About Bhandardara (
  • Ahmednagar

At times, it seems that a landscape with a roaring waterfall, gushing waters from a dam, towering hills in the background and greenery all around can only belong to the movies or the imagination of a writer. Not really! All this comes true at Bhandardara where green paddy fields create a colourful symphony with the bright blue skies and the waterfall provides a musical rhythm while you soak in the beauty of nature at its best.

At 185 kilometers from Mumbai and about the same distance from Pune too, Bhandardara is located to the north of Ahmednagar district in Akole tehsil and is considered a trekker’s paradise. While coming from Mumbai take a turn at Ghoti after Igatpuri and the road will lead you to Bhandardara via Bari, the village at the foothills of Mount Kalsubai. From Pune there is a diversion at Sangamner which will take you to Bhandardara via Akole. The nearest rail head is Igatpuri.

It is also a favourite with families who want to take a short break from the pressures of urban living. Bhandardara is also a hot-spot for the religiously inclined who visit the Amruteshwar Temple which is an ancient Shiva Temple. The temple also offers an interesting study of its unique architecture.

There are now many hotels and resorts that offer comfortable accommodation at Bhandardara, but the ideal place to stay is the MTDC Holiday Resort which comprises ten deluxe rooms, six lakeside cottages, eight standard rooms, nine special rooms and one dormitory for group accommodation. The resort offers a beautiful view of the Wilson Dam and Arthur Lake.

Distance from Mumbai: 165 kms.

How to reach

The nearest railway station is Igatpuri.

Bhandardara is 185 km. from Mumbai and almost the same distance from Pune. While coming from Mumbai take a turn at Ghoti after Igatpuri

Hotels in Bhandardara (Source: India The Journey, Edition-2005)

Sr No Name & Contact Details (STD Code: 02424)
1 Anandvan Resort, Bhandardara. Tel : 9920311221. Website:
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