India is undeniably a mix of cultures, people, religion, places, history, heritage, and the list is incessant. Each state in this land is significant from the other on the same grounds that make India exceptional from the rest of the world. Talking about the geomorphology, range of mountains, a carpet of meadows, never-ending lush grasslands, rocky rugged terrains, etc are what makes each land prominent. One such valley trek in Maharashtra will amaze you with its display of nature and adventure!
1. Sandhan Valley trek
Popular for its spectacular canyon in the Sahyadri mountains, the Sandhan Valley is a stunner of the Western Ghats. The valley is located on the western side of the captivating Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The ever-charming villages of Ratanwadi and Igatpuri are also the best the Sandhan Valley trek can offer.
Ratangad, Ajoba, Kalsubai, Alang, Madan, and Kulang are some of the Maharashtra mountain ranges that are clearly visible throughout the Sandhan Valley trek. Considered to be one of the most challenging and fun-filled treks in Sahyadri, the trek will involve you in rappelling, rock climbing, fun bonfires in the calm nights, and much more than just trekking.
Alang, Madan, and Kulang forts, famously called AMK, are the magnificent features of the trek. The Sandhan Valley is encompassed by the three majestic trio and other high mountains in Maharashtra. Though AMK is not part of the Sandhan Valley trek, any enthusiast or challenge seeker who isn’t tired of the Sandhan Valley trek, can uphill the majestic masterpieces for a thrilling experience like no other and reward their eyes from the top.
3. Valley of shadow
The valley is carved by water that is 200 ft deep and a distance of 1.5 km. The Sandhan Valley is popularly called the Valley of shadow as there are no chances for the sun’s rays to reach the ravines! The valley is structured narrowly and deep ravines between two high walls of the mountain that are as high as 300 ft. The width is even less than 3 ft! There is no way these deep ravines could see the rays of the sun. No wonder it’s also called the Valley of suspense.
The Sandhan valley trek will isolate you from the rest of the world for two days and two nights. Those 48 hours will always be the most thrilling and adventurous days of your entire lifetime! Dead silence, lightless vision, creepy ponds with rugged rocks, and even the sound of your footsteps through these scary ravines will ensure that!
4. Ratangad Fort
This is yet another pack of surprises in Bhandardara. This exhilarating trek is not as difficult as AMK first but more of an add-on to the Sandhan valley trek. The Ratangad Fort climb will sight you with the history of the valley and introduce you to some old architecture. The trek is a pleasant traverse through the path of little yellow blossoms on either side of your moderate steep climbing.
5. Nanhe Ghat Waterfalls and many delights!
A trek has to have everything nature has to offer! The most eye-catching spot during the Sandhan Valley trek is Nanhe Ghat Waterfalls. Just a few km away from the base camp, the cascading waterfall will refresh you and let you chill in the waters after tiresome and adventurous trekking. Perfect for a water photoshoot! Umbrella Falls, Randha Fall, Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake, and Myanmar Gate, Tringalwadi, Ashoka Waterfall, and Thal Ghat in Igatpuri will make you fall for them!
At the end of the valley, stunning views of sky towering cliffs & deep valleys will absolutely ease up your muscles and the point of achieving something delightful. Camping under the bright moonlight and twinkling stars, the Sandhan valley trek also has a luxury camping experience. If not a camping person, you have an option to get back to hotels in Bhandardara. But I don’t think that’s necessary! Where will you get such a rich beautiful night?!…
Best time to visit Sandhan valley trek
Winter, autumn, or even monsoon, the trek will treat you the best. In summers, you might find it exhausting under the soaring sun!