Sandhan Valley, also known as Valley of suspense or Valley of Shadow, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of Sahyadri Western Ghats. The water carved valley is 200 ft 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 Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai 5400 ft. highest peak in Maharashtra mountain ranges. The brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine is located between the two high walls of mountain range. At some places its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. Which gives it the name: valley of shadows.
Start your trek at Samrad and within the first few hours, you will be trudging through shallow water bodies 2 to 4 feet high. Upon the descend you will come across Tarzan Swing Point, you will rappel and use a rope ladder after which there will be some cave crawling. Then you will slope down and hike among rock patches. There will be deep water pools to wade in, followed by wide rocks and then you will reach the camping spot. Your views will include Bann pinnacle and Ajoba Hill. Keep descending from the pond through gentle slopes and a river bed trek and reach Dehne village, from where buses are available to Asangaon station. Alternatively, return through the same trail back to Samrad and jake a shared jeep back to your destination, or stay at Bhandardara for an extended vacation.