|Igatpuri - Briefs
is a small village which falls on the way to Nashik and is the first
place after crossing the Thal Ghat. It is located at a height of
1900 feet above sea level. Yet it is known to the people only as
a major railway junction.
The beauty of Igatpuri is still untouched by the consequences
of civilization. Mornings are greeted by magnificent sunrise,
when the skies are painted with hues of gold, orange and yellow.
The grass is wet with morning dew and birds begin their song.
Far much cooler than other hill stations of this area such as
Khandala, this land boasts of many places of tourist interest,
within and on the outskirts of the village.
The Bhatsa River Valley is located just before entering Igatpuri,
at the end of the Thal Ghat. A dense tree cover formed by the river
on this valley is a pleasant sight, and the fresh air is soothing
to the mind and body.
A few metres away from Bhatsa river Valley, on the right is the
camel valley. On the other side of the valley is a spectacular waterfall
formed by the rain waters, which fall from a height of 1000 ft onto
the base of the valley. The waterfall is the chief attraction of
This unique museum depicts the life history of the great Maratha
ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji. The museum is located 30 km from the
hotel, en route to Dherwan on the Mumbai-Goa highway.
Temple (temple of the Goddess of Ghats)
Just before entering Igatpuri, after crossing the camel Valley,
towards the right hand side, one comes across a small road, which
leads to the Ghatandevi temple. This temple is half a kilometer
away on this road. Behind the temple lies the Tringalwadi Fort.
The mountains of Durvar Utvad, Trimak and Harihar, stand behind,
forming a spectacular backdrop.
A little further from Ghatandevi, the rough road leading to the
railway line begins. Across the railway line, while climbing down,
falling one below the other, are five waterfalls that form a breathtaking
sight. The path to this place is a little difficult and the best
time to visit is the rainy season.
Igatpuri is home to many lakes, namely the lake owned by the municipality,
the railway’s lake, the Talegaon Lake and so on. The lakesides
are the best places to spend a peaceful and soothing evening.
Tringalwadi Fort - Behind the Mahindra Company in Igatpuri, a turban
like peak of the Tringalwadi Fort can be spotted. A small path on
the edge of the mountain adjoining Igatpuri leads to this fort.
The steps and walls of this 3000ft high fort still stand in fine
condition. Behind the fort, on the edge, is a Hanuman temple. The
secret path is a must see. From atop the fort, the mountain range
from Kumpan to Kalsubai can be seen in a row. The peaks of Utvad
and Harihar can also be spotted. A picturesque scene is formed on
the eastern side of the fort where the lake can be seen down in
the valley. This is a great place to do some cycling.
On the base of the mountain, located at the outskirts of the village,
is a ‘math’ (house of saints). This place is known for
the ‘Vipassana’- a Buddhist style of meditation and
attracts people from various parts of India as well as abroad. ‘Vipassana’
has made Igatpuri famous throughout the world, and the famous pagoda
of Dhammagiri serves as a landmark for Igatpuri.
Igatpuri is pleasant throughout the year. Summers are mild, while
winters are very pleasant and the nights get chilly. Occasionally,
the temperatures reach 5 degrees on a cold night. Igatpuri experiences
heavy rainfall during the monsoons, so this time is suitable only
for those who enjoy the wet season.
Igatpuri is located at a distance of 135 kms. from Mumbai. It takes
approximately three and a half hours to cover the distance. As it
is an important railway junction, all trains halt here. State transport
buses for Nasik-Manmad also stop here.