Hello everyone! Hope you guys are doing well.
Today I’m going to share with you my experience on my trip to Igatpuri (Bhandardara) and some tips and tricks which could be useful to you if you’re planning to visit Igatpuri, so make sure you read till the end.
Bhandardara is a village located in the Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra, which is situated about 185 kilometres from Mumbai. Bhandardara was on my wishlist for this year and I’m glad that I completed it today (18/02/2017).
So let’s begin! We boarded the train from Lokamanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) railway station at 5:37 am. We reached Igatpuri station at 8:00 am. We headed to Ghoti by a state transportation bus. From there we took a sharing taxi to Bhandardara. We then hired a cab for sightseeing. The sightseeing takes 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours which covers roughly 40-50 kilometres.
We first visited Arthur Lake. The lake offers a breathtaking view. It completely helps you to calm your mind. A very peaceful spot. One of my absolute favourite from this trip.
Then we headed towards Kalsubai, which has the highest point in Maharashtra. The cab driver mentioned about the amazing trekking experience that Kalsubai offers. I would personally love to try it one day. Hopefully soon.
Next we visited Amrutheshwar Temple. During our visit we were fortunate to be able to witness a Live Kirtan. Amrutheshwar Temple is a beautifully carved Shiva temple in Ratanwadi. The temple was a little covered at the moment but that didn’t stop it from portraying it’s beauty.
Our next stop was a valley. Valley again had a breathtaking view to offer. It feels great when you’re on the very top and everything seems little from there yet beautiful. My another favourite from this trip.
Next we headed to Wilson Dam. Wilson Dam is situated right next to Umbrella falls. I believe both look extremely beautiful in the monsoon season. Monsoon season definitely just helps them reach the whole new level of beautiful all together. Tip : Best season to visit Bhandardara is monsoon.
The cab driver also allowed me to sit on the top of the cab while taking us around. It was an amazing experience. Things like these aren’t actually possible in the city and hence not now then when? I’ve inserted a snippet on my instagram story just to give you a glimpse.
After sightseeing we headed towards Ghoti. From Ghoti we took a sharing taxi to Kasara. From Kasara a local train to Mumbai. That is, Bhandardara-Ghoti-Kasara-Mumbai. If you do not have your railway reservations in place then you no longer have to worry, since now you can get back to Mumbai without it. Similarly Mumbai-Kasara-Ghoti-Bhandardara. Having a alternative plan is always better, right? I love sudden plans and if you’re like me then this tip will definitely come handy.
In all, Bhandardara is a beautiful place and it’s worth visiting it atleast once.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and it helped you in someway or the other. I’ll be back with another post very soon!
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