A Weekend Getaway Guide to Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a beautiful yet less known hill station near Igatpuri, in the Western Ghats. From natural lakes, waterfalls, flora and fauna, this destination has it all!

Bhandardara is beautiful throughout the year, but during & after monsoon it turns absolutely stunning! I would highly recommend visiting it then, especially if it’s your first trip.

Here’s my guide to Bhandardara for an adventurous weekend!

Getting There

🚌 There are several buses running between Mumbai and Bhandardara. Fares range from ₹ 450 to 700, and will take 5 hours only. You can book bus tickets here.

🚂👍 I’d recommend taking a train from Mumbai till Igatpuri, which is the nearest railway station to Bhandardara. The train journey is only 2 hours in duration! Once you reach Igatpuri, you can take a state transport bus (@ ₹ 25/-) or a taxi (@ ₹ 500/-) till Bhandardara.

Where to Stay 

🏨 Since this was a last minute plan and I didn’t get any rooms. So I took a tent with me and camped overnight right in front of the Bhandardara lake! It was one crazzzyyy experience I will never forget, should write a separate blog-post on it.

I would strongly recommend you to book a room in advance at MTDC, Bhandardara. It has a beautiful view of the lake and good food as well. (I know this coz, I had my dinner & breakfast here :P) 

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