You must have heard of this saying a number of times… it’s not the destination that matters. It’s the journey that does. The Bhandardara Road trip will almost translate this quote into a reality. Bhandardara is an enthralling landscape that turns into a magical paradise during monsoon, almost like a dream sequence: beautiful mountains breathing into the lush green surroundings, clouds touching you from the skies, and the winds murmuring behind your ears. And when you have some lovely people accompanying you on your journey, the fun even multiplies.
Train schedule and reporting time:
- CSMT- 6:45 am (6:55 am train time)
- Byculla- 6:50 am (7:02 am train time)
- Dadar- 6:55 am (7:08 am train time)
- Kurla- 7:05 am (7:15 am train time)
- Ghatkopar- 7:10 am (7:19 am train time)
- Mulund- 7:20 am (7:30 am train time)
- Thane- 7:25 am (7:34 am train time)
- Dombivali- 7:35 am (7:47 am train time)
- Kalyan- 7:45 am (7:55 am train time)
- Kasara – 9:11 am
Note: Request you to be on time as we shall not be responsible in case you miss your train by any chance.
- Start our journey at 6:55 am and consecutively board the Kasara local train from preferred boarding points.
- Meet and greet at Kasara station and have breakfast.
- Start the road trip and head straight to the Bhavali dam for some fun amidst the waterfall!
- Head to the Bhandardara dam to witness the marvelous dam and the Bhandardara waterfall.
- After a delicious lunch at Muthkhel village, we explore Necklace falls, Amruteshwar temple
- Head to Samradh village for dinner over the music, stories, and some fun dance moves. Overnight stay at Samradh.
- Start the day with some tea. Hike through the beautiful Sandhan Valley and witness the mighty Konkan Kada.
- Last but not the least, visit the beautiful Randha falls, following which, we start our drive back to Mumbai.
Good morning! It’s going to be a day full of adventure. We start our Bhandardar road trip from the CSMT station, wherein we board the Kasara local train from different boarding Once we reach Kasara station, our happiness shall know no bounds. Because here is where we meet, my friend!
Once we are done with the meeting and greeting, and an appetizing breakfast awaits us. Post which, let’s get ready to vrooooom into a power-packed adventure ride.
The entire car ride will be all about jokes, gossips, fun, and your kinda songs- the soulful kind, the dhinchak kind, the jazzy kind, and even the hip-hop kind! Pro tip- Make sure to get your playlist along for an even better ride. 😉 Now that we have you in the mood, it’s time to tick each place off our bucket list.
After about 45 minutes on the road, our car will halt right next to a beautiful sight that is sure to take your breath away. Yes, my friend. This is the first destination for the day- the Bhavali Dam. We will click the most beautiful pictures, and soak ourselves in the mist hand in hand. The waterfall will not only quench your thirst but will also soak your soul in the most unimaginable ways.
Time for some lunch guys. Follow us as we continue our ride through lush greens and heavenly scenes, right up to Muthkhel Village for some deliciously cooked desi lunch. What’s better than this? Nature, friends, and deliciously cooked local cuisine that will make your taste buds go on a roller coaster ride- yummmm!
Post lunch, let’s head towards the Bhandardara Dam. You will be stunned to know that it is one of the oldest dams ever built in India. The roaring water sliding and hitting the gates is the best thing you’ll ever witness! The river in front of you right now is the Pravara River, which undeniably has the largest watershed you must have seen. PS- The surprise is not over yet friend. As you turn around, you will see the picturesque stretch of Sahyadri Mountain encircling the entire dam. What’s more? You will also get to witness the mighty Umbrella falls glittering underneath the sun. The dam also has a beautiful garden where we can sit and embrace each other over warm conversations.
Next up is the Necklace Falls! As the name would have it, this beautiful waterfall adorns the hills exactly like a necklace when the waterfalls down the lofty rocks.
Although the sun starts to set, our spirits are still up and high. The golden hues of the sky are the best time for a getaway to the Amruteshwar temple. This spectacular temple will make your eyes wander through heaven. Dating way back to some bygone era, this temple is a classic representation of some ancient art-work, solely dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has 12 different Shiva shrines that were built by Kind Jhang of the Shilahara dynasty, some thousands of years ago.
. Towards the end of the road trip, we will surprise you pack of Hikerwolfs with some delicious, heavenly, home-cooked dinner. Imagine the fun: mouth-watering dinner with happy faces, some music to give us company, and the most awesome of dance moves ever! ☺
The night will be spent in Samrad village, right against the wide expanse of the beautiful breezy Sandhan valley!
Alright…Time to sleep now. While you have the best night’s sleep, you might as well dream about some more adventure that we are about to undertake the next day.
“Hey, …what’s that beautiful smell coming from? Is that chai?”
Yes, it’s garma garam kadak chai. And that’s how we start with the second day of our Bhandardara road trip. So hey, good morning!
Time to get ready ASAP, as we are heading for a fun hike to witness the beautiful Sahyadri mountain ranges. The entire Sandhan Valley is surrounded by some magnificent hills- Alang, Maland, Kulang, Ratangad, Ajoba, and Kalsubai hills to name a few. Minute after minute, we cross lush green pastures, broken paths, and breathe in the peace underneath the fluffy clouds. We also trail across Konkan Kada, which is a concave-shaped mountain carved in the middle of nowhere. The beauty of the mountain is extremely peculiar and beyond any explanation. With this, we also end the scenic hike through the enchanting Samrad village.
Now, we head to the Randha Falls. It is the third-largest fall in the whole of Maharashtra! This, my friend, is nature’s treat for you. Everywhere you look, you see rapids flowing fast and eventually merging into an enormous waterfall. This is also the place where we crazy heads take a dip in the pond! Sounds amusing right? Imagine how beautiful the reality must be. Photos after photos, splashes after splashes, laughs after laughs, we make memories under the sun.
This also marks the end of our Bhandardara road trip. We head back to Mumbai with the same joy and fun we started the ride with- music, Masti, and even something beyond that- a special bond with the fellow travelers that have culminated into a lifelong one.
- Transportation from Kasara and back
- 2 breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner
- Basic first aid
- Traveling within Bhandardara
- Cost of train tickets
- Personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
1. Can I travel solo?
Of course, you can, we always have people joining solo and they go back home making many new friends.
2. How and when will your team coordinate with me?
We make a WhatsApp group of all the participants, besides, one day before the event, and share all the necessary details in it.
3. How do I join if I am from Pune?
If you’re from Pune, kindly meet us at Kasara.
4. Is this trip kids friendly?
Yes, kids above the age of 5 can join for this trip.