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Bhandardara Lakeside Camping.
Best Camping Location in Maharashtra!!
What a romantic way of courting! The first few showers of monsoon are the best time to witness the fireflies since this is the time best fit for fireflies to start darting around. Fireflies cannot tolerate heavy raindrops and die. So, make sure you get to witness these lightning bugs with us.
Camping at Bhandardara is a unique camping experience which you may have never experienced till now. Surrounded by the Turquoise pristine water, it will be the best experience of camping you ever had. Riverside 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 the monsoon and post-monsoon period, it's natural beauty increases manyfold with numerous small & medium seasonal waterfalls and glowing greenery.
During monsoon, it is difficult to arrange for camping in Bhandardara but the post-monsoon period is perfect as heavy monsoon is subdued and natural beauty reaches 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.
Your camps will be set up beside the lakeside and you will 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 and BBQ for you in the evening and also offer you unlimited Starters!!. It will surely be a memorable experience for you. And the showstopper, Stargazing in Bhandardara under the open sky, can take you to a different world altogether ( We will provide you with Binoculars and Telescopes for Stargazing). Fishing and Swimming the lake is a different experience altogether.
Length: 1 day and 1-night camping at Bhandardara.
Height: 2430 ft above sea level Best season: Round the year
Accommodation timing: You have to reach Bhandardara by 4 - 5 PM in the evening. Its a 1 day and 1-night camping arrangement.
Unlimited Veg and Non-Veg Starters
Unlimited Veg, Non-Veg and Jain Buffet Dinner
Stargazing with Binoculars and Telescopes
Fishing and swimming in the lake.
Camp Check-in time: 5 PM (Day 1)
Camp Check out time: 10 AM (Day 2)
Day 01: Arrival at Bhandardara & camping
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 the distance from Kasara to the campsite is more than Igatpuri. Our representative will be waiting for you at Bhandardara Gaon bus stoppage.
Having own vehicle is highly advisable. Move on to the camping site which will be already prepared so that you need not do anything. Go for fishing at Bhandardara lake. Return to the campsite in the evening. Enjoy the sunset from the campsite or go to an elevated land. After sunset, we will organize Bonfire for you and offer you Palatable Starters (Veg/ Non-Veg).
Enjoy watching the Fireflies and bounty of tiny twinkling stars on the backdrop of the deep dark sky while soaking the warmth of Bonfire. Relish the delicious BBQ along with group activities like Antakshari, Dumb Sheraz, music. Scrumptious homemade dinner(Veg/ Non-Veg/Jain) will be served thereafter. Night stay at camp.
Day 2: Trekking and return journey to Mumbai
Wake up early in the morning. Enjoy the sunrise at Bhandardara lake. It is a beautiful scene. Have your tea and go for a small trek to the adjacent forest if you want to explore the Willson dam and do sightseeings of nearby locations. Complete your breakfast and relax at the campsite. And you can prepare for local sightseeing to Amruteshwar Temple, Kokan Kada, Sandhan Valley, etc. Please note this will be easier if you have a personal car.
A guide will be provided to you free of cost. But if you don't have a car then we may arrange a car at an extra cost which needs to be paid on site. After the Sight-Seeing, You can start your return journey to Mumbai or Pune and say Bid Adieu to Bhandardara.
(You also Have the Option to Extend your stay till 04.00 pm to freshen Up and take rest after having Lunch in our Hotel - Charges Rs.500/- Extra Per Person). You can also Plan Sight Seeing to Nearby Locations and we will provide our Guide to you if you have your Own Vehicle. Private Vehicles also available with us in Bhandardara for sightseeing at an extra cost.
Night stay at Nature camp
Boating and Fishing, Swimming in the Lake.
Binoculars and Telescopes for Stargazing.
1 evening snacks and Tea, Evening Unlimited Starters ( Veg and Non-Veg Both), 1 Dinner (Veg, Non-Veg, and Jain), & 1 breakfast for every night stay
Bonfire, Plus BBQ (Veg/Non-Veg)
Pillows & Blankets
Dome Tent Stay
Pick up/ drop facilities (Paid)
First Aid Kit
Anything not included in the inclusion
Bottled water, extra food, extra bed, etc. and any other cost which is personal in nature
Medical & Travel insurance
Igatpuri/Kasara to Bhandardara gaon campsite transportation or any other transportation
Sightseeing charge to Murudeshwar, Kokan Kada, Sandhan Valley, etc. by hired/arranged car.
Extended Stay till 4 pm in Shared Rooms with Sunday Afternoon Lunch Package.
100% amount to be paid in advance to book the trip.
If the booking is canceled 10 days or before the event date then 50% of the booking amount will be refunded.
If the booking is canceled 6 days before the event date then no refunds will be given, but 50% of the booking amount will be compensated for the next event.
No show = No refund.
The tour is weather based and depends on the weather conditions. There may be last minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate.
Things to Carry:
Valid Photo ID Proof (Aadhar Card/Driving License)
Water bottle (2 liters each person)
Mosquito Repellent Cream
Extra Set of Clothes
Compulsory Torch with Extra batteries
Blankets or (Chaddar)
Electoral 1 pack
Medicine if required
Portable Mobile Charger
Bluetooth Speakers is a must for group
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How to reach Bhandardara:
A. 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 the railway station. Or you can hire auto-rickshaws and a private car 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
Before you come please understand the following facts about Bhandardara weekend lakeside camping:
Q: Is it lakeside camping near Mumbai?
A: Yes. It is lakeside camping near Mumbai. Total around 160 km from Mumbai
Q: Camping site in Maharastra?
A: Bhandardara lakeside camping is a prominent camping activity in Maharastra
Q: Chance of Bhandardara stargazing?
A: Abundant chance of stargazing with empty eyes. We will provide you with a binocular or telescope for you to explore the billions of stars in the horizon.
Useful Facts about Bhandardara lakeside camping
Good, Clean, Permanent Western & Indian washroom facilities are available (not attached to camps as camps are situated just beside the Waterbody). Permanent washrooms are available approx. 5 mins away from the camping place.
Ample parking facilities are available for vehicles
The place is safe & secure as camp organizers & caretakers are local and they will be available 24*7
It will be best if you bring your own car as from Igatpuri or Kasara to Bhandardara hired transportation is generally costly. Also, you will have convenience during sightseeing.
From Kasara it takes approx. 2 hours to reach Bhandardara. Private Cars available(We will arrange Transportation for you if you book our 'With Transportation" Package subject to a group of 5 pax.