Igatpuri Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023

Nestled in the bosom of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a little hill station in the state of Maharashtra. Igatpuri is surrounded by some of the highest ranges of the Sahyadri Ranges, making it a haven for trekkers and nature lovers alike. The little town acts as a popular weekend destination around major cities like Pune and Maharashtra, and is often sought after for its serene ambience. Offering an ideal getaway in the very heart of nature, the little city is a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life.

With its numerous little hills, clear streams and thundering waterfalls, the beauty of Igatpuri city is quite unparalleled. Ancient fort ruins and historic temples add to the charm of the little town. Although little in size, the places to visit in Igatpuri are many. While lovers of history will have the time of their lives exploring the ancient forts of Tringalwadi and Avandha, nature lovers can spend a quieting time in the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary or the Vihigaon waterfalls. The little town is also extremely well known as the home to the world’s largest meditation centre, the Vipassana Academy, which acts as a wellness retreat.

Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, you will never run out of things to do while in Igatpuri. The adventure sport options in the city are many: from river rafting in the rapids of the Vaitarna, to camping under the open stars, Igatpuri has it all. The area is of a special interest to trekking and hiking enthusiasts, with its slopes and waterfalls offering an ideal location for the sport. Being located at a high elevation, Igatpuri enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature generally remains on the cooler side. The hill station enjoys significant rainfall throughout the year, with the dry season spanning between November to March.

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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Igatpuri?

    1. Tringalwadi Fort: Located at an elevation of about 3,000 feet above sea level, the ancient Tringalwadi fortress is one of the oldest architectural marvels in Igatpuri. A popular trekking destination in Maharashtra, this 10th century fort attracts hikers and trekkers from all over the country. The Fort is known for its excellent views of the Nashik route and the adjacent Tringalwadi lake.

    Location: Tringalwadi, Maharashtra 422402
    Timing: 06.00AM-06.00PM on all days of the week

    2. Vihigaon Waterfall: Located only a short drive outside Igatpuri, the beautiful Vihigaon Waterfalls offer a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. The picturesque waterfall is a popular trekking destination, and is ideal for short day hikes. The pool surrounding the waterfall is also perfect for dips in the hot summer months, while the open areas around it is a popular picnic spot in the vicinity.

    Location: Vihigaon, Maharashtra 421602
    Timings: 09.00AM-05.00PM on all days of the week

    3. Kalsubai Peak: Known as the Everest of Maharashtra, Kalsubai Peak is the highest point in the state. Needless to say, the peak is a tourist magnet for all trekkers coming to the area. The stunning trekking routes here are known for their fantastic landscapes. The peak is also known to command some of the most amazing views of the sunset and sunrise. Kalsubai falls within the boundaries of the eponymous Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary, making the peak a haven for nature lovers. The trails across the peak are also scattered with little temples, making it a popular sightseeing zone.

    Location: Western Ghats, Maharashtra

    4. Ghatandevi Temple: Nestled in the Nashik Valley, Ghatandevi Mata Temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Maharashtra. The temple is dedicated to the eponymous Ghatandevi Mata, who is said to be the protector of the Ghats. The temple is surrounded by forested areas on all sides, investing it with an otherworldly charm.

    Location: Awal Khed, Maharashtra 422402
    Timings: 06.00 AM-06.00 PM on all days of the week

    5. Bhavali Dam: Built on the Bham river, Bhavali Dam is an earthfill dam in Igatpuri. Rising to a height of about 5,000 feet above sea level, the Dam is a majestic sight to behold. It can be climbed by an ascent of about 100 stairs, and commands an excellent view of the swift flowing river below. Little waterfalls beside the Dam area add to the charm of the place. The open areas near the dam are also popular as picnic spots.

    Location: Bham River, Igatpuri, Maharashtra

    6. Camel Valley: A haven for photographers and nature lovers alike, Camel Valley lies just a little ahead of the city of Igatpuri. The little valley opens into numerous little waterfalls, offering some splendid views. The valley is best visited in monsoon, when the lush forests here appear twice as beautiful. Some water sports such as river rafting or river crossing can also be done here.

    Location: 4 km from main town

    7. Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary: Sprawling along the massive Kalsubai Peak, the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the best of Igatpuri’s natural splendor. The sanctuary was created to protect the natural vegetation of the mountains, along with several species of insects such as butterflies, bees and butterflies. The Kalsubai Temple can also be found here, making it a popular tourist spot among Hindu devotees and trekkers alike.

    Location: Kalsubai Peak

    8. Vipassana Meditation Academy: With its characteristic golden dome known across the world, the Vipassana Meditation Academy is the largest institute teaching meditation across all countries. Offering residential courses free of cost for all, the Academy attracts Vipassana enthusiasts from around the world, throughout the year. With its elaborate carvings, the main gate of the Academy is an attraction in itself.

    Location: Dhamma Giri, Dist, Igatpuri, Maharashtra 422403
    Timings: 09.30AM-04.30PM on all days of the week

    9. Amruteshwar Temple: Constructed in the 9th century, the Amrutheshwara Temple is one of the oldest temples in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. Over a 1000 years old, the temple is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The fantastic rock carvings on the temple walls and pillars makes it worth a visit. The ceilings too, have lovely floral murals which are worth a watch.

    Location: near Bhandardara, Ratanwadi, Maharashtra 422604

    10. Avandha Fort: Sitting at an elevation of over 4,300 feet above sea level, Avandha Fort is a sight to behold. Formed out of rock cut caves and water reservoirs, the hilltop fort is a must visit for lovers of history. The Fort is also a trekking hotspot among seasoned trekkers, as its long winding route is fairly difficult to navigate.

    Location: Aundhewadi, Nashik, Maharashtra 422103

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  2. What are the best things to do in the Igatpuri?

    1. Go for trekking: With its little hills and ridges, trekking is one of the most popular tourist activities in Igatpuri. From easy treks to fairly difficult trails, the ranges of Igatpuri have it all, attracting both seasoned and first time trekkers to the city. Some of the most popular areas for trekking in Igatpuri are the Kalsubai Peak and the various forts and waterfalls here.

    2. Try white water rafting in Vaitarna River: The several fast-flowing streams in and around Igatpuri makes the city a haven for water sports, and white water rafting is one of these. The rapids of Vaitarna River, generated by the Vaitarna dam, is an ideal spot for rafting in Igatpuri.

    3. Go camping in the hills: Camping is a popular tourist activity in Igatpuri. The scenic peaks and swift streams in the little hill station offer a number of stunning camping spots. From full fledged camping resorts to open air camping spots where one can pitch an overnight tent, Igatpuri has it all. Campers in the city generally couple the activity with other outdoor sports such as trekking or river rafting, thus complementing the experience here.

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    4. Rappelling at Sandhan Valley: One of the top spots in Igatpuri for adventure sports, Sandhan Valley is the ideal location to try your hand in the sport of rappelling. With its rock walls dropping to a depth of about 200 feet, this sport will test your will and nerves. A carefully guided sport, rappelling can be done by first timers as well.

    5. Go on a detox detour at the Vipassana Meditation Centre: The biggest meditation centre in the world, the Vipassana Academy in Igatpuri offers free of cost residential courses for all. This wellness retreat offers yoga courses that seek to cleanse one’s body and soul. The Academy also offers accommodation and food services.

    6. Bird watching: If you’re a birdwatcher, a photographer, or simply a lover of nature, Igatpuri is the right place for you. Home to the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, Igatpuri is home to a number of fantastic birds and animals. Even apart from the Sanctuary, birdwatchers can find a haven in the valleys around Igatpuri.

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  3. What are the adventurous things to do in the Igatpuri?

    1. River Rafting: River rafting is a rapid water course that involves navigating the rapids of a stream in an inflatable boat. The rapids of Vaitarna river in Igatpuri is one of the best places to try this sport. River rafting is a team sport, and can be attempted in groups of 4 to 6.

    2. Trekking: Trekking is one of the most popular sports in Igatpuri. Riddled by hills and waterfalls throughout its expanse, the hill station is a popular tourist magnet for trekkers and hikers. Some of the best places to hike or trek in Igatpuri are the Kalsubai Peak, the Tringalwadi Fort and Camel Valley.

    3. Kayaking: Kayaking is a two person boating sport that is generally done on calm lake waters. A fairly easy sport, Kayaking is a popular activity in the Igatpuri lake. It can be done by experts as well as first timers alike.

    4. Lake Tubing: Lake tubing is a fun and solo boating activity, which involves wading across a lake in an inflatable tube. Lake tubing can be done in the Igatpuri lake throughout the year.

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  4. What is Igatpuri famous for?

    Igatpuri is best known as the home to the massive Dhamma Giri Academy, which teaches the Vipassana form of meditation.  The golden topped Academy with its elaborately carved gate is a big tourist spot in Igatpuri, attracting hosts of people to itself throughout the year.

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  5. What is the best time to visit Igatpuri?

    Although Igapturi enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year, the best time to visit the little hill station is during the winter months, between November to March. During this time, the weather here remains cool and pleasant, offering a plethora of sightseeing opportunities. Rainfall too, remains on the lesser side, allowing one to enjoy all the outdoor attractions in a hassle free manner.
  6. How far is Igatpuri from Mumbai?

    Igatpuri is about 120 kilometers away from Mumbai. It takes a little less than three hours to travel between the two places by car, if one uses the National Highway 160.
  7. How to reach Igatpuri?

    - By Rail: The main railway station here is the Igatpuri Railway Station. It is well connected to all major cities in India.

    - By Air: The nearest airport to Igatpuri is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. From Mumbai, one can reach Igapturi via rail or road.

    - By Road: Igatpuri is well connected to all surrounding cities by Road. Regular buses ply to and from Igatpuri and Mumbai on a daily basis. One can also avail a bus to Igatpuri from the nearby town of Shahapur.
  8. How many days are enough for an Igatpuri trip?

    Around 3 to 4 days would be enough for a trip to Igatpuri. This duration would allow you to explore all the major sightseeing attractions in the hill station in a hassle free manner. A shorter trip would make your stay here rather hectic.

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  9. What are the best waterfalls in Igatpuri?

    1. Bhavli Waterfalls: The Bhavli Waterfalls is one of the primary attractions for travellers when travelling to Igatpuri. The beauty of the place is unmatched during especially the monsoons.

    2. Vihigaon Falls: The Vihigaon Falls only has water during the monsoon season. The site is beautiful during the months of June-August, and the trip to the place is beautiful with lush greenery and peaks.

    3. Umbrella Falls: The Umbrella Falls are located some distance from Igatpuri, in Bhandardara. The Falls is generally viewed by tourists from a bridge constructed nearby.

    4. Lake Vaitarna Waterfalls: This waterfall is not suited for all travellers, and requires trekking. The site itself is extremely beautiful, with the atmosphere chilly and serene.
  10. What are the best places to stay in Igatpuri?

    1. The Herb Farm: This resort is located on the Mumbai-Nasik Highway and is one of the most famous resorts in the area for travellers. The rooms are extremely comfortable with all the modern amenities required.

    2. Manas Resort: This resort is located in the city of Igatpuri itself, and also includes a petting zoo in the premises. The rooms are comfortable, and the resort also provides an indoor swimming pool with a spa.

    3. Rainforest Resort and Spa: The resort is situated in a beautiful location, surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountain ranges. A range of activities and amenities are offered, including a swimming pool and indoor games.

    4. Igatpuri Hills Retreat: The resort is one of the top choices in the location with comfortable rooms and excellent services. All the basic amenities are provided in each room, and the compound also has a swimming pool.

    5. Relax Adventure Resort: The resort features a large sprawling area for its compound. The resort is complete with all the modern amenities, including a bar, a lounge and an outdoor swimming pool.
  11. What are the famous trekking places in and near Igatpuri?

    1. Kalsubai Peaks: The Kalsubai Peaks trek is undoubtedly one of the most famous treks in the Igatpuri area. The Kalsubai peak is over 1,500 feet high and is the highest in Maharashtra, making the trek even more interesting.

    2. Harishchandragad: The Harishchandragad trek is a well-known trekking experience in Maharashtra. The trek is based on the Harishchandragad fort near Mumbai, and the area also has temples to adorn its beauty.

    3. Sandhan Valley: The Sandhan Valley is one of the less well-known treks in Maharashtra, but is as beautiful as it can get. The trail involves the dark valley and the lush greenery of forests.

    4. Aloha Hills: This trek is suitable for travellers from Pune. The Ajoba Hills are a part of the Sahyadri Mountain ranges, and promise the travellers a beautiful experience away from city life.

    5. Harihar Fort trek: The trek is based on the Harihar fort in Igatpuri. The fort itself looks like a prism from the starting point of the trail, and the view from the top is definitely worth the hike.

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Mohansinh Rajput Kalsubai Trek
"one of the best Trek celebrated Independence Day at top, enjoyed a lot by exploring new peoples, I would specially thanks the best ,caring and friendly host Atit and Smith team who assured me that I m solo traveler while coming to trek but while going I will be hand full of memories, and really the same thing happened with me and these guys kept their words . \nfinally I will conclude it was really awesome day thank you thrillophilia for making my day. "
Pranisha Punglia Kalsubai Trek
"Thank you Thrillophilia for making the adventure worth it. My group of 8 is really glad by your service and the team of instructors really made us comfortable! We would choose Thrillophilia in the near future for all our adventures! Thanks a lot."
04 February 2020
Bhagyesh Doke Kalsubai Trek
I have done 4-5 treks before also but, This was my first experience with Thrillophilia. While booking on mobile app, I faced a problem of Transaction not getting successful, then I tried on website from my PC and it was done. This was the only hurdle I faced throughout the whole experience of trek with Thrillophilia. Also, I wanted to opt for another instructor as my friends were appointed with a different instructor, so I called on the helpline of Thrillophilia and they did it without any hassle. It was a night trek hence we were told to gather at Kasara Railway Station at 11 PM to start the tour. As we reached there, we met our Instructor and he did all the necessary things to take the whole crowd to the Kalsubai base village. It took 1.5 hour from Kasara to base village and the arrangement was precise of taking everyone together in Bolero Vans. As we reached there everyone was told to freshen up for a bit. Washroom was made available in a house of the base village. After that a simple Introduction and Briefing was done before starting to climb the peak. We all started at 3 AM and reached at the top at 6.15 AM. After reaching at the top, it was a mesmerizing view. It is 100% worth visiting Kalsubai for the view and the feeling which you will get after reaching at the peak. It was 26th January, so all 200-250 trekkers hoisted the flag and sang National Anthem. Cool breeze was blowing, Sun was rising slowly and the words of 'Jana Gana Mana' altogether created a different vibe. I can't explain it in words, it can be only felt by visiting at the peak.... After all this, all were taken down the peak for refreshment/breakfast which was arranged by Thrillophilia. It was not so good and I was not even expecting it to be better. Then it took just 1.5 hours to me to reach to the point in base village from where we had started. All other groups were coming back as per there speed and capacity. After returning back, some Boleros were arranged for the people who wanted to return back to Kasara ASAP, it was very helpful and convenient. Nice arrangement. Overall experience with Thrillophilia was very good. Nice arrangement was done, travelling and all other things were taken care of. And as per my knowledge, no one faced any kind of problem due to inappropriate management. So, a big thumbs up for Thrillophilia and the Instructors.
01 February 2020
Vishal Siddhpura Kalsubai Trek
One of the best trekking experience. My 1st SOLO on 2020's Republic day with strangers. Great, Peaceful and adventures experience. I would love to join them again in Monsoon.
15 September 2019
Rajkumar Trivedi Kalsubai Trek
The best arrangements I have experienced in a while. The team was quite good and kept motivating to move forward. I have been doing treks quite often but I guess this experience was one of it's kind. The food arrangements and the travel arrangements were on the mark
Yugesh Samant Igatpuri Camping
"Excellent host, good food... "
09 March 2021
SUNIL UTHUP Kalsubai Trek
enjoyed. well organised - thanks
24 February 2021
Shivani Latkar Kalsubai Camping
It was a wonderful experience... Thank you Team for this amazing experience
28 January 2021
Ahad Sait Kalsubai Trek
The Trek was amazing!! Not Complaints about that but it wasn't well organized. We were supposed to board the bus at 7 but we boarded the bus at 10:30. We were supposed to reach bari and start the trek by 2 am. But we reached at 4 am and started the trek at 4:30. And we also missed the sunrise. This really needs to be taken care of
04 January 2021
Vikas Pawar Igatpuri Camping
It was first experience with family on camping and was really awesome experience during entire stay. Fully relaxed and enjoyed during stay. Food, snacks are also homemade and tasty. Staff is really co-operative and polite. Ultimate experience. MUST visit at least once as it really different than other tours.

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