Scenic Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal

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After a long time it was time to execute the most awaiting monsoon ride to Varandha Ghat. The plan was to visit the beautiful waterfalls of Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal for the scenic waterfall view.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Valley view of Varandha Ghat
So one fine Sunday morning of 31st July 2016, we started for a day monsoon ride to Varandha Ghat from Pune. There are lots of waterfalls in Varandha, few of them are easily accessible from road which make this place a must visit place in the monsoon season.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Pune to Bangalore NH-4 Highway
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
My friend Javed
We started the ride from Pune (Kondhwa Khurd), travel toward Pune-Bangalore highway (NH-4) near Katraj ghat and towards the Kapurhol crossing. Just 10 mins ahead, a small road goes to the right. This is the road to Bhor Village. This beautiful narrow road which goes towards Bhor Ghat and then later climbs into Varandha Ghat. If you cross the Varandha ghat and get down on the other side of the valley, you will touch NH-17 (Goa Highway).
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Bhor Village, Maharashtra
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Bhor Village Road
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Shivaji Maharaj Statue at Bhor Village
Soon after crossing Bhor village the scenery started turning beautiful, the greenery increased and the road turn to the best scenic road with wet mountain breeze.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Scenic on Bhor Ghat Road
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Nature at its Best
First stop at the base of Nera Deoghar Dam for few photos.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Nira Deoghar Dam on Bhor-Varandha ghat road
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Best view of Nira Deoghar Dam
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Javed
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Our Ride Partner
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Myself
We found some small waterfall followed by a big one, which seems safe to visit and delightful.  
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Small waterfalls on Varandha Ghat Road
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Big waterfall on Varandha Ghat Road
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal

Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Raincoat Testing :)
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Best waterfall
Varandha Ghat is the must visit place of Maharashtra in Monsoon and the most beautiful place. There is spot in the middle of the ghat which takes U turn and cut the hill is the scenic spot. And due to mist cloud and scenic valley, this place is best for landscape photography.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Varandha Ghat Valley
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Varandha Ghat Waterfalls
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Myself at Varandha Ghat
Some point to make a note while visiting Varandha Ghat/Shivthar Ghal:
  • There is no network coverage for most of the distance on the Ghat. Better to keep the Google map from Bhor to Varandha ghat/Shivthar Ghal as offline map in your cell.
  • The road is narrow so keep good distance and drive carefully at the edge.
  • Bhor is the near civilization for food and vehicle repair.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Varandha Ghat Tea point
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Misty clouds at Varandha Ghat
From Varandha Ghat, we started for our next destination “Shivthar Ghal”. Just after crossing the narrow steep turn we took a right turn and join the narrow road for Shivthar. This road is in very bad condition and it almost like driving on the stones and potholes. But we always enjoy the road on the bike trip either if it good or bad. Finally in few minutes ascent we reached a small village of Shivthar.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Huge Waterfall at Shivthar Ghal
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Shivthar Ghal waterfalls
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Our Ride Partner at Varandha-Shivthar Ghal Road
Shivthar Ghal at the base of the Sahyadri, is an important place for the Hindus in Maharashtra. It has a cave where Samarth Ramdas, a famous guru of the region stayed for 22 years and wrote his book “Dasbodh”, It is the place where Chatrapati Shivaji’s first meeting with Samarath Ramdas took place. This place is the best place because of the silent beauty, thick forest, waterfalls and streams. It has a huge waterfall next to the temple.
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
You can view the small village which is Shivthar Ghal
Monsoon Bike Ride to Varandha Ghat and Shivthar Ghal
Bike Ride Group
This place is easily accessible from city like Pune, Mumbai, Satara etc.
After spending few mins at Shivthar Ghal we left back to pune and managed to reach Pune around 7:30 PM.

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