Why this Picturesque Village will Always be Close to My Heart

August 7, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Raising a Parent

Bhandardara is a village in the Western Ghats region, about 185km (approximately 4 hours drive) from Mumbai. Located by the Pravara river, Bhandardara is home to picturesque landscapes of mountains, waterfalls, gorges, Arthur lake and Wilson dam. This is also where the trek to Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashta, begins. Sandhan Valley located close to Bhandardara is famously known as the Grand Canyon of Maharashtra. With all this natural beauty around, Bhandardara is an idea day tip destination for Mumbaikars. And if you prefer a longer stay, the village boasts of a luxurious spa resort as well as an MTDC resort.


Map of Bhandardara - Baby & Beyond

Map of Bhandardara. Image courtesy Google Maps

Panoramic View from Anandvan Resort, Bhandardara - Baby & Beyond

Panoramic View from Anandvan Resort, Bhandardara

Bhandardara waterfalls - Baby & Beyond

Umbrella Waterfalls at Bhandardara

Gorge at Bhandardara - Baby & Beyond

Gorge at Bhandardara

So why do I say that this little village will always be close to my heart? Because it was on the very day 2 years ago when we were heading therefor a trip, that we found out we were pregnant.

Well I think “found out” isn’t the right phrase. I think in our hearts we both already knew. The day before I took the test, my husband and I decided to go out on a long drive into the hills and we ended up at Bhandardara. Though neither of us said it, we both knew we wanted to go out on one last romantic long drive…just the two of us… before our world changed forever. It was raining hard and the road was bumpy, slippery and full of potholes. Midway through the drive I started cursing myself for taking the risk in my position. I was really scared and paranoid about whether I had caused any harm to my little baby inside me. I think I didn’t sleep the whole night after getting back home.

But the next morning…2 home tests and 1 sonography later… we confirmed what we had hoped in our hearts all along. Our little fighter was safe and sound and would soon be in our arms!



PS. The card was a surprise for me from the daddy-to-be.


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I am participating in the Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. This is my entry for the Day 3 Prompt – “Feature a map and write about a place either real or virtual”.

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  1. Vinay Leo R. said on August 7, 2017 4:02 pm:

    What a beautiful place. 🙂 I especially loved the picture of the gorge. Looks so green and serene and inviting.

  2. Apeksha Rao said on August 7, 2017 4:02 pm:

    It looks beautiful! We’ve been planning a trip there, for ages. Hope we visit soon.

  3. Zainab said on August 7, 2017 6:22 pm:

    I can imagine why this drive would be so special 🙂

  4. Anubhuti said on August 7, 2017 8:40 pm:

    Wow..this is for sure my next weekend getaway..the post came up exactly at the right time 🙂

  5. SHALINI BAISIWALA said on August 7, 2017 8:55 pm:

    Gorgeous pics and a poignant memory to make you treasure it!!!

  6. Esha said on August 7, 2017 11:23 pm:

    I can see why this beautiful trip has become so very special for you! This must be doubly special when you reflect on it years later not just for the fun you had but because of the beginning of your journey into parenthood! Lovely take on the prompt.

  7. Anchal said on August 8, 2017 2:40 pm:

    This place is beautiful. Never heard of it though. Loved the story behind this trip

  8. Keerthi Vydyula said on August 10, 2017 5:20 pm:

    What a Serene Place! Beautiful story and pictures 🙂

  9. Shalu Sharma Rathod said on August 13, 2017 9:35 pm:

    The place looks so beautiful in pictures. And such an awesome memory to have associated!

  10. Vasantha Vivek said on August 14, 2017 10:53 am:

    Wow ….. stunning beauty it was. God has made a colourful canvas for us to enjoy. Hope to visit this place once in my lifetime.

  11. Kavita Singh said on August 16, 2017 11:43 am:

    Nature’s creation at its best….it is such a serene and beautiful place…..awww that card is too cute…..Thank you for sharing this.

  12. Rakhi Parsai said on August 16, 2017 11:45 pm:

    The place looks so lovely. I have heard a lot about Bhandardara but have never been there.

  13. Charu Sareen Gujjal said on August 17, 2017 12:05 am:

    Looks like a heavenly place. Since it’s close to Mumbai would love to visit it someday. Thanks for sharing about this place.

  14. Nayantara Hegde said on August 18, 2017 1:26 am:

    Bhandardara and Anandvan is very special to us too. We went there for my birthday a few years ago. It was an amazing drive and so many important discussions happened. Our lives kinda changed due to it.

  15. Prisha Lalwani said on August 18, 2017 6:31 pm:

    The place is indeed beautiful, but the reason behind it being memorable is priceless! Beautiful narration, Mahak!