Bhandadara : Camping by the Lake

The Arthur Lake was formed when Created Wilson Dam was built on  Pravara river  and it serves as the most beautiful landscape for admiring a beautiful sunset followed by overnight camping and star gazing.

  • Difficulty level: Leisure Trip
  • Duration: 1.5/2 days
  • Best Time: Post Monsoon/Winter/Summer
  • Base Village: Bhandadara
  • Contact No: To set up tents (Rs. 600 per tent )+ food (Rs. 200 dinner+breakfast+ lunch on request)
  • Café Dam Corner: (Sanjay Bhau Bhajji Vala) 09423749953
  • Bhandadara Nisarg Paryatan: 07057730214, 09657476571.
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 800-1000

A colourful evening view at the lake

How to reach:

By Train: A local train in Central Line till Kasara. Bus/ Taxi to Ghoti (Rs. 40 per person) , Ghoti to Bhandadara Lake another sharing taxi (Rs. 40 per person). The Taxi will leave you at the market square with food stalls where you can buy the required things and then take a 5 minute walk to reach the lake.

Direct Bus to Bhandadara from Kasara is available at 9:00 am only.

 

Direct sharing cab might also be available in the morning. (Rs. 100 per person)

You can also opt for personal direct cab. (Rs. 1200 minimum)

 

By Road: Mumbai- Nasik Highaway till Ghoti and then take a right turn from Ghoti- the straight road will take you to the market square.

 

Camping Sites:

Option 1: Right near the lake, beside the water. For this site you will have to get dow the trail and search for a flat land for your tents.

Option 2: Across the village on a flat land below the green colour rest house from where you get a dramatic view of the water body. (Will have to travel by a local boat).

Option 3: Near the gates of the dam which has waterfall after rainy season.

Option 4: Garden across the dam wall. The garden isn’t well maintained and is usually littered by visitors. Don’t feel ashamed to clear up and leave the place cleaner for the other visitors. Help not to make it a garbage dump yard.

Option 5: There many small islands across the dam. You can opt for it if you have a large group. (Will have to travel by local boat).

Food:

Option 1: Get you food parceled from any of the eateries located in the market. (Eg. Trupti Veg Restaurant)

Option 2: Order for food at Bhandadara Nisarg Paryatan/Café Dam Corner. They will serve the dinner at your camping site at your desired time.

Option 3: Carry cooked rice and cook veg pulao/ fried rice the traditional way on wood fire. You can make your own make-shift stone chulha and buy wood worth Rs. 200 from the market and cook yourself.

Option 4: Carry your barbecue skews,  and some veggies and enjoy barbecue party.

Explore the Lake and the Surrounding:

Wilson Dam: Built in 1910 across River Pravara, Wilson Dam is situated at a height of 150 m above sea level. It’s one of the oldest dams in the country. The opening of gates creates two 60 to 80 feet cascades of water that plummet to the rocks below creating Umbrella Waterfall. It’s a spectacular view. Tourists can amble in the circular garden located at the base of the dam.

Arthur Lake(Bhandadara Lake): The clear and placid lake (on the banks of which you would be camping)  is bounded by thick canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills. The Lake gets its water from the Pravara River.  The sunset view across the lake provides a perfect colourful composition to the photographers.

Radha Falls: The roaring River Pravara descends down from a height of 170 ft creating Randha Falls. However the waterfalls are magnificent only during monsoons and are not so great in other season.

Mount Kalsubai: from Bhandardara Tourist can see the highest peak of the sahyadri range, mount kalsubai. Kalsubai with its height and view is popular for trekking and so are the hills near kalsubai. The trek is physically demanding, as Bhandardara is located on a hill and to reach this place one has to do lots of trekking. Get detailed guide for the trek .

 

Reach Back to Mumbai:

Option 1: Buses direct to Kasara: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 12 am.

Option 2: If you are lucky enough you might get sharing taxi direct to Kasara. (Rs. 100)

Option 3: Taxi to Ghoti –> Kasara

Don’t forget check whether you are leaving the place as beautiful and clean as it was. Natural places don’t look good with human traces.

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