I have had the pleasure of roaming the little town of Igatpuri twice till date and each experience has had me captured. For those who frequent the many adventurous cities and towns of Maharashtra will surely tell you of how the land comes alive during the monsoons we experience. With a thick coat of lush greenery and fresh smell of mud, Maharashtra blooms from June till September, and there’s no stopping it. My first rendezvous with Igatpuri was a pleasant experience as I went over to this exquisite piece of land. And, my second experience was elevated to exuberance. Enough said about this place, if you see it, you will believe.
How Do You Get There?
If you are traveling from Mumbai and have your private or commercial vehicle, you must carry on the Nashik highway till you find the detour to Igatpuri on the way. It will take you a close to 2 and half hours to reach the main municipal town.
If you wish to be more adventurous and need to take in all the picturesque scenes from the railway lines, you can hop onto the Central Railway from Mumbai and take the Howrah Mail or Devagiri Express from Dadar, Thane, or Kalyan Junction stations. Make sure to book confirmed seats if you wish to take a seat during the 3 hours of local railway journey.
Once you get off the Igatpuri station, you must be prepared for a whole new roller-coaster ride. The auto rickshaw, which don’t run on meter, can take you to specific places around the town. We will have a look at the nature-bound attraction in a while. S.T. buses ply from near the station and can also take you to intended local locations.
Where Do You Stay?
My suggestions depend on my own stay and the reviews I have received from friends prior to my weekend trips. I have categorized them in this way.
Budget – I am mainly a budget-stay kind of person and these are a couple of hotels I have been to. If you are looking for a decent budget stay, I recommend you look to the following hotels: