Drive through Varandha Ghat

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49 Responses

  1. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Rjaram,
    How is the varandha ghat road condition for a 50 seater bus till Shivtharghal and to go ahead to Bombay Goa Highway.Also i heard there is a shortcut to shivtharghal while travelling from Pune.

  2. Sagar c says:


    I really thank you for the information you provided. i didn’t know this place but will plan to visit. and i appreciate your work as you given a complete details.

    Thanx again.


  3. Rajaram S says:

    replied on email. Just ensure that u r on the ghats during daylight

  4. Partha Deb says:

    Hi Rajaram,

    was pleased to go thru your above travelogue..m planning to go to Dapoli during this Diwali, thru Varandah / Bhor ghat since this seems to be the shortest route (& this is how I stummbled upon your related blog).. can you pls advice whether it’ll be wise to do so since I’ll be travelling with family consisting of 2 toddlers, without any other company..

    thx n rgds,

  5. Rajaram S says:

    replied on email. Varandha is ok for bike travel, but sep would not have that many waterfalls.

  6. Dhir Kumar says:

    Hello Mr.Rajan,

    Firstly, beautiful review. Very useful. I have a couple of doubts though, one, i will be traveeling from pune with a friend by bike, is it safe for two people to go by bike? Two, are there any good restaurants in the area? Three, is second week of September a good time to vist Varandha ghat? Please give your feed back.
    Thank you..


  7. Rajaram S says:

    From Mumbai, you should not go thru the pune expressway.
    You should take NH17 – the goa highway and turn left from Mahad towards Bhor.

  8. Ranjit Ajgaonkar says:

    Dear Rajaram,
    Many thanks Dear for this extra ordinary treat. Yr narration, snaps, mapping all is fantastic. Just one question. How does one go there from Mumbai ? Which is the closest exit on Mum-Pun Exp leg ? Or should we try thru old Mum-Pune Road & climb up somewhere fm Karjat/Khopoli ? Pls advs.
    Warm rgds / Ranjit

  9. Rajaram S says:

    yes and No.
    Though it is better to have company in case of puncture (and bad weather), but i have crossed Varandha many times alone.
    But, if you are going alone , make sure that you enter and exit Bhor during day time. From the highway (Nh4), it will take you at least 1 hr (without any photo stops) to reach the varandha view point. So, if you are driving into varandha, keep 4.30-4.45 as the point of return so that i r back on the highway in day light.
    yes, the roads are bad, but not so bad as to cause concern. They are not kuchcha roads, but broken tarred roads

  10. Binu says:

    Hi Rajaram,
    you site is the 1st reference point for my trips around Pune.
    I am planning to go Varandha Ghat this week with my family (wife,kid and parents) in alto. Do you really recommend i as I saw the road are not good and lonely place with no connectivity. Is it a factor to be taken care of when we go alone ?

    Thanks for your excellent blogs


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