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Lakeside Camping At Bhandardhara – A Perfect Choice For A Weekend Outing
Mumbai is one of the busiest metro cities of India and is known for the extremely fast paced lifestyle of its residents. With the people living in the city rushing through almost every aspect of their life, it is only natural for them to feel stressed and worn out after some time. In most cases, such people seek a refreshing and relaxing getaway destination that enables them to take a much needed break from their hectic life. The lakeside camping at Bhandardara process to be a perfect choice in this respect, as this picturesque destination is a great place to enjoy a tryst with nature.
Located near the beautiful hill station of Igatpuri, Bhandardara reservoir is renowned as the home of the majestic Arthur Lake. The lake itself proves to be a major attraction for the visitors with its shimmering blue-green waters. In addition, the lush green hills surrounding the lake add to its splendour. The very sight of the surrounding hills and forests reflected in the crystal clear waters of lake leave most campers bewitched. Spending a night within such mesmerizing surroundings thus proves to be a truly amazing and memorable experience for the participants, who come here not only from Mumbai but also from other parts of the country.
The biggest advantage of enjoying lakeside camping at Bhandardara is that it is located only at a short driving distance from Mumbai. This means that the people living in the city and its surrounding areas do not need to look too far away to find a perfect spot for enjoying a fun filled outing that leaves them relaxed and rejuvenated. The stunning scenery, the amazing view of the star studded skies and the excitement of campfire all combine together to make the entire trip completely full of fun and great thrill. The 2 days and 1 night long activity offers ample opportunities to the participants to make new friends and feel the soothing effect of nature.
Bhandardara Lake is situated in the interiors of Maharashtra. Being one of the darkest spot of the state,has least amount of light pollution. The lake resides by the Pravara River, and is a perfect mixture of waterfalls, natural beauty, mountains, greenery, tranquility, pristine ambience and invigorating air. The sparkling waters of Bhandardara reflects the lush green mountains around and presents one with a view so mesmerising that you would want to live here for the rest of your lives.
The Lakeside Camping at Bhandardara is a site to behold and make it a part of your permanent memory for the rest of your life. According to the legends, Shri Agasti Rishi meditated here for a year. He had nothing except for water and air to survive on. Pleased with his devotion, God blessed the divine Rishi with a stream of the Ganges river, which we now call as the Pravara River.
With a possibility of witnessing one of the darkest night of your life, one may see the Milky Way with their naked eyes if they have visited the place on a lucky day. You can spot numerous stars and galaxies that would never be visible from the rooftop of our pollution filled city. So in other words, the place is a real delight for all the astrophotography lovers out there. You will be able to add some killer Milky Way and star-trails pictures in your collection.
And once you are tired of this overwhelming dosage of beauty at its peak, you may chill in one of the open tents and relax under a mesmerizing view of a sky filled with gazillion stars. So indulge yourself in an adventurous trip and bring back memories of an unforgettable and exciting experience. Camping on the edge of this lake is a real pleasure and it will land you right in the lap of relaxing environs and stunning scenery.
1. Reaching campsite doing a small trail (5-10min),
2. Tranquil view of lakeside at Bhandardhara dam,
3. Delicious food available along with veg and non-veg starters/barbeque,
4. Croon with a live guitarist at the time of campfire,
5. Share stories and experiences, as per the mood of the atmosphere,
6. Arrangement of best quality tents, along with sleeping bags,
7. Availability of life jackets for morning boat ride in Bhandardara lake (Arthur Lake),
8. Guidance by a friendly leader, who is familiar with the place.
Day 1 :
We meet at Dadar (near Pritam Hotel) at 10:30 am. Board our transport vehicle and move towards Bhandardara. Have lunch en route (at you own expense) & move further to our destination. We reach campsite by around 4-4:30 pm. On arrival, we will be allotted with our tents, along with knowledge on some basic instructions for the campsite. The rest of the evening will be spent in leisure. Watch the beautiful sunset as the golden rays of the setting sun glisten on pristine water of the lake. After we enjoy the sunset, we will be indulging in some games. Later, satiate your hunger pangs by having delicious starters/barbecue followed by meal. Post dinner, we all will gather around bonfire to spend some time knowing each other. Enjoy by singing, dancing and sharing experiences and stories or just keep talking till the birds start chirping. You can also go in a deep slumber in your cozy tents.
Day 2 :
Wake up early in the morning, take some selfies or capture the enchanting nature in your cameras. Then, we will have breakfast and go for a boat ride in the lake. After the boat ride, we wind up and proceed towards the parking area. And depart to our respective destination.
Things to Carry : Id Proof Compulsory
1. Dry Food (Snacks)
2. Torch with Extra cell + candle/matchbox/lighter
3. Personal Medicines
4. Extra clothes and rain wear
5. Cap, Mosquito repellent
6. Sports Shoes/Trekking Shoes (Compulsory)
7. Electral Powder/Tang/Glucon D
8. Sanitary kit
9. Camera (Optional)
10. Water bottle (2ltr must)
11. Rucksack to carry all things. ( No handbags/jholas)
12. Bedsheet/ Pull over (Compulsory)
13. Raincoat or Poncho.
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