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  • Serving as a fond weekend getaway, residents of Pune and Mumbai often set out on mini vacations choosing one of the many places to visit in Igatpuri - a hill station with pleasant day weather and foggy winter nights. Surrounded by mountains from all sides, this little town is an easy escape from the city chaos and is a great spot for anybody looking to spend time in the lap of nature.

    What makes Igatpuri more fun is that it has a number of other hamlets located in the nearby vicinity that all make for fun picnic spots. And as there are many resorts taking care of accommodation needs, family and friends can plan an overnight trip for some fun, relaxing time here. Moreover, the roads to Igatpuri and to other places around it are decently maintained and well connected which makes it a great road-trip destination.

    Here are the best places to visit in Igatpuri:

  • 01Vaitarna Dam

    Vaitarna Dam

    Located on Vaitarna river, Vaitarna dam was built in the early few years of the year 1950. It is the chief source of water and electricity for people living in major parts of the Mumbai city. The dam holds great value as it is the first gravity dam of its kind.

    With western ghats in the background, the dam becomes a great picnic spot for tourists; especially for residents of nearby cities like Pune, Mumbai, and Nashik. The best time to be here is in the months of June to mid-September as the rains accelerate the beauty of this spot turning it into a green carpet.

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location: 28 km from Igatpuri Railway Station.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 02Tringalwadi Fort

    Tringalwadi Fort

    Situated at an elevation of 3000 feet, Tringalwadi Fort is believed to have been constructed in the 10th century. The fort overlooks Konkan and Nashik route - which has been a trade route and is one of the popular places to visit in Igatpuri. Hiking and trekking enthusiasts often make their way here to reach to the top of the fort that looks like a turban.

    The climb to the top is pretty easy and takes about 1.5 hours one side. From the top, the beautiful view of Kulang mountain ranges along with Kalsubai is visible that serves as the cherry on top. Village Tringalwadi is the base village for this fort trek, which is located about 3 kilometers from the fort.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Location: 10 km from Igatpuri, 50 km from Nashik, and 54 km from Trimbakeshwar.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 03Vipassana International Academy

    Vipassana International Academy

    Igatpuri is home to the world’s largest meditation center - Vipassana Institute, which makes it a must on your list of places to visit in Igatpuri. Here, residential courses are held throughout that keeps attracting travelers from not just India but from across the globe.

    The highlight of the academy is that the food, accommodation, and meditation instructions are provided for free of cost to all. Numerous daily trains and buses call at Igatpuri from nearby cities like Nashik, Mumbai, and Pune that allow daily visitors, tourists take a walk here and learn about the various services and courses available at the institute.

    Timings: 9.30 PM - 4.30 PM

    Location: Dhamma Giri.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 04Kalsubai Peak

    Kalsubai Peak

    Standing at a height of 1646 meters, Kalsubai is famous as the highest peak in Maharashtra which makes it a must of the list of places to visit in Igatpuri. The mountain lies in the Sahyadri range falling under Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary and offers breathtaking views.

    As the peak is extremely famous, the trekking trail has been made a little easy for most travel and nature enthusiasts to follow. However, here there are steel railings, chains, and ladders at some spots that may prove to be difficult to climb for all. But with an average level of fitness, most of the people who have wishes to reach the peak have been able to do it.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: 32 kilometers from Igatpuri.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 05Amruteshwar Temple

    Amruteshwar Temple

    Amruteshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva temple in the Igatpuri region. It is amongst the popular tourist places and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Every year, many Shiva devotees make their way here to gain positivity at this temple which is believed to be 1,200 years old.

    The stone carved temple was built by the rulers of Shilahara dynasty in 9th century AD and is one of 12 Shiva temples built by King Jhanj. The temple was built with beautiful rock carvings on the main shrine and with black and red stones. The ceiling and the walls of the temple are decorated with some impressive and lovely mural, while the pillars have beautifully carved statues and flowers.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: Amruteshwar Temple is situated on the banks of holy river Pravara at Ratanwadi village.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 06Darna Dam

    Darna Dam

    Measuring 1,634 meters in length and standing at a height of 28 meters in height, Darna Dam was built in 1916 by the British Government in a total catchment area of around 404 square kilometers. Its is a gravity dam on Darna river near Igatpuri.

    The natural beauty of the place is amazing for nature lovers; especially during the rainy season when greenery spreads in all directions and the lake is full of water. If you happen to reach there at the right time, you can also watch the water rush out if the gates of the dam open.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: This masonry dam is situated on the Nasik-Mumbai National Highway.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 07Dhammagiri

    Dhammagiri

    Dhamma Giri means ‘Hill of Dhamma.’ One of the world’s largest meditation centers and the main center of a rapidly growing global Vipassana organization - Dhamma Giri dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation.

    The experience of being here can be truly cherished by anybody wanting a peaceful environment. The place is surrounded by nature and beautiful architecture and can be listed as one of the major places to visit in Igatpuri.

    Timings: 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM

    Location: Dhamma Giri is situated in the town of Igatpuri which is 45 km away from Nashik and 136 km away from Mumbai.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 08Ghatandevi Mandir

    Ghatandevi Mandir

    Ghatandevi Mandir is a temple dedicated to Ghatan Devi - the protector of hills. The temple is located in a gorgeous valley with the majestic peaks of Harihar, Durvar Utvad and Trimbak forming a striking backdrop. The peaceful environment here has made the Mandir a popular attraction and has included it in the list of places to visit in Igatpuri.

    Behind the temple lies the Tringalwadi Fort which can also be visited on the same day for some more adventure and sightseeing. Local trains from Mumbai go up to Kasara and from Kasara, facilities of shared auto rickshaws and taxis are available.

    Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

    Location: Awal Khed.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 09Talegaon Lake

    Talegaon Lake

    Talegaon lake is a beautiful spot built near the dam from where one can enjoy the picturesque views of the hilly region. It is a silent spot, only majorly popular amongst local residents of Igatpuri and nearby regions. The site is a perfect place for somebody looking to set up a personal camping tent under the sky.

    It makes for a place that brings you closest to nature - there is a lake, there are mountains, there will be a hundred stars!

    Timings: 
    All day.

    Location:
    Talegaon Lake.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 10Tringalwadi Lake

    Tringalwadi Lake

    Igatpuri is home to the Tringalwadi lake which is a great place to spend an evening relaxing with your family, friends and close ones by the lakeside. The lake provides for a breathtaking view of Tringalwadi fort which is built in the nearby vicinity and is an ideal spot for bird watching.

    The Tringalwadi lake is certainly worth a visit during the rains when the lake fills with pure rainwater and the greenery around spreads in abundance. With nature at its very best, this place is blessed with the views of grand, magnificent mountains of Igatpuri. A few kilometers away from Tringalwadi Lake is Talegaon Lake which can also be visited on the same day.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: Tringalwadi, near Tringalwadi Fort.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 11Avandha Fort

    Avandha Fort

    The Avandha Fort lies in the Sahyadri mountain range and stands at a height of about 4,300 feet. Its formation consists of rock-cut caves and five water reservoirs that can be reached by trekking from Girwadi and Kadwa Colony.

    The fort has started to attract tourists and trekking enthusiasts in the recent few years and is not the best option for families as the trekking route is of difficult level. From the top of the fort, others forts like Patta fort, Aad Fort, and Mhasoba hill can be seen.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: The fort situated in Aundhewadi village between Nasik and Ahmadnagar.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 12Madangad Mountain

    Madangad Mountain

    Madangad Madangad lies in the Kalsubai Range and is famous for its fort. The mountains is at a height of about 4700 feet is believed to be one of the most thrilling adventures around the Sahyadri mountain range. Reaching here requires ropes as the forest becomes dense and the rock patches are tough to climb on; especially during the monsoon.

    On your trip here, you can also visit Madangad fort which is located on this mountain and can be reached by climbing a steep rock face of 20 meters. Moreover, Madangad mountain can be easily spotted on Mumbai-Nashik highway.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: Sahyadri Mountain Range, Kalsubai Range near Nashik.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 13Karoli Ghat

    Karoli Ghat

    A drive to Karoli ghat can be a beautiful experience for travel and nature enthusiasts; especially with the rains pouring. Similarly, one can also opt to trek here. After starting the climb to Karoli Ghat, one can view the replica of Konkan Kada from Harish Chandragad.

    The trek is a medium to difficult level one and requires high endurance level. It easily takes about 2 hours to complete the trail and reach the peak. This ghat is a pass that leads tourists from Konkan to the Deccan plateau.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: Karoli Ghat is a part of the Kasara range and is situated in the Western Ghats.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 14Camel Valley

    Camel Valley

    A perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers, Camel Valley lies a few kilometers ahead of Bhatsa river valley. It is a valley worth visiting during the monsoons as it opens out to waterfalls and offers splendid scenic views. If you are an admirer of nature, you are sure to fall in love with this place which has disappointed none over all these years and is worth being on your list of places to visit in Igatpuri.

    Here, you can also indulge in some adventure sports activities like river crossing and river rafting. But as the activities depend on weather condition, make sure to ask a local resident or organizers.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: 4 km from the main Igatpuri town.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 15Bhatsa River Valley

    Bhatsa River Valley

    Bhatsa River Valley is situated on the plains of river Bhatsa in Igatpuri region and is quite popular amongst tourists. The hills in the valley provide an ideal trekking trail for trekking enthusiasts. The trail is not difficult to walk on and thus anybody can take the opportunity of being at such a wonderful location filled with greenery and hillocks.

    Moreover, the valley has a temple dedicated to the goddess of the Ghat called Ghatandevi Mandir which is visited by devotees of nearby cities. To see this place in its full glory, the months of rains - June to September are the best season. The valley lies near the Camel valley, so both the valleys can be visited on one day.

    Timings: All day.

    Location: The valley is located just before entering Igatpuri from Mumbai city route and lies in the basin of the majestic Bhatsa River.

    Entry fee: None.

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