Igatpuri, a popular hill station close to Mumbai, is a picture-perfect hill station. With a myriad number of waterfalls, lakes and hills, Igatpuri makes an ideal getaway for people from all walks of life, especially for hikers and trekkers.
Igatpuri is located in Nashik in the state of Maharashtra. And being a part of the Sahyadri hills, Igatpuri offers an alluring and bewitching experience of nature's most gifted region. Surrounded by waterfalls, dense forests, and dam alongside lakes; Igatpuri is a must-visit. If you seek a quaint, rejuvenating vacation, then this hill station is a perfect destination for you. Also, you can visit Lonavala and Khandala on the way to Igatpuri.
Here is a complete travel guide for Igatpuri.
How To Reach Igatpuri
By air: The nearest airport to Igatpuri is Chatrapathi Shivaji Airport, i.e., about 120 km away from Igatpuri. You can avail frequent buses from Mumbai to Igatpuri.
By train: Igatpuri Railway Station is well-connected to other major cities in India. Panaji, Mumbai, Bhopal, Bangalore, and Pune, to name a few.
By road: Roadways are well-maintained and well-connected to all the cities in Maharashtra. You can also find frequent buses to other cities in Shahapur, a neighbouring town of Igatpuri.
Best Time To Visit Igatpuri
Winter is the best season to visit Igatpuri, i.e., October to March. The weather remains cool, this time of the year, providing a pleasant and comfortable stay for tourists and traveller.
Places To Visit & Things To Do In Igatpuri
1. Scale the highest Peak of Maharashtra, Mt Kalsubhai
Far-famed as the Everest of Maharashtra, Mt Kalsubhai is the highest peak of the Sahyadri Ranges. Though it offers many trekking and hiking options, the steep and rocky surface makes it hard for rookie climbers. Nevertheless, with much difficulty, many adrenaline junkies have conquered their way to the top. If trekking is not your thing, you can use man-made stairs to reach the summit. Many other rolling hills and mountains, neighbouring Kalsubhai peak are relatively easy to scale, making it ideal for beginners.
2. Explore Kulanggad trek and Bitangad trek
Kulanggad and Bitangad are two famous hill forts in Maharashtra. Kulang Fort and Bitangud Fort are situated at an altitude of 4800 ft and 3500 ft respectively. These forts offer some of the best scenic views of the other peaks surrounding it. Adorned by many caves at the top, these forts are some of the best Instagrammable places in India. The peaks of Kalsubhai, Naneghat, Dhakoba, among others, are visible in different directions from the peak of the fort. Besides the view, the plateau at the top also boasts dense vegetation, offering a stunning view of the mountains in the Kalsubhai range.
3. Camp at Bhatsa River Valley and Camel Valley
Bhatsa River Valley and Camel Valley, are a few popular camping destinations for both domestic and foreign travellers. Bhatsa River Valley lies in the basin of the stunning Bhatsa river; filled with perennial streams and surrounded by Sahyadri range with mountains, dense forests and green meadows. And Camel valley is located about two kilometres away from the Bhatsa valley and boasts a confluence five different water sources. Thus, making it one of the main attractions in Igatpuri.
Bhatsa River valley and Camel valley are home to some pristine mountain eco-systems and abode to many rare flora and fauna. Be it solo or with your loved ones; you can camp at these valleys to relax and unwind.
4. Capture the entire Sahyadri vicinity at the top of Tringalwadi Fort
Tringalwadi Fort, situated at an altitude of 1000 m, was built in the 10th century to overlook the trade route between Konkan and Nashik area. It was conquered and renovated multiple times by many rulers in history. However, it became a part of the British Imperial in 1818. It attracts many history buffs and academics for its historical significance. It is also a prime hotspot for trekkers and hikers. A view from the top offers a 360° view of the Sahyadri range. Visit Tringalwadi fort, to witness the scenic view of the entire area.
5. Relax and unwind at Ghatandevi temple and Vipassana Centre
Igatpuri is home to many religious shrines for Hindus and Buddhists. Ghantandevi temple, one of the famous temples among other Hindu temples, is located a few hundred meters away from Tringalwadi Fort. It is said that the deity is known as ‘the protector of the ghats'.
Vipassana centre is a famous pagoda temple built for Buddhists. It was founded by S. N Goenka to offer meditation courses and teachings of Buddha. Vipassana Centre is also considered to be the landmark of Igatpuri, and it allures many tourists from India and across the world.
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