Bhandardara, Maharashtra – A Magical Land of Lakes and Waterfalls

That night I had dinner outside at the Panorama Restaurant because I want to have Gujarati thali. It was quite delicious and satiates anybody’s hunger. After the dinner, I went to bed early because I was quite tired and moreover, I had to wake up early for the next day’s sightseeing trip. I loved the mornings in Khandala for it was very pleasant and the fresh air invigorated my brain and mind.

The next place in my itinerary was Bhandardara, which is situated in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. I had to travel quite a distance of 212 km, which will take approximately four and a half hours to travel by cab. One of the sought-after destinations in the western region, Bhandardara is found positioned pretty well in the Western Ghats region.

It is a beautiful place enriched with the mountains and lakes, which offered eye-catching scenery of greenery and waterfalls. The sight of the Pravara River on which this holiday resort village is located is quite enthralling.

Arthur Lake
Arthur Lake | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

I wanted to trek to the sightseeing spots and so I decided to have my taxi parked down. I reached the Arthur Lake, which looked pristinely beautiful. The crystal clear water sparkled in the sunlight and I loved the gentle breeze, which filled my lungs and refreshed me. I wanted to go swimming in the lake but I was not prepared for it and did not carry any extra clothes. Nevertheless, I went boating and it offered me the spectacular views of the hills around.

Umbrella Falls Bhandardara
Umbrella Falls Bhandardara | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The next spot, the Wilson Dam, which was constructed in 1910 at a height of 150 meters above sea level, was a worth to watch. The waterfalls looked magnificently beautiful and they fell deep down in the green valley.

Ratangad Fort
Ratangad Fort | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Bhandardara is known for many attractions, which are located at small distances. I wanted to visit the Ratangad Fort, but it required a bit of traveling and boating to reach the Ratanwadi village. I spent some time walking around and sitting at the place enjoying the nature. By then, it was getting late and I had to move on to go back to my hotel room. Though hesitant to go back, I climbed down to find my cab.

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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