If you’re a foodie in search of local fare, you’ll be disappointed. There isn’t much to offer in Bhandardara, as far as restaurants or eateries are concerned. Kiosks outside some of the attractions are not the safest bet unless you are in warrior mode. We suggest you head to a home stay or some of the chai tapris (tea stalls) away from the bustle that whip up a mean bhajia platter and onion-laced poha.
The lemongrass-flavoured tea is another must-sample. A word of caution here, the place is pretty much a one-horse town, so stock up with provisions, snacks and other essentials before you head to Bhandardara.
While in Bhandardara, don’t miss the usual spots for your R&R. There’s the imposing Wilson Dam and Lake Arthur, another must-visit.This apart, you can chart your own jungle trail around the many plateaus and hills, a visit to the Randh Falls (11 km away; avoid weekends) and an arduous trek atop the 5,400ft high Mount Kalsubai (en route), which is the highest peak in the Sahyadris. Unless you are a hardcore mountaineer, avoid this trek in the monsoon.
The Ratangad Fort, which is about 22km by road, is perfect, if you dig adventure and history. Throughout you’ll lose count of the tiny seasonal waterfalls that feed the Pravara River. Our suggestion? Don’t leave without getting your feet wet.Experience
Bhandardara offers a limited set of options from the state-run tourist department accommodation that has the best location to the high-end option at Anandvan. Book in advance, especially if you’re planning a weekend escape.
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