will make sure that you are provided with the proper dosage of thrill.

The pristine beaches surrounding it are loaded with various activities you can try your hands on including boating, swimming and many others. Being a port city, the town of Ratnagiri is surrounded by waters on its one side, thus making its climate moist in the summers. Due to high levels of precipitation, the rains remain high as well, thus making winters the best time to enjoy a vacation here. The average temperature of Ratnagiri remains close to 20 degree celsius and can go up in the summers. Overall, the climate here is pleasant enough for you to enjoy hassle free sightseeing tours.

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03 January 2021
Excellent
We were 5 people and went on the next day of Christmas. It was the best experience so far in lake side camping. The staff namely Ramrao Rathod and Baldeo were very much helpful. He alloted our tents. Tents were clean and bedsheets and woolen blanket were provided. After checkin we had our evening snacks which was Tea and Maggi. We went back to our tents. Ramrao fired up bonfire around 7. We sat around and after an hour he brought kebab sticks for BBQ. The weather was very good. Got to see both sunset and sunrise. The food was great. Veg and Non Veg both options were provided. Lightning was dim which was just perfect. Can't get better. We danced till 12 am midnight. Went to the lake in evening. Clicked some great photos. The trip was memorable and will surely visit next year in winter season.
"sandan valley trek and waterfall rappelling visit..."
"Nature was at its best, that feeling of walking on waterfalls nd feeling of thunderstorms were awesome, though we couldn't trek throughout the valley bcs of level of water nd couldn't do repelling still it was worth it, service was very nice nd they were really cooperative nd friendly... If you are planning to visit the place then don't visit during heavy rain days or during early morning bcs too much fogg obstructs the view "
17 January 2021
Excellent
Shubham who looks over the camp site has been very cooperative and understanding. The camp site is closest to the lake and the view is at its best from the tents. Camping experience at its best. Sharing some pics for your reference.
"Amazing weekend getaway!! good quick break from the city life.. Organizers and coordinators were friendly and cooperative. Camping, boating, food etc were good.. overall a good place and experience."
"One of the best Camp I have ever witnessed, best arrangment with best food, Trip organizer - Subham was very professional and approachable. "
21 February 2021
Superb
It was my first experience of lakeside camping. Nice and relaxing. Thanks for such lovely memories. Shubham with his team has managed it really well. Just few Suggestions: 1. Washrooms should be nearby for the sake of convenience to older people and ladies with kids. 2. Food quality can be improved
18 February 2021
Excellent
Bhandardara lake has such scenic beauty..anyone who seeks peace for a moment should definately give it a shot...right from hospatility till our basic need everything was perfectly managed by our host shubham kale and his team...kudos to their work!!we had amazing experience from playing games,boating,witnessing sunset and sunrise,even the local food they provided was really yumm!! shubham kale even helped us with our transportation ..who would do that...felt like home...Absolutely worth each and eveny penny we paid..highly recommended for pocketfriendly trip..will surely visit again!!Thankyou shubham kale and team!!thankyou thrillophilia:)
18 February 2021
Excellent
Had a nice experience. Campsite was perfect and Shubham kale who looks after the campsite was very humble and polite along with the others too. Had a very pocket friendly trip. The food, view and hospitality was amazing (also got the tent closest to the lake!!). Kudos to Shubham kale and the team. Would definitely like to visit again!
18 February 2021
Excellent
The Bhandardara camping experience was awesome, campsite was very beautiful location with direct view of lake. Place was very clean and matained properly. The host Shubham was very helpful with everything there, environment was very friendly. Staff and hospitality was very good BBQ, bonefire, boating and swimming was very nice and it was very worth to visit such a place. Everything was perfectly managed by people working there. Food was good and overall trip was very enjoyable and memorable. Thankyou thrillophilia.

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  1. What are the best places to visit near Bhandardara within 200km?

    1. Matheran - This sleepy hill-station is an offbeat location with unparalleled panoramic beauty. This is one of the most coveted places to visit near Bhandardara.

    2. Kamshet - This quaint hilly locale is situated at an altitude of 2200ft. This is one of the places near Bhandardara where paragliding and amazing adventures are conducted in full swing.

    3. Manori - The beach culture of Manori is exceptional and it is no less than Goa, suitable for everyone, be it the solo travelers as well as families. The Global Vipassana Pagoda, Essel World, and the lovely Manori beach make this place a perfect family holiday destination.

    4. Igatpuri - This incredible pebbly jungle land is located in Nashik, if you want to spend some quality time reinventing yourself then visit the depths of this lovely forested land where all you can hear is the sweet murmuring of cataracts, the rustling of the leaves and fresh breeze rejuvenating your senses. 
  2. Which are the historical places near Bhandardara to visit with family?

    1. Shri Trimbakeshwar - History buffs and people who love religious stuff can visit this pilgrimage site. This is one of the religious places to visit near Bhandardara with family. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India making it one of the most-visited pilgrimage sites on the banks of River Godavari.

    2. Nashik - The temple city of Nashik is one of the most sought after places near Bhandardara, visited by families and people interested in religious facts and information. Nashik is also famous for the grapevines which look spectacular in the months starting from January to March.

    3. Ratanwadi Village - A village walk through Ratanwadi is a must, the place is steeped in history and natural beauty. You can visit the Ratangad Fort and the Amruteshwar Temple which is the sacred seat of Lord Shiva in this lovely village.

    4. Agastya Rishi Ashram - When it comes to mythology and history, visiting Agastya Rishi Ashram with family is your best bet. This Ashram can be associated with Ramayana and it dates back to the Vedic period, such as the historical and mythological resplendence of this spiritual ashram. 
  3. What are the popular hill stations near Bhandardara?

    1. Mount Kalsubai - This lovely hill station certainly is one of the gems of Sahyadri Hills. People gather around this place for trekking, hiking, and other adventure activities. There are several resorts and hotels where you can spend a lazy weekend admiring the alluring hills and cherishing the fresh ambiance here.

    2. Matheran- Asia’s only Automobile free hill station, Matheran, meaning “forest on the head” is a famous hill station. Known to be one of the lovely places to visit near Bhandardara, this place offers a refreshing getaway amids the beautiful scenery of green plains. Famous for horse riding and nature walks, this place is frequented by people from all over the world.

    3. Malshej Ghat - This is a lovely picnic spot and probably one of the most frequented places near Bhandardara. Settled amidst the rocky hills of the Western Ghats, this incredible hill station is known for various waterfalls, dams, ravines, and much more.

    4. Lonavala - Known to be “The Jewel of the Sahyadri”, Lonavala is the favourite hill station of not only Mumbaikars but also people from around the world. The ancient caves, forts, temples, dams and the splendid atmosphere will make your weekend truly happening.
  4. Which are the best places to visit near Bhandardara in July?

    1. Khandala - Want to enjoy the panoramic view from the top of a hill? Visit Khandala in July to enjoy the cool and cozy weather. Kune Waterfalls, Bhor Ghat Karla Caves, Ryewood Park, Manaranjan Fort, and much more are some of the attractions that might entice you. 

    2. Umbrella Falls -
    This beautiful cataract is one of the most mesmerizing places near Bhandardara which can be explored in July because of favorable weather conditions. For a relaxing and vivifying experience visit this place.

    3. Pabargad - This place is perfect for camping and enjoying the serene scenic beauty at night. The unsullied ambiance and the quietude of this place are worth enjoying. Trek up to the nearby and lesser-known beautiful Pabargad Fort. This incredible beauty is one of the loveliest places to visit near Bhandardara if you love tranquility.

    4. Dapoli - If you want the taste of both worlds as in hills and beaches then this hill station is perfect for your weekend adventure. Known for the lovely Unhavare thermal springs, Harnai Port, Kadyavarcha Ganapati temple, and much more, the bounty of this place will astound you to the greatest degree. Yes, this hill station has a beautiful beach as well, Murud Beach.  
  5. How can I go to Bhandardara from Igatpuri?

    Bhandardara is located at a distance of 43.1 Km from Igatpuri. State transport buses ply regularly from Igatpuri to Bhandardara and take around one and a half hours to complete the journey. You can either take one of the buses to reach Bhandardara or in case you want to make your trip a comfortable one then rent a local taxi from Igatpuri to reach Bhandardara.

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