A wonderful campsite looking over the Bhandardhara lake. Beautiful place, good home cooked food. Tents look smaller from outside but our good enough fo...
All things mentioned in mail was provided in proper timing, not delayed for anything. Apart from 4 hrs of traveling, every minute was worth the visit....
Bhandardara is a holiday resort village near Igatpuri, in the western ghats of India. Bhandardara Lake camping is one of the most amazing and highly favorite camping and picnic spots for lovers of nature. Located near Igatpuri in the Western Ghats of India, it is a hotspot of tourism for its natural beauty and the attractions nearby like the many hills, waterfalls, Wilson dam, and Arthur Lake.
This camp by the lake is a great place to stay and enjoy a getaway in the lap of nature. Complete with comfortable tents and mattresses, the place even has clean and hygienic toilets to make the place and even more wonderful experience.
About Bhandardara Camping:
- Arrive at the Bhandardara campsite on your own by 5 PM in the evening and check in to the allotted camps.
- Spend some time exploring the area before settling around the campfire for a session of stories and singing with dancing.
- Enjoy a scrumptious dinner and after dinner experience fireflies during forest visit before settling in for the night. (Depending on availability of fireflies)
- Wake up early to see the beautiful sunrise & a mesmerizing sight of the lake in the morning hours.
- Have your breakfast and spend some time at the camp before checking-out and bringing the camping to an end.
Check-in: 5 PM
Check-out: 11 AM
NOTE: You can also opt for a variant in which the transportation is available from Kasara station to Kasara station. In that case, The pickup timings will be at 2:50 PM from Kasara station.
5 PM- Reach the campsite
Enjoy some leisure time exploring the campsite amidst nature
6.00 PM to 7 PM- Have your snacks
Sit by the bonfire and relax
7.30 PM to 8.30 PM- Enjoy bonfire with barbeque snacks.
9 PM to 10 PM- Savor on delicious dinner.
Have a good night sleep in your cozy tents.
8 AM- Start your day with breakfast
8.30 AM- Enjoy Boating with your mates.
11 AM- Check out and end your experince with lifelong memories.
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Rated : 4.0
A wonderful campsite looking over the Bhandardhara lake. Beautiful place, good home cooked food. Tents look smaller from outside but our good enough for persons with normal height. You get a Barbeque, Campfire, Lake Boating, Forest Trail alongwith star gazing in the night sky. Organizers were good and friendly. Bathroom hygenie has to be improved a lot though, this would make this place great. Would definetly like to visit again.
Rated : 4.0
All things mentioned in mail was provided in proper timing, not delayed for anything. Apart from 4 hrs of traveling, every minute was worth the visit. Great home cooked food, comfortable tents, beautiful location covered with mountains from all sides. The organiser was very polite and helpful. Clean surrounding, fresh air, away from populated and polluted environment. Will definitely visit again. Toilet was very far away from tent. Boating was always good.
Rated : 5.0
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 food was good.
Rated : 5.0
Apart from 4 hrs of traveling, every minute was worth the visit. Great home cooked food, comfortable tents, beautiful location covered with mountains from all sides. The organiser was very polite and helpful. Clean surrounding, fresh air, away from populated and polluted environment. Will definitely visit again.
Rated : 5.0
One of the best camping experience, camping was inside a lake, the organisers are really good, worth every rupee spent.
Rated : 4.0
This place is perfectly fine to go with friends or family, it was like a picnic spot far from the city hustle and you can truly relax there.
Rated : 5.0
The staff was good, the food was also nice and had enough variety. The camps are near and well maintained. We played many games there and the bonfire was so great and cozy.. we loved the whole trip, we haven’t slept for the whole night because the surrounding was very relaxing and we wanted to enjoy every moment there. A big recommendation from my side.
Rated : 5.0
Very beautiful place with good hospitality and a good meal. The bonfire is amazing and this place is easily approachable. The crowd there is standard and the caretaker of the place is a genuine person. A great memorable trip. Thanks, Thrillophilia.
Rated : 5.0
Very beautiful place near the lake, the view we get at night and in the early morning is lovely and unforgettable. The location was perfect and the staff was well behaved. We enjoyed our time here. Recommend this place from my side.
Rated : 5.0
It was the best experience far better then hotel or resort stays. The bonfire with all the group with those yummy snacks was a very precious moment. We had our best day of this whole year on this campsite. The lake was very peaceful and relaxing. Awesome trip. will surely come again with a bigger group.
Bhandardara Camping check-in and check-out timings are:
Check-in at 5 pm
Check-out at 11 am
It is 165 km from Mumbai to Bhandardara. Since Igatpuri is the nearest railway station to Bhandardara, one can take a direct train from Mumbai to Igatpuri. From there, they can hire a private vehicle or cab to reach the destination.
There is also MSRTC bus service going from Mumbai. By boarding a bus, one can easily reach Igatpuri in less than 2 hours. Again one should take a cab or local transport and reach Bhandardara Lake camping place.
In Bhandardara camping, the major inclusions in the package are food, fun activities, and accommodation.The best part of the inclusion is food and activities. You are provided with BBQ, and then a nice dinner. Similarly, fun activity contains storytelling, singing, and dancing. Thus, we want to make sure the whole journey is a memorable one.
In this Bhandardara camping, we provide the utmost safety to solo and female travellers. Right from the base camp and finally to your drop location, the entire trip will be taken care of by our staff. The trek guides are a professionally-equipped expert who is ready to help you any time.
For adventurers, who are planning for Bhandardara camping from Mumbai, there is no Pickup or Drop facility available from Mumbai. But you have other variants in which the transportation is available from Kasara station. In that case, the pickup timings will be at 2:50 PM from Kasara station.
In the given package, there are interesting activities included such as campfire, boating, camping and forest visit. Among them, the best part is boating and forest visit because it makes one more thrilling. Thus, one who wants to enjoy the Bhandardara Lake Camping, he/she rest assured with recreational activities that are sure to give an ever-lasting impression.
Lakeside camping at Bhandardara is the most famous thing where many new-age travellers flock together and discover its natural beauty. Besides that, the location is encircled with an array of attractions such as waterfalls, hill slopes, Wilson dam, and Arthur Lake. Moreover, the Bhandardara place offers many activities like water ride, forest visit, and sightseeing.
The package is available on all 365 days in a year. As long as this Bhandardara camping spot is open for tourists to visit, the package is also ready to avail.
The best experience of Bhandardara camping can be envisioned at an affordable cost as low as Rs 949 per adult @ 21% discount. The camping trip is for 1 day and 1 night and will give campers a wonderful tryst with nature and lakeside camping included in the cost.
The rainy season offers a pleasant climate for camping in the area. The nearby waterfalls and lakes also swell up with the great flow. The nearby natural beauty enhances during this weather which makes camping enjoyable. But camping during heavy rains is not recommended. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast for the area before deciding to camp here.
Yes, self camping here is doable but a little risky. It is advisable to book the camping experience with us and your safety will be our utmost priority with specialised and skilled guides.
Perhaps the best season to go camping is in the colder months. Out of the three months of extreme cold and chills, January is the best month to go. You have to prepare and brace yourself for the cold waves, but in terms of enjoying nature and weather, winter camps are extremely worth it and opted for by a huge number of people every day.
Many tour operators who take you for the Bhandardara camp will require campers to bring with them some basic things which will not be provided from their end. A comprehensive list is given below:
-Water has to be carried in abundance, preferable 2-3 liters of water.
-The campers must have the energy to do their task of trekking across hence energy bars will come handy. If not, then dry fruits would do good to raise energy levels for the trip.
-It is also important to carry sachets of Glucon D -Since Bhandardara is in the darkest areas in Maharashtra a strong torch with good supplies of reliable batteries is a must.
-The backpack that one must carry should be spacious.
-It is important to carry a sun cap and sunscreen lotion for any season you visit.
-Depending on your medical condition, carry the necessary medical supplies
-A First-aid kit also is a compulsory inclusion in the medical supplies.
-Valid identity proof also is required to be carried
-Campers are advised to wear full-sleeved t-shirts and comfortable track pants to protect them from excessive heat or any insects.
-During rains, campers also need to get their raincoats and provisions to protect their belongings from getting wet.
-Every camper is advised to not carry any valuables on the trip, but if they do so, they need to bring in their bags for keeping them safe.
Bhandardara Camping is one of the most preferred activities in Maharashtra. But there are certain aspects of safety and security that need to be kept in mind before embarking on it.
-If you are camping on your own, then you have to be extremely careful of your belongings especially at the weekends when the crowds are thick.
-A dip in the lake at night is forbidden owing to the risk of getting hit by a rock due to poor light.
-For first-timers, trekking can get rough; hence they are advised not to go alone. A tour guide is surely desirable in that case.
-Footwear is perhaps a very important accessory in the camp and trek. Monsoon trekking can get challenging as the landscape gets rough and slippery. Proper shoes are advisable for safety's sake.
-If you are planning to explore some waterfalls then do so with extreme caution and medical supplies as they are wobbly.
-Start your treks as early as 7 am in summers to avoid excessive heat and also ensure to carry enough water and Glucose to keep you going.
Bhandardara is well within driving distance from Pune. The total distance between them is 202 km and takes close to 5 hours to reach.
The Bhandardara jungle camping is a very famous activity that people engage in. The source of camping is near Arthur Lake. The entire camping and trekking experience reaches a great height with the beauty that unfolds every passing minute. At the Jungle trails, campers and trekkers can take peaceful walks and can climb safe hills to get a great view of the surroundings.
Yes, it is a great time to camp and trek in winters here as the weather is cold; pleasant which is better than monsoon and summers.
The village camping here is an experience of its own that people take usually over the weekends to relax and re-energize themselves for the future. The village camping encourages travelers to explore a whole lot of options close to camps like Arthur Hill, Sandhan Valley, and Randha Falls.
The village camping includes a resort stay that has all the basic amenities with a comfortable stay. The stay also includes free breakfast with on-demand airport pick-up and drops.
If you are desirous of taking the trip you can visit many sites that provide online bookings for the camp. Fill out an information form and make the payment on that site to complete the procedure for camp booking.
The luminescent insects called fireflies that glow in the night are the best part of Bhandardara. It is a time when natural lighting glowing in the atmosphere is so mesmerizing that nothing is better than this.
Fireflies camping are meant to behold the traveller's attention with the beauty it throws on your way. The lights by the fireflies and the proximity to the Milky Way are the chief attractions in the camping festival.
Yes, every minute spent on the camp is worth. The experience is one to remember for a lifetime. Considering the popularity of camping and trekking place, Bhandardara should surely be explored.
Bhandardara is situated at a distance of 170 km from Mumbai, and it takes nearly 4 hours by road via NH 160 to reach Bhandardara from Mumbai. Bhandardara is well connected to Mumbai by road and train.
From Pune, Bhandardara is around 175 km which takes about 5 hours. We recommend you have the Pune to Bhandara road-route to travel by so that your travel could be comfortable and hassle-free
By Road: You have to take Pune-Nashik Street (NH# 50) up to Ghargaon. From Ghargaon, take a left on the SH# 21 and keep driving up to Bhandardara. At Kotul, SH# 21 turns marginally left and becomes SH# 44 which takes you to Bhandardara. You can use google maps GPS route to reach our campsite location.
By Train: Train is also available from Pune, you can travel by Pune Manmad Express and get down at Igatpuri.From Igatpuri you can reach Bhandardara by taxi or state transport bus which will charge you Rs. 500 and Rs. 25, respectively.
Yes, Bhandardara lakeside camping is a safe place for a camp out in the open space near lakeside since there are no wild animals around.
The tours are safe, guided and well-organized with utmost safety for solo and female campers. The staff are professional experts and well prepared to help you any time starting from the base camp and finally to your drop location.
However, despite the safety measures that are in place, it is best to remain cautious and aware during your tour and keep track of one's surroundings and belongings.
Yes, Bhandardara lake camping Couple friendly is a couple friendly. This spot is highly recommended for camping and picnic for nature lover couples.
You can enjoy and relax in a serene and peaceful environment overseeing the mesmerizing sight of the lake. This exquisite campout is the best place to rejuvenate, soothe your soul and calm your mind in the lap of nature.
No, You are not allowed to bring dogs at all at the bhandardara lakeside camping.
No, bhandardara lake camping is not at all wheelchair accessible. The surface of the camping area is quite uneven, which makes it hard for the wheelchair to move around comfortably.
The ideal time to visit Bhandardara Camping Package is from June to September when tourists can experience the greenery here. It is during this season that Bhandara unveils its spellbinding charm and one can witness nature at its best conditions. The climate remains cool and breezy with temperature ranging from 20-30 degrees. Summer is quite hot here, especially in March, April and May month.
The experience becomes less exciting by this time as summer brings in the dry season for waterfalls. Even the winter season from October to February is an excellent time to go for bhandardara lake camping. During this time you do not need to worry about the scorching sun, and there's still plenty of sunlight to roam around. Hence, the ideal months that are best to try out camping in Bhandardara are from June and goes on till February
Yes, the train is an ideal and cheapest mode to reach Bhandardara. Bhandardara does not have a railway station, Igatpuri is the only nearest railway station within the distance of 45 km from Bhandardara.
You can take a direct train from Mumbai to Igatpuri. Many express trains are available to reach Igatpuri from Mumbai and Pune.
From Mumbai, you can take Kolkata Mail, Howrah Mail or Mahanagari Express to reach Igatpuri station. After reaching Igatpuri, you can take a state transport bus service or private cab to reach Bhandardara.
The Bhandardara Camping package from Thrillophilia includes the following meals in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
- Hi-Tea Snacks
- Dinner on the first day
- Breakfast on the second day
- Besides these BBQ snacks are also provided.
The Bhandardara Night camping package offered by Thrillophilia is a 2-day activity that is inclusive of activities like.
- Campfire (this will be done if there isn't any raining on that day)
- Forest Visit to fireflies
There will be washrooms available at the Bhandardara Campsite. This tour includes a tent or homestay accommodation that has an attached washroom. Furthermore, all these accommodations as well as the washrooms would be used on a sharing basis.
Yes, Bhandardara monsoon camping is possible but not in heavy rains. Slight drizzles make the place very beautiful and camping experience memorable. The waterfalls amidst the camping site become an enjoyable treat to look forward to.
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