Bhandardara Campsite! Bonfire, barbecue, camping under shooting stars and a surprise birthday party!

Tripoto
24th Dec 2017

Camping at Bhandardara Hill

Photo of Bhandardara Campsite! Bonfire, barbecue, camping under shooting stars and a surprise birthday party! by Rishabh Kathuria
Day 1

Starting from my college in Matunga, located in the heart of Mumbai, we started our journey to surprise our birthday boy!

Since I love driving, road trip was the most preferred option! We started our road trip at 11 a.m. through the eastern expressway towards Nashik. We filled the gas and headed towards the famous Bhandardara Campsite facing a couple of tolls on the way. After taking a right turn from AH 47, the conditions of the roads worsened but were manageable and at sharp 3:00 p.m. we reached the campsite!

On reaching the campsite, we had delicious Misal Pav prepared in pure Maharashtrian style and refreshed ourselves with some tea at Bhandardara Market. These delicious refreshments gave us an idea of how amazing the trip is gonna be! We headed towards Bhandardara Dam and experienced this beautiful scenery

Bhandara Lake View

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

All of us were then excited to go to the mountain top where the actual campsite was. I started the ignition and we headed towards the mountain top!

Breathtaking view from the campsite

Photo of Camping Bhandardara Dam, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

We parked our car and stepped out and the scenery was breathtaking <3 As we enjoyed the scenery, we trekked down the hill to the lake. It was a cold freshwater lake where we couldn't resist drinking the water. After spending almost an hour at the lake side, we climbed up the hill just to have a view of sunset! And there it was!

Photo of Bhandardara Campsite! Bonfire, barbecue, camping under shooting stars and a surprise birthday party! by Rishabh Kathuria

Us and Lake side

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

View of the Freshwater

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

Me after drinking the Freshwater XD

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

Freshening up !

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

My ride along with the Sunset view

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

Trippy (Always my travel companion without fail)

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

My ride and trippy

Photo of Bhandardara Dam, Shendi, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

We decided to have stroll on the mountain top and these were what we found! A farmer's hut with a scarecrow and some random rocks which proved to be very photogenic!

Photo of Bhandardara Campsite! Bonfire, barbecue, camping under shooting stars and a surprise birthday party! by Rishabh Kathuria
Photo of Bhandardara Campsite! Bonfire, barbecue, camping under shooting stars and a surprise birthday party! by Rishabh Kathuria

Post this was a night that can never be forgotten. The land of Wanderlust organised a bonfire where around 30 of us were introduced to each other, played games, sang, dance, booze and not to forget.. Hookah! We also had barbecue wars where everyone showcased their creativity in some way or the other.. I made a Salami sausage sandwich XD

Photo of Bhandardara Campsite! Bonfire, barbecue, camping under shooting stars and a surprise birthday party! by Rishabh Kathuria

Then, before sleeping in the tents, we decided to lie down under the blanket of stars. For us who live in a metropolitan city like Mumbai, lying down under a clear sky was just a dream! I thought this was the best thing that I could ever experience but nature had something more. I saw something shooting form the sky leaving a white trail behind and this is my friends 'how I experienced my first shooting star'. Concentrating on the sky, I could see a couple more on that very night! And then after enjoying to such an extent, we slept.

Day 2

The next day we woke up to a beautiful view from inside the tents that is shown in the picture! I tried to take a hyperlapse of sunrise but it was around 6 degrees in the morning and my hands were shivering! Nevertheless i managed to click a picture! We then had some poha (again a typical Maharashtrian breakfast) and some tea and headed towards Mumbai. Living the fast paced life, but adding one more experience, cancelling one more destination from the bucket list!

View from our tents!

Photo of Bhandardara Camp, Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

Morning Breakfast

Photo of Bhandardara Camp, Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

Sunrise

Photo of Bhandardara Camp, Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria

A successful trip !

Photo of Bhandardara Camp, Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India by Rishabh Kathuria
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