Bhandardara, a picturesque hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, boasts of all bounties of nature. The sumptuous forests, the roaring waterfalls and the majestic mountains make this place the ultimate holiday spot for the city inhabitants. The small township is packed with a plethora of adventurous attractions and with the best trekking tours in Bhandardara certainly topping the charts. If you are enthusiastically inclined and looking for some exploratory experience, there are unlimited trekking tours here, ranging from a simple to a hard-hitting climb.
Elevated as high as 1646 meters, Kalsubai is the highest peak of Maharashtra which makes trekking to Kalsubai utmost important on your Bhandardara Trekking expedition. Settled on the Sahyadri mountain range, it is a 6.6 KM long trail that takes you through a moderately hard difficulty level.
Originating from its east, Waki river is flowing at a little distance from the Hanuman temple established here which will come in between your route guiding you further. After that, rocky outcrops will welcome you just when you will be about to reach the peak overlooking the expansive valley below.
2. Ratangad Fort:
Literally translating to jewel, Ratangad is indeed cherished as a prestigious fort overlooking the valley below from a height of 1297 meters. Nestled on the Ajoba mountain of Sahyadri range, the heights of the fort overlook various other mountain peaks like Kalsubai, Kulang, Alang and Ghanchakkar.
Housing Shiva Temple rooting as back as 1000 years, the peak also offers you a timeless view of the Bhandardara Lake which beautifies the experience even more. Some adventurous souls like to set up a camp in the fort and spend a night stargazing the clear sky at night.
3. Sandhan Valley:
Also known as the Valley of Shadows, Sandhan Valley is the valley where the ravines remain untouched by the golden rays of the sun. As it is formed with various heightened rock formations, you don’t just trek here but also rappel and climb rocks.
Besides that, it is popular due to the statues and the offbeat trail it owns and only offers to the people who come here in the quest for adventure. This 2 KM long trek takes about 5 hours of your patience and courage as it falls under moderate to a difficult level of trekking.
4. Randha Waterfall:
Falling off a cliff of about 170 feet height, Randha Waterfall originates from the crystal clear waters of the Pravara River. People take a moderate trek to reach the heights to treat their eyes with this beautiful view of the waterfall as well as the temple situated on the bank of the river Pravara.
Make sure to bring a camera with you as you will want to capture every scene your eyes can get hold of. Make sure to take precautions from the bees which are living in the massive hives hanging under the rocky formation of the rocky outcrops in the gorge.
5. Umbrella Falls:
A seasonal waterfall, Umbrella Falls take its shape in the month of monsoon when Wilson Dam starts overflowing. It is then a decent amount of water is extracted through a small opening placed on the northern end of the dam.
This water flows over a smooth semicircular rock formation which gives it a resemblance to an open umbrella giving it the name it has. A small bridge is created below the level of the waterfall which makes it easier for the onlookers to grasp a hearty view of the very picturesque man-made waterfall.
6. Ajoba Hills Trek:
Ajoba Hills are one of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range offering neat rock formations for the trekkers to climb on. However, the monsoon soothes the heat on the mountain making it a very pleasurable experience in comparison to any other time of the year.
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