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Perched amidst the verdant natural beauty of the Sahyadris, The Hosteller Bhandardara is designed to be your next favourite relax, rejuvenate and recharge destination. A large, multi-acre property adjacent to the glistening Arthur Lake, this place is going to become a one stop shop for your weekend adventures. Blessed with 360 degree views of the stunning lake and Kalsubai Peak, the hostel has a stunning cafe and bar, an outdoor amphitheater, expansive green gardens, a multipurpose sports court, beautiful solo cabanas, premium cottages and more. The open space is peppered with benches and seats to soak in those sundowner views and charming walking trails for those lazy evening walks.


The Hosteller Bhandardara is themed around the natural aesthetics of the region, with greens, blues and softer yellows incorporated into the structure. There are red terracotta accents to bring out the earthiness and 100 year old vintage doors that adorn the premium cottages; a homage to the local craftsmanship. Nestled amidst the most gorgeous green hills, this hostel is the quintessential addition to your quick getaways from the city. Best part, the hostel is connected to the expansive lake, ideal for observing the migrating birds on your walks. Trek up the Ratangad Peak in the morning and come back to the hostel to catch an open air movie in the evenings, relax around the bonfire or stargaze from your balconies.


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Pet friendly

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Natural beauty

Bhandardara has lush green valleys, stunning waterfalls, serene lakes and remarkable caves to explore.

Perfect weekend getaway

The Hosteller Bhandardara is just a 4 hour drive from Mumbai, making it a convenient weekend getaway.

Camping & trekking

Take the opportunity to trek up the gorgeous trails of Kalsubai Peak, Ratangad Peak, Harishchandra Peak, AMK Peak and more.

Lakeside bliss

The hostel is adjacent to the big blue Arthur Lake, perfect to rejuvenate your soul and awaken your inner creator

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From the Train Statio
The nearest railway station is Igatpuri, which is around 45 km away from Bhandardara. From Mumbai, you can travel by Kolkata Mail, Howrah Mail or Mahanagri Express to reach Igatpuri station

From the Bus StandThe place is well connected from the Maharastra state road transport bus services. If you are in Igatpuri or Kasara, you could board a regular state transport (st) bus to Bhandardara

From the AirportThe closest airports to reach Bhandardara is Nashik International Airport which isaround 90 km and Mumbai Airport which is around 180 km away from Bhandardara. From airport, you can reach Bhandardara by train or drive down.

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Policy and Terms

General Policies



CHECK-IN TIME - 1 PM IST (Check-in is allowed 24 hours)




A. The Hosteller is a chain of backpacker hostels and is well suited for young backpacking travellers. As a brand, we do not recommend families and do not allow all those below 18 years of age to stay with us, nor do we allow admission of kids or infants under 18 years old, even if travelling with legal guardians. This rule has been exempted in Kasar Devi, Shoja, Ramgarh, Kareri, Narkanda, Tirthan Valley, Jeolikote, Bhandardara, Chakrata and Amritsar till July 31, 2024.


Please Note: Guests below the age of 18 are not allowed in the dorm rooms.


B. Payment modes accepted at our hostels: Cash, Debit card, Credit card and UPIs.


C. Any payment gateway charges paid during the time of booking are non-refundable.


D. We cannot guarantee accommodation in the same dorm room in the case of 3 or 4 people travelling together. Also, allocation of a room in a specific private room category may vary depending on availability. That will strictly be subject to availability until the time of check-in.


E. Specific policies may apply to different hostels under the brand at specific times of the year and the same shall be communicated at the time of check-in.


F. The Hostellers Unbox cafe serves vegetarian options. Franchise owned cafes (not operated by The Hosteller) serves vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options. Kindly refer to the general policies on the respective hostel page for further details.


G. To maintain the backpacking culture and community spirit we promote self service in all our cafes.


H. We are a PET-FRIENDLY hostel chain with the exception of Agra, Bir, Bangalore Brigade Road, Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes, Shoja, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Fort Kochi, Lonavala, Opera House - Udaipur. We allow pets only in private rooms. Please Note: Pets are not allowed in the dorms and guests are fully responsible for the upkeep of their pets and will be liable for any damages caused.


I. Should any action by a guest be deemed inappropriate by the hostel or if any inappropriate behaviour is brought to the attention of the hostel, the hostel reserves the right to take action against the guest. Rest assured, proper investigations will be undertaken by the administration to ensure that the affair is dealt with in complete fairness.


J. Guests with local IDs will be allowed admission to our hostels except for Kasol, Manali, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Agra, Ramgarh, Kasol Riverside, Jeolikote.


K. Right to admission is reserved.


L. It is mandatory for every guest to present a GoI approved valid Photo ID at the time of check-in. Valid IDs are Passport, Aadhar, Driving license, and Voter card. Every foreign guest at all our hostels must carry and present their passport and a valid visa (in originals) during the time of check-in. Every Pakistani guest at all our hostels must carry and present during the time of check-in: an additional residence permit letter from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad along with the passport and valid visa in originals.


M. In order to keep our accommodation costs as affordable as possible for all guests, we have adopted a pay-as-you-go system for certain amenities, such as locks, bath kits, and towels. By offering these items on a chargeable basis, we can maintain lower base prices for our rooms, making our hostel accessible to budget-conscious travellers. We understand that different travellers have different preferences and requirements, so we aim to provide flexibility in our offerings.


N. In case the traveller arrives earlier than the check-in time, the guest can hang out in the common area/cafe until check-in time. (However, if the guests are arriving as early as 5:30-6 AM, it is highly recommended to book a bed for the previous night to ensure a good night's sleep).


O. The hostel management reserves all rights to approve late checkout requests based on room availability.

Terms and Conditions

  • Strictly mandatory to follow all Covid guidelines as mandated by GOI at all times during the stay. For more details, refer to our policies.
  • We have a doctor, ambulance, or such facilities on call in case of any emergency.
  • All common spaces at the hostel are CCTV secured.
  • The Hosteller Bhandardara is pet friendly.

Frequest Questions

What is the location of The Hosteller Bhandardara?

The Hosteller Bhandardara is located in Murshet, Post- Shendi, Tal - Akole, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 422604

Which is the nearest airport?

Gandhinagar Airport, Nashik is approximately 30 km/ Shirdi Airport is approximately 45 km from the hostel. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is approximately 67 km from the hostel.

Which is the nearest railway station?

The nearest railway station is Igatpuri, which is around 45 km away from Bhandardara. From Mumbai, you can travel by Kolkata Mail, Howrah Mail or Mahanagri Express to reach Igatpuri station.

What is the best time to visit Bhandardara?

Bhandardara is best visited in the months of October to February to relish the natural beauty of the place.

Is there an in-house cafe?

Yes, there is an in-house cafe that serves some yummy dishes.

Is the hostel pet-friendly?

Yes, pets are allowed in the hostel. However, pets are allowed in private rooms only and not dorms.

Is breakfast included in the room rate?

If breakfast is included, it will display "Breakfast Included" below the room type. If it is not mentioned, breakfast is not included.

Is smoking allowed inside the property?

Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas and not in any rooms or indoor common areas.

What are some of the nearby places to visit?

Wilson Dam Umbrella Falls Randha Fall Arthur Lake Mount Kalsubai

Do the rooms have attached washrooms?

All our rooms have attached washroom with an exception of Standard Hut and Tent.

Does the hostel have good wifi?

No, WI-FI is only available in Café area.

Is the hostel available for special events?

Yes, you can send an email to [email protected]

Are there lockers in the dorms?

We provide lockers in the dormitories only. Every bed has an attached locker for guests to keep their valuables. It is advised that you carry a lock for the locker if needed. However, availing a padlock from the reception will be subject to availability and at an additional cost. It is advised that you carry a lock.

Does the hostel have parking?

Yes, the hostel has a parking lot but it's subject to availability.

Is power backup available in your property?

Yes, power backup is available.

Does the hostel have AC in rooms?

Yes, air conditioning is available at the hostel.

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