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Overnight Stay at Bhandardara is a unique experience which you may have never experienced till now with Harishchandragad Mountain Trekking the next day .Bhandardara is Surrounded by the Turquoise pristine water. Bhandardara is one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai, Pune & Nasik . This Place is always beautiful with its tranquil serenity and unspoiled nature. But during monsoon and post-monsoon period, it's natural beauty increases much folds with numerous small & medium seasonal waterfalls and glowing greenery. During monsoon, it is difficult to arrange for camping in Bhandardara , But we provide Accommodation in our Guest House on sharing basis in our Dormitory Rooms on sharing Basis for Large Groups. We have Separate Rooms for Boys and Girls. We will provide you BBQ in the evening and also offer you unlimited Starters!!. It will surely be a memorable experience for you.
If you are coming by local train then Public Transport like S.T Bus and Sharing Car(Balero) are available from Kasara Railway Station to reach Bhandardara.
Length: 1 day and 1 night stay at Bhandardara and Trekking at Harishchandragad
Height: 2430 ft above sea level
Best season: Round the year
Accommodation timing: You have to reach Bhandardara by 4 - 5 PM in the evening. Its a 1 day and 1 night stay arrangement.
Bhandardara Check-in time: 5 PM (Day 1)
Bhandardara Check out time: 5 PM (Day 2)
Day 01: Arrival at Bhandardara
Arrive at Bhandardara by 4 -5 PM in the EVENING by own vehicle/other means. You can reach Igatpuri or Kasara and then take local transport (state transport bus or shared jeep) to reach Bhandardara.Having own vehicle is highly advisable. Enjoy evening snacks and also a walk at Bhandardara lakeside, Relish the delicious BBQ along with Scrumptious homemade dinner(Veg/Non Veg/Jain) will be served thereafter. Night stay at dormitory rooms or tents in shaded area to protect from rain.
Day 2: Trekking and return journey to Mumbai
Wake up early in the morning,get ready for trekking at Harishchandragad
peak, Harishchandragad is 40kms bhandardara from bhandardara so you will be leaving bhandardara by 6.30 am,breakfast will be given at or on the way to Harishchandragad. Harishchandragad trekking will take approx. 7 hrs to and fro.After finishing the trek you will be brought back to bhandardara,lunch will be provided at bhandardara,After relaxing for some time you can start your return journey to Mumbai or Pune and say Bid Adieu to Bhandardara.
Trek Details :- Harishchandragad
Trek Grade: Easy
Endurance Level: Medium
Height of fort: 4665ft approx.
Total time required for climbing: 2.5 hrs of normal climb.
Duration: 1 Night 1 day
The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century.These caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya.
Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in the 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to mahadeva as a totem of tribes koli mahadev. they was control the fort before the Moguls. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.
Trek Itinerary :-
5.30 Am :- Wake Up Call, Freshen Up, Have Breakfast & Tea.
6.15 Am :- Introduction Round and brief about the rules and regulation to be followed by every trekkers and leave for Harishchandragad trek point.
8.00 Am :- Start the Trek
10:30 am Reach kedareshwar temple,take some rest.
11.00 am-Reach Konkankada, cherish the mighty scenery and enjoy the glimpse of the surrounding
11.30 Am :- Start Descending and reach base point.
1.30 Pm :- Reach the Base point and leave for bhandardara.
3.00pm-Reach Bhandardara,have lunch,take rest for sometime.
5.00 Pm :- Start the Return Journey to Mumbai,Pune.
Saptatirtha Pushkarni Temple
Kedareshwar Cave,there is a big Shiva Linga, which is completely surrounded by water. Its height from the base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. It is quite difficult to reach the Shiva Linga because the water is ice-cold
Temple of Harishchandreshwar, which is a marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that prevailed in ancient India
Konkan Kada, It provides a scenic view of the surrounding region and the setting sun
Caves on Harishchandragad, these are situated at the foot of Taramati peak, a few are near the temple, whereas some are near the citadel and some far away in the forests.
Taramati peak, this is the topmost point on the fort.
Trek Cost Excludes :-
All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks etc.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like road blocks, bad weather
The tour is weather based and depends on the weather conditions. There may be last minute alterations if weather conditions deteriorate.
Payment once done is non refundable.
Trek Leader Decision will be final. No argument will be entertained
Visionesta Events reserves the right to change/deviate/cancel the plan without any prior notice.
Participants Safety is the prime concern for us and will not compromise for the same.
Registration Form should be filled up after the registration is done, so we will have the emergency contact database.
Visionesta Events is not Responsible for any baggage or personal belonging loss/damage and participant are responsible for the same.
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How to reach Bhandardara:
To reach Bhandardara you need to reach either Kasara Station if not travelling by your own car. Kasara to Bhandardara distance is 60 km and Igatpuri to Bhandardara distance is 45 km by road. You will get state transport buses from railway station or you can hire share jeep and private car also. From kasara it will take around 2 hours to reach Bhandardara.
If you are coming via your private transport then you can follow the below route to reach Bhandardara
Mumbai > Igatpuri > Ghoti (Turn right) > Pimpalgaon (Turn right) > Bhandardara Dam
Before you come please understand the following facts about Bhandardara weekend lakeside camping:
Useful Facts about Bhandardara Stay