Tucked away in the hills of Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a quaint town in Maharashtra. The place is a bliss to trekkers, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. From picturesque forts, breathtaking valleys, to magnificent temples and opulent natural beauty – a retreat here is nothing short of spectacular.
Located at an altitude of 3,000 feet above the sea level, Tringalwadi Fort affords a gorgeous view of the entire town with the Sahyadri range as the backdrop. A small Hanuman Temple at the top is worth a visit as well. It’s a trekker’s delight, the climb to the top of the fort is a must for every adventurer.
Among the valleys, the Camel Valley situated near Bhatsa river, has a major appeal, courtesy the waterfall cascading down from about a 1,000 feet. Located close to it is the Bhatsa River Valley – right towards the end of Thal Ghat, just after you enter the town from Mumbai. The valley with its lush green foliage, dense woods and misty surrounds is a treat to a tired mind and soul. The best time to enjoy the beauty of this place, however, is in the monsoons.
Built on Vaitarna river, Vaitarna Dam, constructed in the early 1950s, is one of India’s first concrete dams. Ideal for photography, this majestic lagoon surrounded by undulating woods, has one of the most charming panoramic views in Igatpuri.
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Igatpuri is also known for its grand meditation centre called the Vipassana International Academy, that teaches an ancient meditation technique discovered by Gautama Buddha about 2,500 years ago. The entrance to this institute is through the Myanmar Gate, an architectural marvel in its own right.
Among the temples, the most important ones are Ghatandevi Mandir and Amruteshwar Temple. While Ghatandevi Mandir is set against the backdrop of three spectacular peaks of Trimak, Durvar Utvad and Harihar, the 11th-century Amruteshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is set against the backdrop of Mount Kalsubai, the highest mountain peak in Maharashtra.