Trekगुरु : Visit Bhandardara region waterfalls
Date : 15-16 august 2015
Grade : Easy / Adventure
Location : Bhandardara region
Attraction : Vihi waterfall, Panjare waterfall, Ghatghar Kokankada, Sandhan Valley, Reverse waterfall, Amruteshwar mandir, Necklace waterfall, Randha fall, Bhandardara (wilson) dam, Umbrella waterfall.
Cost : Aprx 1400 - 1600 rs Per Person On Contribution Basis + 200 rs trekगुरु charges.
Contact : Pravin 9821318848/9821465256
Reasons To Visit :
Bhandardara (3000 ft) is a hill station and a weekend getaway 180 kms from Mumbai and Pune and about 80 kms from Nashik.
Bhandardara is set on a dam and is known for its remote and idyllic location, waterfalls around the area (June - Oct) and boating in the lake.
Bhandardara is a base point for many treks in the area (most notable Kalsubai peak & Harishchandragad).
Some info -
Vihi Waterfall :
Vihi Waterfall Near Vihigaon, Kasara. It is also known as Ashoka waterfall. Vihigaon waterfall just 12 km from kasara. Vihigaon waterfall are located in deep forest. The waterfall is amazing . The place is an ideal spot for rappelling. A place must visit for waterfall and nature lovers.
The lush green grass carpets and small ponds here and there.The waterfall is also known for serving as a place for many shots of the film, Asoka, starring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
Panjare waterfall :
Panjare waterfalls which is about 12 Kms from the MTDC resort is another lovely place amidst lush green fields and tiny Hamlets.
Ghatghar Kokankada :
Though this kokankada is nowhere when we compare with Harishchandragad kokan-kada but still this point is worth watching.
I challenge you to enjoy the nature like this in Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Kaas Pathar, Sajjangad, Lonavla, Sinhagad. You will not be able to do it inspite of spending too much money.
Very few people visit hence it is a good place to visit.
Sandhan valley :
Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley. Located in the Nagar district, near the famous fort Ratangad, Sandhan valley is undoubtedly The Valley of Suspense. Walking through the narrow streak of valley with 300 ft rock walls on both the sides is a lifetime experience. Descending full Sandhan valley is always a memorable outing and the overnight stay under the sparkling sky, along the reservoir side, is a sweet cherry on the cake!!
Reverse waterfall :
Experience reverse waterfall from top and later while descending via Karoli Ghat we will get complete view of this 400/500 ft gigantic waterfall.
Amruteshwar Temple :
Amruteshwar Temple is located at the start of the Ratanwadi village in the Igatpuri region. It is considered to be over 1,200 year old temple which features Lord Shiva as the main deity. This temple comes under Ahmednagar District and is surrounded by varied mountain ranges. Ratangad Fort is also located at a close distance from this old Lord Shiva Temple.
The Amruteshwar Temple has been constructed in Hemadpanthi architectural style with beautiful rock carvings on the main shrine. Travelling by road to this temple is very difficult due to rough roads on the hills. Tourists can avail boats from Arthur Lake to visit this temple, which is situated approximately 8 km away from this lake.
Necklace waterfall :
its mini version Niagara of falls Bhandardara.
Randha fall :
Randha Falls is situated in the Igatpuri region, near the Lake Arthur Hill. Located at a distance of 11 km from the famous Wilson Dam, this waterfall generally falls from a height of 45 m. It is the chief source of hydro power in the Bhandardara region. Randha Waterfalls is considered to be the third largest waterfall in the country, which gets water from the Pravara River.
The Pravara River descends down from over 170 ft to fall into the Randha Falls. Monsoon season is the best time to visit this region.
Bhandardara dam or Wilson dam :
Bhandardara Dam was constructed in 1926 and the dam is noted for its tourism value. One of the best past time for the tourists visiting Bhandardara Dam is nature watching, owing to its panoramic landscape. Bhandardara Dam is known to be one of the oldest dams in Asia, constructed at an elevation of 750 m from mean sea level. The dam is famous for its Umbrella Falls, which provides a breathtaking sight to visitors. Another waterfall known as the Randha Falls lies about 11 km from the dam.
Umbrella waterfall :
Umbrella Falls is situated at the old Wilson Dam in Ahmednagar District. The ideal time to visit the waterfalls is during the monsoon season, when the water level in the Pravara River is the highest. It is a beautiful tourist spot, which is located below the Wilson Dam in Bhandardara.
Itienrary & Trip schedule :
15 august 2015 Saturday
05.45 am : Meeting point at Dadar East swami narayan temple
06.00 am : Departure from Dadar
08.30 am : Reach Vihi waterfall
Breakfast (vihi village)
12.00 pm : Reach Panjare waterfall
01.30 pm : Reach Ghatghar kokankada
02.30 pm : Lunch (samrad village)
03.30 pm : Sandhan valley
05.00 pm : Reverse waterfall
06.30 pm : Samrad village (dormitory stay)
08:00 pm : Dinner
Enjoy the night with some team games till you drop asleep.
16 august 2015 sunday
06.00 am : Good morning
06.30 am : Breakfast
07.30 am : Amruteshwar Temple
09.30 am : Necklace waterfall
11.00 am : Randha waterfall
12.30 pm : Bhandardara dam & Umbrella waterfall
01.30 pm : Lunch (bhandardara)
02.30 pm : Arthur lake
04.00 pm : Move to Mumbai
08.00 pm : Reach Dadar (tentatively)
Cost : Aprx 1400-1600 rs Per Person On Contribution Basis + 200 rs trekगुरु charges
> Dadar - Bhandardara - Dadar by non a/c bus
> 15 august breakfast - tea - lunch - dinner - stay (veg)
> 16 august breakfast - tea - lunch (veg)
> any entry fee / toll / parking
> Trekगुरु charges
Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
A bottle of water (atleast 3 Ltrs),
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (must)
Personal bedding, sleeping Bag / 2 bed sheets & carry mat (must)
Binocular, Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
Some ready to eat food Plum cakes, Biscuits, fruits like pears, apple, pomegranate, dates etc
Medicine those if u require usually
Sport shoes, chappal / sandle, extra pair of socks
To confirm his/her registration needs to deposit advance payment (1000 rs) into the following bank account (Please write your name in description)
Bank Name: BANK OF MAHARASHTRA
Account ID: 20059830445
Account Type: Savings Bank Account
Account name: PRAVIN P. KAMBLE
Branch: BHOIWADA - MUMBAI
IFSC code: MAHB0000563
Pravin : 9821318848
Do's, Dont's & Facts
- Rains showers are expected, so pack your bags accordingly.
- Pack your stuff with an extra polythene lining to protect the contents from rain.
- check ur railway timings according to ur location.
- Kindly carry 1 Identity proof
- we carry only First aid.
- Cost Not Included Insurance, medical Coverage.
- Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
- It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for any adventure. While planning your adventure trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check-up done.
- Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events you are at your own risk.
- All activities & programs carry an amount of risk of injury and you are aware that outdoor activities have an inherent risk of personal injury.
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- Smoking and alcohol strictly prohibited.
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