Weekend Getaways in India

Weekend Getaway from Mumbai to Bhandardara, Bike Rides

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  • Destination:


  • When to Visit:

    June to March

  • Type of Bike Required:

    An off-road bike to deal with the ups and downs of Kasara ghats is advisable.

  • Cuisine:

    Veg and Non-veg cuisine, specialty, ‘Vada Pav’ and ‘Pav- Wada’

  1. Mumbai - Igatpuri - Ghoti Budruk - Bhandardara Via NH160


    Approx. 4 Hours

We have created a video on this beautiful Hill station Bhandardara, watch the video to know more about, what this place has to offer to the riders and adventure geeks:

Historical Background

A traditional story attributes the origin of Bhandara, Maharashtra appearing in myths King Putraka who brought into existence Bhandara, Maharashtra by magic for his queen Patali, in a literal manner Trumpet flower, which freely transfers its ancient name Pataligrama. It is said that with high respect of the firstborn to the queen, the large town was named Pataliputra. Gram is the Sanskrit word for village and Putra means son.

Bhandara, Maharashtra based on the methods and principles of science is the art of representing history perspective, in various senses it will be appropriate to surmise that the history of Bhandara, Maharashtra was reckoned around the year 490 BC when Ajatashatru, the king of Magadh, had a desire to possess his capital from the hilly Rajagriha to a more strategically started relating the place to combat the Licchavis of Vaishali. He selected a number of possibilities on the bank of Ganges and fortified the area. From that time, the city has had a forming and unbroken history, a record claimed by few cities in the world. Gautam Buddha on this way through this place visited in the last year of his life, and he had the future or other inspired utterance, but at the same time, he estimated as likely to ruin from flood, fire, and quarrel.

Bhandardara, a beautiful hill station on the Sahyadri Ranges of Maharashtra, is one of the perfect weekend spot for Mumbaikars. The destination is full of beautiful waterfalls and lakes like Umbrella Waterfall, Reverse Waterfall in Sadhan Valley, Randha Falls, Arthur Lake, Wilson dam, Bhandardara Dam, and lots more. The spot is blessed by beautiful greenery and nature at its best. The best time to start the journey from Mumbai to Bhandardara is early morning to avoid the commotion of enormous lorries and other vehicles.

Wilson Dam is one of the popular tourist attractions. The water in the dam is mostly filled up to the brim in the monsoons, turning up into a beautiful sight. Arthur Lake is another point of attraction for tourists of Bhandardara. The lake is surrounded with beautiful range of Sahyadri Mountains filled with peace and tranquility vibes. Explorers can also enjoy the beauty of lake in the dusk by arranging tent camps near the lake to enjoy a starry sky, which will definitely be a memorable journey for the one. The cuisine of the village is absorption of Maharashtrian vibe. The visitors can enjoy the delight of home-cooked comfort food in Bhandardara.

Let us have a look at the route towards Bhandardara

Option 1: Mumbai – Igatpuri – Ghoti Budruk – Bhandardara

  • Starting point: Kurla (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
  • Destination: Shendi (Bhandardara)
  • Route: Via NH160
  • Distance: 162kms
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours
  • Best time of the year to visit: months between June to March.
  • Type of bike required: An off-road bike to deal with the ups and downs of Kasara ghats is advisable.
  • Cuisine: Veg and Non-veg cuisine, specialty, ‘Vada Pav’ and ‘Pav- Wada’.

The journey to the destination is quite an adventurous one with a few sharp turns near Shahpur on Mumbai Agra National Highway. The Kasara Ghats are a treat to the bikers being a demanding way. Filled with nature’s marvels and charm, Bhandardara is a perfect location for bikers and nature lovers. A beautiful village with a huge number of waterfalls and lakes gives the location a cool and breezy atmosphere with enjoyable vibes.

Places to stay

It is a magnificent destination for a great time with your dear ones. Enjoy the feature that evokes the interest of this popular tourist spot. With so much to lure your senses and offer you recreation at its best, get wet thoroughly in the spirit of adventure that you get to explore at Bhandardara. For people desiring to participate in the mysteriously attractive or fascinating nature at its height with a luxurious experience, there is nothing better than resorts in Bhandardara to fulfill your fantasy.

Types of Accommodation Available

Bhandardara does not have an enormous number of tourist attractions, but the one it has offers experiences that you will not get anywhere else. Being the major center for tourists, the city holds a number of deluxe and medium to budget hotels that offer homely comfort and nice food. Bhandardara is one of those places that offer the option to save money on accommodation and stay in decent budget hotels or Resort depending on your choice. No matter at what direction you turn, you’ll always see the greenery out of the corner of your eye. The master plans an hour or two for a small hike up to some of the waterfalls and looks out to the rolling green mountains surrounding you.

Things to Eat

The regional cuisine here is influenced over by Maharashtrian food with a mixture of South and North Indian cuisines. Hotel closest to MTDC resort provides a treat of long-established traditional home styled cooked meals which need to taste at least once. The additional restaurants close by offering both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with a fling of local distinctive taste of food. Eating joints are especially known for their cleanliness and exclusive Gujarati Thali. Hotel near MTDC resort is kit out with alcohol both wide-ranging and local brands.

Places to Visit

Bhandardara Lake

Bhandardara Lake is also known to the world as Lake Arthur Hill. The Lake was devised by the dammed-up waters of the Pravara River. It is a significant tourist attraction surrounded by the dense green forest. Shri Agasti Rishi focused one’s mind for a period of time continuously for a year at this place so it has importance bound by monastic vows too. The clear, calm and peaceful lake is rebound from a surface by thick covered forests of the Sahyadri hills. The Lake acquires its water from the Pravara River as its admiring environment offers an enchanting visually striking performance.

Wilson Dam

Wilson Dam is one of the excellent tourist spots in Bhandardara, which was established close to the side of Arthur Lake in the year 1910. This dam has been placed on the Pravara River and is considered to be the most suitable place for standardizing picnic. Wilson Dam is located around 750 meters in extended space over the main sea level and is popular for the neighboring Umbrella Falls.

Koka Wildlife Sanctuary

Koka was officially accepted as a wildlife sanctuary only a year ago in the year 2013. The park is located barely 20 km from the district of Bhandara and a short distance off from Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. Koka has an existing in large quantities population of tigers and leopards. There are herbivores animals consisting of Gaurs, Cheetals and Sambhars. Koka plays the part of a safe refuge for animals that wander away from Nagzira and New Nagzira Sanctuaries in exploring a new habitat.

Maha Samadhi Bhumi

2500 years earlier Buddha Dharma was lifted in India and after 1700 years it was extinct from India. The birthplace of Buddha Dharma in India. Pannya (Wisdom) Metta (Mercy) Sangha (PMS) have been existed and therefore recognized to spread Buddha-Religion. The motive was the action and more extensive of Buddhism, social, educational and cultural progress of the poor and trodden all over India through its work. For this reason, Mahasamadhi Bhoomi was made in 1987 in Ruyad located at Tah.

Best Time to Visit

Perfect time to spend in Bhandardara is during and exactly after the monsoon rains i.e. from July to September and once more during the winter period from October to February.

The places to be enjoyed near the destination comprise a list of Kalsubai Peak, Randha falls and many more. Kalsubai Peak, also known as Everest of Maharashtra is the highest peak of the Sahyadri Range. The bikers enjoy the ride over this route as it turns out to be a demanding and sturdy one. The view from Kalsubai Peak is a treat to the eye with foggy climate and a beautiful scenic view of the city to offer.

Hope BforBiker was helpful in providing vital information to all the riders planning for an adventurous ride to Bhandardara.