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Kiran Kumbhar

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 ...

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Binoy V

5.0

One of the best camping experience, camping was inside a lake, the organisers are really good, worth every rupee spent.

Overview


Check-in: 5 PM
Check-out: 9 AM
Location: 
Bhandardara

About the 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.


About the Bhandardara:

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. 

**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.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival at Bhandardara Camping Site and Campfire

    To begin the experience, you will have to arrive on your own at the Bhandardara campsite by 5 PM.

    You will be allotted your camps post which you can take some leisure time and explore the forest area around the Bhandardara lake camping site.

    Return back to Bhandardara camps to enjoy the bonfire session with storytelling, singing, and dancing.

    This will be followed by delicious dinner.

    Overnight at camps.

  • Day 2 - Check-out of the Bhandardara camps

    Wake up to the majestic view of the lake & sunrise in the morning and get freshened up.

    After breakfast next morning, you will check out of the camps to bring the experience of lakeside camping at Bhandardara to an end.

Stay

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  • Camping on double sharing basis.
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  • In case it is raining, stay will be there in basic common dormitories or camps under the shades on a multiple sharing basis.

Meal

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  • Veg-Non Veg
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  • 1 Hi-Tea Snacks
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  • 1 Dinner
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  • 1 Breakfast

Activity

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  • Campfire(if possible due to rain issue)
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  • Camping
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  • Forest Visit
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  • Boating

Other Inclusions

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  • Tented or Homestays accommodation with camping mattress
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  • All permissions, toll, taxes, expertise charges(Package 2)

Transport

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  • Transportation is in NON AC Vehicles on multiple sharing basis. (Sumo/Bolero/Force)

Things To Carry

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  • Id Proof Compulsory
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  • Dry Food (snacks)
  • 7
  • Torch and extra cell / Candles and Matchbox or Lighter
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  • Personal Medicines
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  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • 7
  • Extra Clothes and Winter Wear
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  • Cap, goggle, sunscreen etc
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  • Sport shoes / Trekking shoes(Compulsory)
  • 7
  • Electral powder / Glucon D / Tang
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  • Sanitary Kit
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  • Camera
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  • Water Bottle
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  • Rucksack
  • 7
  • Bedsheet
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  • Raincoat OR Poncho

Advisory

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  • Transportation is in NON AC Vehicles on multiple sharing basis. (Sumo/Bolero/Force)
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  • Washroom facilities are common for everyone.
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  • Bonfire is common for everyone.
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  • Bhandardhara is a dam so there is no control on the water levels. When the water levels are low, the camp site is shifted to alternate locations.
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  • In case it is raining, Camps cannot be accommodated for customers. We will provide alternative accommodation in common dormitories on a multiple sharing basis in such scenarios.Camping & dormitories are very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries.
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  • Kindly co-operate to keep the surroundings clean.
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  • Kindly listen carefully to the instructions.
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  • The Actual camp may vary due to a variety of reasons like availability, Quality, No of bookings, Maintenance etc. Thrillophilia reserves the right to change product images and specifications at any time without notice.
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  • Rescheduling Policy - 30% of booking value will be charged as rescheduling fee in case if the customer wants to reschedule their booking.
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  • Do not litter
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  • Listen to the instructions given by the tour organizers
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  • Availability of fireflies totally depends on the weather condition, if you are lucky enough you can experience the fireflies as well.

Tour Type

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  • This is a private tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Booking Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Kiran Kumbhar

     Rated : 5.0

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    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.

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    Story by Binoy V

     Rated : 5.0

    One of the best camping experience, camping was inside a lake, the organisers are really good, worth every rupee spent.

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    Story by tina salins

     Rated : 5.0

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    Amazing experience at this site,the people who organize the camp are very warm and friendly food was good too. Would definitely recommend going to this place

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    Story by Shailesh mahida

     Rated : 5.0

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    wonderful place must visit once a year

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    Story by Sachin Bhati

     Rated : 5.0

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    It was amazing stay, food, service n support is fantastic.

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    Story by Rahul gharat

     Rated : 4.0

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    As usual the place is good, bhandardara is full of heaven, lake view n open sky, plenty of star sparkling all over.managing team hospitality was fantastic but need to work on professionalism. The team is new in work but guys are too good, had wonderful camping at bhandardara.

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    Story by Vaibhav Turiley

     Rated : 5.0

    It was an unusually pleasent surprise for all three of us. Awesome view, beautiful atmosphere and very helpful host Mr. Yogesh and team made it a memorable camping experience. We would surely like to visit this place again.

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    Story by Venkatesh Sawant

     Rated : 5.0

    Amazing plan for a weekend getaway. The tents are spacious,area is clean & surroundings are beautiful. Toilet facilities are good too. BBQ Chicken tasted like heaven and from what I heard from my veg colleagues, paneer tikka was awesome as well. Overall the food was tastiest I had in a long time, even the poha & chai was mind blowing. You get a fair amount of privacy if you wanna spend time with your close ones or you can freely socialize with the other happy campers. Except for the 3 hour journey from Kasara station, I loved every minute of it and would love to go again. Booking with transportation is advisable.

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    Story by AMIT K

     Rated : 5.0

    The camp is located right on the edge of the water of Bhandardhara camp. It is easy to reach using google maps. The road rough in patches. The place is quiet and far away from population centers. The air is clean. You can watch the sunset again the backdrop of the lake and the hills. Night sky was beautiful. The camp organizers, including Pandharinath, took very good care of us. We faced some hiccups since the camp had been shifted on that day itself because of change in water level of the dam. The food was wholesome. You should carry your own filtered water, blanket & pillows.

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    Story by Saptarshi Sanyal

     Rated : 5.0

    The place is just awesome. For a moment you would feel that you are so far away from your regular life. The lake is nearby. The place is surrounded by hills and jungles. The host family is very very polite and co-operative. And last but not the least, the food that they prepare is superb. Must visit if anybody wants an experience of clear blue sky and stars at night accompanied with very good food.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go for Lakeside Camping at Bhandardara?

      Bhandardara is a one-stop destination to explore the unexplored. The best time to go for Lakeside Camping at Bhandardara is during the months of October to April. With cool breezes and peaceful atmosphere, one can spend his weekend time in front of the lake and enjoy the pristine beauty of nature.

    2. How to reach Bhandardara from Mumbai?

      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.

    3. What are the inclusion in the package?

      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.

    4. Is this Bhandardara camping safe for solo travellers and female travellers?

      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.

    5. Are Pickup and Drop facilities available from Mumbai?

      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.

    6. What are the activities included in the package?

      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 rests assured with recreational activities that are sure to give an ever-lasting impression.

    7. What is Bhandardara famous for?

      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.

    8. What are the days this package is available?

      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.

    9. What is the cost of Bhandardara camping?

      The best experience of Bhandardara camping can be envisioned at an affordable cost as low as Rs 749 per adult @ 51% discount. You will find many packages that offer the camping experience at reasonable rates from Thrillophilia. 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.

    10. Can we do Bhandardara camping in monsoon?

      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. 

    11. Can we do Bhandardara camping in the rainy season?

      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.

    12. Can we do self camping in Bhandardara?

      Yes, self camping here is doable. The locals on the spot have monopolized their position in the spot and expect people to use their services. They help you with anything you need with the camping in exchange for reasonable charges. 

    13. Is Bhandardara camping in winter worth doing?

      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.

    14. What things are required for Bhandardara night camping?

      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.

    15. What things should be kept in mind while going for Bhandardara lakeside camping?

      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.

    16. What is the distance of Bhandardara camping from Pune?

      Bhandardara is well within driving distance from Pune. The total distance between them is 202 km and takes close to 5 hours to reach.

    17. What is Bhandardara jungle camping?

      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.

    18. Is Bhandardara camping in winter a good idea?

      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. 

    19. What is meant by Bhandardara Village camping?

      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.

    20. What is the procedure of Bhandardara camp booking?

      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.

    21. What are the Bhandardara fireflies’ festival and camping?

      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 traveler'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.

    22. Is Bhandardara camping worth experiencing?

      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. 

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