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INFORMATION ABOUT BHANDARDARA

Amidst the dense forest, lies one of the most splendid lakes of the country, Arthur Lake. It is formed by the waters of the Pravara River. Bhandardara is well known for the Wilson Dam which was built in 1910 on the Pravara River and is almost 492 ft above sea level. The Umbrella Falls are also in the vicinity. Besides being a scenic spot and offering some breathtaking views this water body is also used for hydro-electric power generation.

BHANDARDARA HISTORY

The backwaters of the Wilson Dam reflect the gorgeous image of Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak (5,400 ft) of the Sahyadri ranges in Maharashtra . During the Maratha rule, this peak point served as a watchtower. There is a small temple at the top, with an old well in its backyard. As per the legend it is believed that the water level of this well never drops below 3 ft.

BHANDARDARA TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • The famous Dam: Wilson Dam is a lovely site for picnicking. Built in 1910 on the Pravara river, the dam is almost 150 metres above sea level and attracts crowds from all over the country. The cool placid waters of the river run by for miles. The Umbrella Falls are also in the vicinity. Unfortunately, these picturesque falls are enjoyed only during the monsoons when the water level in the lake is considerably high. Streamlets from the lake cascade down 45 metres as the Randha Falls - an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. Besides being a scenic spot, these falls are also used for hydro-power generation.
  • Mount Kalsubai: Overlooking Chandardara, you can see Mt. Kalsubai, the highest peak (1,646 metres) in the sahyadri range. During the Maratha rule, this peak point served as the watchtower. It is an ideal place for those who enjoy trekking, as are the surrounding hills. There is a small temple at the top, with an old well in its backyard. Legend has it that the level of the well water never drops below 3 feet.
  • Agasti Rishi Ashram: Situated on the bank of the Parvara River, this legendary dwelling find a place in the scripts of the Ramayan. It is said that Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita visited Agasti Rishi. The Rishi had then given Lord Ram a miraculous arrow which was used to kill the devil, Ravan, in order to rescue Sita. The ashram, although under renovation, manages to attract crowds from all over.
  • Ratangadh: The fort lies only a few kilometers away from the Maharashtra Tourism resort. It was captured by Chhatrapati Shiivaji Maharaj and was one of his favourites. The fort has a breathtaking view and provides ample grounds for trekkers.
  • Amriteshwar: This temple dates back to 1100 AD. Built in a distinct Hemadpanti style, the intricately carved temple still stands proud. Other places worth visiting are Konkan Kada (another trekker's delight), a small garden and a swimming tank.

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