Bhandardara is one of the foremost camping sites near Mumbai in Maharastra. Mumbai to Bhandardara distance is 160km by road. Nearest railway station of Bhandardara is Kasara and Igatpuri. Bhandardara is famous for the lakeside camping near Mumbai. It also provides a beautiful opportunity of stargazing. Bhandardara has a clear blue sky which is perfect for stargazing and very soothing to your tired eyes. The best experience will be to stay in a lake side cottage in Bhandardara. But unfortunately there is no such cottage facility available just beside the lakeside. That is why lakeside camping at Bhandardara is very popular.
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Camping at Bhandardara is an unique camping experience which you may had never experienced till now. Surrounded by the Turquoise pristine water, it will be the best experience of camping you ever had. River camping in Bhandardara is one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai, Pune & Nasik with a punch of thrill & adventure. Bhandardara is always beautiful with its tranquil serenity and unspoiled nature. But during monsoon and post monsoon period it's natural beauty increases many fold with numerous small & medium seasonal waterfalls and glowing greenery. During monsoon it is difficult to arrange for camping in Bhandardara but post monsoon period is perfect as heavy monsoon is subdued and natural beauty reaches to the peak. Bhandardara stargazing is a famous activity mostly carried out by campers who visit our site.The camping has been specifically designed for a beautiful summer sky gazing and relaxing.
You will set camp within the hilly forest area and and enjoy the sunset while swift cool breeze will gently touch your body. As the night approaches the weather becomes cooler and very pleasant. We will arrange bonfire for you in the evening and if needed BBQ can also be arranged on prior request. it will surely be a memorable experience for you. And the showstopper, Stargazing in Bhandardara under the open sky, can take to to a different world altogether
Length: 1 night camping at Bhandardara. Experience bonfire, local cuisine, BBQ, stargazing
Height: Sea Level
Best season: Round the year
Accommodation timing: You have to reach Bhandardara by 4 - 5 PM in the evening. Its a 24 hours camping arrangement. So you are allowed to stay for 24 hours. However if you want, you are welcome to stay more than 24 hours.
Arrive at Bhandardara by 4 -5 PM in the EVENING by own vehicle/other means. You can reach Igatpuri or Kasara and then take local transport (state transport bus or shared Autorickshaw/ Cab) to reach Bhandardara. Igatpuri is preferable as distance from Kasara to campsite is more than Igatpuri. Our representive will be waiting for you at Bhandardara Gaon bus stoppage. Having own vehicle is highly advisable.
Move on to the camping site which will already be prepared so that you need not do anything. Go for boating at Bhandardara lake (If Boating is on). Return to campsite in the evening.
Enjoy the sunset from the campsite or go to an elevated land. After sunset we will organize Bonfire for you. Enjoy the bounty of tiny twinkling stars on the backdrop of deep dark sky while soaking the warmth of Bonfire. Basic homemade dinner will be served thereafter (as per availability). Night stay at camp.
Wake up early in the morning. Enjoy the sunrise at Bhandardara lake. Its a beautiful scene. Have your tea and go for a small trek to the adjacent forest if you want or explore the willson dam. Complete your breakfast and relax at the campsite. Next in the noon, have lunch and prepare for local sightseeing to Amruteshwar Temple, Kokan kada, Sandhan Valley etc. Please note this will be easier if you have personal car. Guide will be provided to you free of cost. But if you don't have car then we may arrange car at an extra cost which needs to be paid on site.Then start your return journey to Mumbai or Pune.
Cancellation and Refund:
The tour is weather based and depends on the weather conditions.There may be last minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate.
To reach Bhandardara you need to reach either Kasara or igatpuri. Both railway stations are near to Bhandardara. Kasara to Bhandardara distance is 60 km and Igatpuri to Bhandardara distance is 45 km by road. You will get state transport buses from railway station. Or you can hire auto rickshaws also. From kasara it will take around 2 hours to reach Bhandardara. Bhandardara camping takes place in Bhandardara gaon beside the lake
If you are coming via your private transport then you can follow the below route to reach Bhandardara
Mumbai > Igatpuri > Ghoti (Turn right) > Pimpalgaon (Turn right) > Bhandardara Dam
Yes. It is a lakeside camping near Mumbai. Total around 160 km from Mumbai
Only tents are not available for rent. Its a 24 hour Bhandardara camping package. If you are looking for tents only then please do not enquire with us
Bhandardara lakeside camping is a prominent camping activity in Maharastra
Lakeside cottages are not available in Bhandardara due to ban on any permanent structure just beside the lake. We provide only lakeside camping
Abundant chance of stargazing with empty eyes. If you have a binocular or telescope then you can see heaven here