Igatpuri is situated in the stunning Sahyadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra and it works as a perfect weekend gateway spot for people who want to stay away from the city stress and busy lives for a few days. This place is a surrounded by dense forests and mist laden mountains and this place also has numerous attractions which one can visit.
Staying at one of the Igatpuri villas will give one a proper peaceful holiday with serene views from the room. When planning a staycation here, the major places that one must visit are:
This is situated at an elevation of 3000 feet and this is believed to be constructed during the 10t century. This particular fort overlooks the Nashik and Konkan route which was once a very popular trade route. Those who love adventures can choose this place for hiking or trekking and reach the top of the fort that actually looks like a turban. If one is ding trekking, it can take at least 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the top. One can start from the Tringalwadi village as the base.
Located on the Vaitarna River, this dam was built somewhere near 1950’s. This is actually the major source of electricity and water for the people who are living in the major parts of the Mumbai city. This is said to be the first gravity dam and hence a popular visiting site as well. As this dam has Western Ghats as the background, it becomes a picnic spot with a proper scenic beauty. Monsoon rains escalates the beauty of the place even more.
If one wants to explore places which are near Nasik, then this has to be on the list. The slope falls over 1000 feet and one needs to walk over to take a proper look. Water rappelling is something that a lot of people indulge to do here. The best time to visit this place is obviously monsoon because at that time the water flow is the highest. The lush green terrains also look extra fresh during this season.
Standing at the height of 1646 metres, this Kalsubai peak is very famous and it is the highest peak of Maharashtra as well. This mountain lies in the Sahyadri range and it is under the Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary and it definitely offers breathtaking views. The trekking trail to Kalshubai is not a very difficult path either and so most people can climb them easily.
This temple is dedicated to Ghatan Devi who is said to the protector of hills. This temple is located in a gorgeous valley and has majestic peaks like Durvar Utvad, Harihar and Trimbak forming the backdrop of it. It has a peaceful environment and so is a popular visiting place as well.
This is a perfect spot for people who love nature and has photography as a passion. The Camel Valley lies a few kilometres away from the Bhatsa River Valley. The best time to visit here is during the monsoons because it then opens out to the waterfalls and has some splendid view. One can also indulge into some adventure sports like river rafting here but this depends on the weather condition as well.
Bhatsa River Valley
It is situated on the plains of river Bhatsa in the Igatpuri region. The hill present n the valley can be a ideal trekking trail for the ones who love to trek. This is not a very difficult trail and one can get to see some lovely hillocks and greenery on their way. The Ghatandevi Temple is situated in this valley and to see the mountain in its full glory, one can visit them during the monsoons.
Vipassana International Academy
Igatpuri is said to be the home of the world’s largest meditation centre. Not only tourists from all over India but from every corner of the world arrive here to visit this place. Apart from meditation instructions, accommodation and food are also provided here for free of cost. One can also check about the different courses and services offered by the centre if one wants to enrol for it.
It is an ancient Shiva Temple in the Igatpuri region. This temple is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is believed that this temple is 1200 years old and the stone carved temple was built by the rulers of the Shilahara Dynastly which ruled during the 9th century AD. It is one of the 12 Shiva temples built by King Jhanj. The walls and ceilings of this temple are a treat to watch because they are adorned with some lovely murals. The pillars are also beautifully crafted with rock carvings.
Another gravity dam in Igatpuri which was built by the British Government during the year 1916. This place is a must visit for the nature lovers especially during the rainy seasons because of its green spreads. Also, during this season the lake is filled with water.
It is a beautiful spot which is built near the dam and one can view the picturesque hills from this region. It is not a very crowded spot and one can go for a personal camping with their friends or partners if they want to spend some time in quiet. This is the place closest to the nature.
This lies in the Sahyadri mountain range and stands at a height of about 4300 feet. This is a formation which consists of rock cut caves and at least 5 water reservoirs and one can reach there by trekking from Kadwa Colony or from Girwadi. This fort attracts a lot of tourists. Once can reach the top and get a view of Aad Fort, Patta Fort and the Mhasoba Hills.
One can book a staycation at Igatpuri villas because they have nice rooms with splendid views and delicious food which can actually make the holidays a kind of perfect.