Treks and Trails recommends you all Sandhan Valley - A sheer delight. Which is located in Bhandardara region of Sahyadri range. As the name suggests it’s a valley true to its name. A passionate trekker and avid walker, or a photographer everyone is welcome. A series of Sandhan Valley photos seen on the internet or on blogs mentioned of this heaven on earth place is always insufficient. Sandhan Valley, also known as Valley of Shadows, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of Sahyadri Western Ghats.
The water carved valley is 200 feet deep and about 1.5 km long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty forts such as Alang, Madan and Kulang popularly known as AMK rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri. Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai 5400ft. highest peak in Maharashtra mountain ranges treks can be combined with Sandhan Valley. At some places its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. That why the name: “Valley of Shadows.” The feeling to being at this place – spending a couple of days gives an awesome feeling. It’s a new high to me.
Point to note - This is a circular route for sightseeing of Bhandardara Dam
Ratanwadi phata - Shendi Bhandardara - Panzare - Udhawne - Ghatghar Dam - Samrad village - Ratanwadi - Ratanwadi phata - Shendi Bhandardara
Best time to Trek Is now (December – March). Not recommended during monsoon. We start this Full Descend Trek one will see that we have to cross knee to waist deep water to continue the trek
Sandhan Valley trek involves rappelling two small patch of varied length of 12 feet to 25 feet& Overnight stay under the open sky and overnight camping.Its an Opportunity to count stars and watch the Milky way galaxy.Valley of Shadows is a name tag as the trek gets relaxed in the afternoon and it seems that one is playing hide and seeks with the sun trying to pierce thru the rocks with its rays.
For some Sandhan Valley exploration has elevated to a new level. Yes there has been a Sandhan Valley Giant Swing event conducted by one of the groups. The group had well experienced trekking participants. The entire event was conducted with great deal of precise planning and executed perfectly.
Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors. Slacklining is similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking. Few groups have organised slackline events at Sandhan Valley
Imagine hanging inside tent along the canyon in Sandhan Valley and feeling the air move your tent and nothing between you mid air enjoying the sun rays. Hanging Tents at Sandhan Valley is organised once a year.