Lush green vistas, soaring mountains, waterfalls, quaint old forts and salubrious climate make Igatpuri a favourite weekend destination from Mumbai. Igatpuri has also become popular with those seeking spiritual rejuvenation at the Vipassana International Academy.
Situated in Nashik district of Maharashtra, the hill station is surrounded by Western Ghats. The rugged terrain and dense forest adds to the charm of the hill station. Monsoon increases the appeal of Igatpuri as the rains revive waterfalls and the vegetation which in turn lure trekkers and nature lovers.
Vipassana International Academy is a prominent attraction of Igatpuri. The meditation centre imparts training in Vipassana meditation technique. The academy offers ten-day meditation courses.
Strategically located, Igatpuri straddled the Thal Ghat, the gateway to Pune and Nashik. Evidence of its strategic importance can be found in the ruins of the forts that are located around Igatpuri. Tringalwadi fort and Ratangad forts attract a lot of visitors.
The region also has several ancient temples. Ghatandevi and Amruteshwar temple, which have been in existence since 11th century AD, are popular among the visitors.
Igatpuri has picture post card natural beauty. The Camel, Bhatsa river valley and Vaitarna Dam are high on scenic quotient. Nestled among the Sahayadri mountain range, Igatpuri is a favourite with adventure junkies. It is the best place for activities like rock climbing and trekking.
Igatpuri is an all-season destination. However, monsoon season from June to September and the months from November to March are the best time to visit.
Also known as Dhamma Giri, the academy is a meditation centre, where one can learn the ancient meditation technique of Vipassana. The centre offers a ten day activity; where participant have to do ten hours of meditation every day. It is advisable to book at least two months in advance. The Golden Pagoada at Dhamma Giri is a landmark.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ghatan Devi, the protector of Ghats. From the temple devotees gets to see majestic views of the region. Peaks like Harihar, Durvar, Utvad and Trimak forms an incredible backdrop.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The temple is about 50 km from Igatpuri.
The place is believed to be the birth place of Hanuman. It is about 50 km from Igatpuri.
One of the holiest cities for Hindus, Nashik stands on the banks of Godavari River in Maharashtra. Believed to be the place where Lord Ram spent time during his exile, Nashik is one of the venues of the Kumbh Mela.
Built in 11th century AD, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed in a distinct Hemadpanti style, the temple is surrounded by lush green fields and Mount Kalsubai the highest mountain in Maharashtra. From here a further excursion leads to the Ratangad Fort. One can access this temple by road or an 8 km boat ride on Arthur Lake.
Situated at a height of 3000 feet above sea level, the Tringalwadi fort is an important attraction. From the top of the fort, one can get majestic views of the region; especially of Kulung and Kalsubai mountain ranges. Inside the fort, you can find a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
The Bhatsa River valley is situated at the end of the Thal Ghat, just before entering Igatpuri from Mumbai. Situated about 50 km from Dewdrops Boutique Retreat.
The valley lies in the basin of the majestic Bhatsa River. The valley is a picturesque spot with lush vegetation and majestic rocks formed by the river that runs through it.
A few metres away from Bhatsa river Valley, on the right is the camel valley. On the other side of the valley is a waterfall formed by the rain waters and one have to walk over and look down to find a slop that falls over 1, 000 ft. The waterfall is the chief attraction of this place.
It is a charming hill station nestled in the Sahayadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra. Located on the banks of river Pravara, it is an excellent place for trekkers. The place is absolutely beautiful with lush greenery.
A few km from Igatpuri, lies a huge and placid Arthur Lake, set like a huge jewel amidst the dense greenery. The lake is formed by the waters of the Pravara River in the Bhandardara region.
About 35 km from Igatpuri is the highest peak in the sahyadri ranges.
A small village, it is most famous for the Ratangad Fort. The place has a religious feel to it and one can visit the Shiva temple here. Taking a boat from Bhandardara Lake is a better option. The village is about 20 minute walk from the boat station.
A little further from Ghatandevi, the rough road leading to the railway line begins. Across the railway line, while climbing down, falling one below the other, are five waterfalls that form which are main attraction for tourists in Igatpuri.
Regular ST buses between Mumbai & Nashik. Driving-NH 3 via Shahpur and Kasra Ghats. Takes 3 hours.
Tapovan Express to Igatpuri. Or A Local train to Kasara from CST. And bus or taxi from Kasara to Igatpuri. About 2.5 hrs in train and about 30-40 minutes by road from Kasara to Igatpuri.
There are a couple of hotels. Manas Resorts and Ganak Motel over look the valley and the rivers. Hotel Ashwin is in the town. Golden Resort is about 5 kms from Igatpuri and is nestled between the hills.
Walking, Climbing the hills, Falling, Rolling in the Valleys. Chasing the streams and waterfalls. Trekking to mountains.