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Bhandardara, one of the closest weekend getaways from Mumbai and Nasik is very popular among travelers. Bhandardara means a valley of treasures. Its a place where you can explore the highest mountain peak of Maharashtra, dams, waterfalls, etc. Below are some best places to visit in Bhandardara which you should not miss:
Lake Arthur Hill, Bhandardara
This lake is situated in the lush green forest and one of the major tourist’s attractions at Bhandardara for one day picnic. This lake is formed by the water from the Pravara River. This lake Arthur Hill was built in 1910 and also known as Bhandardara Lake.
Randha Falls, Bhandardara
Randha Falls is the third largest falls in India and many tourists visiting Bhandardara visits this fall. This fall is around 11 km away from Wilson Dam. The water from this fall used for generating hydro-power.
Umbrella Falls, Bhandardara
Umbrella falls located below the Wilson Dam and is a beautiful tourist spot at Bhandardara. In the monsoon season when the water level of the lake rises it creates a beautiful waterfall and this is the time you can enjoy the beauty of this fall.
Bhandardara Dam (Wilson Dam)
Bhandardara Dam in Maharashtra is also known as Wilson Dam which was constructed in 1910 alongside the Bhandardara Lake. This is one of the best places for one day picnic at Bhandardara.
Ratangad Fort, Bhandardara
Ratangad Fort is a place where Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used to spend his leisure time. There are many trekking points at Ratangad Fort from where tourists can enjoy the breathtaking views of the valleys of the Sahyadri range. Ratangad Fort is the fort where Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used to rest. This is 400 years old fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj. There are two caves at the top of the fort which tourist can explore.
Agastya Rishi Ashram, Bhandardara
Agastya Rishi Ashram is the place where Lord Rama meets Agastya Muni in Ramayana’s era. This ashram is situated on the banks of the River Pravara. When Lord Rama was in exile he has visited Agastya Rishi and lived in this ashram for some days.
Kalsubai Peak, Bhandardara
Mount Kalsubai is the highest mountain peak of Maharashtra located in the Sahyadri ranges. It is known as the Everest of Maharashtra. The mountain peak is 1650 meter height and it was used to keep watch on enemies by Maratha ruler.
Some other popular tourist places in Bhandardara are:
Ghatghar Village, Bhandardara