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Sandhan Valley Trek, Maharashtra, India: A Valley of Shadows

Sandhan Valley is a water-carved valley around 200 feet deep. It offers a unique experience, combining adventure activity such as rappelling with staying amidst nature.

Sandhan is located in Sayadris, India, near the beautiful Bhandardara region, near the village of Samrad. Samrad Village and Sandhan Valley are surrounded by the Alang, Mada, and Kulang Mountains.

The Sandhan Valley trek starts from Samrad Village. The total trek time is around five hours, which includes rappelling and crossing a pool of water. The deep gorge is a one-of-a-kind lifetime experience which you feel at end of the trek.

It's the great grand-dad of all treks: The Valley of Shadows, where you'll hardly get to see the sunlight, isolated from the outer world, in dead silence, passing through those deep creepy ponds, lifeless rocks and boulders. The echoes of your own footsteps will make you feel like a presence of some entity, sleeping by the waterfall with the nocturnal creatures in sub-freezing temperature. You'll remember this 48 hours of trek throughout your lifetime.


Height: 4100 ft.
Grade: Above medium, with thrilling patches.
Location: Bhandardara Region

The trek requires rappelling four times and crossing three pools, with water up to chest level depending on the season in which you're trekking.

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Things to Carry 


Good action trek shoes


Good trackpants and a loose tee


Dry snacks, energy drinks, 2-3 liters of water


A good trek bag, at least 40 litres


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Brenda Dowling


Brenda Dowling (author) from Mumbai on December 23, 2016:

Hey Thanks for your suggestion, didn't click me as I had already added a map below, but noticed after your comment that it was quite low to figure that out. Have mentioned India. Thanks :)

Readmikenow on December 23, 2016:

What a challenge! Looks like a lot of fun. I would suggest you mention at the very beginning of the story it is located in India. I found myself knowing it wasn't in the United States, but no sure exactly where. The pictures are also very good. I enjoyed reading this.

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