Holidaying in Bhandardara is mesmerizing and peaceful especially during the monsoon season in Maharashtra. Try to avoid the weekend as the huge influx of visitors could be one thing to avoid.
Mesmerizing lake view from the camp is like cherry on the cake. Also, imagine waking up to the sound of chirping birds and having a similar view. Wake up early in the morning, take some selfies or capture the enchanting character on camera. In short, Bhandardara Camping is one of the most amazing and extremely popular camping spots for mother nature enthusiasts to picnic.
Where it is located
This hilly village is located in the middle of Maharashtra. It belongs to the taluka of Akole. Bhandardara Lake is 3 hours away from Mumbai and Ahmednagar, while it is just 2 hours away from Nashik. The nearest town to this stunning area is Akole.
The most important advantage of camping in Bhandardara is that it is just a short drive away from Mumbai and Nashik. Read below to know how to reach the place by road and public transport.
Why you should camp in Bhandardara
Firstly, Bhandardara is one of the best places to watch the stars with your naked eyes on a clear night. Igatpuri is another place near Nashik where you can see the Milky Way with your naked eyes if you have visited the place on a lucky day. You will be able to locate several stars and galaxies that are not normally visible with the roof of our air pollution filled city.
Secondly, Lake Arthur is an ideal destination for boating. Also known as Bhandardara Dam, it is huge and one of the most peaceful lakes in Maharashtra.
Thirdly, May 20 – June 30 is the season for the famous fireflies which you can easily encounter if your camping package includes night time jungle safari as well.
Finally and most importantly, the best part is the surroundings. The Sahyadri area in the background makes the entire place a pleasure for enjoying boating and photography.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Bhandardara is during monsoon and early winter i.e. from May to September. During this season, the temperature is at its best and the place blooms with lush greenery and gushing waterfalls and you will experience an enchanting charm.
How to reach Bhandardara Camping
If you are arriving by your own or rented vehicle, follow the Google Maps location given by the tour operators. However, the road is patchy for the last 10 kilometers.
On the other hand, if you are traveling by public transport, the nearest railway station is Kasara, which is 60 kilometers away from the lake. From Igatpuri or Kasara railway station, you can take a taxi. The taxi costs between 1500 – 2000 for one way and can be shared with a maximum of 8-10 people. You can also take a bus which can drop you at Bhandardara or Muthkhel gaon. Campsite providers offer free pick up and drop service from there. If you are coming from Nashik, you can take a bus from Ghoti.
So, now every time you plan to visit Maharashtra, you should definitely choose an exotic camping in Bhandardara.