Igatpuri is surrounded by the highest peaks in Sahyaadri the Western Ghats, most of which are forts built during the Satavahana dynasty. Surrounded by surging waterfalls, lush forests and tranquil lakes, this hill station is heavenly for trekkers and hikers. Camel Valley is perhaps the most popular trekking location, especially during the monsoon season when the area comes alive with swelling creeks and flowing cascades. Its natural beauty lends particularly well to film and most Bollywood-movie outdoor scenes, especially songs, are shot in the Igatpuri region.
Tringalwadi Lake is one of the prettiest in the area and offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding valley. Sitting above the lake at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level, the magnificent Tringalwadi Fort is well worth a visit with a marvelous temple dedicated to lord Hanuman and striking views of the mountain ranges and Tringalwadi sitting below.
Besides its scenic settings, Igatpuri is also known for its lovely temples and the popular dish vada pav, a vegetarian fast food dish consisting of spicy potato deep fried in a gram flour batter.
Igatpuri is also a place of significance in terms of Vipassana meditation. First taught in the 6th century BC it was re-introduced in the 1960s and as such, Igatpuri is home to the International Centre for Vipassana Meditation. Courses offer a complete introduction to this age-old traditional form of meditation and is complemented by the gorgeous and peaceful surroundings.
If you are planning a Igatpuri holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Igatpuri Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Igatpuri.