Igatpuri comes alive in monsoon with hundreds of waterfalls about the area, which gets a lot
misty and therefore visited especially by those who want to enjoy rain.The rugged terrain and dense forest
add to its charm. Monsoon increases the appeal of Igatpuri as the rains revive waterfalls and the
vegetation which in turn lure trekkers and nature lovers. Igatpuri has become popular with those seeking
spiritual rejuvenation at the Vipassana International Academy. It is a prominent attraction of the town.
The meditation centre imparts training in Vipassana meditation technique.
Tringalwadi Fort is situated among the Sahyadri hill range and has a small temple dedicated to
Lord Hanuman. Located at an altitude of 3,000 feet above the sea level, the fort offers a
mesmerizing view of the entire locality. The fort is an architectural spectacle and also attracts
a number of trekking enthusiasts. The nearby Kulang and Kalsubai mountain ranges also attract a
number of travelers.
This camel-shaped valley is situated near the Bhatsa River. The major appeal of the valley is
the waterfall which cascades down from a height of about 1,000 ft. The view is astounding and
Built on the Vaitarna River, this dam constructed in the early 1950s is one of the first
concrete dams in the country. The Vaitarna Dam attracts many photography and nature lovers.
A majestic lagoon with an enormous stretch of black waters, surrounded by undulating woods,
lends this dam a panoramic view.
Vipassana International Academy
Vipassana International Academy, also known as Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre is a meditation centre in
Igatpuri, taught by S.N. Goenka. It is known to offer various courses on Vipassana (Insight meditation).
It is an ancient meditation technique which was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha around 2,500 years ago.
The centre witnesses many visitors across the year, both nationals as well as foreigners. It also provides
the visitors with hostel facilities.
The temple is devoted to Ghatandevi, who is believed to be the protector of the ghats. It is set against
the backdrop of three spectacular peaks of Trimak, Durvar Utvad and Harihar. The temple is open to visitors
on all days from 6 am to 6 pm. People, who visit the town, seeking recourse from the bustles of a busy city
life, find peace and calm in the temple and its serene vicinity. The town is a favorite weekend get-away
for many workaholics in Mumbai and Nashik.
Amruteshwar Temple was built in the 11th century is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The serene shrine is constructed in a
specific Hemadpanti style and is known for its intricate carvings. The temple is set against
the backdrop of Mount Kalsubai, which is the highest mountain peak in Maharashtra. A little
further from the temple is the Ratangad Fort, which again is an architectural marvel. The
temple is accessible by road or a boat ride on Lake Arthur.
Bhatsa River Valley
The Bhatsa River Valley is located in the basin of the magnificent Bhatsa River,
towards the end of the Thal Ghat, right as you enter the town from Mumbai. The valley
with its lush green foliage and unsullied environment offers a mesmerizing view to tourists.
A dense wood cover formed by the tributary of Bhatsa River forms an exquisite trail for trekkers.
With nature as its splendid best, the valley rejuvenates the mind and the soul.