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Igatpuri

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Igatpuri Tourism

Igatpuri is blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It also has some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range. Igatpuri is also a major railway station in Maharashtra connecting surrounding major cities.

Igatpuri is a hill station and a city in the Western Ghats located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, 130kms from Mumbai, on the Mumbai-Agra National Highway.

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Religious Significance of Igatpuri

Igatpuri has its religious significance left to present, along with the natural beauty sprinkle. Set against the backdrop of the mountains of Durvar Utvad, Trimak and Harihar, Ghantadevi Temple is believed to be the protector of the ghats. You could also visit a very ancient Hemadpanti style temple (since 11 A.D.), Amruteshwar Temple. Igatpuri also houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of the world - the Trimbakeshwar Temple. Embodying the three deities of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, in its three faces, it dots on the foothill of the Brahmagiri mountain, on which originates the Godavari River.

Hilly Rejuvenation in Igatpuri

Igatpuri is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. It is also bestowed with a cultural and historical significance of its own. Dhammagiri, translating to 'hill of Dhamma', is one of the largest Vipassana centres in the country. This insight meditation centre offers courses in Vipassana and is the most visited destination in Igatpuri. For photographers and nature lovers, Igatpuri offers Bhatsa River Valley, Camel Valley, Konkankada valley and the Randha falls, decorated with rivers and waterfalls. For trekkers, Igatpuri houses Trngalwadi Fort, placed at an altitude of 3000ft. You can cherish a mesmerising view from the fort. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Igatpuri

The local cuisine here is the dominated by Maharashtrian food with a blend of South and North Indian cuisines. From Idli-Dosa to Parathas and Tandooris, you can find them all here. Vada Pav is a specialty of this region and is a must have.
Due to the influx of tourists and trekkers, there are many hotels and restaurants along the way to suit every budget.
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One Day Itinerary

Igatpuri is mostly a single day trip destination. Therefore, you can leave for Igatpuri early morning, and make your first stop at Bhatsa River Valley, at the basin of the Bhatsa River. It is situated just before entering Igatpuri from Mumbai. You can then visit Camel Valley located nearby. Both these valleys are adorned with landscaping views and waterfalls. Ghantadevi Temple can be your next stop which is set against the backdrop of the mountains of Durvar Utvad, Trimak and Harihar. Behind the temple, stands the Tringalwadi Fort. You can trek to the top of the fort and enjoy the view from here. The trek may usually take a lot of time of the day but if you are still left with some more, you can spend you evening looking at a mesmerising sight of the five waterfalls, which fall one below the other, as though stitched. They are located only a little further from Ghantadevi temple, across the railway line.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Unexplored hill station near Mumbai which makes it less crowded. It is a very serene and picturesque destination with natural abundance.

What's Not So Great?

Not ideal for long vacation.

For Whom?

It is a paradise for travellers and photographers/filmmakers. It is also good for people looking for a weekend getaway and yoga enthusiasts since it houses an international meditating centre which teaches insight meditation, Vipassana.

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How To Reach Igatpuri

Igatpuri is well-connected via air, rail and road. However, more convenient through rail and road. The nearest airport to Igatpuri is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai which is distanced at 135 km. Igatpuri has its own railway station which makes it easily accessible from different states in the country. NH-3 connects it directly to Agra and therefore surrounding cities.

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Rohit Shroff 11 months ago
- In case you're planning to stay in Igatpuri, book hotels in advance during the monsoon season.
- Prefer using bottled water for drinking purposes.
- Carry Windcheaters instead of umbrellas during monsoon season for trekking.
- Preferably carry backpacks for comfort while trekking, good rubber sole shoes is a must.
Kalpesh Soni 11 months ago
A very quiet, small, beautiful place with natural view. Railway track through mountains. A treat to watch train going through mountains. If visited during rains, it will be worth every rupee spent on vacation.
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