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Igatpuri is a beautiful hill station in Nashik District of Maharashtra State. Situated in the hills of Sahayadris at a height of 1900 feet above sea level, it is popularly known as the queen of sahayadris. One of the less publicized hill stations of the state, it is 130 km from Mumbai.
The hill station offers ample opportunity for trekking and sightseeing.
Places to visit in and around Igatpuri
Bhatsa River valley
The Bhatsa River valley is situated at the end of the Thal Ghat, just before entering Igatpuri from Mumbai. Situated about 3 km from Manas Resort. The valley lies in the basin of the majestic Bhatsa River. The valley is a picturesque spot with lush vegetation and majestic rocks formed by the river that runs through it.
Built in 11th century AD, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed in a distinct Hemadpanti style, the temple is surrounded by lush green fields and Mount Kalsubai the highest mountain in Maharashtra. From here a further excursion leads to the Ratangad Fort. One can access this temple by road or a 8 km boat ride on Arthur Lake.
Founded by S.N.Goenka, Dhammagiri is a math which
offers courses in Vipasana (insight meditation) a technique taught by
the Buddha in India, 2,500 years ago. The large Golden Pagoda, the central
theme of Dhammagiri serves as a landmark for Igatpuri. The math attracts
a lots of people from various parts of India as well as abroad.
Ghatandevi Temple (temple of the Goddess of Ghats)
Just ahead of Igatpuri, after crossing the camel Valley, comes across a small road, which leads to the Ghatandevi temple. According to the locals belief, Ghatandevi is the Protector of Ghats. The mountains of Durrar Utvad, Trimak and Harihar forms a spectacular backdrop. Behind the temple lies the Tringalwadi Fort.
It is situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet above the sea level. Since it is located very high, the fort offers picturesque scenery of the whole locality, especially Kulang and Kalsubai mountain ranges. The fort attracts trekkers also. The top of the fort is shaped like a Turban. A temple dedicated to lord Hanuman is nearby. An architectural marvel, the fort can be accessed through a narrow pathway, down to the beautiful Tringalwadi Lake that looks more beautiful from the fort. Just few kms away from Tringalwadi Lake is Talegaon Lake formed by the small Talegaon Dam.
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 and one have to walk over and look down to find a slop that falls over 1, 000 ft. The waterfall is the chief attraction of this place.
The Five Waterfalls
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. During the rainy season, the falls are more beautiful but the way to this falls is little difficult.