Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside

Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside

Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India
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Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside Highlights

  • Lakeside Camping in cozy tents & Boating  
  • Enjoy the Weather At Bhandardara
  • Get Amazed by The Fireflies and Serene Views of Bhandardara Lake

Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside Overview

About Bhandardara 
Bhandardara is a pristine and traditional village near Pune, Maharashtra. It is the best place to enjoy the weekend holidays in the serene surroundings of the Sahyadri Ranges in the Western Ghats, Maharashtra. There is a dam also whose name is based on the Bhandardara Village that is Bhandardara Dam. The exact location is Akole Tehsil, District Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, and nearby Igatpuri, which serves as the nearest railway station to it. The distance between Mumbai and Bhandardara is 166 kilometers (103 Miles), and from Pune, it is 172 Kilometres(106 Miles). From the distance factor point of view, you can observe that Bhandardara is somewhere in the middle of both the major cities of Maharashtra. Due to the covered-up by lush green surroundings and enriched flora and fauna of Western Ghats, this place is also known as the - “Queen of Sahyadri.” 

The Bhandardara is of hilly area type but not suitable for the summers as here you will experience the humidity and scorching heat. It becomes a paradise after the mid-session of Monsoon, and February remains the best spot for camping, trekking, sightseeing, and a perfect weekend getaway far from the crowded life of Mumbai and Pune. The climate and temperature at Bhandardara can be divided into four parts: Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. 

The Summer season commences in March and retains till May. At this time temperature lies between 20°C (68°F) to 38°C (100°F). The night remains cold, but the days are mild, and the sky remains clear. From June, the monsoon starts here and is retained till September. In the monsoon season, Bhandardara receives heavy rainfall. The humidity is high, but the wind remains cold. The minimum temperature recorded in monsoon is 24°C (75°F), and the maximum temperature goes up to 33°C (91°F). October to November is the season of Autumn, and the temperature is 20°C (°68F) to 29°C (84.2°F). The clarity of the sky is on the verge, and it is the best time to visit Bhandara Camping. From December to February, this place will be most pleasant, where during the day and night, you can feel the cool breezes from the Sahyadri Hills. In the winter minimum temperature is 8°C (46°F), and the maximum is 19°C (66°F). 
About Bhandardara Camping:
Bhandara Camping is the best of the best ways to relieve yourself from routine life stress. It is the place where you can enjoy lakeside camping at Bhandardara Dam. From the campsite, you can enjoy nature's craftsmanship. The campsites at Bhandardara lake provide you with all the chances to capture the beauty in your eyes and camera forever. You will be mesmerized after seeing the panoramic views of the lake and surroundings. 

To enjoy Bhandardara Camping, reach the campsite by town till evening at 5:00 PM and check in at your camp. The tents provided are so cozy, so have some little rest and then experience the serene surroundings followed by a sunset view. When it is getting dark outside, reach the campsite and settle down near the bonfire for chit chat with friends and intro with other campmates. At the night, you will see another wonder of nature which is fireflies near your campsite. It will be an enjoyable experience to have dinner under the sky with a bonfire. After enjoying this time, you may retire to your tent.

The Morning will be so beautiful at Bhandardara lakeside camping. Enjoy the sunrise, followed by getting some poster pictures by your camera. Have breakfast, relax for a while, and pack your bags to return to your sweet home with the best memories of Bhandardara Camping.   

Best Time to Visit:-
Although suitable for a visit any time of the year, Bhandara unveils its spellbinding charm in the monsoon months of June till September when the climate is cool and breezy as opposed to the summer when it's quite hot and humid. Temperatures range between 20 degrees C to 30 degrees C. Hence, the months between June and March tend to be ideal times to visit Bhandardara. The downpours during these months create breathtaking sights for one to explore.
Bhandardara in Winter (October - February) 
Beginning from October - February, the winter season is the most advisable time for a visit to Bhandardara. The temperatures here fall to nearly 10 degrees C. This cozy weather woos tourists from nearby cities (Mumbai and Pune) for spending a day or two amidst lush greenery and peaceful surroundings. The cold winter breeze adds to the enchantment of the place. The days become shorter in winter, so you might not get an ample amount of sunlight to explore the place thoroughly in one day. This is also the time when migratory birds cross this place, making it a spectacular sight for bird watchers. Carry light woolen clothes to keep yourself warm.
Visit Bhandardara for its scenic beauty. Lush green hills against a background of dazzling lake and a clear blue sky make for the perfect sight, with the waterfalls adding to its charm.
Bhandardara in Monsoon (July - September) 
Beginning in the month of June and ending in September, the monsoon season in Bhandardara is heavenly. The natural beauty of Bhandardara enriches in monsoon. The temperatures are perfect, ranging from 20 degrees C to 30 degrees C. This is the best time to visit the place as you need not worry about the scorching sun, and there's still plenty of sunlight to roam about in. You could plan a picnic near lake Bhandardara, visit the famous Wilson Dam which is at its best in monsoon, and Radha waterfalls to witness water gushing down a hilltop – a sight you wouldn't want to miss.
Bhandardara in Summer (March - June) 
Summers are not much appealing in Bhandardara. The temperatures go up to 35 degrees C. Although nights are cooler, the hot and sticky afternoons make it too uncomfortable to head out and enjoy the pure and pristine beauty of the hill. Summers start in March and continue till May, after which light showers help cool down the place. Summer is considered off-season. So this is the perfect time for bargain hunters and backpackers traveling on a tight budget. This is also the best time to plan a trek and camp with your squad. Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra is a challenging trekking option if you are up for it.

Things to Do At Bhandardara Lake:
If you have more time available, then you can visit nearby places to Bhandardara on your own after check-out from the campsite. The places to visit at Bhandardara are the following:
  • Sandhan Valley
  • Kalsubai Peak
  • Pawna Lake
  • Randha Waterfall
  • Umbrella Waterfall
  • Amruteshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Samrad Village 
  • Ratangad Fort
  • Bhavali Dam
  • Wilson Dam
  • Alang Madan Kulang
  • Fireflies at Purushwadi
Other than sightseeing and trekking you can enjoy activities like  
  • Boating
  • Angling
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography

How to Reach Bhandardara:
The Bhandardara is well connected with all major cities of Maharashtra. The best option to reach Bhandardara is by road and train.

By Road: 
Bhandardara is located at a distance of 103 miles(166 Km) from Mumbai, and the distance between Bhandardara and Pune is 106 miles(172 Km). There are state transport buses and private buses available to reach there. Other than this, you can also hire a private cab from Mumbai or Pune. If you want to reach there in your vehicle, then it will also be the best. 

By Train:
Igatpuri is the nearest major city to Bhandardara, which has the railhead also. The Igatpuri railway station is on the Mumbai - Nashik rail route. So by boarding on the train first reach there. The distance between Igatpuri and Bhandardara is 45 km. Outside the station, you can catch the shared jeep or hire a private vehicle for you to reach the Bhandardara Campsite. If you are planning to reach Pune by train, then first you have to board the Indrayani SF Express till Kalyan Junction, and from there, you have to catch Ratnagiri SF Express to reach Igatpuri.

By Flight:
If you are planning to visit Bhandardara from other parts of the country, then Mumbai and Pune airports are nearby airports.
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Itinerary For Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside


Day 1 - Reach Bhandardara Campsite | Bhandardara


Enjoy the bonfire & barbeque snacks

  • Reach Bhandardara Campsite on your own till 3:00 PM 
  • After a brief introduction, check in to your tent and relax for a while.
  • Explore the nearby area to the campsite and enjoy the sunset.
  • Enjoy evening snacks and settle for the bonfire activity.
  • While enjoying the bonfire & barbeque snacks, share your experiences with other people, and make new friends.
  • Near around 9:00 PM, it is the time for a mouth-watering dinner prepared by local cooks.
  • It will be a lifetime experience to have dinner with friends under the sky full of stars.
  • After enjoying all the day-1 activity take a sound sleep at your cozy tent.

Day 2 - Check Out


Enjoy Bhandardara Lake for boating

  • Wake-Up early in the morning to experience sunrise above the Sahyadri Hills.
  • Take breakfast in a serene morning environment.
  • Now head towards the Bhandardara Lake for boating.
  • While boating at Bhandardara Lake, birdwatching is a bonus.
  • After boating feedback to the campsite, Pack all your bags and start your ongoing journey. 
  • Check out by 11 AM
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Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside Reviews




It was a wonderful experience out there at backpack camping in bhandardara. It was the coldest day of this season and we were very much excited to experience the camping here Tribal dance of the local community people was a special feature of the camping night. The whole family enjoyed it a lot!




It was the best experience so far in lakeside camping. The staff of Banbanjara allowed our tents. Tents were clean and bedsheets and woolen blankets were provided. After check-in, we had our evening snacks which were Tea and Maggi. We went back to our tents. up a bonfire around 7 We sat around and after an hour he brought kebab sticks for BBQ. The weather was very good. ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ




A wonderful campsite looking over the Bhandardhara Lake. Beautiful place, with good home-cooked food. Tents look smaller from the outside but our good enough for persons with normal height. You get a Barbeque, Campfire, Lake Boating, and Forest Trail along with star gazing in the night sky. The organizers were good and friendly.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰




Bhandardara Lake has such scenic beauty..anyone who seeks peace for a moment should definitely give it a shot...right from hospitality to our basic needs everything was perfectly managed . Absolutely worth each and every penny we paid..highly recommended it for a pocket-friendly trip..will surely visit again!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š




Very Serene, Calm and Refreshing Extremely peaceful. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the whole trip๐Ÿคฉ


Pritesh Sharma


It was our first camping experience. The camping location was cool and awesome. The weather was good. The food was ok. The washroom facility was a bit distant from the campsite. Camp organizer was very supportive. But going to such remote village place as a traveler we should be aware of some possible threats about the surrounding.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š




"All the services given in the package were provided. The tour operator Yogesh was very good he took care of everything and was very supportive throughout. The scenery was beautiful and worth every penny also the food was good." Such a nice trip๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡




The Bhandardara camping experience was awesome, campsite was a very beautiful location with a direct view of the lake. The place was very clean and maintained properly. The host Shubham was very helpful with everything there, the environment was very friendly. all trip is well.




The Bhandardara camping experience was awesome. since we were grp of girls only, he helped us with transportation as well. We really enjoyed the beautiful view of sunset & sunrise. Also, the campsite is closest to the lake, and the view is a possum. Overall good experience. Value for money Would definitely recommend all. ????๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š




It was my first experience of lakeside camping. Nice and relaxing. Thanks for such lovely memories. Just a few Suggestions: 1. Washrooms should be nearby for the sake of convenience for older people and ladies with kids. 2. Food quality can be improved ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Bhandardara Camping at Lakeside FAQs

Are hotels in Bhandardara available?

Yes, Hotels are available in Bhandardara. Most of them are resorted to and set up in the serene environment near Bhandardara Lake. Some of the well-known resorts of Bhandardara are Anandvan Resort, Yash Resort, Wanderlust Resort, and MTDC Bhandardara. Except for MTDC resort, all are private Bhandardara resorts. The MTDC Bhandara is the resort owned by the state tourism government department. The full form of MTDC in Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. 

How to reach Nashik to Bhandardara?

Nashik to Bhandardara distance is 72 Kilometers. Bhandardara does not have its railway station, so you have to reach Igatpuri, which is the nearest railhead to it. There are two options available to reach Bhandardara from Nashik,i.e., by train and by road. If you are planning to go from Nashik to Bhandardara by train, then you have to catch the train to Igatpuri, and then from there, you can continue your journey in sharing vehicles like jeep or Maxx. 
If you are going by Bus, then a variety of buses are available from Nashik to reach Bhandardara. You can also reach there via Ghoti village by driving your vehicle.

What is the distance between Bhandardara to Mumbai?

The Bhandardara to Mumbai distance is 166 kilometres (103 miles). Here you can reach via NH-160.

How to reach Pune to Bhandardara?

There are two ways to reach Pune to Bhandardara by train and by road. By Train, you have to reach Igatpuri because it is the nearest railhead to the Bhandardara, and if you are planning to go by from Pune to Bhandardara, then via NH-60 and MH SH 21 you will reach there. 

How to book Bhandardara Lakeside Camping Package?

There are two ways to book Bhandardara Lakeside Camping Package one is from the BanBanjara’s booking platform or you can book at +919001504000. Here you will be provided with all the details.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.
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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 25 days before the date of departure, would levy 15% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 15-25 days before the date of departure, would levy a 25% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-15 days before the date of departure, would levy 50% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days before the date of departure, would levy 100% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be canceled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveler as an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.
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Refund Policy

  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.
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  • Carry BanBanjara vouchers with you.
  • The transportation facility will be available on-demand in Non-AC vehicles. All the charges are excluded from the package, so you have to pay accordingly if you opt.
  • Common washroom facilities will be provided.
  • The location of the campsite will be changed if there is any change in the water level of the Bhandardara Dam.
  • In heavy rains, the accommodation will be provided in dormitories, or waterproof tents on multiple sharing bases, so do not expect the facilities like a hotel suite. 
  • Maintain the dignity of the place by not involving activities that harm nature.
  • Do not indulge in any activity which is against the forest law of Maharashtra and India.
  • Kindly cooperate with the staff.
  • Behave like a gentleman and lady with other campmates.
  • Listen to all the instructions carefully.
  • Take care of Children as the campsite will be near a water catchment area.
  • Wear all the swimming guards during boating.
  • Take care of your luggage.
  • In the case of natural calamities, if conditions go beyond human capabilities, then the package may be subjected to cancellation.
  • 30% booking charge from the total cost you have to submit in case of rescheduling.
  • Views of fireflies depend upon the weather conditions.
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