Looking to escape the city life of Mumbai? Need a break from the traffic and crowded streets of the commercial capital of India? Then Bhandardara is the place to head off to for a weekend break or even a mid-week outing.
Bhandardara is a beautiful yet less known hill station near Mumbai in the Sahyadri hill range. Bhandardara is located at an altitude of about 2471 feet above sea-level. We at TLOW.in organize one night Camping in the open under the twinkling sky at Bhandradara for Rs 1500/- all inclusive.
To reach Bhandardara board a train from Dadar railway station at 11:30 HRS to Kasara with us. The train journey takes about 3 hours, reach Kasara railway station by 14:30 HRS. Walk out of the railway station on the western side and hop onto a shared jeep to the town of Ghoti. From Ghoti board a shared jeep to Bhandardara.
The travel from the town of Ghoti to Bhandardara is one of a kind where most of our campers don’t sit inside the jeep but prefer to travel on top of the jeep. Travelling on top of any vehicle is not only banned in most parts of India but is also very dangerous, but in this part of Maharashtra it is a done thing since public transport is not very efficient. We reach Bhandardara by 16:30 HRS. People from Pune, Nasik & Mumbai can also drive down and meet us directly at our camp site by 17:00 HRS.
On reaching Bhandardara we have our lunch which consist of authentic Maharashtran Missal Pav and chai. Post lunch we take a jeep (10 minutes ride) and head to our camp site from where one will get a splendid view of the Bhandardara lake. We set up our camping tents, mats and start the Bon fire for the night camping.
Post sun-set the real fun begins, at around 20:00 HRS we set up camp fire and make some hot soup to keep ourselves warm as the mercury level begins to drop. After soup campers are free to enjoy the evening as they want. Some bring along their musical instruments and sing and dance, some prefer playing music from their phones, while some just like to lie down on the mats and star gaze.
Dinner is cooked and served anytime when the campers are hungry. Dinner is very basic camper’s food which is also our TLOW campers favorite Maggie noodles. Post dinner your options are sing and dance or star gaze.
Star gazing at Bhandardara is simply out of this world, it is very unlikely that you will camp under the open skies at Bhandardara and not see at least two shooting stars if not more. Bhandardara is an ideal place to get your telescopes since the sky is pollution and cloud free, making it an ideal place to observe the constellation of stars and planets.
Since Bahandardara is a hill station the nights get very cold. During the winter months the temperature drops well below 10°C. So carrying thick woolens and blankets is important to avoid having a bone chilling freezing cold night.
While camping at Bhandardara TLOW.in does not provide tents in the basic camp (Plan A), but mats for people to sleep on and experience sleeping under the open sky by the lake and spot multiple shooting stars as they zip past at the speed of light.The reason why tents are not provided at Bhandardara is because sleeping in tents just blocks the whole breathtaking view of the countless stars that can be seen in the open sky at Bhandardara.
Next morning the campers wake up by 8:00 HRS and pack up to make it in time for the 10:00 HRS jeep back to Kasara. Breakfast is served at a vada pav stall near the Bhandardara bus stop. After breakfast and hot chai (tea), we hop onto the waiting jeeps and head back to Kasara railway station to make it in time for out return train at 12:15 HRS to reach Dadar railway station by 15:30 HRS
The best time to go camping to Bhandardara is during the winter months from October end to March, since the weather is perfect and the skies are clear for star gazing. The only time camping at Bhandardara is not possible is during the monsoon.
Bhandardara is also a very safe place to camp out in the open since there are no wild animals or even snakes around the place where TLOW.in sets up camp. The only animals that prowl that area are pet cats and dogs.
Camping under the open skies at Bhandardara is something that everyone must try at least once in their lifetime since it’s not very often that you can camp in the open and see over a hundred stars and spot at least a couple of shooting stars all in a 24-hour trip very close to home.
Swimming in the lake is strictly prohibited and no one who camps with TLOW will be allowed to swim in the lake.
Minimum Age: 18+
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Service tax of 9% is applicable on the above cost.
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