20 Places to Visit Near Bhandardara For A Weekend Trip 2020
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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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Igatpuri is one of the most frequented tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra in Western India. Located in the naturally bountiful and grand Sahyadri mountain ranges. This place offers something for each type of traveler. From adventurous trek routes to water sports like rafting and kayaking, from holy temples to serene natural trail routes, Igatpuri allows enjoyment and satisfaction for each and every type of tourist. You can visit this place with your kids, partners and friends and the best season to visit is either in monsoon or winter, to get the best of this naturally charming and serene place.

The best part of this serene and calm place is the beautiful cascading waterfalls, which make their way through the dense green forests of the Sahyadri Mountains. As soon as you see these waterfalls, you will be stunned by its beauty and the rivers which flow through the valley will make you feel hypnotized completely. So if you are looking for a weekend getaway with your loved ones or even as a solo traveler, Igatpuri is a place which will fit your budget and also offer you some of the best natural beauty, serenity and solitude to experience and unwind yourself.


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Thane

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Often referred to as the City of Lakes, Thane is a metropolitan city of Maharashtra and an immediate neighbour of Mumbai. The city  is a memorial to the religious, civilizational, and historical developments. The city of Thane comprises of lakes, modernly built malls and holy religious centres. Home to almost 35 lakes, some of the more popular are the Kachrali lake, and the Upvan lake tucked amidst the Yeoor hills. 

Beside that, the spiritual landmarks like Shvetambara Jain Derasar, the first synagogue of the district, or, St. John the Baptist Church, tracing its history over 400 years ago are also popular attractions.

When it comes to 
places to visit in Maharashtra, Thane further flaunts a flurry of tourist attractions. Including the surreal Masunda Lake, also known as Talao Pali is surrounded by multiple historic places, like Gadkari Rangayatan, Kopineshwar temple and Jambli market. Thane also hosts the famous Sanskruti Arts Festival at Upvan Lake. To observe a whopping variety of butterflies, Elvis Butterfly Garden and Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden is the place you ought to be at.

Apart from that, there are a plethora of memorable activities to do in Thane. You can plan a camp night at Wada Kurungwadi, and other nearby wonders. Or, go for a trek at Mahuli Fort, Harishchandragad Fort, or Siddhagad. Or, if you are craving for some adrenaline rush then head to Kasara for a waterfall rappelling activity. Also, if you are a bird-watching enthusiast then you should head to a tranquil excursion to Yeoor Nature Trail.

Along with exotic places to visit, Thane’s climate will sweep you away. It has a borderline tropical monsoon and tropical wet and dry climate. The city faces high rainfall and sometimes extreme temperatures. During summers, the temperature can rocket up to 40 degrees Celsius, whereas, it can drop to 12 degrees Celsius in winters.

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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 is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats of India. The place is famous for paragliding, a beloved adventure sport of India and the numerous flying schools located in the vicinity. The small but picturesque hill station is surrounded by the breathtaking Western Ghats which form a major part of the tourist places in Kamshet and regularly finds itself in many top 10 lists that name destination for the ultimate thrill-seekers. 

Kamshet is a paradise not just for the eyes but also for the adventures junkie in you. But don’t think this place is just for those who seek thrill and excitement. There are numerous other activities to do in Kamshet as well as tourist hotspots that make this an ideal place for a family getaway or even a romantic getaway. 
Kamshet is ideally located just 45km from the main town of Pune city. The locals refer to it as a paragliding paradise. There is no better place in the region to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity.

But if you are not much of a thrill-seeker then you can spend your time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air a luxury these days and stroll through the small villages laced around this quaint hill station. If you want to experience the quintessential Indian village lifestyle then a visit to one of the villages is a must. 
There you can interact with locals, have a feel of what it’s like to live in muddy huts and even have a small shopping spree at the local village markets.

The hills station is surrounded by gorgeous sunflowers fields and you can enjoy some amazing views while paragliding over them. Other tourist places in Kamshet include 
Bhairi CavesBedse CavesPavana Lake, Kondeshwar Temple, and Shinde Wadi Hills. If you have more time at hand you can perhaps extend your trip to other hill stations such as Khandala and Lonavala, which are located at short distances from Kamshet.

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Karjat

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Karjat is a city and municipal Council in the scenic and mountainous district of Raigad in the state of Maharashtra. A part of Karjat is also a part of the metro city of Mumbai but is also a preferred destination for travelers. Be it family, kids or couples, anyone can enjoy this holiday destination. The best time to visit here is in monsoon, where the mountains are covered with a blanket of lush greenery, the atmosphere is cloudy and misty and there are numerous waterfalls making their way through the thick forests of the valley.

The local attractions are best to be visited during the daytime and if you have a big group, you and go for Fort climbing trips at night, especially on a full moon night where you will experience a different kind of tranquility during the trek.

All you need to do is grab a map write down your list of things to do, and get set to get one of the most authentic trekking and sight-seeing experiences in the state of Maharashtra. This trip is perfect for a weekend get away with your travel partners as well as solo, as you can enjoy it equally both ways.


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Maval

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Lonavala

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Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.

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Karnala

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Karnala is a small village located at the base of the Karnala fort ruins in Raigad District of Maharashtra. This village is 47 kilometers away from Mumbai, 35 kilometers from Karjat, and 13 kilometers from Panvel. Karnala village can be reached from Mumbai by road in an hour. 

Karnala is a popular weekend getaway for people living in Mumbai, Panvel, and Alibaug. This is an outlandish little village with small hut-like houses and a few hotels that rests between the looming and illustrious Sahyadris. Karnala offers such a cinematic view of the lush forests and the greenery that surrounds it that you’ll feel like staying here forever.  It is primarily known for the bird sanctuary and 13th-century fort that often leaves the visitors in the state of complete amazement due to its breathtaking beauty.

The Karnala fort was constructed by the Yadavs of Devagiri and the Tughlaq rulers. The fort went to ruins under the British rule because of negligence. Now it’s a protected spot that lies within the vast expanse of Karnala Bird sanctuary. You can invoke into the exciting weekday trekking at this fort, and you can even explore the ruins of this fort once you’re over here.

The bird sanctuary of Karnala occupies the fort and stretches beyond the village in all four directions. This valley has many common and rare birds and is a hub for wildlife lovers and photographers. It also boasts of being a heaven for the birdwatchers who wish to spot the rarest species of birds like Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Malabar Parakeet, and Malabar Grey Hornbill.

The climate in this region is usually pleasant. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season when the birds from all around the world flock at this place, and the chances of spotting the rarest of them become the highest. 

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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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If you are planning to visit Mumbai or Pune, you must come down to this adventurous and fun filled escapade of Lavasa. Lavasa offers you an array of options in adventure and entertainment. On the other hand, if you prefer a calm and lazy weekend with good food and captivating scenic beauty, Lavasa has that too.

Lavasa is a planned hill station near Pune, particularly designed to attract tourists. Round the year, the weather there remains moderate and pleasant, making it really soothing for the tourists. Situated in the Western Ghats, Lavasa is truly outstanding with its beautiful hills and greenery all around. Visit the place to witness this heavenly destination.

If you love
adventure, you will simply love Lavasa. You will get an array of options in water sports, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and what not. This planned town has ayurvedic massage centres as well. Therefore, Lavasa is both for adventure enthusiasts and peace-seekers.

One of the many tempting things in Lavasa is the luxurious stay. The hotels and resorts there are truly comfortable. From budget accommodations to the lavish premium quality resorts, you will get everything there. Here are a few suggestions for you- Mercure, The Waterfront Shaw, Picnic House, Fortune Select Dasve, Ekaant the Retreat, etc.

If you are a complete foodie and you check the local delicacies of a place first before visiting it, Lavasa is definitely not going to disappoint you. There are innumerable restaurants, bakeries and food stalls in Lavasa. Here are the names of a few of them- Café Coffee Day; Chor Bizarre; Earthen Oven; Krazy Koala; Granma’s Pastries, Sandwiches and Ice creams; Pizzalava, etc. From typical North Indian spicy dishes to not so spicy Italian cuisine- Lavasa has to offer everything to you.

If you are a party animal and like enjoying after the sun goes off to sleep, Lavasa is definitely your place. The hotels you will be staying in will have a bar along with a disco, which will offer you a happening nightlife. Enjoy a drink while you tap your feet with the beats.

Shopping is Lavasa is a bit disappointing for the shopaholics as you will not find market places and shopping malls there. Lavasa is solely created for adventure sports and a lazy weekends away from the cacophony of the big cities. The only magnificent stuffs you will get to buy there are the crafts with bamboo.

The other beautiful nearby destinations that you can visit from Lavasa are Panshet Dam, Velhe and Mulshi.

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Alibag

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The tourist places in Alibag makes for the perfect weekend getaway with friends or family. It shares its boundaries with the majestic Arabian Sea and is popular for its magnificent sea forts, its virgin beaches and local seafood cuisine. It’s an ideal weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy Mumbai. It is located only 9 Km from Mumbai and can be easily accessed via NH 66. The driving distance to this paradise is just under 2 hours.

 Alibag literally means the ‘Garden of Ali”, it is in Raigad and is ideal for those who are looking for some peace, serenity and sun soaked beaches. Alibag is commonly referred to by the locals as the Goa of Maharashtra and rightly so as it's surrounded by the beautiful Arabian Sea on all sides. A lot of people don’t know this, but, Alibag shares its borders with a famous Israeli-Jewish region, which is home to numerous Jewish families. So, if you are a cultural buff then you might want to head that way and try and scoop up some of that rich Jewish culture and heritage. Alibag is also home to a popular Jewish Synagogue referred to as Israeli Ali.

 Alibag provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of fun and relaxation as it's surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea on all sides and is lined with virgin sun kissed beaches. Although the drive to Alibag is a must do as it's laced with picturesque views, it can also be accessed by ferry from Mumbai. It is the perfect tourist spot enjoyed both by the young and old. There is no dearth of things to do and explore tourist places in Alibag as there are huge no. of forts, beaches, and even some celebrity bungalows.You may even sight a few celebrities while you are there.

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Kolad

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If you’ve ever dreamt about backpacking off to green pastures and cascading waterfalls among the lush mountains, you don’t have to travel all the way up north to experience setting like that anymore. Kolad – a humble village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra – is home to some of the most imposing valleys and natural beauty that were hidden away from the rest of the world until recent times. Nature enthusiasts and hikers already know of this gem in the Sahyadris that has been gaining impetus by day as a popular destination for adventure sports, but there’s more to this quaint settlement than just that. The primary tourist places in Kolad shout out loud white water rafting and trekking into the wild.

Fondly referred to as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad has been lately getting attention as one of the best white water rafting spots in Maharashtra. In fact, the stunning landscaping valleys of Kolad have a charm of their own during the monsoons in Maharashtra. The village is located alongside the banks of the magnificent River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river of the South. This provides varying degrees of difficulty levels for those fascinated by water sports. Apart from that, the rugged topography of this village makes it a great hiking destination among those eager to explore the thriving faunal side of Kolad.

Kolad’s scenic locale makes it a popular hotspot during the monsoons. Apart from the daunting sports, you can experience the true spectacle of nature. In fact, courtesy the varied climatic conditions in Kolad, every season gives you a chance to unwind in several ways. There are numerous hotels, resorts, farmhouses and peaceful home-stays tucked away into this tranquil village for those who wish for a peaceful time away from the city.

So, round up a group of friends, or simply hang out with your loved ones, Kolad is perfect for those looking forward to a delightful picnic in a land not so far away. Don’t forget to visit tourist places in Kolad which include Tahmini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort and Tala Fort amongst others.

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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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Hunting out some best places to visit in Satara? Inevitably, we have got some exotic locations to fill up your heart. Satara is a destination filled with nature’s true magic, a serene spot that will make you fall in love with.

Wrapped up with hearty and cool places like the reviving Thoseghar waterfalls, Shivsagar lakes which completely gives a peace of mind, Kaas plateau, which is very well-known for flora & fauna blossoms, and various heart-warming scenaries completely fills the ambiance with fresh air.

Soulfully blessed with Mother Nature’s touch, Satara tourist places are surrounded by seven mesmerizing hills. The history and tradition is a part of this district’s beauty. The entire region is enclosed by various popular and picturesque locations such as Pratapgarh Fort, Ajinkyatara Fort, and a lot of monumentals, which reminds us of our great kings and queens. So escape the basic vacation spots and head to this quarter!

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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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Situated in the south-Western part of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is essentially a port city. The city is flanked by the Arabian Sea on one side and the Sahyadri Mountains on the other side. The locals communicate in Marathi, which is the native language of the place, but due to Ratnagiri being a popular tourist destination, one can easily find locals and guides who communicate in English, Hindi and other languages as well.

One can travel to Ratnagiri very conveniently, both via land and air. The National Highway 17 runs through the city connecting it directly to other important cities like Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, Karwar and Madgaon. The Konkan Railway station is also located at close proximity in case one wishes to travel by train. Regular flights are available from Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai that arrive at the Ratnagiri Airport.

Apart from being a place that boasts of rich culture and expansive history, Ratnagiri’s other significant attractions include the Ratnagiri Marine Museum. This Museum is home to an exciting collection of rare and beautiful sea animals and fish like sea lions, sea turtles, lionfish, sea snakes, tigerfish, and others. There is also a huge skeleton of a whale in the museum. Ratnagiri is also the perfect place for a retreat because of its beautiful natural hills and stunning beaches. Beaches like Bhatye Beach, Kunkeshwar Beach, Guhagar Beach, and Ganpatipule Beach is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a relaxing holiday.

The terrain here is suitable for trekking as well. One can trek and camp in places like Alibaug, Pawna Lake, Bhandar Dara, etc. Apart from trekking, you can also enjoy activities such as mountain climbing, river, rafting, paragliding and other exciting adventure sports. There are also ancient temples like the Jai Vinayak Temple in Jaigad and the Velneshwar Shiva Temple that are worth a visit.

Summer, monsoon, and winter are the three main seasons in Ratnagiri. Between November and February is the best time to visit this place. The city has several hotels to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

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"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."
"All the services given in the package were provided. The tour operator Yogesh was very good he took care of everything and was very supportive throughout. The scenery was beautiful and worth every penny also food was good."
"The setup was amazing. There were music, beautiful lights and really good food. The organisers setup a lovely camp with great effort. The washrooms were clean and nicely maintained. The boat ride was a great experience and had a great time."
One of the best camping experience, camping was inside a lake, the organisers are really good, worth every rupee spent.
"wonderful place must visit once a year"
27 February 2020
Excellent
The staff was good, the food was also nice and had enough variety. The camps are near and well maintained. We played many games there and the bonfire was so great and cozy.. we loved the whole trip, we haven’t slept for the whole night because the surrounding was very relaxing and we wanted to enjoy every moment there. A big recommendation from my side.
06 March 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with good hospitality and a good meal. The bonfire is amazing and this place is easily approachable. The crowd there is standard and the caretaker of the place is a genuine person. A great memorable trip. Thanks, Thrillophilia.
02 March 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place near the lake, the view we get at night and in the early morning is lovely and unforgettable. The location was perfect and the staff was well behaved. We enjoyed our time here. Recommend this place from my side.
19 September 2019
Excellent
It was the best experience far better then hotel or resort stays. The bonfire with all the group with those yummy snacks was a very precious moment. We had our best day of this whole year on this campsite. The lake was very peaceful and relaxing. Awesome trip. will surely come again with a bigger group.
07 January 2020
Excellent
This was my first experience of camping and went amazingly great. We booked for 5 adults from Thrillophilia and the entire trip went well, the camps were clean and hygienic. the food was good. Good to go.

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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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