Bhandardara is situated 185 km. from
Mumbai, in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra, India.
Built way back in 1910 on the Pravara-River
and standing 150 mts high, Wilson Dam is the largest earthen dam in
India- a powerful testimony to the engineering skills of days gone
by. At the base of Wilson Dam there is a garden endowed with
thick greenery, streams and gigantic trees- the latter, home to
hundreds of harmless fruit bats that hand precariously from the
branches all through the day. During the monsoon, when the
level of the lake rises, the dam opens its gates to release a
torrent of water that finds its way down to the plains below.
You could stand at the edge of the garden embankment and enjoy the
cool spray, or visit the picturesque Umbrella Falls, which are
another major attraction during the monsoon.
Arthur Lake, a tranquil blue mirror
amidst the dense greenery of Bhandardara, is fed by waters from the
At 1,646 mts, Mount Kalsubai is the
highest peak in Maharashtra A favourite of trekkers; it had great
strategic importance during the Maratha wars as an observation post.
There is a small temple all the top with an old well in its
backyard. It is said that the water level in the well has
never dropped below 3ft.
Agasti Rishi Ashram
This age-old dwelling is mentioned in
the scripts of the Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama and
his brother Laxmana visited Shri Agasti Rishi to seek his blessings.
The Rishi gave Lord Rama an arrow, which he used to kill Ravana and
rescue his wife Sita. The Ashram, situated on the bank of the
Pravara River, continues to attract visitors
This ancient fort was one of
Shivaji’s favourites. Very popular with nature lovers and
trekkers, it offers spectacular views from its ramparts
Built in 1100 AD, this temple has
been constructed in the distinct Hemadpanthi style.