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Igatpuri Tourist Places

Vaitarna Dam, Tringalwadi Fort, Vipassana International Academy, Kalsubai Peak, Amruteshwar Temple, Darna Dam, Dhammagiri, Ghatandevi Mandir, Talegaon Lake, Tringalwadi Lake, Avandha Fort, Madangad Mountain, Karoli Ghat, Camel Valley and Bhatsa River Valley.

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:

01

Tringalwadi 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 and is one of the popular places to visit in Igatpuri.

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.

02

Vaitarna 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 and is one of the popular places to visit in Igatpuri.

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.

03

Vihigaon Waterfall

Vihigaon Waterfall

For children after finishing their exams, Vihigaon Waterfall would guarantee you the best holiday gateway. Family tourists who want to explore places near Nashik and enjoy should come to this cascading of water at least one time.

To see the slope that falls over 1,000 feet, you need to walk over and take a look. But, don’t worry. It’s fully safe. And for daring minds, the place offers you water rappelling and other sports to have fun with.

Distance from Nashik:
Located 58 km away from Nashik.

Best time to visit: T
he place is most visited during monsoon season.

Type of Destination:
It is a mesmerizing waterfall featured with pool and lush green terrains.

Before going deep, please keep in mind that the surface is not slippery for mishaps.

04

Kalsubai 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 Kalsubai 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.

05

Ghatandevi 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.

06

Camel 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.

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07

Bhatsa 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 and is one of the popular Igatpuri tourist places.

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.

08

Vipassana 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.

09

Amruteshwar 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.

10

Darna 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.

11

Dhammagiri

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.

12

Talegaon 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 
and is one of the popular places to visit in Igatpuri.

Timings: 
All day.

Location:
Talegaon Lake.

Entry fee: None.

13

Avandha 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 and is one of the popular places to visit in Igatpuri.

Timings: All day.

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

Entry fee: None.

14

Madangad 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 and is one of the popular Igatpuri tourist places.

Timings: All day.

Location: Sahyadri Mountain Range, Kalsubai Range near Nashik.

Entry fee: None.

15

Karoli 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 and is one of the popular Igatpuri tourist places.

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.

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"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. "
"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
Excellent
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
Excellent
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
Excellent
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
12 March 2020
Excellent
I have done trekking earlier but this trek was completely different, we started the trek at midnight and it was an unforgettable experience, we visited the peak and the weather was a bit cozy. The guide was energetic right from the start and showed us the best path. We all enjoyed it and had the best memories there.
Very good place and worth visiting. The guide was excellent and tell us the stories of the place, we really enjoyed his company. We had a group of 16 and we had unlimited fun in just a short span of time. A big recommendation from our side.
The Kalsubai Peak was very beautiful and relaxing, gave the goosebumps while sitting and watching the sunrise.. totally breath-taking. The breakfast was up to mark and the guide was helpful and friendly nature.
23 July 2019
Excellent
The guide was good and cheer us, the path is safe just carry your torch because at some time you will need them. The sunrise was mesmerising at the top. Everything was perfectly managed and timely done. We had a good group on that day so we enjoyed very much. Highly recommended.
It was my first experience of trekking and my friend booked this tour for 4 of us. The guide was knowledgeable and experienced. We saw the beautiful sunrise and Kalsubai temple. It was a moderate type, not easy not tough but interesting, we recommend this trek for others.

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  1. What are the best places to visit in Igatpuri for couples?

    1. Kalsubai Peak: Known as the loftiest peak in the Sahyadri mountains, Mt. Kalsubai is the right destination for adventurous couples who are interested in enjoying a challenging trekking experience.

    2. Vihigaon Waterfall: Vihigaon Waterfalls is a scenic fall of 120 feet that makes for an amazing location to spend some romantic time in the lap of nature. Adventurous couples can even enjoy rappelling at this destination. 

    3. Myanmar Gate: Myanmar Gate manifests a magnificent Thailand style architecture surrounded by lofty mountains and adorned with a small garden. This photogenic place forms a nice environment for couples to click some great pictures.  

    4. Ghatandevi Temple: Located amidst the green ghats, Ghatandevi Temple is a famous hill shrine where the couples can seek blessings for the well-being of their relationship. 

    5. Camel Valley: Camel Valley offers the right place to share some romantic moments in the wilderness, surrounded by gushing waterfalls.
  2. What are the best places to visit in Igatpuri in monsoon?

    1. Camel Valley: This is located at a short distance from the Bhatsa river valley. During the monsoon, this place is full of greenery and waterfalls. River rafting and river crossing activities are also available at this place.

    2. Darna Dam: This dam built during the British era is a popular tourist destination, especially during the monsoon season. During this time, the lake fills up with water and there is lush greenery all around.

    3. Vaitarna Dam: This is a very important dam which supplies electricity and water to the residents of Mumbai. The surroundings are beautiful during the monsoon when you can enjoy a picnic here, surrounded by nature’s splendor.

    4. Karoli Ghat: At the Karoli Ghat, you can enjoy the beautiful view of waterfalls and majestic mountain ranges. This is a long trek that lasts 2 hours. You can visit this place anytime without any entry fees. This is a great place to click some awesome photos.
  3. What are the famous places to visit in Igatpuri with friends?

    1. Avandha Fort: This is an ancient fort you have to reach by trekking up to a height of 4300 feet. This is a difficult trek that you can go on with your friends for a thrilling experience. 

    2. Tringalwadi Fort:
    This 10th-century fort is situated at a height of 3000 feet and is a popular spot for trekking enthusiasts. This is a relatively easy trek which only takes you 1.5 hours. You can get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountain ranges from the top.

    3. Talegaon Lake:
    If you wish to camp out with your friends, Talegaon Lake provides a perfect opportunity. From here, you can get a great view of the surrounding hills and the dam.

    4. Tringalwadi Lake:
    This place has a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere and people come here to relax and unwind. You can see the magnificent Tringalwadi fort from here. You can enjoy some camping and picnic with your friends here.

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