Igatpuri is a picturesque hill station located only 140 km from Mumbai. Most commonly known as a railway junction, it is one of the most untouched serene hill stations in Maharashtra. Lush greenery, surrounded by the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range, with waterfalls completing the mirage, make Igatpuri a perfect weekend getaway.
There is something for everyone in this quaint little town. Quite known for its trekking sites and also for the small resorts, this is the right place if you want to have some adventure or if you want some quiet quality time. Located on the Mumbai-Nashik route, it is 2000 ft above sea-level and the weather is pleasant throughout the year with the monsoon bringing the place alive. What’s best is that the temperatures here are usually far cooler compared to Lonavla-Khandala.
Numerous tourist places to see are: Bhatsa River Valley – Located just before entering Igatpuri, at the end of the Thal Ghat, Camel Valley – Known for the spectacular waterfall that drops 1000 ft into the base, Ghatandevi Temple (temple of the Goddess of Ghats), The Five Waterfalls - Located across the railway line, falling one below the other, are these five waterfalls forming a breathtaking sight, Lakes of Igatpuri, Tringalwadi Fort – a perfect spot for some trekking, the steps and walls of this 3000ft high fort still stand in fine condition. One can see a Hanuman temple behind the fort, on the edge. One can also spot the peaks of Utvad and Harihar. Standing on top of the fort, the mountain range from Kumpan to Kalsubai can also be seen in a row. Another place which has made Igatpuri famous is Dhammagiri – This is a ‘math’ (house of saints) and is known for the ‘Vipassana’- a Buddhist style of meditation and attracts people from all over.
One can take a train till Igatpuri or go by NH 3 via Shahpur and Kasara Ghats from Mumbai. The road journey will take an approximate 3 hours.