Sandhan Valley Trek
Sandhan valley is an offbeat weekend getaway from Mumbai. It is the 3rd deepest valley in Aisa, and one of the greatest canyons in Sahyadri mountain range, which is located at the border of Ahemadnagar, Pune and Kalyan district near Bhandardara dam and Ratangad fort and also called as the “Valley of shadow” because it is around 300ft deep with 300ft rock walls on both sides, there are many points where sunlight can not reach and hence the Sandhan valley is also known as “valley of shadows”.
Walking through the narrow street of the valley with 300 ft rock walls on both the sides is an awesome lifetime experience. It is around 180 -200 K.M. from Mumbai, The base village for Sandhan Valley trek is Samrad Village. Sandhan Valley is also the part of the beautiful Sahyadri mountain ranges which offers you a beautiful and challenging trek. Sandhan Valley trek is a very unique experience or a once in a lifetime experience.
There is a waterfall in mid of the trek in the deep valley, You can trek till that waterfall without a guide and return from there the same day, as you need to repel down from there.
Places to visit nearby Sandhan Valley:-
- Bhandardara – This is an amazing place for camping and enjoying with friends. It is less crowded compared to other hill stations in Maharashtra. Bhandardara is known for the Wilson Dam built on the Arthur Lake. The view of the surrounding is very beautiful during the Monsoon season and after the monsoon season when the dam is fully filled with water, the mountains are surrounded by the clouds.
- Randha waterfalls is also a good option to visit, it’s a big waterfall and best in monsoon season when it’s fully filled with water. It’s about 5 Kms away from Bhandardara dam.
- Amruteshwar temple – is an 11th century Shiva Temple in the village of Ratanwadi, its nearby Ratangad trek.
How to reach:-
For Mumbai and nearby Mumbai travelers, the pocket-friendly way is to take a Central Railway train for Kasara, and then hire a private vehicle or opt the shared taxi to Samrad. The train journey takes around 2-3 hrs from Mumbai to Kasara takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Suggested:- Driving your own car or hiring a private cab would be the most suitable
Best time to visit:-
November to February are the best time to visit Sandhan Valley. The trek is too difficult during monsoons and too hot during summers. So, make the most of this season and visit this offbeat place near Mumbai for a memorable experience.